Happy Hour Makes Us Happy

Booze happy hours are everywhere, and are an easy way to entice people to come into establishments, and hope they’ll stick around for dinner. But, my favorite kind of happy hour is the kind that involves something more than booze, like $1 oysters, or other discounts on food. Not everyone likes to drink, so it’s a great way to get a group of friends together without having to pressure anyone to get a pint of something.

One of my favorite places for happy hour in my neighborhood is at the Mermaid Inn—their “Happy Hour and a Half” runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. everyday and includes $6 glasses of wine, $5 on all drafts of beer, $3 fish tacos, and yes, $1 oysters.

Where’s your favorite happy hours spot?

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wearitcounts (#772)

massachusetts isn’t allowed to have “happy hours.” :(

some places run “drink specials,” but it’s not the same.

Yesterday night’s happy hour is NOT making me happy this morning.

On the plus side, I discovered a new kind of shot!

maebyfunke (#292)

Mike Dang, we must be neighbors. That place is right across the street from me! I’ve somehow never been there though. They have some seriously cheap happy hours in the lower 80s, but one of my favorite happy hours is at Salud on Southstreet Seaport. It’s too far from me to go to regularly but those drinks are seriously good and seriously strong.

San Francisco has amazing happy hours. My favorite is at the Hotsy Totsy in El Cerrito, which features an amazing taco truck. Gourmet seviche and a top-shelf rye and gingerale for $10.

km1312 (#213)

Common Ground on Avenue A has 2-for-1 bar snack-type food and $2(!) Yuenglings until 8pm(!) every weeknight.

You’re welcome, New York.

professionalmess (#1,478)

Weirdly, I think that some of the best (read: cheap drinks and foods) happy hours are at chain restaurants like Applebee’s or something. Alternatively, when I was in college, there was a place with $5 margaritas that were half alcohol and unlimited chips and salsa.

jimz (#1,463)

How about Zeitgeist in San Francisco? Happy Hour Monday thru Fri from 9 in the damn morning till 8? Eh? And the best bratwurst I’ve tried outside the winter wonderland that is the Midwest! How about that? Try that on for size?

phenylalanine (#717)

There’s a sandwich place near my apartment that does $3.50 pitchers on Fridays. One benefit to not living in NYC, I guess.

sony_b (#225)

http://quinnslighthouse.com/ in Oakland CA is my favorite in the summer, sit out on the deck watching the boats go by, and half price appetizers – I have made more than one dinner out of a plate of garlic wings and crab cocktail and a couple of drinks.

selenana (#673)

Ahhh used to love the dive bar attached to the Chinese restaurant in my old town – $3 food menu including a huge pile of sesame tempeh and rice. Bliss. Still go there every time I go back.

Jobeans (#227)

I’d tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.

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