Most minds turn to St. Patrick’s Day and college basketball this weekend, with plenty of bars offering Irish food and drink specials and preparing March Madness deals. The coming days will also see the launch of a new brunch in Ivy City, happy hour deals on Italian snacks, and wine and the birthday of a Capitol Hill favorite.

Aperitivo hour at RPM

New weekday happy hour specials at the Mt. Vernon Square pasta spot RPM include discounted snacks, cocktails, and wines by the glass. Munch on $5 cicchetti (snacks) including grilled oysters, tuna bruschetta, small pizzas, and fried mozzarella. Cocktails and wine by the glass are $7. (RPM Italian, Mondays through Fridays, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.)