No longer a term merely designed to attract customers during slower times, some Atlantic City-area establishments have nearly become synonymous with their sensational Happy-hour offerings.
The concept of the Happy hour as it exists today may have different interpretations depending on who you are and where you are from, and in some cases cities or entire states banned what it considered a practice that encouraged binge drinking.
Indeed, its roots are fixed almost exclusively to discounted cocktails as a way to ease the stress of a hectic day or workweek, and restore a “happy” frame of mind. Now, at least in the case of many popular gathering places in and around Atlantic City, it is primarily an enticement to enjoy appetizers, small plates or signature drinks at reduced rates during off-peak hours, no doubt with the hope that customers will be won over for life and come back at any time.
Below are a few suggestions for some of the area Happy hours that continue to receive a lot of positive feedback.
Dos Caminos at Harrah’s
“Cinco de Wednesdays,” “Thirsty Thursdays,” and “Viva La Friday” are three of Dos Caminos aptly named, popular Happy hours. Wednesdays starting at 5pm includes $5 appetizers and drink specials, while Thursdays boast $3 beers and tequila shots, and Friday features half-priced tacos with $4 beers and $5 margaritas at the bar and lounge. doscaminos.com
One at Revel
At One restaurant Monday through Thursday from 5-7pm, and Friday through Sunday from 4-7pm, bar plates start at $7 and drink specials include $6 glasses of wine and $4 bottled and draft beers. Bar bites and small-plate specials include BBQ short rib sliders, truffle skinny fries, and spicy popcorn shrimp. oneatlanticcity.com
Mountain Bar at Bally’s
Billing itself as Atlantic City’s only 24-hour Happy hour, Mountain Bar — the returning winner of the best in-casino Happy hour in the 2012 ACWeekly.com Readers’ Choice Nightlife Awards — has select domestic draft beers on special at all times for $2, select mixed drinks and shots for $3, and during all NFL games it offers $6 nachos, and Miller Lite or Coors Light pints with a dozen wings for $7. DJs perform Friday and Saturday nights and the Vixens, sexy dancers in skin-tight cut-off jeans and plaid shirts, perform every half-hour on weekends. Ballysac.com
Village Whiskey at Revel
Held every Monday, Thursday and Friday from 4-7pm (plus 10pm-midnight Friday), and all day Sunday in the bar area, Village Whiskey offers assorted sliders like their famed Village Burger and BBQ Pork Sammy sliders ($2.50 to $5), snacks like deviled eggs and cheese puffs ($5 to $9), “Duck Fat” fries ($5, plus $2 for “Sly Fox” cheddar sauce), and raw bar offerings from $1 to $10 per item. Beers like Flying Fish seasonal and Victory Prima Pilsner are $4 each, and there are specials on wines by the glass ($6) and assorted cocktails ($8). Revelresorts.com
Chart House at Golden Nugget
On Sunday and Monday, Thursday and Friday from 4-7pm in Chart House’s bar and lounge, patrons can get a $6 Pomegranate Mojito or Agave Nectar-Rita, a $5 hummus trio, $7 oysters on the half shell, or $6 firecracker shrimp in a spicy dynamite sauce. The menu also includes $5 glasses of wine, $4 well drinks, $3 bottled beer, and $4 premium beer. goldennugget.com/AtlanticCity
Cuba Libre at the Tropicana
The flagship venue of The Quarter, Cuba Libre features a Happy hour Monday through Friday from 5-6:30pm, and Sunday from 4-6:30pm. Five-dollar bar bites include the “Guacamole Cubano” (avocado, and golden pineapple with crispy plaintain chips), and the “Cesar de Oreinte” (spring roll of braised beef short rib, shredded hearts of romaine, roasted garlic-Caesar dressing and cheese) along with $4 specialty cocktails, house wines, sangria, Miller Lite or Corona bottle beers. Tropicana. 348-6700. cubalibrerestaurant.com
The Continental and Souzai at The Pier Shops
At the Continental every Sunday through Friday from 4-7pm, toast to $5 specialty cocktails including the Pomargarita and Melon Drop, and $5 appetizers including the Grilled Thai Chicken Skewers and Margherita Flat Bread. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, menu options include $5 desserts such as the Apple Spring Rolls (NYC-style cheese cake with apple caramel) and Peanut Butter Cups (creamy chocolate-peanut butter mousse, chocolate crunch, and caramel sauce). At Souzai (voted best non-casino Happy hour in the 2012 ACWeekly.com Nightlife Awards), every Sunday through Friday, 4-6pm, and every night from 9pm-close, you can indulge in half-price appetizers and $5 feature drinks, $4 select sushi rolls (like the cucumber and avocado roll, or spicy crispy shrimp roll), $3 drink specials, $4 glasses of wine and $1 cup of hot sake. continentalac.com and souzaisushi.com
Ducktown Tavern in A.C.
The Ducktown Tavern does its best to accommodate all shifts in the workforce with three Happy hours from 11am-1pm, 4-7pm, and 3-5am every day. Specials include $1 off all drinks and half-priced bar-bite appetizers like their famous wings (touted as “the best in the city”), quesadillas, nachos and jalapeño poppers. ducktowntavernac.com
The Chelsea Pub in A.C.
The 2012 ACWeekly.com Nightlife Award for Best After-Hours Spot, the Chelsea Pub has become well known for its “Industry Red Eye Happy Hour” from 4am-7am. It features $2 domestic drafts, $2.25 domestic bottles and late-night bite specials. chelseapubandinn.com
Angeloni’s II in A.C.
Homemade Italian appetizers are available in the lounge at Angeloni’s II for $5 every Monday through Friday from 3-7pm, along with $2 domestic beers, $4 house wines, $3 imported beers and $5 well drinks. Thursdays is “Martinis and Meatballs” night in the lounge, featuring $5 Stoli martinis with complimentary meatballs. angelonis.com
Atlantic City Bar & Grill in A.C.
A seven-hour daily Happy hour (11am-6pm) features $2 Bud and Bud Light bottles, buckets-o-beer for $10, $5 vodka and house Martini specials. Appetizer specials at the bar run from 11am-3pm Monday through Friday and include two-for-$10 specials. acbarandgrill.com
The Beermuda Triangle in Somers Point
The famed “Beermuda” Triangle incorporates Gregory’s (gregorysbar.com), Charlie’s (charliesbar.com) and the Anchorage (anchoragetavernrestaurant.com), each of which runs daily drink and menu specials at their respective bar/lounge areas and “themed” nights like Taco Tuesdays, Wing Night, South of the Border Night, etc. Others to check out in the Somers Point area include Baia, Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, Clancy’s, Caroline’s, the Crab Trap, or Doc’s Place.
An Amherst Avenue classic and sole survivor of a Margate bayfront that once teemed with similar workingman establishments, Maynard’s does a weekday Happy hour from 4-7pm that includes $1 off bottled beer, wine and mixed drinks, and free pool. There are also different specials for each day of the week, and a free Happy hour buffet every Friday from 5-7pm. maynards-cafe.com
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