Best Chain Restaurant Happy Hours

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Happy hour is an after-work godsend. After a long, hard day at the office, too many people wait until dinner to begin drinking. But if there’s a better way to get to know your co-workers away from the copier without breaking the bank, we certainly haven’t found it.

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There’s also something about a chain restaurant that makes sense for happy hour. Maybe that cheerful chain nestled into a strip mall isn’t your first choice for dinner, but when the late afternoon sun is still lingering overhead and you’re searching for a place to enjoy a cheap margarita with the folks from accounting, a chain restaurant does quite nicely. After all, chains serve a variety of beverages to suit a wide range of tastes and generally offer snacks everyone can agree upon.

So how did we pick the best chain restaurants for happy hour? Well, of course we looked at the price first. The best thing about happy hour is the discount. Next we looked at the length of the happy hour. A restaurant that has a happy hour from 3 to 6 will be lower on the list than one that goes from 4 to 7, because honestly, who actually leaves the office in time for more than one drink at a happy hour that wraps up at 6 p.m.?

Location was a factor as well. We found some local chains that had excellent happy hours, but if the restaurants were confined to one state, they were just too remote to count.

And finally, we looked at the happy hours’ je-ne-sais-quoi. Some restaurants on this list offer deep discounts on very expensive food at happy hour and some just have a pretty spectacular menu that perfectly complements strong drinks with hearty snacks.

Remember, happy hour isn’t legal in all states (here's looking at you, Massachusetts), and many have regulations about how long they can last, so check with your local franchise before you gear up to take advantage of the following happy hours. And a reminder: Don't linger at a happy hour if you have to drive home.

#10 Romano’s Macaroni Grill

The Italian chain’s first happy hour goes from 4 to 7 p.m. and is followed by a late-night happy hour from 9 to 11 p.m. They’ve got $3 beer and wine along with $5 cocktails, but they’ve also got something the others don’t: pizza. While they’re ideally made for sharing, any pizza is a personal pizza if you eat it by yourself.

#9 P.F. Chang’s

Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., P.F. Chang’s serves up $3.25 dim sum and $3 sake and beer. Wine will only set you back $5 and cocktails are only $6. The only drawback is that 3 p.m. is a little early for an after-work get-together.

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11 of the best happy hour deals at chain restaurants

  • During certain times of day on certain days, chain restaurants advertise special happy hours.
  • Dave & Buster’s has two happy hours per day and you can score discounted cocktails and beers.
  • The Cheesecake Factory offers drink and snack specials from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the week.

Convenient, consistent, and delightfully nostalgic, chain restaurants can charm even the most hardcore foodies with their generous portions, comfort-food-based menus, and gentle prices. To the latter point, national chains frequently feature satisfying happy hour deals including substantial discounts on drinks and, in some cases, snacks to match. Before heading to your favourite chain, be sure to check with your location to see if they participate in happy hour deals.

From cheap appetizers to discounted drinks, here are 11 chain restaurants with great happy hour deals.

22 Restaurants With Awesome Happy Hour Deals

Most people would agree that 5:00 PM is by far the best time of the day. The work day is over (in a perfect world), it's almost dinner time, and, it's the work-day appropriate time to start drinking&mdashhence the essential power of happy hour. Though some places wait until the official 5:00 PM start time, others start earlier, and all offer discounted food and drinks, giving you even more reason to #treatyoself. Here's a roundup of the best happy hours across America. Drink up, it's 5 'o clock somewhere.

Benihana: Monday through Thursday, 5-8 PM

Deals: Varies by location, but many feature half-off beer, sushi, and appetizers

Chili's: Monday through Friday, Sunday, 3-6 PM

Deals: $2.99 & $4.99 appetizers, discounted drinks

Olive Garden: Monday through Friday, 2-6 PM

Deals: 1/2 price Special Drinks menu, $4 Small Plates

Morton's: Monday through Saturday, 4:30pm-6:30pm

Deals: $4 beers, $7 wine, $6 Bar Bites

Applebee's: Monday through Sunday, 3-6 PM

Deals: 1/2 off select drinks and appetizers

The Cheesecake Factory: Monday through Friday, 4-6 PM

Deals: $3 beers, $5 cocktails, $5 appetizers

Ruth's Chris: Monday through Friday, 3-6:30 PM

Deals: $5 beers, $7 select cocktails and wines, $5 fries, $8 appetizers

Deals: beer starts at $2.75, $5 wine, $6 cocktails, discount appetizers

Buffalo Wild Wings: Monday through Friday, 3-7 PM

Deals: $1 off domestic beer, $3 well drinks, $3.50 cocktails, $3 Starters Menu

T.G.I Fridays: Monday through Sunday, all day

Deals: $5 appetizers, $3 to $5 drinks

Outback Steakhouse: Monday through Sunday, all day

Deals: wines and cocktails start at $4, beers start at $2, food starts at $4

Deals: $6 cocktails, wines by the glass, and appetizers

McCormick & Schmick: Monday through Sunday, 3:30-7 PM

Deals: beer starts at $4, $4 well drinks, $6 select wine and cocktails, $7 martinis, food starts at $2.95

Macaroni Grill: Monday through Sunday, 5-7 PM

Deals: $3 tapas menu, $5 pizzas, $3 house wine and draft beers

Famous Dave's: Monday through Friday, 3-6 PM

Deals: $2.50 beers, $3 well drinks, $3.50 wine, food starts at $2.00

Red Lobster: Monday through Friday, 3-6 PM

Deals: $3 beers, $5 wine and appetizers

Ruby Tuesday: Monday through Sunday, 4-6 PM

Deals: $2 off appetizers, $1 off beers, wine $5 cocktails

The Palm: Monday through Friday, Sunday, 5-7 PM

Deals: 1/2 off beers, wines, some premium spirits, and Prime Bites

Chevy's: Monday through Sunday, 2-8 PM

Deals: $5.99 domestic drafts, margaritas, Pina Coladas, and house wines

Hooter's: Monday through Friday, 3-6 PM

Deals: $4 beers, $3 well drinks, 1/2 off appetizers

BJ's Brewhouse: Monday through Friday, 3-7 PM

Deals: $4 beer, $5 cocktails, $6 wine, appetizers starting at $4

Island's: Monday through Friday, 4-7 PM

Deals: $2.99 beer, $3.35 well drinks, $4.25 select wines, cocktails starting at $4.35, food starting at $1.25

Bang for Your Buck: The Best Happy Hours Nationwide

Ahh, happy hour. That brief, shining window, generally during weekday afternoons, when bars roll back drink prices in an effort to lure in those who are able to take advantage of the free time and low prices. But while bars are still great sources of happy hours, plenty of restaurants are offering happy hours, too. And not just on drinks they're knocking back prices on food as well. In fact, some of the country's best-known, and most expensive, chain restaurants offer little-known menus featuring incredibly inexpensive food and drink specials. You just need to know where to go and when to go. And that's what we're here for (Photo Credit: © Palm Restaurant).

Happy hour itself is nothing new, obviously. Bars have been offering cheap snacks and discounted drinks to lure in patrons during off-hours as far back as anyone can remember (or not remember, as the case may be). But restaurants, especially the large chains, offering a happy hour is a slightly newer development, and one that a lot of folks still might not know about.

The main reason that a lot of these restaurants are offering these special deals is because overall business is down due to the recession, and restaurants need to find more ways to fill the seats. According to USA Today, sales at fast-casual restaurants like Ruby Tuesday were down 5.6 percent in 2009, when many of these happy hours first appeared on menus. "This is what you have to do to get business," Malcolm Knapp, who tracks the industry, told the newspaper. "People don't have enough money to eat out."

So exactly how good are these deals? While each state has its own happy hour laws, believe it or not, most chains have been able to find a happy (hour) medium, offering drinks and appetizers at the bar for less than $10. And while casual eateries like Ruby Tuesday offer special prices, we've focused our ranking on some of the more expensive restaurants, where you really wouldn't expect to find something like a sliced filet mignon sandwich with béarnaise sauce and fries for just $7 (Ruth's Chris Steak House).

Not every single outpost of these restaurants offers these deals, so you'll still want to call ahead, but we have a good feeling that after reading through our list you'll have found your newest "I got out of work early!" hangout.

The 2021 Chain Restaurant Bracket (Fast Food, Fast Casual, & Sit-Down Chains)

So I figured, why not cut each bracket in half and combine them. The move of a madman!

As per usual, the restaurants were decided by an audience vote, but this time I tinkered with the teams included in the final 64, as well as their seeding. This is what we got…

Who is your Final Four pick?

For me, it's quite simple:
- #2) Outback Steakhouse
- #6) Whataburger
- #2) Taco Bell
- #7) Bojangles

The 15 Best Places with a Happy Hour in Henderson

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/> Brad E.: Late night happy hour is where it's at. Cheap personal pizzas and deals on draft beer.

Jeff Keating: Happy Hour! Pizza and meatballs are delicious!

/> Mark Carrillo: The best place for happy hour. Food is always fresh and hot.

/> Dean Presnal: Awesome Happy Hour in Saloon! Mon-Fri from 3:00-7:00pm.

/> Dana Walker: Great value during Happy Hour and the chips and salsa is great!

/> Ryan Shewchuk: The happy hour is the best part of CJ's. 3-7pm with $3 beers and $2 pretzel bites that are just so damn good in your mouth hole.

/> Andrew Scheiber: Can't beat the happy hour specials here. Bar only of course. Best fried calamari. The dip for it is amazing. Wish I could buy it someplace. :)

/> Jamie Hall: Happy Hour @ 9 rocks! If you don't get the delicious three cheese Mac and cheese or the lettuce wraps or buffalo chicken tenders you have to get the amazing Pretzels, the are the bomb!

/> Katie M: Decent Happy Hour. Service wasn't great in the bar but cool atmosphere.

/> John Pestka: One of the best happy hours in the city! Steaks are just as good as you'll find at Strip restaurants. Ask for Claudio to serve you - he's terrific.

/> ᴡ Dushey: Excellent martinis. half price at happy hour!

/> Brad Hager: New York Strip is awesome, cooked to perfection. GREAT wedge salad, good wines. The fried oreo cookies are amazing, yummy. Nice live music. Overpriced compared to the better steakhouses but still good

/> Ronde Westly: Asian Pear Mojitos!! Happy Hour 3p - 6p everyday!!

/> Velvet Bern: Great Happy Hour from 3-6

/> Desirae Graham: Excellent service & great food. Our waiter (Donny) accomodated our request for separate checks (a group of 9 women), took care of issues w/drinks and was apologetic for under cooked chicken. Awesome!

/> Nick Sargent: Honey chipotle chicken crispers with the corn on the cob. epic. plus happy hour specials. great place trouble eat any time of the day.

/> Trish H: Happy hour all day Sunday, 3-7 Mon thru Fri, 9 to close Mon to Thur in the bar- free chips and salsa, food and drink specials!

/> Bran Man: One of the best happy hour joints in town with unlimited chips and salsa!

/> PDX Pipeline: The happy hour prices are the best I've ever seen. Half off all drinks, not just well. Buy 1 get 1 free apps.

/> Nicole Chauvet: Good food, but happy hour is the way to go! Need a ride? Use lyft code: LYFTPHOU and get $20 in free ride credits. #lyft

/> Chef Gemini Artful Saucier: Talk to the Mailman for late nights! And they have a #patiolife #happyhour!

/> Sabrina Rupani: I recommend the White Tiger roll and 911 roll. From 4-7pm they have happy hour with free sake, also free sake if you wear an Osaka shirt! They have a half off menu after 10pm!

/> Jaimi Aburto: Amazing sushi every time! Ive been eating at Osaka for 10 years now and never had a bad bite. Consistency is the best thing any restaurant can offer. Visit Mike at the sushi bar for happy hour 4-7p.m.

/> Brad Borno: Red wine by the bottle $48 Budget try the EOS PETITE SYRAH! Currant, boysenberry, chocolate & a long spicy finish! Great wine. I rate 91/100! Tweet/Fbook me if you like this.

Best Chain Restaurant Happy Hours - Recipes

[photo source: The Cheesecake Factory]

The Daily Meal has taken their time to compile a list of thebest Happy Hour offerings from chain restaurants ―taking into account both drink and food specials ―from chain restaurants around the US. There’s quite a bit of background in the story ―including the genesis of these deals (economic downturns) and even specific state laws regarding happy hour.

The list of 15 includes 11 chains right here in the greater Bergen County area. That would include (specials linked if available online):Chili’s (#13), Olive Garden (#12), Morton’s (#11), Applebee’s (#9), Cheesecake Factory (#8), Ruth’s Chris (#7), PF Chang’s (#6), Buffalo Wild Wings (#5), TGI Friday’s (#4), Outback Steakhouse (#3) and Fleming’s (#2).

The illustrious first place winner that we’re lacking in the area? McCormick & Schmick’s, which was replaced by The Oceanaire Seafood Room at The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack. The Daily Meal also reminds diners that not all locations always offer these deals ―one should always call ahead to confirm.

Best Sunday night happy hours

With a focus on locally owned (and mostly upscale) restaurants with food as well as beverage specials, this list of restaurants in and around Seattle offer Sunday night happy hours . They’re especially great on a three-day weekend.

Sunday night Happy Hours in Seattle

    (Capitol Hill). Happy Hour Sun – Thu 5PM to 7PM. Fri & Sat (Bar Only) 4PM to 7PM. (South Lake Union). Happy Hour All day Sunday startng at 3:00pm and Monday – Saturday 3:00 – 6:30pm and 10:00pm – midnight. (Leschi), happy hour daily 4-6pm and 10pm-2am (food until 1am). (3 Seattle locations: Madison Park in Seattle, Alki Beach in West Seattle, and South Lake Union). Happy Hour Mon – Fri: 3pm – 6pm and Sat & Sun: 3pm – 5pm. (Schwartz Bros. restaurants), south Lake Union in Seattle, Happy Hour Seven Days a Week in the lounge only, 3:00pm – 6:00pm . (Schwartz Bros. restaurants), 3 locations. Bellevue and Seattle/Lake Union: Happy hour daily 4:00pm – 6:30pm. Seattle/Leschi: Mon – Fri 4 – 6:30pm, Sat – Sun 2 – 6:30pm. , 3 locations (Bellevue, Seattle, Tacoma). Seattle Happy Hour: (Not available on holidays) Sunday-Monday: All night Tuesday-Thursday: 4-7pm & 9pm-close Friday: 4-7pm & 10pm-close Saturday: 4-5pm & 10pm-close. (Capitol Hill). Happy Hours Everyday: 3:00pm – 6:00pm and 9:00pm – close. (Belltown). Open daily from 4pm – midnight. HAPPY HOUR is all day Sunday and Monday, Tuesday – Thursday from 4 – 6:30pm and 9pm – midnight, Friday and Saturday from 4 – 6:30pm. in the Belltown neighborhood of downtown Seattle. Happy hour daily 3-6pm. (4 WA locations: Ballard, West Seattle, Redmond, Tacoma). Happy Hour every day from 4pm to 6pm and 10pm to 1am. (4 locations). Southcenter Happy Hour: Sunday – Friday: 3pm – 6pm and Sunday – Thurs: 9pm-close. Gig Harbor and Tacoma: Happy Hour Sunday All Day! and Daily: 3pm – 7pm & 9pm – close. Silverdale Happy Hour Daily: 3pm–6pm & 9pm-close. (5 locations: Seattle/Greenlake, Seattle/Eastlake, Lake Forest Park, Bremerton, and Maple Valleu), 3-6pm and 9pm-close. (3 locations, Seattle/Pioneer Square, Seattle/Fremont, and Everett). Happy Hour 7 days a week. Seattle 3pm to 7pm. Everett 2pm to 6pm and 9pm to close. (lower Queen Anne), Daily Happy Hour: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. and 10:00 pm – close. (downtown Seattle). Daily Happy Hour 4-6 & 10-midnight.

Sunday night Happy Hours north of Seattle

    (Everett). Happy Hours Monday-Friday: 2pm-6pm, Saturday & Sunday: 1pm-6pm and Late Night: Sun-Thurs 8:30pm-Close. (5 locations: Seattle/Greenlake, Seattle/Eastlake, Lake Forest Park, Bremerton, and Maple Valley), 3-6pm and 9pm-close. (3 locations, Seattle/Pioneer Square, Seattle/Fremont, and Everett). Happy Hour 7 days a week. Seattle 3pm to 7pm. Everett 2pm to 6pm and 9pm to close.

Seattle Eastside Sunday night happy hours

    (2 Eastside locations: Bellevue Square, Kirkland). Happy Hour Mon – Fri: 3pm – 6pm and Sat & Sun: 3pm – 5pm. , 3 locations (Bellevue, Seattle, Tacoma). Bellevue Happy Hour (Not available on holidays.) Sunday: 5pm to close Monday: 2:30pm to close Tuesday-Friday: 2:30-6pm Saturday: 5-6pm. (Redmond). Everyday: 3pm to 6pm. Sunday – Thursday: 9pm-11pm. Friday & Saturday: 9pm-1am. (4 WA locations: Ballard, West Seattle, Redmond, Tacoma). Happy Hour every day from 4pm to 6pm and 10pm to 1am. (Schwartz Bros. restaurants), at Redmond Town Center. Happy Hour Daily 3:00pm–6:00pm and 8:30pm to close.

Sunday night Happy Hours south and west of Seattle

    (Tacoma). Happy Hour: 3-6 pm and 9 pm – Close. (Tacoma). Happy Hour 2:30pm to 6pm daily. , 3 locations (Bellevue, Seattle, Tacoma). Tacoma Happy Hour: Sunday & Monday: 4-10pm Tuesday-Friday: 4-6pm & 9pm–close Saturday: 4pm-5pm & 9pm–close. (Gig Harbor, Puyallup, and Tacoma). Happy Hour Everyday 3-6 pm + 9 pm-Close. (4 WA locations: Ballard, West Seattle, Redmond, Tacoma). Happy Hour every day from 4pm to 6pm and 10pm to 1am. (4 locations). Gig Harbor and Tacoma: Happy Hour Sunday All Day! and Daily: 3pm – 7pm & 9pm – close. Silverdale Happy Hour Daily: 3pm–6pm & 9pm-close. Southcenter Happy Hour: Sunday – Friday: 3pm – 6pm and Sunday – Thurs: 9pm-close. (5 locations: Seattle/Greenlake, Seattle/Eastlake, Seattle/Lake Forest Park, Bremerton, and Maple Valley), 3-6pm and 9pm-close. (Tacoma). Happy Hour Mon-Thur 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 2pm-11pm, Sun 2pm-10pm. (Federal Way). Happy Hour: 2-5PM, 9PM-Close.

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The Best Happy Hours in Sarasota

Close to downtown Sarasota’s theatrical venues, Louies Modern draws an arty crowd looking to get in a mini-meal and share some spirits during the narrow window between work and the curtain rising. The energy crackles and the mix expands on Thursdays, when a boisterous crowd shows up for half-price bourbon and $2 flutes of champagne and it turns downright manic on the weekends, when beautiful young people crowd the metal bartop and guard their low-backed seats. The duck tacos, touched up with figs and crème fraiche, are a hit, and the salty, spicy chicharrones, which crinkle when you drizzle lime juice over them, keep diners ordering round after round.

The bar at Veronica Fish & Oyster

Veronica Fish & Oyster

Veronica Fish & Oyster bills itself as a throwback to the supper clubs of days gone by—and that’s the vibe you get when you walk through the restaurant’s doors, from the murals on the wall and marble-topped bar to shelves lined with books and tasteful knickknacks. Add upholstered chairs and banquettes and you feel like you’re in a vintage living room—a sublime setting for sipping cocktails. Veronica’s happy hour makes that exercise even more sublime, with $5 beer and wine specials, $6 cocktails and $7 small plates, including grilled oysters (yes, please—Veronica has a fantastic oyster bar), shrimp and scallop ceviche and smoked fish toast. Bourbon lovers must not miss the Empress of India, made with Old Forester bourbon, blackberry, vanilla and star anise.

For When You’re Craving ’Cue

Brick’s Smoked Meats

Brick’s is the new kid on the block—the block being red-hot State Street—and its happy hour is an excellent addition to the local scene. From 2 to 7 p.m., you can get beer, wine and cocktails for $3-$8, and small plates from $3 to $5. Our picks: the excellent house margarita ($5) and the chicken “chick”-arones, a play on traditional pork chicharrones that taste like the best chicken nuggets you’ve ever had. (The avocado and shrimp ceviche and the pulled pork nachos are also winners.) On most evenings, Brick’s throws open its floor-to-ceiling glass doors, and the thrum of downtown Sarasota nightlife, combined with Brick’s industrial-chic décor and twinkling café lights, makes you feel lucky to be exactly where you are at that moment—especially with that margarita and those chicken bites.

For the Downtown Biz Crowd

Cask & Ale

Youngish attorneys, brokers and bankers flock to downtown’s Cask & Ale, the men in loosened ties and rolled-up shirtsleeves and women subbing slip-ons for workday heels. They come for impressive deals on the beer and wine, plus happy hour-specific concoctions like the lemongrass-cucumber Collins, a sugary, herbal delight. Even non-drinkers stop in for the food— a mix of snacks and starters from 4 to 5 p.m. and the full menu after 5. A plate of poutine delivers a black pepper kiss, while the steamed bun enfolds a long, thick hunk of sweet ‘n’ smoky pork belly. On a recent evening, a pregnant woman sipped a mocktail while holding forth on the ocean’s worth of raw makimono she plans to order after she gives birth.

Music fans snap up Blue Rooster's happy hour deals before the show.

Blue Rooster

A small James Brown figurine—an appropriate guardian angel—perches above the bar at the Blue Rooster. The Godfather of Soul surveys a spacious, high-ceilinged room, where the tables near the stage are often moved aside to allow revelers to swing and twerk to blues and R&B. Blue Rooster’s happy hour precedes the live music, which usually begins around 7:30 p.m., but in-the-know music fans like to pop in around 6:30 to take advantage of the restaurant’s deals before the band starts cooking. The restaurant’s owners also own Bradenton’s Darwin Brewing Co., so expect a choice pick of $4 Darwin drafts, with two taps set aside for seasonal beers-of-the-month. A Darwin Summadayze IPA tastes mighty fine next to a $3 plate of lightly fried black-eyed peas—crispy, crunchy and with a vinegary kick.

For the Ultimate End-of-Day Wind Down

The Table Creekside

The Table Creekside has garnered a fanatical local following thanks to its house-infused liquors, creative menu and dreamy location right on Phillippi Creek. Happy hour offers all that as well, but at a fraction of the price. Get there early—the bar fills up fast—so you can grab a table overlooking the water, and order any of the $5 cocktail and tapas options, which are a total steal for the quality. Try the salty sea bass fritters with Key lime aioli, or the short rib Rangoon, a fun twist on the classic crab Rangoon that’s served with a kicky wasabi aioli. Wash them down with a Ginger Pear Blossom, mixed with house-infused ginger-pear vodka, pear nectar, velvet falernum (a sweet syrup made with an infusion of spices) and fresh lime. Meanwhile, watch kayakers and the occasional manatee glide by outside. Talk about the perfect way to end a work day.

Pianist Joe Micals at Michael's on East

Michael’s On East

Three decades in, Michael’s remains the go-to spot for power players, whether they’re pow-wowing about how to make a difference over dinner or at lunch. We’ve seen some major brainpower coming together at happy hour, too—including a women’s group recently planning an ambitious fall calendar over $6 drink specials. Those specials include craft cocktails, beer and Michael’s Wine Cellar’s private-label wines. And because it’s Michael’s, the food is on point. Make a mini-meal out of the black pepper beef carpaccio rolls with shaved Parmesan, black pepper oil and chives, and sip on the herbaceous Michael’s Garden, named after proprietor Michael Klauber and made with vodka, honey, basil, rosemary and lemon. A drink and a snack while you change the world, and you’re home before 7:30 p.m.? That’s networking we like.

Beach House Restaurant

11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday out of season, 2-4 p.m. Monday-Friday in season

Our pittance of beachfront drinking institutions remains a regional disgrace, but Beach House’s early-afternoon happy hour makes up for the lack of options elsewhere. Available only at its indoor and outdoor bars, the daytime discount menu includes two-for-one specials on sand-between-your-toes drinks (margaritas, piña coladas, Daiquiris), while the food menu provides portions big enough to soak up all that rum and tequila. On the beachside deck, young women wearing bikinis beneath their cover-ups clink glasses of white wine and scarf down plump peel-and-eat shrimp and softshell crab sliders slathered with Sriracha mayonnaise. At the bar, couples who snuck away from work smooch with lips salty from the rims of margarita glasses. After a summer of hurricanes, you may wonder, why do we keep living in such a precarious place? Happy hour on the beach answers the question.

Favorite Spots to Catch an Early Afternoon Buzz in South Walton

30A Florida is home to the Emerald Coast's best dining experiences, so it’s no surprise that they deliver where it counts. Happy Hour! Buzzing with bargains on booze, appetizers and entrees, SoWal has a great selection of restaurants teeming with special deals. Here’s just a few to get you hooked on Happy Hour in South Walton.

Happy Hour at Cuvee 30A is always a great time. It's located in Inlet Beach at 30Avenue and was voted "Best of the Emerald Coast" by Emerald Coast Magazine. They have indoor and outdoor seating options but my favorite spot is at their beautiful bar which has plenty of TVs for sports fans! Their craft cocktails are delicious.

$3.75 Domestic Beer
$4 Craft and Import Beer
$8 Cocktails
$8.50 Craft Cocktails
$9 Martinis
$9 Wine by the Glass

Perfectly located between Blue Mountain Beach and Dune Allen Beach at Gulf Place, Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar is one of the best spots to enjoy Happy Hour on 30A. It's a two-story, open air restaurant that overlooks Ed Walline Public Beach Access and it offers stunning Gulf Of Mexico views. Good times and live music are a daily occurrence at Shunk Gulley in Santa Rosa Beach.

Happy Hour at Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar is from 3-5 pm Monday - Friday. Their happy hour specials are always good and the drink menu is fantastic. It includes a bunch of specialty cocktails, wines and cold brews. Shunk Gulley's award-winning Yellowfin Tuna dip and their fan-favorite, Duck Fat Gulley Fries, are top sellers on their happy hour menu, as well as, their Gulley Margaritas! They also offer great prices on well drinks, wine, and draft beer.

Located in Inlet Beach at the start of scenic 30A is where you'll find Shades Bar & Grill. It's walking distance from Rosemary Beach and Seacrest Beach. Shades is the top sports bar & grill in South Walton with enough TVs to please any sports fan. They offer indoor and outdoor dining options. Shades food is fantastic as are their daily specials.

Happy Hour at Shades Bar & Grill is Monday - Friday 3-6 pm and features the following.

• Half Price Selected Appetizers
• $5 Select Wine and Cocktails
• $1 off Yuengling, Blue Moon, & Fat Tire Draughts

Overlooking the Choctawhatchee, it's difficult to find a better waterfront happy hour atmosphere in SoWal than The Bay restaurant. They have their own white sand beach and private dock. The food is amazing (love their sushi) and it's a family-friendly Chef Jim Shirley food spot. Happy Hour at The Bay is daily from 4-6 pm and features a bunch of great specials.

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