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The Boren Forum organizes happy hours in Washington DC roughly every six weeks. Join our forum to get on the DC mailing list and receive announcements for Happy Hours and other events in the area. We are working on setting up chapters to organize events in other areas as well. For more information, please contact us.

Cheers from the Boren Forum Vice President (left) and Former Director (right)

Upcoming Happy Hours

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Past Happy Hours and Social Events

July 2013

Date: Thursday, July 25, 5:30pm-8pm
Location: Ping Pong Dim Sum, 1 Dupont Circle NW, Washington, DC
Description: Everyone shared their favorite study abroad stories and travel tips at our first joint happy hour with the local chapter of the Fulbright Association, the organization connecting all Fulbright alumni in the national capital area.

June 2013

Date: Monday, June 17, 7-10pm
Location: Pizzeria Uno’s, Union Station
Description: This welcome dinner for new Boren Scholars getting ready to depart for their studies was attended by more than 70 new scholars and some DC-based alumni. Following a buffet dinner, the group headed to the National Mall to enjoy a night-time monuments tour.

May 2013

Date: Friday, May 31, 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Zen Bistro (Pentagon Row), 1309 South Joyce St, Arlington, VA
Description: The Boren Forum Spring Soiree provided a unique opportunity for Boren alumni new to the area to network with seasoned Washingtonians and provided the Board of Directors with a platform to engage with alumni ans supporters, share mid-year achievements and discuss future initiatives. Complimentary appetizers were served.

April 2013

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 6-9pm
Location: Cherry Blossom Tour around the Tidal Basin, dinner at Sushi Aoi, 1100 New York Ave NW
Description: A volunteer tour guide led approximately 20 people on a complimentary tour of the Cherry Blossoms in the Tidal Basin area. The evening event, which attracted Boren Forum members with a predilection for the outdoors, culminated with a dinner at a local sushi restaurant culminated.

March 2013

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 6pm-8pm
Location: Ireland’s Four Courts, 2051 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA (Courthouse Metro)
Description: This Happy Hour event featured live music by Boren Forum’s own Justin Liang (Boren Scholar, Japan), who wooed members and their guests with his original music. The Irelands Four Courts happy hour drew members both from Northern Virginia as well as DC proper.

February 2013

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 6pm-8pm
Location: Science Club DC (2nd Level) 1136 19th St NW  Washington, DC 20036
Description: Foreign Policy Trivia Happy Hour: More than 50 attendees collaborated in small groups to answer numerous foreign policy questions. First 10 Boren Forum members to arrive received free drinks and trivia contest winners received prizes.

December 2012

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 5- 8 pm
Location: Cava Mezze, Capitol Hill
Description: Join the Boren Forum and enjoy complimentary appetizers and a cash bar on the rooftop of Cava Mezze — a Greek-inspired Capitol Hill favorite serving the freshest and finest Mediterranean ingredients and excellent mojitos — as we celebrate the holidays and look forward to 2013. The restaurant is a 3-minute walk from the Eastern Market metro station (blue/orange lines).

September 2012

Date: Wednesday, September 5, 6 – 8 pm
Location: Johnny’s Half Shell
Description: The Boren Forum hosted a Happy Hour in conjunction with the 2012 NSEP Boren Fellowships Symposium. This event was attended by recently returned fellows and Boren alumni living in Washington DC.

August 2012

Date: Wednesday, August 8, 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Overlook,  225 East 44th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Ave.), NYC
Description: Calling all New York Alumni… Join us for a summer happy hour at the very chill Overlook, NYC. We will be upstairs on the deck (or at the tables inside on the second floor if raining). Ask for Boren at the front door if you cannot find us. Please RSVP to BFNY@borenforum.org if planning to attend. Hope to see you there!

June 2012

Date: Monday, June 25, 6-8 pm
Location: PS 7’s, located at 777 I Street, Washington, DC. Two blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station (green, yellow, red lines).
Description: Celebrate summer with the Boren Forum and learn about all the great events we have planned for the next few months. Monday nights at PS 7’s feature drink specials and 1/2 price burgers from 4 pm to close.

May 2012

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 6-8 p.m.
Location: The Beacon Bar & Grill, The Beacon Hotel, 1615 Rhode Island Avenue NW — a quick walk from the Dupont Circle/Farragut North metro stations
Description: Join us at one of the Boren Forum’s favorite happy hour spots. Featuring a rooftop bar, contemporary American cuisine, and happy hour specials from 4-7 pm. Please pass the word to fellow NSEP alumni and other friends!

March 2012

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 6-8 pm
Location: Science Club

Date: Thursday, March 15, 6:15-8:15 pm
Location: South Street Brewery, Charlottesville, VA

February 2012

Date: February 2, 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Upstairs, the rooftop bar at the Kimberly Hotel, New York City
Description: The first Boren Forum New York Chapter happy hour of 2012! Please email BFNY@borenforum.org to get on the local chapter email list.

September 2011

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6-8 p.m.
Location: Johnny’s Half Shell400 North Capitol Street N.W. One block from the Union Station Metro station, and a 10-minute walk from Penn Quarter.
Description: We’ve reserved a separate space and our special guests will be the attendees of the 2011 Boren Fellows Symposium. Come welcome these Fellows to the Boren Forum family and cool off with happy hour deals on drinks and food! Please RSVP to events@borenforum.org.

June 2011

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 6-8 p.m.
Location: Policy, at 1904 14th Street, NW. Closest Metro station: U Street (Green Line).
Description: The Boren Forum will be holding this happy hour in partnership with the Young Professionals of the World Affairs Council-DC! Boren folks, come out and meet others interested in international affairs and career development. We’ll have the run of the second floor, complete with bar and bartender. The happy-hour menu features beer, wine, cocktails and eats for $3-5.  See you on June 14! Please RSVP to events@borenforum.org.

May 2011

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Poste, at 1555 – 8th Street, NW. Closest Metro stations: Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Red Line),  Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Green and Yellow lines), Federal Triangle (Blue and Orange lines).
Description: Allons-y to Poste, a chic brasserie occupying the original General Post Office (1841).  Happy hour runs from 4-7 p.m., and features Yeungling drafts, Miller Light, Budweiser, house red and white wines, pomme frites and truffle frites for $5 each. Come at 5:30 p.m.–or even earlier!–to ensure yourself a seat at this venue tres populaire.

March 2011

Date: Thursday, March 24, 6-8 p.m.
Location: Science Club, at 1136 19th St. NW. Between L and M streets. Closest Metro stations: Farragut North and Dupont Circle (Red Line), Farragut West (Blue and Orange lines).
Description: Take a night off from the policy wonks and come explore the sexy science side of Washington at Science Club!  The Boren Forum has reserved the second floor and happy hour prices run until 9:30pm! We’ve got Yuengling and Pabst Blue Ribbon at $3, Guinness and Amstel Light for $4, and house wines for $5. And for the mixologists of the group, regular liquor runs only $4!

February 2011

Date: Thursday, February 17th, 5:30-8 P.M.
Location: Againn, at 1099 New York Avenue. (Entrance is on 11th Street, between K Street and New York Avenue.)
Description: Take the bite out of winter with the Boren Forum at our February Happy Hour at Againn (not a misprint; Gaelic for “with us”), DC’s self-proclaimed contemporary Gastropub and one of Washington’s Top 100 restaurants!  While the usual suspects will be available (all draft beers are only $5), Againn is locally famous for its hearty selection of Scotch whiskey.  Happy hour appetizers include $2 East Coast oysters and $5 prawns.

November 2010

Date: Thursday, November 18th, 6-8pm
Location: Madhatter, 1321 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC. The Madhatter is only a 4 minute walk from Dupont Circle (red line) and an 8 minute walk from the from the Farragut West metro (orange/blue).
Description: Happy hour specials run until 8pm and include $2.75 Bud & Bud Light drafts, $2.75 rail drinks and $4.50 house wines, and buy-one-get-one-free appetizers.

September 2010

Date: Wednesday, September 22nd, 6-8pm
Location: Beacon Sky Bar, 1615 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036 (easily walkable: 6 minutes from Dupont Circle and 8 minutes from Farragut West metro stations)
Description: A portion of the sky bar, which boasts a 360 degree view of the city, has been reserved for our group and the bartenders will be serving up try our own signature drink – the Boren Identity! Happy hour specials run until 7pm, and some will continue until 8pm just for our us. To access the sky bar, enter the restaurant at the ground level, go up a half flight of stairs and then take the elevator to the Penthouse.

July 2010

Date: Wednesday, July 28th, 6-8pm
Location: James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant, 1 Dupont Circle NW – At the southern intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Dupont Circle, not far from the Dupont Circle Metro (red line).
Description: Come join the Boren Forum for a summer happy hour at this popular Irish bar with plenty of outdoor seating — a great place to gather to forget the work day. Happy hour specials run until 7pm so don’t be late!  Please note: the bar is at the southern intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Dupont Circle, not far from the Dupont Circle Metro.

June 2010

Date: Wednesday, June 30th, 6-8pm
Location: Rooftop with a view in Foggy Bottom, Washington DC
Featuring: Wine and Lemonpagne (lemonade and champagne) and light appetizers
Cost: $5 (cash) donation requested at the door
Description: Join fellow Boren alumni to network and reminisce about your travels while overlooking the Washington Monument at our first ever Rooftop Happy Hour!

May 2010

Date: Wednesday, May 19th, 6-8pm
Location: Aria Trattoria, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC
Description: Help fellow Boren alumni kick off the summer season by gathering for drinks and appetizers at Aria Trattoria, which boasts the District’s largest outdoor beer garden.

March 2010

Date: Wednesday, March 10th, 6-8pm
Location: Cafe Asia, 1720 I St NW, Washington DC
Description: Join fellow Boren alumni for drinks and appetizers at Cafe Asia! This venue is a DC happy hour favorite with great specials and a very convenient location close to Farragut West and Farragut North metro stops. Look for us on the left of the bar downstairs.

December 2009

Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 6-8pm
Location: BlackFinn, 1620 I St NW, Washington DC
Description: Located next to Farragut Square and within easy walking distance of both the Farragut West (orange/blue) and Farragut North (red) Metro lines, BlackFinn is an upscale saloon boasting $2 Miller Lites, $3 cocktails and glasses of wine, and $4.95 flatbread pizzas until 7pm. So be sure to join us early for this only Boren Forum happy hour in December.

October 2009

Date: Thursday, October 22nd from 6-8PM!
Location: Brickskeller, 1523 22nd St NW Washington, DC 20037
Description: In addition to having its own Wikipedia page, the Brickskeller boasts over 1,000 different types of beer – earning it a spot in Guinness Book of World Records for the bar with the largest selection of commercially available beers. Maybe you can find your favorite beer from your Boren country!

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