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Hard Times Cafe

Hard Times Cafe

American Restaurant, Sports Bar, and Bar$$$$
  • Ranked #3 for American restaurants in Fairfax
  • Mikey Z.
    "Love the veggie chili and the appetizers!"(3 Tips)
    Michele S.
    "Cincinnati chile and service are awesome!"(2 Tips)
    Starlet S.
    "Ask for the Chili sampler before you eat - so worth it!"(2 Tips)
    Sabrina H.
    "Get the chicken alamo!"(2 Tips)
55 Tips and reviews
  • chili
  • chicken wings
  • cincinnati
  • veggie chili
  • happy hour
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  • Starlet S.
    Starlet SmithJuly 8, 2012
    Weird location, easy to pass on the road if you don't know it is there. Ask for the Chili sampler before you eat - so worth it!
  • Patti H.
    Patti HinkoDecember 29, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Chili is great so are the fried pickles. Some of the best wait staff in the area. Love this place.
  • DistrictBlake !.
    DistrictBlake !!!April 13, 2013
    Veggie Chili Salad was a great idea. Flavorful well seasoned.
  • Sabrina H.
    Sabrina HunterSeptember 26, 2013
    Get the chicken alamo! Personally no tomatoes! Sounds gross till you eat it trust me I am sooo picky!
  • Ginger P.
    Ginger PCJuly 6, 2013
    Staff very friendly. Get a downstairs table to avoid the first floor smoking. The wings rocked.
  • Mikey Z.
    Mikey ZJune 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the veggie chili and the appetizers! Try the fried mac and cheese bites.
  • Cristian L.
    Cristian LozaFebruary 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The mini burgers with fries here are glorious. Make sure you come out for $1 beers on Thursday.
  • Israel S.
    Israel SDecember 27, 2013
    They sell cigarettes at the bar. It may be a suburban hellhole, but at least the bartenders are nice!
  • Shareefa D.
    Shareefa DanielApril 4, 2016
    Love love love the chilli and burgers! Great atmosphere and nice staff.
  • Phong K.
    Phong KhomphengchanhSeptember 30, 2011
    The Alamo chicken is money!! Great place for Redskins and Caps games. One of the few local bars where you can smoke and dine
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HollywoodJuly 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Poker Mondays at 7pm and 9:30pm. Thursday $1 Dom. Bottles 3-9pm Saturdays $4 Bombs all day
  • Gwen T.
    Gwen TownsendDecember 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best fried pickles. The breading and seasoning beats all.
  • Joseph T.
    Joseph ThompsonJuly 29, 2016
    Best chili and cold beer in Fairfax City.
  • Washington Capitals
    Washington CapitalsFebruary 13, 2013
    A great Caps on Tap Viewing Party location. For official Caps On Tap Viewing details - Read more
  • Scott K.
    Scott KMarch 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best bars in Fairfax and great Thursday happy hour
  • Jacqui B.
    Jacqui B.March 5
    Been here 25+ times
    Service has improved. The food is still good. 👏
  • Chris F.
    Chris FordJune 9, 2011
    If the girl with the huge jugs is there, compliment her ... she will show you them
  • Zee V.
    Zee VanBakerSeptember 26, 2012
    5.99 wings on Wednesday are the best deal!
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HollywoodJuly 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Wednesday is Giant Mug Night all day long. Also trivia is at 8 pm
  • Michele S.
    Michele SparksDecember 11, 2015
    Cincinnati chile and service are awesome!
  • Nova S.
    Nova ShepherdNovember 9, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    $5.99 Monday night burgers with a tater tot substitution is awesome!
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MilamApril 16, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Best Chili, Wings and Service around! Just opened their shuffleboard tables too! Good times!
  • Megan Y.
    Megan YamamotoSeptember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you get Chili Mac ask for a bowl!
  • Patti H.
    Patti HinkoNovember 15, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    $1 bottle domestics on Thursdays during happy hour
  • Glenn P.
    Glenn PontanillaMay 6, 2015
    Chili, Happy Hour specials, Emily at the bar, many TVs, pool tables.
  • CaraMari
    CaraMariNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    On Thursday: $1.50 bottles!
  • John S.
    John SchubelFebruary 1, 2014
    Extremely friendly staff!!!!!!!!!
  • Gillian D.
    Gillian DionneAugust 22, 2012
    Service sucks and the smoke permeates into the non-smoking bar. Try Fast Eddies instead.
  • Tad S.
    Tad SuiterFebruary 17, 2010
    Cheapie drinks in a take-home plastic mug Tuesdays. Also, try a Cincinnati five-way. You won't regret it.
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WadeJuly 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Used to love going to Hard Times but this experience was awful. Terrible service, over cooked food that we had to wait a long time for. Will not go back!
  • Callista S.
    Callista SmallMay 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    It's hard to find a seat on Sundays
  • Graham J.
    Graham J.February 25, 2012
  • Natasha K.
    Natasha KApril 21, 2014
    New pool tables!😀
  • Yenij W.
    Yenij WngMarch 7, 2012
    fun times at the buddy last weekend! birthday get together =)
  • Karin G.
    Karin GanderJune 9, 2014
    Veggie chili is great!!!
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HollywoodAugust 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for a chili sampler before you order
  • Neil B.
    Neil BonnerDecember 11, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    On Wednesday, a dozen wings is only $4.80. Try the 'Texas' wings, they're great.
  • Mikey Z.
    Mikey ZMay 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the vegetarian chili!
  • Michael N.
    Michael NormanFebruary 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best wings in the dc area.
  • Danny B.
    Danny BaldwinAugust 2, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the times, ask for extra hard.
  • frankie2pants
    frankie2pantsMarch 7, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't feed the animals.
  • Erica R.
    Erica ReynoldsJune 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Plan on waiting about 20 minutes to ask if you want a beer all the girls seem nice but you can tell they don't give a shit
  • Christine Y.
    Christine YoungJanuary 25, 2013
    It was great.
  • Amir K.
    Amir KAugust 18, 2011
    Wednesdays for geeks at 8:00
  • Jodi B.
    Jodi B.December 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    $5 bar nachos on Fridays. :)
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LloydJuly 7, 2013
    Don't go here. It was 90 sum odd degrees today and they won't let me in with a tanktop. Good way to turn away money. You just lost my business forever. .
  • Marvin L.
    Marvin LopezNovember 3, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask for the billy crampler
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BoenselMay 2, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask for Marvin Lopez. He's the mayor. He thinks he runs the place.
  • Kate C.
    Kate CarrollMarch 15, 2011
    Service is pretty piss poor. Go to the one in Old Town or Springfield.
  • Hard Times Cafe
    Hard Times CafeMarch 10, 2010
    eaten their $5 lunch, any day of the week! Read more
  • Christopher G.
    Christopher GonzalezAugust 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    $5 burgers on Mondays!
  • Christopher G.
    Christopher GonzalezJuly 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Asked for Marvin Lopez, the dude didn't know what I was talking about. Coincedentally it may have been the wrong Marvin L!
  • Sean M.
    Sean MeyerDecember 24, 2009
    Get drunk before. This isn't DC, a bud light pitcher shouldn't cost $13
  • Chris D.
    Chris DouthatDecember 5, 2012
    Service sucks, but the food is decent.
  • Dan D.
    Dan DuckwitzApril 29, 2011
    How has no one mentioned that you can still smoke at the bar here.. you can smoke at the bar upstairs post smoking ban.
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