Gables Bites: C’mon Get Happy… Hour!


By Riki Altman

Whether your goal is to wind down after a long workday or get revved up over the weekend, check out these spots awaiting your visit.

Before we cover the bar scene, let’s unearth some top local restaurants with noteworthy happy hours, starting with Red Koi Thai & Sushi Lounge which offers half off all drinks Monday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. From Asia, your tongue can travel to South America for Pardo’s Peruvian Cuisine and its happy hour. Drinks like appletinis, sangria and beer are only $3. Europe is proudly represented at Cibo Wine Bar, where diners enjoy Italian antipasto while indulging in half-price drinks from 4 to 7 p.m. daily.

And what’s more American than a steakhouse? Head to Fleming’s for the impressive “5 for $6 ‘Til 7” bar menu: five appetizers, five premium cocktails and five wines by the glass each priced at $6 and served nightly until 7 p.m. And there’s always the beloved Ruth’s Chris, which launched a new happy hour last March with $7 selections from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Speaking of American pastimes, sports lovers can always be found at Gables Ale House, especially since buckets of Miller beer cost only $8.95 Mondays through Thursdays. And they also love Doggi’s Sports Bar & Grill, especially from 6 to 10 p.m. when drinks are $5, beers are only $2.50 and cocktails are two-for-one. Doggi’s kitchen is open late, too, in case you want to hang out a bit after the Heat wins.

The Local, an amazing bar uniting coziness with cool, offers a buy-one-get-one-free happy hour on craft beer from 4 to 7 p.m. every day and, a few doors down, The Bar pours happiness Monday through Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the form of draughts, domestic macro bottles and cocktails. (Ladies should aim for the Friday night happy hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. so they can partake in free well drinks and Yuengling draughts, too!)

If you need lots of time to get happy, Tarpon Bend offers an extended happy hour, with two-for-ones Monday through Friday from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. Tarpon Bend is also the spot where the handsome college crowd descends Friday nights.

Fancy yourself a night owl? Head to The Local on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. for the Tuesday Night Tasting Series. Even later—until 3 a.m. to be exact, every night of the week—you’ll find someone to chat with at The Bar, too. Drink up! Tomorrow you’ll find another reason to do it all over again.


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