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10 New Happy Hours to Quell the Postelection Blues

Calm election woe with $1 oysters, wine cocktails, ancho chile tots, and more.

By Rosin Saez November 8, 2016

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Oh hello there, buttermilk fried pickles and cajun-spiced chicken wings. Photo courtesy of The Hollywood Tavern

Today is the day, citizens. Knock back a few appropriately stiff drinks as the votes roll in; you deserve it.  And let these new happy hours guide the way... 

With a new bar program comes a new happy hour: hand-carved ice spheres plunked in cocktails, Japanese whisky highballs, six-hour braised pork belly, fried pork katsu sandwiches, and more.

Flatbread sandwiches are $2 off and filled with the likes of rabbit braised in burnt bread sauce, spiced lamb with mustard greens, or grilled herring. Drinks, like the fire-roasted beet margarita and five-spice old fashioned, are also $2 off.

Ernest Loves Agnes
A new menu inflected with Mediterranean flavors extends to its happy hour: albacore tartine with smoke onion aioli, lamb meatballs with whipped ricotta; $5 for select wine and cocktails.

Salted Sea
Oysters come served with an Asian pear mignonette and are just a buck when you order a drink. Might that be a “Seaside Negroni” made with Citizen gin, Campari, grapefruit bitters, and a pinch of sea salt? Also here: shrimp toast, sticky garlic wings, coconut pumpkin fish chowder, and more.

Seven Beef
This Vietnamese steak house blesses the Central District with two daily happy hours. Standouts include the dry-aged beef burger and port wine–braised beef belly. And drinks, from wine to beer to cocktails, are all under $7.

The Hollywood Tavern
A restaurant-wide happy hour entails ancho chile tots with braised pork, buttermilk fried pickles, plus draft beer and wine under $6.

Tutta Bella
Bubble-crusted Neapolitan-style pizzas, like one topped with housemade stracciatella cheese and Calabrian chiles, are just $7. Meanwhile Campari spritz, fizzy lambrusco, or Birra Moretti help inspire that trip to Rome you need to go on.

Volunteer Park Cafe
Wine cocktails are the alcoholic hybrid you didn’t know you needed. Try one with Dolin Blanc, cardamom bitters, and pear puree or a bright fuchsia Bellini with pomegranate molasses, orange juice, and prosecco.

White Swan Public House
Dan Bugge’s latest lakeside eatery boasts a twice-daily happy hour: cornmeal-crusted rockfish with dill fries, peel-and-eat shrimp, and daily selection of oysters. Beer, cider, wine, and cocktails to wash it all down, as you do. 

Young American Ale House
Gastropub happy hour hits guided by chef Maria Hines’s hardcore organic standards, of course: beef fat fries, gruyere gravy poutine, beer, wine, and cocktails, all under $9.

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