It’s called “happy hour” for a reason — discounted drinks and eats rarely put folks in a bad mood. Wine and beer are happy hour staples, but sometimes high-end cocktails, frozen beverages, and mouthwatering morsels are on the menu, too.
For this edition of Where to Drink, we give you reasons to belly up to the bar at five Fort Worth restaurants that offer some of the hottest happy hours in town right now.
Bubbly, sangria (both red and white), featured wines, a frozen drink of the day, and a signature margarita named after owner Felipe Armenta are all $5 during happy hour. It happens twice Monday through Friday — once from 3-6 pm and then again from 9-10 pm. Brews — both draft and bottled — are cheap, too. But don’t miss the happy hour grub, especially the house-smoked salmon with toast and remoulade, and the fire-roasted artichokes with chipotle sauce and charred lemon. Bites range from $3-$8.
Case of the Mondays? Solve any start-of-the-week stress at this Foch Street dive, where happy hour lasts all day Monday and Tuesday and from 4-7 pm Wednesday through Friday. Patrons know the potent margaritas go down easily, and they’re only $5.50 during happy hour — so be careful. There are also specials on beer by the bottle, by the bucket, and on tap, and $1.49 crispy tacos help soak it all up.
One of the longest-running happy hours — and lengthiest each day — happens at this Sundance Square staple. Monday through Friday from 1-8 pm, patrons can sip $3 frozen bellinis, house wines, draft beer, and well drinks. As with most happy hours, the specials are only available in the bar and lounge area, which can fill up fast during dinner time. Go hungry because all pizzas and appetizers are half-off.
Little Red Wasp
Happy hour is even happier on the weekend, and this downtown eatery offers discounted drinks and dishes from 4-6 pm seven days a week. Local drafts are only $5, and there are several on tap behind the bar. Or try a flight of four 8-ounce pours for only $10. Well drinks ($5) feature nicer spirits like Devils River Texas Bourbon, Old Highborn Texas Gin, and Lunazul Reposado Tequila. Wines are also $5, and the cava brut from Spain and Argentinian Malbec are tops. Stay nourished with $5 apps like deviled eggs, popcorn shrimp, and the addicting house-made chips with ranch.
Italian lemonade, Moscow mule, seasonal mojitos, and island basil smash are just some of the $5 martinis offered during happy hour (Monday through Friday from 3:30-6:30 pm) at this Tanglewood-area bar and restaurant. The list is longer on Wednesdays, when a slew of $5 martinis are also available. Go on Thursdays for several $5 wines. Bar bites are cheap, too. Think crispy shrimp, fingerling potato skins with applewood bacon, and even a burger with horseradish aioli and fries.