Thunder Burger & Bar, D.C.

We were looking around for happy hours to check out in our neighborhood, and we decided to try Thunder Burger & Bar in Georgetown. The happy hour there is Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

We got there pretty early (before 5 p.m.), which worked out well because there were only a few people in the restaurant, so we had our pick of seats and parked ourselves on a couple stools at the bar.

It was a cold evening, and the bar was cozy, with a casual, sophisticated vibe from the decor: modern with federalist-style touches and a few hunting trophies to round out the bar feel. The bartender dimmed the lights around 5 p.m. for some mood lighting, and I enjoyed paying attention to the large TV at the bar once in a while to see some sports action.

The bartender was friendly and attentive. I wanted a stout, and although they didn’t have any, he recommended an excellent porter: Gonzo by Flying Dog, a local brewery. Brewed in honor of the infamous Hunter S. Thompson, this chocolaty beer with coffee notes weighs in at 10% ABV; that’s a high measurement of alcohol-by-volume, which is exactly what I like. (I also liked that it was only $3 a bottle.)

We ordered a spinach and artichoke dip for an appetizer, and I had a bison burger, medium well, as the bartender recommended, with a side of sweet potato fries. Kudos to the chef for cooking the fries just right, with a sprinkling of batter for a nice little crunch.