Food & Drink

11 New ATL Happy Hours You Can’t Miss

Published On 06/17/2015 Published On 06/17/2015

Between all the festivals you’ll be going to and all the road trips you’ll be taking this summer, you’re not gonna have many hours left over to spend at the bar. Make sure the ones you do have are happy, literally, thanks to the drink/food deals at these 11 new ATL happy hours...

Courtesy of Katana Teppanyaki & Sushi

Katana Teppanyaki & Sushi

There’s a different drink special from Monday through Thursday starting at 5pm, starting with half off select bottles of wine on Mondays, $5 variously flavored Moscow mules on Tuesdays, $5 New Amsterdam martinis on Wednesdays, and Lincoln-priced margaritas and $3 shots on Thursdays. From Tuesday to Thursday, you can also enjoy the $5 food menu, which includes Taiwanese chicken, crunchy shrimp rolls, and shishito peppers.

521 Kitchen & Que

From 4-6pm, as long as you’re dining in and it’s between Tuesday and Thursday, 521’s got daily selected beer for $2, and appetizers like boiled peanuts, crispy pickled okra, fried jalapeños, and pimento cheese deviled eggs at half the normal price point.



The mythical octo-monster-named seafood spot serves half-off oysters 5-7pm on weekdays, with rotating $5 drink pairings from Prosecco to cider, sake, beer, and specialty cocktails. During the same hours on Fri and Sat, you can hit the bar or raw bar for one of only 20 off-menu lobster rolls (w/ tomalley mayo and drawn butter), or double-patty cheeseburgers.


Its “B.A.D.A.S.S.” (Belvedere All Day And Saturday Sunday) Happy Hour, offers its bar bites menu (braised short rib sliders, Lil’ BRGs w/ truffle fries, tuna tartare...) for $7 on weekdays from 5:30-7pm. Pair such plates with an all-day-any-day $7 specialty Belvedere vodka cocktail.

The Optimist

Oyster Bar at The Optimist

West Midtown
You’d almost understand if Ford Fry’s seafood house (named No. 7 on Bon Appetit’s best new restaurants in 2013 and No. 1 for the same period by Esquire) avoided discounting its high-quality bivalves. But sure enough, you can get chef-selected, half-shelled mollusks for $1 every day (5-6pm, weekdays; 3-4pm, weekends), plus $5 cups of super-boozy fish house punch.


During weekday “Ramen and Bun Happy Hour” you can get three types of ramen (miso, Korean spicy, and summer tonkotsu), and pork belly buns for half price. Other specials include half off whiskey on Monday, craft beer pints for $3 on Tuesday, and Korean soju or makgeolli for 50% off on Wednesdays.

Courtesy of Colletta


Get half-price pizza and appetizers (meatballs, clams, prosciutto, etc.) during “Apertivo Cocktail Hour” (5-7pm, Mon-Fri) at this Italian eatery tucked into the new-ish Avalon retail complex.

The Luminary

Inman Park (Krog St Market)
The raw bar at this Westernized French brasserie is said to be one of its main draws. Why it'd give away some of its best offerings -- oysters -- for half price Tuesday through Thursday from 5-7pm is anyone’s guess. But don’t ask questions; just eat, pay, and leave before anyone figures out their terrible error in judgment.

Brittany Wallace

The Big Ketch

Still kicking out great seafood, though still misspelling the word “catch,” TBK runs a weekday special from 4-6:30pm with half-price oysters.

MAYA Steaks and Seafood

Sandy Springs
All wine bottles are half off every Thursday at Sandy Springs’ sleek new steakhouse, and unless the owner suddenly stops drinking enough of his own wine to seriously cloud his judgment, that includes pricey vinos like Napa Valley’s Cakebread chardonnay (normally $94), and the Silver Oak cab from Alexander Valley, regularly priced at $160.

Cibo E Beve

Sandy Springs
“Halfy Hour” runs from 3-6pm every weekday, and features $4.50-$10 selected dishes such as San Marzano tomato-sauced meatballs, Margherita pies, and wood-roasted, casino-style oysters, which means they’re like Joe Pesci: well-made but completely ruined if you introduce them to Ginger.

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1. Katana 3345 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Buckhead)

If you have friends who won’t eat real sushi, Katana is the perfect group spot; it has an extensive teppanyaki menu, which is basically a fancy word for hibachi. Think filet mignon, sea bass, and organic chicken cooked tableside.

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2. 521 Kitchen & Que 4365 Roswell Rd #4367, Atlanta, GA 30342 (Buckhead)

This Sandy Springs meatery is deep with seating and flavor. The brisket and pork are on-point, but the fried beef bologna sandwich is a hidden gem. No matter where you sit in their long dining room, your clothes will absorb the wafting aromas of tons of beef, and the opposite sex will love you for it.

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3. Lusca 1829 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

From the guys who brought you the Octopus Bar, get ready for some kick-ass seafood and fantastic cocktails. Plus, this spot is open before 10pm so you can enjoy breakfast/lunch.

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4. STK Atlanta 1075 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

Celebrating the simplicity of a great steak by removing all those showy "vowels," STK boasts a porterhouse and a cowboy ribeye that'll fill you up, and a black truffle aioli tartare that should every meal. The restaurant is advertised as a steakhouse "for the stiletto set," though, so you'll also get the choice of plenty of salads, small plates, and three sizes of steaks, all served in a chic, glossy space.

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5. The Optimist 914 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318 (West Atlanta)

The Optimist proudly brings premier sustainable seafood to Midtown Atlanta. The airy, modern, minimalist spot specializes in oysters, with over ten varieties from the East Coast, Mid-Atlantic, and Canada available on the half shell. Coastal, regional dishes (gumbo, clam chowder, fish& chips) make up the rest of the menu. For an after dinner treat, knock out a round of putt-putt on the restaurant's on-site course.

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6. Makan, Restaurant & Bar 130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

Makan builds upon Chinese and Korean recipes with locally-sourced ingredients to create some seriously delicious Asian fusion comfort foods. Its ramen is rich and silky and its pork buns have an unmistakable touch of Southern charm in their pecan sugar topping. Aside from dinner, Makan also serves weekend brunch that's part dim sum, part ramen slurp-fest.

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7. Colletta 900 3rd St, Atlanta, GA 30318

Premium Italian is pouring into Alpharetta like a fresh glass of Prosecco. Of course there is as good a Italian wine list as you’ll find, and all the clams, prosciutto, burrata, and duck (pizza) to make you keep ordering new pairings. If you have some room in your pantaloni, the spit-roasted bone-in pork chop is your new amico.

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8. The Luminary 99 Krog St NE Suite Y, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Inman Park)

At this polished, subway tile-bedecked brasserie near Inman Park, French technique and traditional Southern ingredients create a cuisine of its own that's both sleek and indulgent. The Luminary features dishes like duck breast with crispy fried okra, short ribs with grits, and saffron-laced corn risotto on its dinner menu, and spicy chicken sandwiches and kale omelets at brunch. The drink menu is geared towards wine aficionados with an extensive selection of bottles from France, Spain, and California.

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9. The Big Ketch 3279 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

Ketch is a half-brick-/half-wood-walled, seafood-serving cabin adorned with buoys and shoreline paintings, and boasting an 84-seat patio. Start with East Coast oysters w/ Ceviche mignonette from the shell bar, then get sammies like blackened/grilled/fried chicken.

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10. MAYA 6152 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30328 (Sandy Springs)

This 1800-square-foot space Sandy Springs spot has a Spanish-American hybrid menu that can easily please you with lamb, sea bass, foie gras, etc., but all the leather inside this wood-heavy space should remind you what you're here for: the Braveheart Black Angus Beef. And to wash it down, pair with one of 40 wines which gravitate toward spanish selections and are offered by the glass -- so you have no reason to stick with just one blend.

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11. Cibo E Beve 4969 Roswell Rd , Atlanta, GA 30342 (Sandy Springs)

This trendy spot seeks to stay true to Italian cuisine while also respecting and pulling from only seasonal, local ingredients. And remember, "Halfy Hour" runs from 3 to 6 p.m. every weekday, and features $4.50-$10 selected dishes such as San-Marzano-tomato-sauced meatballs, margherita pies, and wood-roasted, casino-style oysters.



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