You might be asking yourself: “Hey, I thought happy hour was illegal in Atlanta. So how could StyleBlueprint be featuring a happy hour article?!” Well, 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. Also, enjoy $1 oysters Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 6 p.m.
Bocado Burger: Alpharettans can stop by on weeknights from 4 to 6 p.m. and enjoy $5 cocktails, $3 beer, $6 sliders and $5 snacks.
Dantanna’s: Weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m., patrons get half off appetizers. Other specials include Tuesday’s $5 burger until 6 p.m. and Wednesday’s half-off wine bottles.
Eclipse di Luna: This Dunwoody staple offers half off tapas and well drinks Monday through Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m.
Cibo e Beve: Weekdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., enjoy $5 seasonal cocktails and glasses of wine, $20 bottles and appetizer specials.
Bite Bistro & Bar: Take a Bite out of Alpharetta with amazing weekday specials including $5 bar bites and house wine from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
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.
Watershed on Peachtree: Pull up a seat at the bar on Fridays, 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 beers of the month, $6 for bar snacks and $7 for signature cocktails and premium wines.
The Palm: Grab a spot at The Palm inside the Westin Buckhead Hotel and enjoy half-off specified Prime Bite items Sunday through Friday, 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.
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 well drinks and $3 draft beers 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 $7 Deep Eddy martinis and $3 shorties every day. 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 $2.50 cheap beer and pitcher deals every day. Also on Mondays, food is 50% off for all service industry employees.
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.
Cypress Street Pint & Plate: Head to Cypress Street for specials all week long! 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. On Fridays, enjoy half-off appetizers from 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 5 p.m., get select oysters for $1!
STK Atlanta: Revel in Midtown’s hot spot Monday through Friday, 5 to 7 p.m., with $5 beer, $6 wine and $7 cocktails. On Thursday, enjoy $1.50 oysters and clams, $3 shrimp, $4 ceviche, and $4 snow crab claws during their Oyster Happy Hour!
Guaco Joe’s: This great Mexican restaurant in Vinings serves a late-night discounted menu – including $2 tacos and 1/2 price dips – every night, 10 p.m. to close.
Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall: On Vinyl and Vino Wednesdays, enjoy half-priced wine and full volume vibes!
Poor Calvin’s: You will feel rich at Poor Calvin’s with their specials that include half-price wine bottles on Monday.
Ration & Dram: Monday is oyster night (#abuckashuck) with offers of $25 bottles of rose.
Grindhouse Killer Burgers: Every Thursday, get Grindhouse’s specialty Snooty Drinks for $5, including the infamous Large Marge. On Trivia Night Mondays, burgers are half-priced!
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. Monday is all you can eat paella for $18, Thursdays are $4 margaritas ($15 pitchers) from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sundays are half-off paella and bottles of wine from 4 to 10 p.m.
Park Tavern: On Sundays at Park Tavern, draft beers are just $1 and Wednesday is Wine Down Wednesday with half-price bottles. Also, celebrate taco Tuesday with $3 tacos, $3 margaritas and $3 tequila shots!
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.
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 tacos every Monday from 4 p.m. to close.
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 and Mondays for $5 tapas.
Trader Vic’s: Every Thursday evening, enjoy the signature Mai Tai for $6 starting at 8:30 p.m.!
Polaris: Only like the fancy stuff? Stop by this rotating sky lounge on Wednesday for half off the bubbly from 5:30 to midnight.
Thrive: On weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. enjoy Thrive’s small appetizers for $5 and special discounted drink menu.
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!