Happy Hour Secret Prices and Menu at Chain Restaurants
Chain restaurants are pretty secretive when it comes to letting customers know exactly how cheap their happy hour prices are. After all, if you knew you could fill up on the same grub for a third of the price at 6PM, why would you show up at 7?
Most times, it’s impossible to figure out how much a place’s Pineapple Explosion Fingers and Ranch Rum Runners are during happy hour than finding the nutrition information. And you know they hate telling you exactly how many calories are in their Chicken Wing-Dinger.
Since these establishments are pretty tight-lipped about their prices, I put together a guide to some of the most popular happy hour deals in the country. (Prices and selection, of course, may vary by region.)
A full order of buffalo wings’ll will run you $5; a half order, $3. A wide variety of fried foodstuffs, ranging in price from $3 to $5, is also available. Drink-wise, $3 drafts and $4.50 margaritas’ll get your motor runnin’. Oh, and did I mention free chips and salsa?
Chevy’s used to be my jam…that is, until the price of happy hour nachos went through the friggin’ roof. (Seriously? $8 for steak nachos? DURING HAPPY HOUR? More like amateur hour!) $3 domestic drafts, $4 Dos Equis and $5 margs, though, can still be consumed along with free chips and salsa (and, if you’re desperate, $6 chicken nachos).
During Outback’s happy hour, you can get $4 ‘Ritas and Wallaby Darneds, $4 flatbreads, Bloomin’ Petals and coconut shrimp, a pretty substandard (but $5) portion of seared ahi tuna, and a $6 unethically large draft.
You get half off all apps (except their sampler platter) and only have to pay $3 for crappy draft macrobrews like PBR and Bud Light.
Buffalo Wild Wings
B-Dubs has a rotating list of discounted shots, $4.50 tall premium and $3.50 tall domestic drafts, as well as super cheap Jack and Cokes ($3!) and all the fried apps you could shake a mozzarella stick at, for only $3 each.
When you’re here, you’re getting $3 Heinekens and Morettis, not to mention $4 martinis and cosmos. Their $4 “Tastes of Italy Small Plates” menu features la-di-da items like white bean hummus, polenta shrimp alla Greca and Parmesean Olive Fritta.
My local Red Lobster doesn’t have a happy hour, which is why they’re dead to me. Participating locations, however, hook you up with $3 beers and wines and $5 apps (though I don’t know why you wouldn’t just eat your weight in free Cheddar Bay Biscuits).
The Bee’s offers $3.50 domestics, $4.50 Long Islands, and half off apps during their normal and late night happy hours. AND they have free Wi-Fi, which I am unashamed to admit I have used on multiple occasions.
Half priced appetizers, $1.50 sliders, $2.50 draft beers, and $5 Ultimate Electric Lemonades can be enjoyed whilst looking at crazy crap on the walls.
$5 cocktails, wines, and wells, $3 beers, and $5 appetizers are available at the factory, which is way nicer inside than most other factories.
Bud Lights are available for $2.75, Tsingtaos are $3.25, sake is $4, and specialty cocktails like the Yuzu Ginger Mojito, Coconut Lemon Sour, or the curiously named PF-X, a drink so girly it’s literally bright pink, can be purchased for $6. Grubwise, steamed dumplings run $3.25, those dee-licious lettuce wraps are $6, and spare ribs are also $6.
McCormick and Schmick’s
This is one of the most legendary happy hours of all time, and for a damn good reason. Drinks range from $3.50 drafts to $7 martinis, and you can get a burger and fries for $4. For an extra buck, you can get some calamari or mussels in a white wine sauce instead.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Spicy lobster! Ahi tuna! Steak sandwiches! Manhattans and martinis! All can be procured for $7 each, an astronomical deal compared to Ruth’s normal exorbitant prices!
Megan Koester is a writer and comedian living in—wait for it—Los Angeles. You can follow her on Twitter @bornferal.