Top happy hour spots
Good deals or good vibes, the best after-work places around townMetromix
May 15, 2012
Commonly and affectionately referred to as "J-Hall," Jefferson Hall's big draw is the local cover bands that command the stage every night of the week with the bar featuring acoustic sets Tuesdays and Sundays. Prepare for a packed crowd on the weekends and nab a coveted seat on the outdoor patio overlooking the river during warm weather months. It's a prime spot for people-watching and the river and city views are among the best on the Levee. Drink-specific specials are offered Sunday through Thursday and Happy Hour is from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. J-Hall also serves as the alternate location for Party in the Park when it rains.
When it comes to fresh, McCormick and Schmicks has the market cornered. The freshness doesnt stop at food either: Each cocktail ordered has fresh-squeezed fruit juices balanced to perfection with the liquor of choice. Add that to its prime location in the heart of downtown and youve got one spectacular dining experience.
Popularly known as “O’Malley’s in the Alley” for its location in an alley off of Vine Street, O’Malley’s is a well-liked Irish pub and downtown hangout. Happy hour runs Monday to Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. with drink specials daily. The small Irish pub has 8 TVs, a jukebox, and Megatouches to keep you occupied. It is a popular hangout before Red’s games for its proximity to Great American Ball Park, but if you don't have tickets, enjoy a drink during the game or after work. Try the bar's beloved Smashers, or panini-style sandwiches. The regulars' favorite is the salami and provolone.
Mayday is a hipster hot-spot for catching up-and-coming local musicians and cheap drinks. You've got to try one of their signature hot dogs if you get the munchies. (Monday-Wednesday, the Dog-n-Draft happy hours gets you a combo for $7.75 from 4-8 p.m.)
Located across from its brother bar, Mt. Lookout Tavern, Million’s is consistently packed. The great one-two punch of Million’s and MLT’s in Mt. Lookout Square usually provides for a good night. Million’s is a favorite amongst the locals, especially because of the live music about four times a week and beer specials during happy hour. This neighborhood bar is casual and fun with multiple pool tables always cued up. The bustling bar has a classic-tavern feel with TVs always blaring sports and people playing pool.
The Downtown bar scene has been booming lately, and here’s another small explosion for you to enjoy. We’ve gotten some sneak peeks at the club that make it worth checking out – hardwood floors, exposed brick and a massive 35-foot bar all right across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts. A tip: Dress up to check out this latest addition to the Downtown party.
Molly Malone’s is a fun, authentic Irish pub with a large selection of international brews and a big menu of all the Irish favorites, like fish 'n' chips and Shepherd's pie or try their new pizza selection. They also serve an Irish brunch on the weekends. Late night menu includes curry chips, Molly's wings, Guinness chili and Irish spring rolls.
Located in West Chester, Dingle House Irish Pub offers authentic Irish atmosphere, as all of its furnishings hail from the Emerald Isle. There's plenty of above-average pub food to choose from, such as crab-crusted filet or fish & chips. Dingle House also has 20 beers on tap, and 65 in bottles, including plenty of Irish and domestic micro-brews. O'Happy Hour takes place Monday-Friday from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. with $4 and $5 drinks and half price appetizers.
Ft. Thomas locals love their 915 Pub. Its half-pound Black Angus chuck burgers come with a variety of toppings, whether it’s the Italian (pepperoni, provolone and pizza sauce) or the Mett (topped with grilled Mettwurst, saurkraut and cheddar). Come in Wednesdays for Burger Mania - up to 5 toppings for a flat $5. Wings are 35 cents on Mondays. You can order wings mild to extra-hot. Appetizers are half-priced all day Sunday. The Portabella with crabcakes garnished with champagne horseradish cream is one of the Pub's most unusual appetizers. 915 Pub also serves a variety of salads, pizza--try the unusual chicken parmesan topped with Caesar salad--sandwiches, and homemade soup and slaw. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday, 3 - 6 p.m.
Having a good old time with the friends is what this neighborhood bar is all about. Burgers and club sandwiches are the most popular menu offerings, but be sure to grab some of the freshly popped (free) popcorn. Gas Light Cafe offers happy hour from 4-6 p.m. Monday-Fridays with some of the cheapest prices in the city. You'll love the friendly staff and old-fashioned feel of this Pleasant Ridge landmark.
Tired of the Levee scene? Head south a few blocks and you'll find this friendly Newport neighborhood pub. For sports fans, Jerzee's has 15 televisions for watching your favorite team and Liven up your evening with their specialty drink -the Jerzee Astro Bomb. Expect a live DJ or music on Friday and Saturday nights. Happy Hour is 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Kitchen Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily