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What’s better than meeting up with friends after work to share a round (or two) of drinks accompanied by quality food?!? Happy Hour should be taken advantage of, especially with all the hidden deals around Hillcrest! Now that I’ve ensured all drinks are healthy for our readers and the food is not poisonous, I’ll share the ins and outs of all the best places to go for the best Happy Hours menus Monday through Sunday.

Monday Happy Hour in Hillcrest

Monday: Brazen BBQ Smokehouse & Bar
Happy Hour: 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
$2 Off Draft Beers
$3 Well Drinks
$4 House Wine
$4 Pulled Pork Sliders, Atomic Buffalo Poppers, Cup of Chili or Cajun Gumbo
$5 Smoked Wings, Cast Iron Chili Nachos
$6 BYO Appetizer- Choose any 3: BBQ Sliders, Corn Fritters, Smoked Wings, Fried Okra, Atomic Buffalo Poppers, Brazen Fries, Pig Candy

I’m a sucker for all authentic American BBQ food. That’s why I highly recommend the Brazen BBQ Smokehouse & Bar. Not only did my wallet love their drink specials but my taste buds loved the flavorful meals and plates they had. The specials plates are easy to share tapas style and are even easier to enjoy while sitting on the patio.

Tuesday Happy Hour in Hillcrest

Tuesday: Farmer’s Bottega
Happy Hour: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
$4 Any Beer on Tap, House Sparkling Wine
$5 Beermosa, Screwdriver, Sangria, House Red, or White Wine, Kambucha Mojito
$6 Fresh Puree Strawberry or Blackberry Bellini, Kambucha Margarita or Mule
$4 Pork Belly Taco
$5 Fish of the Day Taco, Fried Green Tomato, Housemade Meatballs, P.E.I Mussels, Organic Grape Tomato Brushetta, Watermelon Salad, Panzella Salad
*available at bar only

What I love most about Farmer’s Bottega is that they offer creativity and quality at an affordable price during their Happy Hour. The menu is farm to table which made this chic restaurant a top favorite of mine. They keep up with current trends and never fail to serve some of the tastiest drinks.

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Wednesday Happy Hour in Hillcrest

Wednesday: Bull & Grain
Happy Hour: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
½ Price ALL House Cocktails
$2 Off all other Cocktails, Wine, & Beer
$4 Curry French Fries, Steak Fries
$6 Steamed Mussels, Housemade Grilled Thick Cut Bacon, Happy Hour Specialty Tacos, Crispy Brussel Sprouts
$10 Bull & Grain Cheese Platter, B&G Burger

The atmosphere at this restaurant is fantastic. I love their modern industrialist style and their outdoor seating area. This is a great place to sit with friends and enjoy each other’s company along with worldly influenced flavors that spark up conversations. On Wednesdays, it’s easy to celebrate the little things with their highly discounted wine and champagne!

Thursday Happy Hour in Hillcrest

Thursday: Gossip Grill
Happy Hour: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Buy One, Get a Token for your Next Drink
$4 Select Domestic Bottle Beer
$5 Select Bottled Beer, 16oz. draft beer
$5.50 20oz. Draft Beer
$7.50 Wells, Flavored Vodka Wells
$5 Hand cut Kennebec Fries, Tater Tots
$5.50 Chicken Tenders
$6 Deep Fried Pickles, Hot Wings (Buffalo, Honey Sriracha, Habeñero Mango, Jameson Chipotle BBQ, Garlic Parm)
$6.50 Artichoke Dip
$7 Sliders, Cheeseburger, Ham & Swiss or Buffalo n’ Blue Chicken
$7.50 Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños

Daily Specials:
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
½ Off All Wells, Beers & Regular Menu / $12.50 Bottomless Bubbles

8:00 PM – 1:00 AM
$5.75 Select Call Drinks / $10.75 “Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf” w/ mashed potatoes, gravy, & seasonal veggies

Thursdays are the new Fridays! You’ll never find a slow afternoon at Gossip Grill, the crowd who dines here is always looking to have a good time. If you’re looking for a night out during the week this is the place to go. It stays open late and when the night is still young they open up the dance floor, turn up the tunes and make it so you will have an unforgettable night!

Friday Happy Hour in Hillcrest

Friday: Napizza
Happy Hour: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
½ OFF Draft Beer, Wines by the Glass & Bottle
$1 Off ALL slices

Need a place to dine before a big night out? Come to Napizza! There pizza caters to all eaters- gluten free, vegetarian, pescatarian, meat lovers- and their drinks to all drinkers. At Napizza it’s easy to get your night started with their happy beer belly deal and delicious food with ingredients from local farmers. Pizza always tastes better on the weekend!

Saturday Happy Hour in Hillcrest

The Brew Project
Happy Hour: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
$15 Bottomless mimosas

What better way to start out your Saturday morning with BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS?? My best Saturdays always started with a little kick to my OJ. The Brew Project offers a diverse menu to compliment your never ending drinks. My favorite part about this locale is that they offer a dog friendly patio and occasional live music.

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BUT Saturday’s don’t end at 3 pm… Later, I recommend heading over to Ortega’s Bistro.

Ortega’s Bistro
Happy Hour: 3:00 – 6:00 PM & 10:00 PM – Midnight
$3 Beers
$4 Margaritas, Wells, House Wine
$5 Sangria, Craft Mexican Beers
$6 Specialty Margaritas

Don’t let your Saturday end with expensive drinks at a bar. Find this affordable happy hour in the heart of Hillcrest. At Ortega’s you’ll find tasty food options, outdoor seating, occasional live music, and a good time with your pals.

Sunday Happy Hour in Hillcrest

Sunday: Ankinori Sushi
Happy Hour: 5:00 – 7:30 PM
$.99 Small Hot Cakes
$2.50 Draft Beer Glass
$6.50 Sake combo (beer and sake)
$11 Draft Beer Pitcher
$1 OFF all appetizers
$5.95 Yellowtail Kama
$9 Godzilla Roll, “Kill Bill”
$18 Omakase Nigir
$28.50 omakase Sashimi

End your lazy Sunday by going out to dinner. Sundays of all days are not meant to do dishes. Before another hectic week, go out and enjoy some sushi. I find their Yellowtail Kama to be the BEST in town, I enjoy it even more with their happy hour special!