It may not be surprising to know that Americans love to visit bars and restaurants during happy hour, but it is unexpected to find out that more than 60 of weekly sales for such establishments come from that three-hour time frame.
This information comes from Nielsen CGA’s Check-Level Insights Pool data, which also shows that weekends are the most popular time to visit a happy hour, categorized in the study as 5-8 p.m. But higher sales come from weekday happy hours.
With a culture that loves a good deal, discounted drinks and sometimes food is an automatic incentive for people to try a place. What keeps people going back to the same happy hour is the quality of the products served.
There are local bars and restaurants, as recommended by our readers on Facebook, that hit the mark for both a good discount and good food and drinks.
“Harold’s in the Heights is my go-to for happy hour, especially because of the amazing chef at the helm,” Carey Pauly said.
Harold’s Restaurant & Tap Room, 350 W. 19th St., celebrates happy hour with drink specials from 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Tuesday–Friday, and food specials from 4–6:30 p.m. Tuesday–Friday.
You can choose to hang out at Harold’s upstairs bar or on its rooftop terrace to enjoy discounts on domestic and premium beer, $5 craft beer, cocktails like the Tie Your Knot Sangria and Tinibellini, and various bar bites.
Another favorite for happy hour was Liberty Kitchen, 1050 Studewood St., because of its great pricing.
“We went to Liberty Kitchen’s happy hour and ate plenty to be full and had three cocktails,” Laura Collins said. “We had two orders of tacos, grilled oysters and the pimento cheese. The bill was around $20. I would say that’s a great deal.”
Liberty Kitchen’s happy hour is from 3-6 p.m. Monday–Friday and 5–9 p.m. Sunday.
Mary Lopera suggested Postino WineCafe, 642 Yale St., for its scrumptious menu, but the discount during happy hour is only on the drinks.
“It’s 5 before 5 happy hour,” Danny Rashid said. “Any glass of wine or pitcher of beer is $5 before 5 p.m.”
Another area resident recommended Poitin Bar & Kitchen, 2313 Edwards St., because he enjoyed viewing the downtown skyline as he sipped on a beverage. Happy hour is 3–6 p.m. daily, plus 9 p.m.–close Sunday–Wednesday.
For drinks at Poitin’s happy hour you can get $2 off any draft beer and discounted cocktail and wine prices. If you want a snack while you drink, the bar snacks menu is $3 off any item. The menu includes chicken wings, fish balls, possum pie and more.
La Lucha, 1801 N. Shepherd Dr., will provide $1 oysters and $2 Lone Star beer in a can during happy hour. There will be two selections of happy hour-priced oysters, which vary daily. Its happy hour is 5–6 p.m. Monday–Friday and noon–6 p.m. Saturday–Sunday.
The sister restaurant and next-door neighbor to La Lucha, Superica, celebrates “Siesta Hour,” which offers guests a limited menu of chile con queso, guacamole, flautas, hard tacos and hot tamales from 3–5 p.m. Monday–Friday.
Other happy hours tabbed as favorites by area residents were at Dish Society at 1050 Yale St., from 3:30–6:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, Better Luck Tomorrow at 544 Yale St., from 3:30–5 p.m. on weekdays, Helen in The Heights at 1111 Studewood St., from 3:30–6:30 p.m. Tuesday–Friday, plus all day on Thursday, and Eight Row Flint at 1039 Yale St., from 2–6 p.m. Monday–Friday.