You might be asking yourself: “Hey [your name], I thought happy hour was illegal in Atlanta. So how could StyleBlueprint be featuring a happy hour article?!” Well [your name], you are right. Sort of. The technicalities of Atlanta’s drinking laws are stickier than a spilled Lemon Drop, so we’re not going to waste our time analyzing the legalities and idiosyncrasies of sipping a cold one at a certain time of day. In fact, it was only a few years ago that we all made a beeline to our local liquor store to celebrate the end of the Sunday alcohol sales ban. Let’s face it—this city is weird when it comes to booze.
However, we’ve included a list of our favorite establishments offering some type of happy hour/weekly special and bucking the technicalities. If you’re perusing this list and don’t see your favorite watering hole listed, keep in mind that some bars and restaurants strictly follow the state/city rules and don’t promote a classic happy hour. But we think (or hope) that one day, this law will go the way of the (drunken) dinosaurs, and we can all freely enjoy discounted drinks and tasty snacks. So leave the office a little early, grab an Uber ride and check out some of these awesome Atlanta happy hour hot spots!
Atlantic Seafood Company: Enjoy a daily happy hour promotion at the bar of this seafood and sushi restaurant. Monday through Friday, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., get half off select appetizers and glasses of wine. On Wednesday, from 4 to 10 p.m., enjoy discounted sushi.
Bocado Burger: Alpharettans can stop by Tuesday night for a burger and beer special, featuring the BOCADO double-stack burger, fries and a beer for $13. Beer specials rotate every few weeks. (See below for a similar deal at the Bocado midtown location.)
Meehan’s Sandy Springs: Pray for a rainy day, because you’ll get $2 select pints and half off appetizers when it’s pouring.
Dantanna’s: Weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m., patrons get half off appetizers. Other specials include Tuesday’s half-off six percent and higher gravity beer and Wednesday’s half-off wine bottles.
Eclipse di Luna: This Dunwoody staple offers half off tapas and well drinks Monday through Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.
Cibo e Beve: Who needs happy hour when you can have Halfy Hour?! Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., enjoy discounted dishes like crispy Brussels sprouts and meatballs, as well as daily drink specials.
Bite Bistro & Bar: Take a Bite out of Alpharetta with these amazing specials, like half-off bottles of wine on Wednesday and a martini deal on Thursday.
Katana Teppanyaki & Sushi: Get your sushi on with specials almost every day of the week. Monday is half-off wine, Tuesday is $5 meals, Wednesday is a $5 flavored martini and Thursday is a $5 sakerita. Menu selections include Asian small plates and bites, plus a full sushi selection.
Vine & Tap: This wine bar/gastropub offers small plates like charcuterie, crab cakes and more–plus a large cocktail list. In addition, the specials include $1 oysters 5 to 7 p.m. every night, half-off wine flights (1 per person) on Wednesday, and a meatball sub and pint for $14 on Thursday.
Watershed on Peachtree: Pull up a seat at the bar Tuesday to Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m. and enjoy five house-made martinis for $5, served alongside yummy small bites.
Fado Irish Pub: Tap your inner Irishman and take on Fado’s drink specials Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., at $5 for select drinks.
The Palm: Grab a spot at The Palm inside the Westin Buckhead Hotel and enjoy half-off specified Prime Bite items weekdays, 5 to 7 p.m.
Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards: After you’ve tired yourself out from Twain’s pool/billiards, darts, shuffleboard and arcade games on Wednesday, order the basic cheeseburger and house brew for $11.
Makan: Enjoy half-price appetizers and ramen Monday through Friday, 5 to 7 p.m. Frontier Mondays include half-off whiskey cocktails, craft beer is $3 on Tuesdays, Korean BBQ Wednesday means half off soju and makegeolli, and classic cocktails are $5 on Thursday.
Square Pub: The Square Pub definitely isn’t meant for any squares! Monday and Tuesday, get $2 PBR tallboys. Also on Tuesday, order $3 empanadas from 5 to 11 p.m.. The rest of the week includes $3 draughts and well drinks on Wednesday, and slider night on Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m.
The Pinewood: Like whiskey? Stop by The Pinewood on Wednesdays for half-price whiskey drinks.
Kimball House: Forget the booze and come for the oysters! Kimball offers half-price oyster happy hour, weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m.
Einstein’s: Stop by this popular Midtown eatery and bar for some great specials. Enjoy $5 Pinnacle martinis and $2 shorties every day, and on Monday, order the $6 burger from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cellar on sale list also happens on Monday and Tuesday.
Joe’s on Juniper: Joe’s is a great spot for watching sports and unwinding, plus you can get $2 cheap beer and pitcher deals every day. Don’t forget about the Happy Hunk Hour from 4 to 6 p.m., featuring half-off appetizers Monday through Friday.
RA: Our mouths are watering at the thought of RA’s tasty specials. Monday through Saturday, from 3 to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close, select sushi and appetizers are discounted. Also, Mondays are $6 Martinis and Makis. From 3 p.m. to close, select martinis and maki rolls are $6 each.
Bocado: Take a bite out of happy hour Tuesday nights with Midtown’s burger and beer special, featuring the BOCADO double-stack burger, fries and a beer for $13. A reminder that beer specials rotate every few weeks, as well.
Cypress Street Pint & Plate: Head to Cypress Street the whole week with specials! On Monday, tacos are $2 all day, Tuesday is “beer geek” at 7 p.m. and Thursday is half-off wine bottles from 7 to 11 p.m., as well as half-off appetizers 5 to 7 p.m.
The Optimist: We’re optimistic you’ll love The Optimist! Weekdays 5 to 6 p.m. and weekends 3 to 4 p.m., get $1 off select oysters and a tangy punch to be determined that day.
STK Atlanta: Revel in Midtown’s hot spot Monday through Friday, 5 to 7 p.m., with $7 Belvedere cocktails.
Mi Cocina: Weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m., Midtown Mexican spot Mi Cocina offers a wide selection of wines, appetizers and specialty drinks for $5 each and beers at $3. Check out the Mambo Taxi, a frozen margarita made with tequila and housemade sangria.
Lusca: If you like seafood, you’ll love Lusca. Enjoy half-off oysters Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Steel Restaurant & Sushi Lounge: Steel has some great specials, like Wasabi Wednesday 5 to 7 p.m. (half off maki rolls, sushi, sashimi), Steel Happy Hour appetizers for $5, Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., as well as $8 vodka cocktails and $10 martinis.
Guaco Joe’s: This great Mexican restaurant in Vinings serves a late-night discounted menu every night, 10 p.m. to close. Daily deals include Monday’s $3.50 house margarita, Tuesday’s $4.50 Texas margarita, Wednesday’s $5 frozen fruit margarita, Thursday’s $3 Dos Equis draft and Sunday’s half-off wine and $4 sangria.
Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall: Get ready for the new happy hour, offering special food and drink menus Tuesday through Friday, 3 to 7 p.m., within Old Fourth Ward. Free salt and vinegar popcorn with other items, like marinated olives, sardines and yucca chips. Drink specials include lawnmower beer for $1 (a mystery beer rotating each week), as well as specials on Moscow mules, margaritas and creature comforts tropicalia.
Poor Calvin’s: You will feel rich at Poor Calvin’s with their specials that include half-price wine bottles on Monday and half-off signature cocktails on Thursday.
Ration & Dram: Monday is oyster night, with offers of $25 bottles of rose. You can get whiskey flight specials on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. during football season and classic whiskey specials (including old fashioneds and Manhattans) on Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Grindhouse Killer Burgers: Every Thursday, get Grindhouse’s specialty Snooty Drinks for $5, including the infamous Large Marge.
Loca Luna: Looking for a bit more activity with your happy hour? Come to Local Luna on Wednesday from 5 to 10 p.m. for $5 skinny drinks and take free salsa dance lessons from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursdays are $2 Dos Equis draft from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sundays are half-off paella and bottles of wine from 4 to 10 p.m.
Park Tavern: Bring an umbrella, because at Park Tavern, “When it Rains, We Pour,” and you’ll get $1 drafts! However, it doesn’t have to be rainy to get half-off sushi 10 p.m. to midnight daily.
Kat’s Café: Finish the work week off right with Martini Friday, featuring $5 martinis and half-off appetizers 5 to 9 p.m. Live music kicks off at 9 p.m.
Two Urban Licks: Stop by Two Urban Licks on “Monday Funday” for specially priced drinks, sangria punch and $8 starters in the bar from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Bantam + Biddy: At the Ansley Mall, Midtown and Alpharetta locations, you’ll get half off appetizers Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. Bantam + Biddy’s Ansley location also has $3 sliders every Monday from 4 p.m. to close.
Republic Social House: People watch at this Grant Park rooftop bar and get some cheap drinks and delicious bar grub. Also, Monday features Republic Social House’s signature Buffalo wings for 45 cents each from 6 to 9 p.m., Taco Tuesday includes $2 tacos, and Wednesdays are a special treat for those in the service industry to get discounted drinks.
Carroll Street Cafe: Like your happy hour with a bohemian vibe? Visit Carroll Street Cafe Tuesday to Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. for half-price tapas.
Trader Vic’s: Every Thursday evening, enjoy the signature Mai Tai for $6!
Polaris: Only like the fancy stuff? Stop by this rotating sky lounge on Wednesday for half off the bubbly.
Thrive: On weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. enjoy Thrive’s drink specials and small appetizers for $5.
Tin Lizzy’s: At all Tin Lizzy locations you can find $2 PBR every day and five for $17 mix and match Corona and Corona Light buckets. Added bonus? Service industry workers get 50 percent off all food after 10 p.m.
Park Bar: Find out what the 3-2-1 Special is at Park Bar! … Okay, we’ll tell you—three shots for the price of two with one mixer of your choice.
Have a favorite local bar and/or restaurant you normally hit up for Atlanta happy hour that wasn’t mentioned? Make sure to let us know so we can add it to the list! (Keep in mind that some of our favorite hangouts strictly follow the whole liquor code/happy hour kibosh, so we didn’t include them.) We love getting feedback from our readers, especially about something as important as discounted cocktails and food!
And check out some other delicious Atlanta hot spots by exploring StyleBlueprint’s Food & Dining section!