Banyan Bar & Refuge
When: Daily from 4-6pm
The deal: Three words: One. Dollar. Dumplings. And it’s actually even better, because it’s $1 per dumpling order (two per order). You’re at the mercy of the kitchen, but at this price, you’ll accept any filling there is -- and one time a table inhaled 160 dumplings, so you have your work cut out for you.
When: Monday-Thursday from 5-7pm
The deal: One of Boston’s best tapas bars has a beloved “tapas blitz” during the week. Get more than half-off on menu favorites like grilled baby octopus, crispy fried chickpeas, and roast Brussels sprouts with chorizo (plus, there are usually off-menu specials). You never know what might be on offer, so it’s best to go several times to check it out. You know, for science.
When: Monday-Tuesday from 5-10pm
The deal: Start your week off right with some of the best, most interesting Asian food in town -- for cheap. Chef/owner Joanne Chang and Executive Chef Ashley Lujares put their own spin on happy hour by offering a few different prix-fixe menus perfect for date nights. With items like smoked mushroom lo mein, sweet and sour Brussels sprouts, and tea-smoked pork spare ribs, you might never resort to Monday night takeout again.
When: Monday-Friday from 5-7pm
The deal: Why wrestle with hideous traffic when there are hush puppies to be had? Southern Proper’s “crush hour” menu encourages you to wait out the commuting log jam with heavily discounted deviled eggs, pimento popovers, shishito peppers, and the restaurant’s signature chicken sandwich, each coming in at a divine five bucks.