Happy hour can be a great way to unwind and spend some time with friends. And it can be affordable if you know when and where to find the best deals. Most bars and taverns now have that information online, but sometimes restaurants don’t advertise their happy hour times or specials, so make sure you call ahead if you are not sure. you have to call.
We have listed chain restaurants that hold happy hours at participating locations, and we will add to the list as we find more. But don’t forget your locally owned spots. Go to our network site in your area to find out about local deals.
Applebee’s : Applebee’s doesn’t seem to advertise an overall Happy Hour, but we found several locations that do indeed have Happy Hour specials in the bar area from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, Mondays through Fridays, and a late-late happy hour until 9 pm, with half-price deals on appetizers, beer, and the Neighborhood Drink of the Month for $1. Call ahead to make sure your local Applebee’s participates.
Benihana: Happy hour runs Monday through Thursday from 5:00 pm to 8 pm. Check your local restaurant for menu items, as they may vary. Most carry sushi, beer discounts and other appetizers, and your Happy Hour deals only apply at the bar.
BJ’s Restaurants: Monday though Friday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Available in the bar only, drink specials may vary according to location.
Buffalo Wild Wings: From 2:00 pm to 7 PM, and from 10:00 to closing at many locations, and some drinks could be as low as $3 each. Call your local Bdub to find out about their specials and happy hour times.
Cheesecake Factory: We found a variety of Happy Hour times at restaurants across the country, so make sure you call your local restaurant to find out their hours and deals. Many have Happy Hour between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm, and others start at 4:00 pm. Catch the happy hour drink specials and half-priced appetizers at the bar.
Chili’s: Enjoy flatbreads, queso, guacamole, egg rolls and other great appetizers from $3 to $6. Some locations offer Happy Hour specials all day, every day, but check your local Chili’s to make sure. Happy Hour is only available in the bar area. Chili’s also has a Margarita of the Month for around $5, available all day every day.
Famous Dave’s: You don’t have to sit at the bar to enjoy this restaurant’s very early happy hour menu. Available from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, and from open to close on Saturday and Sunday, you can take advantage of the deals in the dining room, too. The menu may vary according to your location, but common menu items include stuffed baked potatoes, tacos or barbecue sandwiches, often for under $10.
McCormick’s and Schmick’s: Most McCormick and Schmick’s locations one of the country’s best happy hour menus. The specials vary by location, but many offer specials from $3 to $9. Hours are ususally Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and weekday specials rotate.
Morton’s: This restaurant is more expensive. However, they have a bar menu that offers some reasonably priced appetizers like cheeseburgers, shrimp cocktail and other items for around $8. Some locations participate in Morton’s “Power Hour” from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm(food and drink deals), and from 9:00 pm to close (food only).
Olive Garden : Yep. This family restaurant has a Happy Hour. They offer all day drink specials for $5. Stop in Monday through Thursday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and take advantage of the Early Dinner Duos for $8.99.
Outback Steakhouse: Outback has a No Worries Happy Hour at the bar Monday through Thursday from 3 to 7, and Friday through Sunday from 3 to 6. Single mixed drinks include Absolut, Bacardi, and Jack Daniel’s cost $5, and signature cocktails including Ruby Mango Lemonade and Aussie Rum Punch for $5. https://www.outback.com/bar/no-worries-happy-hou
PF Chang’s: Many PF Chang’s restaurants offer a Happy Hour from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, with a special menu. The restaurant web site states that prices, locations, and participation may vary, so call ahead. The Happy Hour menu lists $5 dim sum, and $4 craft beer.
Ruth’s Chris: Another pricey restaurant, but if you sit at the bar during Happy Hour you can enjoy $9 cocktail specials and a Happy Hour menu.
Sonic Drive-in: From 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm daily, get half-price drinks and slushes, and 99-cent corn dogs. If you order through the Sonic app, you will get drinks and slushes for half price all day.
Steak ‘n Shake: Happy Hour doesn’t have to include alcoholic drinks! Get half-price shakes and soft drinks at Steak ‘n Shake from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
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