Best Happy Hours Across the Nation

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Happy hour is a magical time when fancy waterfront hotel bars have $3 beers and dive bars start serving two for the price of one. Although some states have outlawed happy hour, there are still plenty of great venues across the nation where good deals can be found on cocktails, beer, and wine, along with food and entertainment. Cheers to that!
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ALABAMA: ROGUE TAVERN

Birmingham
Happy hour drink specials run daily from 3 to 7 p.m., including $2.50 domestic beer, $3 well mixed drinks, and $4 house wine, all served in a relaxed atmosphere and accompanied by live music. Seasonal parties come with themed drink specials such as $3 Mexican beers and $10 margarita carafes for Cinco de Mayo.

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ARIZONA: SIDELINES TAVERN & GRILL

Chandler
This sports-themed pub hosts a daily happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. The deals include $2.75 beers, $4.75 wines, and $2 off selected appetizers. Along with great food and drink specials and sports, Sidelines has big screens with sitcoms, soaps, and kids shows for a family-friendly vibe.

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ARKANSAS: CAJUN'S WHARF

Little Rock
With river views from a terrace, this restaurant and live music venue delights and entertains. The Monday-to-Friday happy hour drink menu

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CALIFORNIA: LA CITA

Los Angeles
An upbeat hangout for those who love to drink and dance, La Cita features happy hour all week long, highlighting weekdays 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. Weekday happy hour deals include $3 Tecate and domestic beer, plus $5 imported beer and well drinks, in addition to rotating daily specials.

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COLORADO: CHARLIE BROWN'S BAR & GRILL

Denver
This restaurant and bar boasts two daily happy hours: 4 to 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Both feature two-for-one well drinks, house wine, and domestic beer for the first round of drinks.

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CONNECTICUT: OLD POST TAVERN

Fairfield
This casual-dining restaurant features classic American food in an elegant atmosphere. During the daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., look for two-for-one drink specials on draft beer, house wine, and well liquor, as well as $1 sliders and $5 flatbread pizza. There's free live music Fridays and Saturdays starting at 10 p.m.

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DELAWARE: TIMOTHY'S RESTAURANT & SPORTS BAR

Wilmington
This riverfront American grill and sports bar offers happy hour 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. weekdays. Specials include $3 beer, $4.50 wines, $3.75 mixed drinks, and apps for $8. With plenty of screens at the bar, it's a local favorite for catching sports games.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: BRAVO BAR

This casual bar in northwest Washington serves up drinks, food, and a side of board games in a relaxing atmosphere. The Monday-through-Friday happy hour runs from 4 to 9 p.m. and features $5 mixed drinks, beer and wine from $3.50, food starting at $5, plus specials such as a shot of whiskey, a beer, and hot dog for $6.
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FLORIDA: HATTRICKS

Tampa
This popular sports bar boasts happy hour drink specials daily from 4 to 8 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to closing. Specials include $16 buckets of beer, $2.25 draft light beer, two-for-one well drinks and 85 cent wings. Staffed by local young ladies, the atmosphere is convivial with the typical warm Irish hospitality.

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GEORGIA: THRIVE

Atlanta
Thrive restaurant and lounge is one of the liveliest fusion spots in Atlanta. Happy hour is weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and features food and drink specials. Highlights include food starting at $5, cocktails and wines from $5 to $7, and $3 to $4 beer. After enjoying the bar, patrons can transition to the dining room for dinner, or to the lounge to keep drinks flowing.

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HAWAII: ARNOLD'S BEACH BAR

Honolulu
It's as if it's always happy hour at this Honolulu hangout. In addition to $5 drink specials all day, every day, Arnold's offers $3 draft and domestic bottled beer until 6 p.m. daily and $4 local drafts from 6 p.m. until close. Live music is scheduled every night of the week. Plus, there's free popcorn that's popped in bacon grease.

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IDAHO: FIREHOUSE GRILL

Idaho Falls
This inviting sports bar features daily food and drink specials during happy hour, Monday through Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. On Friday and Saturdays, look for a happy hour from 9 p.m. until close. Mainstays such as $4.85 margaritas, $3.85 big domestic drafts, and $4.50 simple mixed drinks are favorites, and there are rotating food specials (including a buy one burger, get one for $2 deal, and $14 prime rib).

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ILLINOIS: OLD TOWN SOCIAL

Chicago
This industry hangout offers happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. (and Sundays from 8 to 10 p.m.) and Miller and Coors for as little as $1, glasses of Aix Rose wine for $4, and daily specials such as $2 tacos and $5 burgers. It's known to offer discounts to different groups of working people -- keep your eyes peeled for rotating deals for people of all walks of life, from bartenders to nurses.

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IOWA: DJANGO

Des Moines
Traditional French cuisine without the "haute" attitude. Guests can enjoy $5 wine, beer, and martinis, plus food specials on weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. On Tuesdays, happy hour extends to 10 p.m. With a regular calendar of seasonal events, Django is a go-to for celebrations throughout the year.

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KANSAS: BOOBIE TRAP BAR

Topeka
This bar and live music venue offers happy hour daily from 8 to 10 p.m. Specials change daily and include $2.50 Jaeger and UV bombs and $3 Long Island iced teas. The bar's packed calendar includes regular karaoke, DJs, and free live music.

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KENTUCKY: THE BACK DOOR

Louisville
This beloved Louisville pool room and bar is home to what many consider the area's best happy hour. From 4 to 8 p.m. daily, imbibers can take advantage of $2.75 well drinks and pints of domestic beer, as well as discounts on pitchers of domestic beer and a different additional drink special nightly. A late-night comfort food menu includes options such as hot pepper cheese balls, wings, and nachos for under $10.

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LOUISIANA: LATITUDE 29

New Orleans
A sweeping take on the tiki bar, Latitude 29 by Beachbum Berry offers a happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. It's a great way to try real -- and otherwise pricier -- tiki drinks for $7 a pop, plus food specials starting at $3.

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MAINE: THE SNUG

Portland
Bartenders at this Irish pub are friendly and fierce and expect mutual respect from the patrons, Yelp reviewers say. Happy hour is daily from noon to 6 p.m. and features $2 off everything. Self-described as an "Irish-ish" pub, the vibe is decidedly friendly, welcoming, and laid back. Its list of 30 whiskies is a plus for whisky nerds.

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MARYLAND: MCGINTY'S PUBLIC HOUSE

Silver Spring
This traditional pub and entertainment venue is in suburban Silver Spring, on the border of Washington. Happy hour specials are available weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and feature $5 appetizers, beer starting at $3.50, and wine and cocktails starting at $4.50. Trivia lovers can get in on the fun every Monday night.

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MICHIGAN: EL AZTECO

East Lansing
This outpost for American-Mexican fare attracts a crowd with happy hour margaritas weekdays from 5 to 11 p.m. One of the few places to offer special low prices during prime time, El Azteco serves $2.50 margaritas and $10 pitchers. Everything is made from fresh ingredients, making it one of the best places in town for authentic flavors.

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MINNESOTA: STELLA'S FISH CAFE

Minneapolis
Located uptown, Stella's offers daily happy hour specials (twice daily Sunday through Thursday), although hours vary. Specials include super cheap seafood and buy-one-get-one-for-$1 draft beer, house wine, and well drinks. Seasonal events and weekly food specials such as sushi Wednesday and Crab Thursday are a can't-miss for seafood lovers.

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MISSISSIPPI: SALTINE

Jackson
Oysters and alcohol come together during happy hour at this seafood restaurant. Daily from 4 to 6 p.m., patrons can enjoy $1 oysters alongside drink specials. Saltine also offers rotating weekly deals, such as $5 bubbly and half-prices wine bottles.

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MISSOURI: THE QUAFF BAR & GRILL

Kansas City
This venerable burger joint and sports bar hosts happy hour weekdays from 5 to 10 p.m. Drink specials include $3 domestic beers and margaritas. The real draw is all the tacos you can eat for $5 during the same time.

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MONTANA: 406 KITCHEN & TAPROOM

Billings
Look for $1 off beers, $2 off wine, and $3 mixed drinks weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., but also $2.50 domestic beers all day on weekends. A thoughtful selection of rotating taps and occasional live music make this a relaxed place for a good time.

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NEBRASKA: ROJA GRILL

Omaha
A favorite for Mexican food and margaritas, Roja Grill has happy hour specials Monday to Saturday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Drink highlights include $4.50 margaritas, $2.50 and $3 draft beers, and $3.50 house wine, and you can enjoy Fajita Frenzy Wednesdays and Margarita Mondays.

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NEVADA: ALOHA BAR

Las Vegas
This lively kitchen and bar offers happy hour at three locations from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays. Specials include half-price well drinks, $2 beer, and $4 select top-shelf liquor. Karaoke is free with a two-drink minimum, which is the best way to enjoy karaoke. If singing in front of strangers isn't your thing, you can also test your luck at their slot machines.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE: MCGARVEY'S

Manchester
This dive bar offers two daily happy hours. Weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m., it serves $2 domestic beer and $3 craft and imported beer and takes $1 off mixed drinks. The mixed-drink discount returns from 10 p.m. until close, along with 75 cents off all bottled beer. Add to this nightly karaoke and daily specials on food made fresh from locally sourced ingredients.

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NEW JERSEY: THE RAIL YARD TAVERN

Fair Lawn
This American mainstay offers specials every weekday from 4 to 7 p.m. Along with drink specials such as $2 beer, $4 wine, and $5 cocktails, each weeknight has a different event. Trivia, live jazz, DJs, bands, and NFL screenings are all part of the lineup.

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NEW MEXICO: ZINC WINE BAR & BISTRO

Albuquerque
New American cuisine and high-end wine and drinks with a Monday-through-Saturday, 4:30 to 7 p.m. apertif hour that guests rave about, featuring $7 drinks and appetizers from $4 to $6. The calendar rotates special events such as live music and tastings.

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NEW YORK: CIENFUEGOS

New York City
This Latin-inspired upstairs bar and lounge is a hidden gem for happy hours, Monday through Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and all night Sunday. Included are half-price punch bowls, as well as other drink and food specials starting at $5. Prices are low for high quality, and the bar captures a trendy NYC speakeasy vibe.

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NORTH DAKOTA: BULLDOG TAP

Fargo
A beloved sports bar offers specials including certain mixed drinks for $3.50 or $4 every night at 8 p.m., plus a general happy hour 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday that knocks $1 off of all beer, wine, and mixed drinks. In addition to cheap food and beverage deals, guests can enjoy an array of NFL games on big screens and blackjack on select nights.

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OHIO: MARCELLA'S

Columbus
With two locations, patrons have double the opportunity to hit happy hour -- weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and a half-hour longer at the Polaris Parkway location. Food and drink specials include half-off wine and a selection of appetizers, as well as half-off beer and well drinks at the North High Street location and beer and liquor for $3 to $5 at Polaris Parkway.

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OREGON: SAUCEBOX

Portland
A daily happy hour (most often 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) offers patrons of this chic Asian restaurant and bar $6 cocktails and a menu of snacks starting at $3. Specials on wine, beer, and sake are also on offer. Between learning about beverages from all over the world, guests can enjoy DJs and dancing Fridays and Saturdays.

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PENNSYLVANIA: TIR NA NOG

Philadelphia
A vibrant Irish pub in Center City offers low prices and a casual, friendly atmosphere during happy hour, weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m. as well as Thursday to Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight. Specials include $4 domestic beer, $2 off wine, $5 fireball shooters, and $7 appetizers. Further specials during NHL and NFL games feature buckets of beer and deals on food.

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SOUTH CAROLINA: PEARLZ OYSTER BAR

Charleston
This oyster bar near the coast boasts one of the best happy hours for food as well as drinks. alongside cheap oysters and shooters, there's $3 champagne, $4 beer, and $5 liquor daily from 4 to 7 p.m. There are locations in Columbia and West Ashley too.

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SOUTH DAKOTA: WILEY'S TAVERN

Sioux Fall
Brace for rowdiness at a popular dive bar and nightclub. Rotating daily specials at various times include local favorites such as $10 fishbowls, two-for-one drinks, $3 mixed drinks, and 75 cent wings. Friday nights are especially busy, with music designed to keep the party going strong.

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TENNESSEE: COOL SPRINGS BREWERY

Franklin
At this microbrewery in suburban Nashville, daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. includes $3.75 pints of craft beer, as well as wine and liquor specials such as $4 house wine and well drinks for $3.50. The menu of New York-style pizzas complements the atmosphere and the brews.

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TEXAS: RESERVE 101

Houston
A world-class whiskey bar with a simple and straightforward happy hour Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. Drink deals include $6 select cocktails, and half-price draft beer. The whiskey list is also highly acclaimed. Those looking for a more in-depth experience should consider a tasting with special flights and food pairings.

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WASHINGTON: REGATTA BAR & GRILL

Seattle
Located in the Crown Plaza Hotel, Regatta Bar & Grille combines happy hour prices with a sophisticated atmosphere. Every day from 4 to 7 p.m., patrons can take advantage of $6 well drinks, $5 house wines, and $5 draft beer.

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WEST VIRGINIA: THE BLOCK

Charleston
This dimly lit neighborhood wine bar and restaurant offers discounts during "The Block Hour" every day from 4 to 6 p.m. Bar patrons can enjoy $5 wine and mixed drinks, $1.50 off all beer, and a rotating selection of free food to snack on. Regular wine tastings are well priced at $30 per person for six wines plus appetizers.

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WISCONSIN: TAYLOR'S

Milwaukee
This local watering hole has a reputation for the best happy hour in town. Weeknights from 4 to 8 p.m., select top-shelf liquor is $3.50, and beer and wine is discounted $1. After 8 p.m., look for more drink specials, varying by day of the week. Complimentary appetizers and regular musical talent create a festive vibe.

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WYOMING: LOCAL RESTAURANT & BAR

Jackson Hole
This modern take on a classic steakhouse uses a farm-to-table philosophy to create a memorable dining experience. Daily happy hours run from 4 to 6 p.m. (and 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays) and features half-off all beer, wine, and mixed drinks, as well as a $9 burger.

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