The Bear & Kilt Freehouse
This unassuming downstairs rec-room-style pub does happy hour Monday to Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m., with highballs and domestic bottles of beer for $4.50, domestic pints for $5.50 and 60-oz. domestic jugs for $15.50. There’s also a happy-hour food-plus-drink special that includes a domestic pint and a daily food item (wings, fried pickles, a steak sandwich, etc.) for 10 bucks flat.
110 8 Ave. S.W., 403-232-8442
This East Coast bar (how “East Coast,” you ask? Their website features the phrase: “Lord tunderin’ dying Jesus Murphy bye” and the food menu includes a “Halifax Donair”) hosts a weekday happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. (and all day on Sundays) with 10 per cent off all draft beers and highballs.
This traditional-styled bistro (think subway-tile and cured meats hanging beside the open kitchen) does happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m., offering 25 per cent off beers and glass pours of wine.
Divino Wine and Cheese Bistro
Happy hour goes way beyond cheap beer and pretzels at this warm and welcoming spot that is a favourite haunt of the pre- and post-theatre crowd. Divino’s elevated happy-hour concept involves a weekly selection of wines paired with two small plate offerings: think Iberico ham with melon, cheese tarts and house-made pats. Wines are priced at around $9 a glass (a deal when you consider the selections are regularly in the $15-a-glass range) and the small plates are $5 to $9. Happy hour is from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. Check in on Twitter to find out what’s on the menu for the week.
113 8 Ave. S.W., 403-410-5555
Weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Earls lounge you can get $3 sleeves of the house brand Rhino beer, $3 signature highballs and discounted 6 oz. and 9 oz. glasses (or what the heck, full bottles) of What Cha Ma Call It Chardonnay and Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec wines ($19 per bottle for the Chardonnay, $22 per bottle for the Malbec). There are great happy-hour food specials as well, like tuna tostadas for $2 each (regular $3.75), and Leroy’s crispy dry ribs for $8 (regular $11.25).
The bar at this stately steakhouse is your best bet for a Don Draper-approved happy hour experience, with $8 classic cocktails (Manhattan, French 75, whiskey sour and Boulevarier) from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. Hy’s happy hour also includes well highballs for $5.25, 14-oz. draught beers for $5, Champagne and sparkling wines at 40 per cent off, and a snacking menu that includes fresh-shucked or pan-fried oysters for $1.50 each and a New York steak sandwich for $20.
A favourite haunt of local-celebrity food blogger (and Avenue contributor) Dan Clapson, this modern gastropub takes $1 off highballs and draft beers from 4 to 7 p.m. and has daily food specials including half-price rustic pizzas on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. onward.
Those tasty, tasty bellinis, along with craft beers and house wines, are all $5 between 3 and 7 p.m. at this Stephen Avenue spot that has been doing its thing since back in the year 2000.
At $4, the bellinis are even cheaper at Milestones between 3 and 6 p.m. You’ll also find discounts during those hours on selected beers such as Heineken if you’re not about the sweet stuff.
This second-floor restaurant and lounge is a great room that has great deals at happy hour – select food items, beers, wines and spirits for $5 every Monday to Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. If you happen to be working on a Sunday, you can take advantage of their 50-per cent discount on select bottles of wine between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. (if you’re downtown working on Sunday, you’ll probably need it).
The Stephen Avenue location of the popular chain hosts happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., serving highballs, 14-oz. sleeves of beer and glasses of house red or white wine for just $4 each.
Happy hour or, in Teatro’s case, Apperitivo Italiano, is a great time to enjoy the ambiance of this elegant room and hobnob with the City Hall crowd. Monday to Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. you’ll find “Apperitivo” to mean $7 glasses of wine, $5 highballs and bottles of Peroni, as well as an ever-changing bar-snack menu.
The Hyatt Regency Hotel’s classic restaurant (and its Sandstone Lounge) has a tasting flight of Balvenie scotch for $25. It’s not technically a “happy-hour” special, as it’s available any day and at any time, but it’s perfectly suited to the hours between quittin’ time and dinner downtown.
Happy hour at Trib runs from 3 to 6 p.m., but you’ll be very happy indeed if you can get there early since happy-hour items are $3 during the first hour (3 to 4 p.m.), increasing to $4 between 4 and 5 p.m., and $5 between 5 and 6 p.m. Special-priced drink offerings include highballs, select red and white wines by the glass and Wild Rose Red Ale beer. There’s also a bar snack menu that includes things like onion rings and duck pat. Aside from the $3-$4-$5 menu, Trib’s happy hour also features $1 oysters.