Happy hour is the happiest hour of the day. A time to unwind when you leave the office or put an end to your city exploration. Drink specials that are served in other states do not make their way to Massachussetts, wreaking havoc on the happy hour traditions of "two for one drinks". Not to worry, this does not mean that happy hour does not exist, it just means that steep discounts on food prevail here. Restaurants rule for happy hour in this city. Crowds turn up for these deals in droves. Pick your place, get their early, and enjoy the scene from your bar-side perch.
Noir's $5, $4, $3 Deal
Noir is a sexy, sultry lounge serving a little something special. Beyond basic bar food and perfectly prepared cocktails make Noir extra special. Located in Harvard Square, it is easy to enjoy their $5 flatbread, $4 sandwich, and $3 snack. The selection changes each week, and a minimum beverage purchase of $6 is needed to obtain this deal. Served Tuesday – Thursday from 5:00 - 8:00PM and Saturday – Monday from 5:00 - 11:00PM. Noir the a good place for a date, or just to hang with a friend.
McCormick & Schmick's Famous $1.95 Bar Menu
McCormick & Schmick's is a bit more than a typical chain; serving good food and great drinks in a central city location it has become a local favorite. Locals really love it for its famous bar menu, with snacks starting at $1.95 the money you save on dinner can easily pay for your drinks. Where else can you find a $3 half-pound cheeseburger (other than a fast food joint), a $4 cheese pizza or an order of $5 steamed mussels? Guests must be seated at the bar to enjoy these deals. Served from Monday through Friday from 3:30-6:30pm and Monday through Thursday from 9:30pm-10:30pm. McCormick & Schmick's is a good destination to spend happy hour with a group of friends.
Grendel's Den 1/2 off
This Harvard Square hangout offers an amazing patio and spectacular specials including half-price happy hours. The entire menu is half price from 5:00 pm-7:30 pm every evening, and from 9:00 pm-11:30 pm Sunday Thursday. The catch, this discount is reserved for those opting to dine indoors. With its Harvard Square location it can get pretty packed with money savvy students looking to save a few bucks to buy their books. Arrive early or risk missing the deal. A $3 per person beverage purchase is required. A good place to revert to your college self, relax and forget about anything that is currently a trend.
Estragon's $1 Tapas
This South End hot spot serves one of the best happy hour specials in the city-$1 tapas at the bar. Chef de Haro's Spanish roots run deep, and can be tasted in the enticing treats he serves. Many claim the tapas here to be the best in all of Boston. Sit at the sleek bar and watch the crowd grow; taste some of the terrific tapas I have found, and frolic with the cool South End crowd. $1 tapas are served Monday through Thursday from 5:30-7pm.