This past week I went to a networking happy hour with a friend at La Tasca in Chinatown.
La Tasca's Happy Hour runs from 3-7 Daily(according to the menu) at the bar. Normal sangria prices range from $6.75-$7.75 while pitchers run from $25-$32.
We sampled a couple different sangrias. Our favorites being the Tinta and the Watermelon Kiwi(although the actual fruit in this one was not good to eat). The Cava tasted too much like grape juice and the La Tasca was like drinking straight cinnamon. We also sampled the seasonal, Cherry Blossom, which was not very good at all (my friend said it reminded her of hookah) and it was the least touched one of the night-they have them in jars along the bar.
We also split a few tapas. My all time favorite tapa, and one of the best potato dishes ever, Patatas Bravas ($6) fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and garlic aioli top left. Potatoes Churreriaslice potato, deep fried to a golden crisp and served with an avocado mint dip top right. This was not very good, the avocado mint dip tasted nothing like avocado or mint. Tabla de salmon ($8) lightly toasted rustic bread layered with lemon infused cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers & red onionbottom left. This was really good but it could have used a little more cream cheese to hold the salmon on the bread. Pan a Catalana ($5) toasted airy rustic bread served with our grated vine-ripened tomatoes, garlic and olive oil spreadbottom right. This was anti-climatic and it got soggy quickly.
I've been going to this restaurant periodically over the last 8 years and the food has always been a hit or a miss. I pretty much just come here if there is a good deal on the food or if I am in the mood for some sangria.
Most of the bar seats were full for happy hour, but people were still able to squeeze in. However if you come during a sports game (especially the Caps) this place will be crazy.