America's Best Happy Hours
Café Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick Bar
in the happy hour deals from Chicago to New Orleans.
a long workday, filled with meeting after meeting, and you even eat your lunch al
desko. When it finally ends, all you want is to kick back, relax, and
forget your to-do lists.
in luck: it’s now officially happy hour, corporate America’s cure for the long
was the U.S. Navy that coined the term “happy hour,” referring to free time when
performances (and imbibing) took place. But the act of drinking early in the
day really took shape during Prohibition. Since it was illegal for restaurants
to serve booze, the logical solution was to throw a few back before dinner.
aren’t we glad for it?
happy hour is so common that most people pick their after-work destination
based on the deals they can score. What better way to unwind after clocking out
than by gathering for some low-cost cocktails? But this isn’t the Prohibition
Era anymore, and we like to play on the safe side, so we found places that also
serve up great food, giving working stiffs—or travelers—the option of soaking
up some of the half-priced libations.
no secret that drinking establishments have made a tradition of leaving peanuts
and pretzel snacks on the bar. The saltiness keeps folks thirsty and coming
back for more (and costlier) pours. But at San Francisco’s
Lafitte, a pier-top restaurant overlooking the Bay, that salt comes in a much
greasier, tastier form: “flights” of bacon. To boot, the specialty beers will
cost you only $3.
D.C.’s Agora, a chic-yet-inviting spot in Dupont Circle, not only has a
traditional early-evening happy hour, but it invites folks to return for a
late-night rally. That’s right, a second happy hour. You’d better take
advantage of the $4 plates of flatbread and Greek/Turkish spreads to help keep the
alcohol in check.
bargains abound at most happy hours, New Orleans’
Café Adelaide reigns supreme, with its lunchtime martini special. The cost? A
mere quarter per tipple. Order a po’boy or you might be calling it an early
ditch the office and grab your drinking caps. These watering holes will
quench your thirst and fill your stomachs—without breaking the bank.