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The Best Weekend Happy Hour You Haven’t Tried Yet!

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After a long hectic workday, all you want to do is kick off your shoes and relax, or perhaps head to one of America’s best friend work-after-destinations for a footloose and fancy-free Happy Hour Session where you can, for example, enjoy a few Martinis along with some great Mexican food in Glendale.  In doing so, you’ll be joining the gang of corporate America’s happy hour lovers, who seek a cure for a long workday in a happy hour session.

The term “Happy Hour” which connotes fun and freedom, was first coined by the US Navy. It referred to the free time when performances took place. However, it gained momentum during Prohibition as serving booze became illegal, and resulted in restaurants serving booze a few hours prior dinner.

Today there are so many restaurants offering Happy Hours that the customer is spoilt for choice. He can have the deal he wants for the taking:  low-cost cocktails, great food, energetic ambience, and of course the thrill of soaking up some of the half-price libations. The phenomenon is a rage whether you are based in San Francisco, Los Angeles or Washington

Here are some happening happy hour spots  you can explore depending where you are located:

San Francisco

Most drinking establishments usually leave peanuts and pretzel snacks on the bar to accompany your takes. The saltiness is so addictive that one cannot help but come back for more. At San Francisco’s Lafitte, a pier-top restaurant overlooking the bay, the salt comes in fattier, yummier form: “flights” of bacon.  Specialty beers too are sold for a song.

Austin

The original Japanese restaurant, Uchiko from Texas star chef Tyson Cole hosts a “sake social hour”.  Select sakes are just $3, and all snacks are under $6, including grilled beef tongue nigiri and hamachi sushi rolls with melon, coconut and curry.

Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C.’s Agora, based in Dupont Circle offers a double whammy. The chic spot not only offers the usual fare of an early evening happy hour but also clubs it with a second happy hour invite where you can return for a late-night rally.  Go for the cheaply priced flatbread and Greek/Turkish breads to water down the heady effect of the alcohol

Los Angeles

In the mood for some good cheer in a casual and vibrant festive ambience where you can enjoy an unbeatable happy hour Los Angeles, Glendale? Then Frida Restaurant Americana in Glendale is the place to be! You are literally spoilt for choice with its entire spread of tequilas, spirits, beers and wine on offer accompanied by an incredible selection of tacos, nachos, and other appetizers. Sip into a perfect martini, a tall drink of well-made muddled mojito or a great strawberry margarita cocktail blended in ice for just $6. Or go in for some Taco Tasting. You can have four soft tacos either of grilled chicken, steak, carnitas or pastor, topped with onions and cilantro for just $14. You can also catch your favorite sporting event live on its large flat screen televisions. Your entertainment quotient – good ambience, a delicious happy hour menu and sporting jauntiness- is sure to rise several notches higher!

Washington DC

DC’s modern Jewish deli, DGS Delicatessan has a new happy hour with $7 cocktails : Mensch (rye whiskey, Peychaud’s bitters and blood orange juice). Check out the innovative snacks such as grilled beef tongue Rueben sliders ($4) or pastrami chili ($6).

So ditch the office and put on your drinking caps. There’s nothing like a watering hole where you can get your drinks for half the rate and food that’s just great!

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