Not all Happy Hours – or indulgers thereof – are created equal. Different restaurants and bars have different personalities. The atmosphere, size and location of a Happy Hour definitely impact the type of clientele. So which Happy Hour is a match for you? We’ve compiled a list of personality types and the spots best suited to them.
The Bargain Hunter
Ambience, selection – who cares about those things? For the Bargain Hunter, the happiest parts of Happy Hour are the discounted prices. He or she is looking for a place where well drinks are cheap and the beer flows freely. Here are the places with Amarillo’s favorite prices:
Ruby Tequila’s Mexican Kitchen Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m.; Wednesday, all day; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.: beer and margaritas
Aspen Creek Grill Monday through Friday, 3-7 p.m.: beer, wine and margaritas
La Fiesta Grande Monday through Thursday and Saturday: sangria swirls, schooners, micheladas and margaritas; Margarita Wednesdays: house, rocks or frozen
Tacos Garcia Monday through Friday, 2-6 p.m.: $1 off all drinks (except Thirsty Thursdays micheladas); Thirsty Thursdays: $2.50 michelada schooner with XX Lager or Amber
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant & Bar Monday through Friday, 2-6 p.m.
“Can we just go somewhere we can talk?” Standing-room only bars may bring a lot of energy to Happy Hour, but if you’re looking to catch up with a friend or dish about work, the din can be a hindrance. For a quieter experience, try these subdued, more intimate spots.
Rain Premier Sushi Bar & Lounge Monday, all day: sushi and sake; Monday through Saturday, 4-7 p.m.; Wednesday, all day; Thirsty Thursday: half-price wine bottles (excludes sake)
Taste Dessert Bar Tuesday through Wednesday, 4-6 p.m.: domestic beer, wells, half-price wine by the glass; Thursday and Friday, 4-6 p.m.: domestic beer, wells, $1 off martini of the week; Saturday: $7 sangria and $4 mimosas
BL Bistro Monday through Sunday, 5-7 p.m.: mixed drinks and beer; Wine Wednesdays: 15 percent off bottles of wine
Fire Slice Pizzeria Monday through Saturday, 5-7 p.m.: $1 off drafts and wine by the glass; Wine Down Wednesdays: half-price bottles all day
Crush Wine Bar & Deli Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.
The Music Enthusiast
Forget a row of grumpy oldsters bellied up to a bar, or whispered conversations in a corner booth. For some drinkers, Happy Hour means fantastic live music – or at least a rockin’ soundtrack. If you prefer to tip a few back while tapping your foot, give these destinations a try:
I Don’t Know Sports Bar & Grill Monday through Sunday, 4-7 p.m.; $2 domestic drafts during NFL and college football games
Leftwoods Every day, 3-7 p.m.: wells and domestic beer; daily drink specials
Skooterz Friday and Saturday: Power Hour, 8-9 p.m.
Pescaraz Italian Restaurant Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m.: beer, wine and mixed drinks
Midnight Rodeo Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7-9 p.m.
The Outdoor Lover
There’s not much better than watching the sun dip below the horizon on a crisp fall evening in Amarillo, especially if the magic is accompanied by a glass of wine, a cold beer, or a well-crafted cocktail. When weather allows, check out the outdoor decks or patios at these Happy Hour locales:
Joe Taco Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, all day
Pour House Monday through Sunday, 3-7 p.m.
Napoli’s Fine Italian Restaurant Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m.
The Burger Bar Monday through Sunday, 4-7 p.m.
Joe Daddy’s Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, all day
Serious drinkers roll their eyes at the typical Happy Hour crowd. There’s nothing worse than being surrounded by know-nothings in various states of inebriation when you’d rather savor the hoppiness of a beer or the nose of a particular vintage. Looking for a place that appreciates the craft of alcohol-making more than the effects of drinking it? Head this way:
575 Pizzeria Monday through Friday, 2-6 p.m.; Wine-Down Wednesday: all wine, $5 a glass and $20 a bottle; Thursday, 6 p.m.: Take a Pint Night
Macaroni Joe’s Monday through Friday and all day Wednesday: 25 percent off any bottle $100 or less; Thursday $100 and up $50 off; $200 and up $75 off
Public House Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m.: wine, wells, beer
Embers Steak House Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m.: wells, beer, $2 off wine by the glass
OHMS Café & Bar Tuesday through Saturday, 4-7 p.m.: $1 off cocktails
When Happy Hour coincides with the big game – or, honestly, any game – then only one thing is necessary to meet the sports fan’s needs: a television. Or more accurately, lots of televisions. Good thing there are plenty of sports bars in Amarillo where the number of flat-screen TVs rivals the number of drink choices. Here are our favorites.
Texas Firehouse Sports Bar & Grill Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m.; all day Saturday: $2 domestic pints, $3 margaritas
Hummer’s Sports Cafe Monday through Friday, 3-7 p.m.
7 Bar and Grill Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m.: $2 domestic pints, $1.50 beer of the week; Ladies Night every Tuesday: half-price mixed drinks; Thirsty Thursday, 7-10 p.m.: $1.50 selected domestic pints
Mulligans Sports Pub Monday through Sunday until 7 p.m.: $2 domestic drafts and wells; daily drink specials
Buffalo Wild Wings Monday through Friday, 2-7 p.m.; late night Monday through Friday, 10 p.m.-close
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by Jason Boyett
Jason is a journalist, copywriter, ghostwriter, and the author of more than a dozen books. His most recent is “12 World Religions: The Beliefs, Rituals, and Traditions of Humanity's Most Influential Faiths”, published by Zephyros Press. Learn more at jasonboyett.com.