With its array of mouth-watering restaurants, it should come as no surprise that happy hour in Las Vegas is unlike any happy hour you’ve experienced before. Not only can guests enjoy celebrity chef fare for a fraction of the regular price at some eateries, but given the fact that the city stays open around-the-clock, guests can also indulge in happy hour pricing outside of the traditional 5-7 p.m. time frame at several places in town. The Level 107 Lounge serves up one of Las Vegas' most unforgettable happy hour experiences — Photo courtesy of Claudio Rangel
One of the city’s most memorable happy hour experiences can be found at the recently renovated Level 107 Lounge inside the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower. Guests can take in the sights from 107 floors above the Las Vegas Strip while enjoying two-for-one cocktails and half-price appetizers from 4-7 p.m.
Menu must-tries include the heavenly roasted tomato fondue and the three cheese-filled bacon-wrapped Peppadew peppers with a chili ponzu sauce. A late happy hour is also offered from 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
Another happy hour that’s popular with both palates and pocketbooks is at Brio Tuscan Grille. One of the best deals in town, its Tuscan Tasters menu lets guests enjoy several menu favorites for only $3.95 each.
Available at both the Town Square Las Vegas location and the Tivoli Village location Monday-Friday from 3-6:30 p.m. and Monday-Thursday from 9 p.m.-close, guests can enjoy such delectable dishes as the flavorful beef carpaccio, served with field greens, capers, mustard aioli and Parmigiano-Reggiano, as well as the Sausage & Pepperoni Flatbread with fresh mozzarella and in-house made tomato sauce.
A $5 drink menu is also available to wash everything down with, featuring several wine, sangria, martini and mojito selections. There’s even an Aperol spritz. Since happy hour is only available at the bar, seating is limited. But be patient–it’s truly worth the wait.
The Tomato-Basil Arancini with fresh mozzarella is just one of the menu items available during Wolfgang Puck's Postrio Bar & Grill's all-day, every day happy hour — Photo courtesy of Wolfgang PuckFinally, for those whose lives are far too hectic to ever be able to commit to a certain time, Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio Bar & Grill inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo offers an all-day happy hour at its bar, available daily from open until close.
Guests can choose from a variety of small plates such as the house-made meatballs with roasted tomato sauce and mini grilled cheese sandwich with Vermont cheddar for only $7 each. A selection of sangrias, wines and draft beers are also available for less than $7. After just one visit, you’ll find yourself wanting to come back time and time again–even if it happens to be on the same day!
You'd need a "Happy Day" to cover all the happy hours in San Francisco. But to narrow down the selection, think in terms of ambiance.
If you're in a "nature" mood, then it's hard to beat Park Chalet on Kennedy Drive, sandwiched between the end of Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach ($3.50 microbrews on Wednesday to Friday from 3-6 p.m.).
If you're in a young and edgy mood, then check out The Mission Bar in the always hip Mission, where the Pabst flows around the clock for pennies on the ounce.
And if you just want a taste of old San Francisco, then try the Comstock Saloon on Columbus Avenue, where genteel bartenders will shake you a Derby cocktail for only $6.
Mad Hatter is fun and funky, and happy hour often extends past 8 p.m. Prices range from $3-5 from 4-8 p.m. Try the mango margarita for just $4. There are also daily specials, like $1 beers on Thursdays from 8 p.m. until close. Take the Red Line to Dupont Circle. Mango margarita at Mad Hatter DC — Photo courtesy of Mad Hatter DC
Masa 14 is all about the $4 happy hour. Beer, wine and cocktails are $4 from 5-7 p.m. Order the strawberry lemonade cocktail with the $6 Angus beef burger from their Latin-Asian small plates happy hour menu. Take the metro to U Street, and make sure you're dressed for the occasion.
Strawberry lemonade at Masa 14 — Photo courtesy of Masa 14
While Amsterdam doesn’t really have happy hour as many establishments do in the United States, there are a few bars and clubs in the city worth mentioning that offer some sweet deals.
Cafe Amsterdamned on the Korte Leidsedwarsstraat has a happy hour every day from 10:30-11:30 p.m. Ladies, you can even sip on your favorite cocktail for free during ladies' nights on Sunday and Monday. Finally, don’t miss out on €1 beer Wednesdays. This lively cafe welcomes a younger crowd (typically in their 20s) and plays a variety of music including hip-hop, top 40 hits and '80s music.
The Waterhole, also on the Korte Leidsedwarsstraat, serves €3.50 pints from 2-9 p.m. The Waterhole offers live entertainment seven days a week, usually featuring blues, rock or funk covers, as well as the option to kick back and play a game of pool. The crowd is very mixed, filled with people of all ages and from all walks of life. Both Amsterdamned and The Waterhole are within walking distance of Leidseplein.
Coco's Outback on the Thorbeckeplein near Rembrandtplein is an Australian pub that has two happy hours. The first happy hour, which offers reduced prices on all drinks, is from 6-7 p.m. Round two is from 10-11 p.m. The second happy hour shift offers cocktail specials. On top of that, all cocktail prices are discounted after 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
The atmosphere varies. In the summer, you’ll find many people lounging outside on the terrace, while visitors curl up by the fire in the cold during winter months. The place is also a favorite spot for sports fans. Thursday night, on the other hand, is karaoke, and Friday and Saturday are club nights. Leidseplein at night — Photo courtesy of Massimo Catarinella
As far as happy hours go, Domenica is home to New Orleans' best. Situated in the Central Business District (CBD) on Baronne, the John Besh restaurant has a seven-day-a-week happy hour from 3-6 p.m. Not only do they serve half price beer, wine and cocktails, but also all of their specialty pizza prices are slashed in half as well. This spot is easily accessible off the St. Charles Streetcar or to anyone walking around the CBD/French Quarter area.
If you are venturing more into the Uptown neighborhood, check out Cure. This cocktail bar on the revitalized Freret Street is known around town as the top specialty drink concocter. From 5-7 p.m., all classic cocktails are just $5.50 (which turns out to be close to 50% off or more, in most cases). Pimm's cups and Sazeracs are flowing hard for those two hours. Prepare to be surrounded by more upscale clientele than you would expect in what is mostly a college neighborhood.
There are many places to find happy hours in London, but one of the best is shabby chic Cuba Libre and Bar Havana in the north of the city, just up the road from Angel station. Every evening, the two for one deal lasts for a cool couple of hours. You can try any of their huge and well mixed range of cocktails.
Staying on the Latin theme, Barrio in trendy Shoreditch High Street (near Old Street or Liverpool Street tube stations, to be precise) does "Amigo Time" every day from 5-8 p.m., supping any of the Latin classics for £4.50 a go helps you keep that party vibe.
Over in the west of the city in Notting Hill, The Rum Kitchen on All Saint's Road near Ladbroke Grove tube also goes down the two-for-one route, on cocktails normally costing eight pounds. This is a good deal, and will allow you to savor that mellow rum, sweet vanilla and tangy coconut between 6-7 p.m. every evening. At all these places, great eats will finish off the party nicely.
New York City
Great happy hours - fortunately, New York has many of them. But some are more noteworthy than others.
The Magician, located at 118 Rivington Street between Essex and Norfolk Streets on the Lower East Side remains ever popular and reigns supreme in the battle of happy hours. The Magician is fresh and funky, full of the young and attractive. They serve $3.50 draft and well drinks from 5 - 8 p.m. daily, accepting cash only.
Another stand out is the slightly more diving Library Bar located at 7 Avenue A, also on the East side. The deal is two-for-one until 8 p.m. from early afternoon. The drinks are cheap to begin with, so if you're looking to feel happy on a small budget and don't mind a little grime and rock, then this is your place. It's nearest to the F train 2nd Avenue stop.
Dallas works and plays hard, so happy hour is a popular pastime in Big D! If you're in town, head on over to the local watering pub to get great deals on food and drinks, meet people and have a great time. Tacos and a drink at Sunset Lounge in Dallas — Photo courtesy of Sunset Lounge
One popular spot for young professionals is The Old Monk on Henderson Avenue. This pub features a cozy atmosphere, outdoor patio, imported drafts and beers and the best fish and chips in town. Happy hour there occurs from 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with $1 off all draughts.
Sunset Lounge on Ross Avenue in East Dallas features $3 food items and cheap drinks every weeknight from 5-7 p.m. The decor is tropical-themed. The people are friendly. And, oh yea, the fish tacos, ceviche and sunset tiki-tini cocktail are to die for!