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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Still kicking out great seafood, though still misspelling the word “catch,” TBK runs a weekday special from 4-6:30pm with half-price oysters.
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.
“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. Katana3345 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta
2. 521 Kitchen & Que4365 Roswell Rd #4367, Atlanta
3. Lusca1829 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta
4. STK Atlanta1075 Peachtree St, Atlanta
5. The Optimist914 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta
6. Makan, Restaurant & Bar130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur
7. Colletta900 3rd St, Atlanta
8. The Luminary99 Krog St NE Suite Y, Atlanta
9. The Big Ketch3279 Roswell Rd, Atlanta
10. MAYA6152 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs
11. Cibo E Beve4969 Roswell Rd , Atlanta
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.