Food & Drink

The Best Happy Hour in Your Atlanta Neighborhood

Work is not happy. But the hours immediately following, which contain countless incredible things to eat and drink at Atlanta's best restaurantsand bars? Oh boy/girl, they make for quite a change in attitude. Plus, why the hell would you want to sit in Atlanta traffic for the same amount of time it would take to enjoy lowered prices on oysters, cocktails, sliders, wings, and other delights that make the mood light and joyous? Pull that car over next time you’re stuck in any of the following neighborhoods and take advantage of ATL’s finest happy hour specials.

Decatur

Kimball House
ATL’s top-tier happy hour with oyster and cocktail euphoria
When: Monday through Friday from 5-7pm
The deal: Some of the best oysters you’ll find in town are reduced in price by half, down to an average of around $1.50 per shucked shell of chewy, briny greatness from Rhode Island, Cali, Maine, Alaska, and anywhere else you’ll find the best bivalves. You might even catch a $1 Beausoleil! They’ve also got a $12 shrimp cocktail that you know you should be paying more for when you eat it. Wash it all back with their celebrated absinthe service or other house cocktails -- remember this place was a James Beard Award finalist this year.

The Iberian Pig
Pork on your plate for a pleasant price
When: Monday - Friday from 5-7 pm
The deal: Decatur Square has the OG location, but you can also enjoy Jamon Happy Hour in the just-opened Buckhead post. Basically you get to pick from one of three quesos for $10, and you have three choices of ibérico ham for $22. And ham is salty, so grab a $5 sangria or punch for the wash-down.

Inman Park

Watchman’s Seafood & Spirits
The Kimball House for those who don’t live near Kimball House  
When: Monday - Friday from 5-7pm
The deal: Watchman’s is Kimball House’s more locally/regionally focused sister restaurant, and the saving grace of those looking to avoid driving during rush hour to Decatur if you’re not already there or headed that way. Stop hating on southern oysters and visit them at Krog Street 5-7pm and get any of their high-quality oysters from North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and nearby for $1 each. They’ve also got $8 rum and tonic and other cocktails. 

West Midtown

The Optimist
Feel-good vibes via low-cost fancy mollusks
When: Monday - Friday from 5-6pm; weekends 3-5pm
The deal: The Oyster Bar at The Optimist does a literal hour of happiness every weekday, as well as a two-hour afternoon deal on Saturdays and Sundays. They select which of their rotating 10+ oysters are $1 (they have great taste; you’ll be fine), and they also offer a chef’s choice baker’s dozen for $12.

O-Ku
Sushi specials on the westside
When: Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-7pm
The deal: You can find cheap sushi all over Atlanta (if that’s how you want to treat yourself), but O-Ku is really good, so it’s extra-good that you can hit the westside rooftop and get half-priced sushi rolls for two nights per week, especially since they’ve just hired a new executive chef (Jack Fang) who’s rolled out new menu items for you to sample. 

Grant Park

Tin Lizzy’s 
Revamped happy hour on Memorial Drive
When: Monday - Friday from 4-6pm 
The deal: Nothing puts down the pain of a hard day like a $4 order of fried pickles or fried jalapeños and tater tots, except maybe $5 queso blanco and guacamole with chips. The $4 drafts and $5 cocktails (house margaritas, mojitos and Bare Bone vodka mixes) are also nice for such respite, and the discounts are good whether you’re sitting in the dining room, bar, or patio. FYI, this is good at all ATL locations, but you gotta love that Grant Park rooftop.

Republic Social House
Three days of specials for diverse discount fill-ups
When: Mondays from 6-9pm, Tuesdays all day, Tuesdays from 11am-10:45pm, all-day Wednesdays 
The deal: Wings are plentiful and priced to please on Mondays at RSH, because they’re 65 cents each, dine-in only. Tuesdays get you super-cheap tacos most of the day, and on Wednesdays you can get a burger and a beer for a $9 combo rate: $6 for the burger and fries, and they’ll tack on a Miller Lite for $3.

Buckhead

Mission & Market
Deals on power dining and primo drinks
When: Monday - Friday from 3-7pm
The deal: Twelve cocktails, from sangria to sazerac, are just $9, and you’ll save a couple bucks on several dinner menu items, including the margherita pizza ($13; normally $15), and marinated raw fish like albacore and American red snapper. They also have menu items you won’t find any other time, like flash-fried, sambal-spiced shrimp, soy ginger chicken skewers, butter-basted clams w/ smoked bacon, and grilled cheeseburger sliders for $11. 

Eclipse di Luna
Half-priced tapas and drinks, and free dance lessons
When: Monday - Thursday from 4-6pm
The deal: Not only can you get half-priced tapas and well cocktails every weekday except Friday, but you can also shake your ass with free help from salsa instructors who’ll learn you a few steps at no cost if you hang around two hours after happy-time at 8pm.  
 

Ponce City Market

Biltong Bar 
Top-notch drinking at mid-notch prices
When: Monday - Friday from 11am - 4pm 
The deal: The casual South African beef jerky stall slices prices for its standout beverages almost as sharply as it cuts strips of biltong. It features with $6 cocktails, $3 beer of the day, and $5 for a glass of red or white wine.

Brezza Cucina
A midday deal on cheese and raw seafood
When: All week from 3-6pm
The deal: Brezza’s normally $12 Burrata & Raw Bar dishes (try the baked version with marinara and focaccia) are half off during happy hour, and gulf oysters on the half shell w/ housemade hot sauce are $1 each; get several and pair them with the seasonal Aperol and pineapple Frosé.

Roswell

Hugo’s Oyster Bar
Northeast ITP happy hour for when southbound traffic sucks 
When: Monday - Friday from 3-6:30pm
The deal: The approachable family member of the group behind C&S Seafood, Hugo’s drink specials include a house Moscow mule made with organic vodka for $8.50, $5 oyster shots and $3 beers such as Abita Amber, Warsteiner, and SweetWater 420. On the food side they offer $5 fried green tomatoes topped with tasso smoked ham and goat cheese, $8 fish tacos, up to $11 for tuna tartare w/ house chips.

Virginia Highland

Truva Turkish Kitchen
Mediterranean meze makes weekdays worth working through
When: Monday - Friday from 3-5pm
The deal: Truva’s breezy patio, with its flowing curtains and prime views of Highland Avenue pedestrians, is a great place to stop when cars are bumper-to-bumper in either direction. The special menu of hot and cold apps ranges from $2 to $10, with options like baba ganoush, artichoke bottoms, fried calamari, and dumplings. You also get $3 draft beers and half-priced signature cocktails.

Cumberland

C. Ellet’s
An upmarket steakhouse at a low price 
When: 4-6pm
The deal: The 4 to 6 is what The Battery’s swanky steakhouse calls their happy hour special, which includes unexpectedly great deals on fantastic plates. From bacon caramel popcorn at $3.75 to a $15 salmon crudo, and lots in between including $9 steak frites, half-off premium oysters (chosen by the bar staff), and a Holeman & Finch cheeseburger slider. For drinks you can get a $3 pour of cider, beer for $5, a glass of chard or pinot noir for $7, and the same price for an Ezra Brooks Manhattan. 

Downtown

Dantanna’s 
Upper-crust sports bar for early game-watching
When: Monday-Friday from 4-6pm
The deal: Summertime’s great for either the Downtown or Buckhead locations, as your happy hour -- or “Appy Hour” as it’s called -- options include peel-and-eat shrimp for $.50 each, and raw oysters at $1.

Alma Cocina
Downtown drink deals and upscale Mexican appetizers
When: Monday - Friday from 4-6pm
The deal: The kitchen doesn’t serve dinner until 5pm, but you can order from an abbreviated menu of chicken quesadillas, spicy chicharrones, and chicken tinga tostadas, plus spend just $5 on glasses of pinot grigio, tempranillo, or specialties like dark & stormys or the el clásico margarita, frozen or rocks.

Midtown

STK Atlanta
Sexy, budget-friendly nosh for when Midtown’s a parking lot anyway
When: Monday - Friday from 4-6:30pm
The deal: STK’s Social Hour happens in the bar and lounge area up front, with sips and stuffings starting at $2 (fresh oysters), moving to $5 (select beer, Lil BRG sliders with truffle fries), $7 (bone-in filet lollipops), and up to $8 (jalapeno cheddar grit croquettes, tuna tartare tacos, shrimp cocktail). They’ve also got select wines for $6 and cocktails for $7, and a DJ spins while you save on scrumptiousness.

5Church
After-work snacks and beverages in the city’s center
When: Monday - Friday 3 to 6pm and Saturday 3 to 5pm, bar & lounge only
The deal: If you feel like your day has been a battle, 5Church, with it’s The Art of War quotes painted all over the walls and ceiling, is a great place to restrategize at a reasonable price. Their Social Hour lets you throw back a Highland Gaelic Ale or Modelo Especial for $4, merlot or pinot grigio at $6 a glass, and an $8 menu of eats including short rib pretzel bun sliders, margherita flatbread, smoked wings, and duck gravy poutine.

The Federal
Oysters three ways for the low-low 
When: Every day from 5-7pm
The deal: Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere’s bistro-steakhouse hybrid can’t give you a cut rate on a 14oz Jackman Ranch Wagyu steak and stay in business, but they’re nice enough to give you your early evening oyster fix on the cheap, $1 for raw, and $2 for fried or grilled, at the bar only. 

Perimeter

HOBNOB Tavern
Comfort chomps at discounts while you wait out 285 
When: Monday - Friday from 4 to 6:30pm and 10pm until close
Where: There’s no escaping the top-end perimeter between 4pm and 6:30pm, so instead of wasting time locked on the interstate, head to HOBNOB for $5 12oz draft brews and $8 select cocktails, a $3 jumbo pretzel, plus a $5 menu that includes pimento cheese, burgers, and fried green tomatoes.

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Mike Jordan prefers oysters and wings for his happy hours, but he will go anywhere there’s a chance to save money on snacks and booze. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelbjordan and on IG at @mikejordanatl.