Boston's 10 Best Happy Hour Hot Spots Where Food's the Focus

Happy hour is the happiest hour of the day, and not just for the flock of white collar workers who leave Boston offices as soon as the clock strikes five, but also for tourists, students, the blue collar crowd, and those just looking to save a little money on good food.

Drink specials aren't exactly allowed for happy hour in Boston, but bars have found ways around the rule by offering things like half priced appetizers, and beer that seems to always be on special. For Boston restaurants, this law is a plus, as they tend to have a busier bar scene than table scene early on weeknights with people waiting to score a spot where they can indulge in happy hour specials.

Take high end steakhouse, Morton's  as an example and indulge in their inexpensive "Bar Bites" with a great glass of wine. Or enjoy Estragon's "Tapa's Blitz" where for a few weeknight hours you'll be able to order a decent selection of their delectable food for a fraction of the price of dining at a table- but you must forgo the reservation as bar spots at Estragon are first come first serve. 

When the mood hits to enjoy a pos work libation be sure to check out 10best's picks to make your hour a happy one.

The Living Room


The very name of this lounge makes you feel comfortable and ready to settle in for a relaxing evening. Guests enjoy the strains of jazz and blues music as they sit back and sip on their drink of choice, perhaps a dry martini or a gin and tonic....  Read More



Clarke's makes for a pleasant destination after a long, hard day at the office. It boasts a casual atmosphere and plenty of friendly servers and bartenders to help you have a good time. The bar offers cocktails and a good array of bottled and...  Read More

Cheers - Beacon Hill


The place where "everybody knows your name" (originally the Bull and Finch Pub) is a must for many first-time tourists. Although the interior isn't quite like the famous TV set, they do have a gift shop with memorabilia from the show. The menu...  Read More



Whiskey's has been a Boston hot spot for years. Here, hoards of 20 somethings gather to eat drink and socialize. $3.00 bar bites let you eat for next to nothing Monday-Friday from 4-7pm. And wings are always a treat at .$25 each Sunday -...  Read More



Sitting at the bar of McCormick and Schmick's after 5pm any day of the week you'll find a cross section of individuals seeking post work stress relief. The low prices of the bar bites allows the people perched there to save some money while...  Read More



Don't be tempted by the patio seating because that is the one place you can't enjoy Grendel's cheap eats during happy hour. Instead, make your way inside and head down the stairs to one of Harvard Square's well frequented bars. Students flock to...  Read More



Restaurants in Boston serve their share of food specials to compensate for the lack of drink specials in the city. Most lean towards the typical bar food-burgers, fries and other fried delights, but at Estragon you'll find an impressive...  Read More

Haru Sushi
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Haru Sushi, located just outside the Prudential Center, is the place to stop for happy hour. Serving a selection of sushi and hot appetizers, a small sampling is the equivalent of a meal. A seat at the bar from 3-7pm or after 10pm gets you the...  Read More



Set in the Seaport District, Morton's offers a prime location for diners wanting a seaside setting, but not necessarily the seafood. Known as a favorite of midwestern raised friends, Morton's serves steak in style. And this location even allows...  Read More


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