Gone are the days when Happy Hour meant nothing more than two-for-one warm beer and a bowl of pretzels. Or half-priced watered-down cocktails that would normally cost you an arm and a leg at full price, bringing the tab down from exorbitant to merely mega-expensive. (Half off means you can pay a leg and keep your arm to lift your glass with).
These days, bars and restaurants are upping their Happy Hour game with much better deals, tastier drink options, and more refined bar eats. The latest place to think outside the Happy Hour box is Bonefish Grill, with their new “Hand-Crafted Happy Hour.” The self-professed and aptly named “fresh fish experts” have rolled out a new Happy Hour menu that includes such snazzy bar bites as flash-fried calamari, Ahi Tuna Poke, and Crispy Au Gratin Bites (posh or not, who cares? It’s fried potatoes with bacon and cheese!) Their sliders are either cod or fancy Wagyu beef, and they offer Mussels Josephine with tomatoes, garlic, and basil in a lemon wine sauce. And all the small plates are just 6 bucks each, which means you’ll be dining like a thrifty high-roller. Since Bonefish is aiming for “polished casual sophistication” in their Happy Hour, you can feel both relaxed and spiffy at the safe time. It’s like wearing yoga pants with a Versace blazer, or drinking Dom Perignon from a plastic go-cup.
And speaking of libations, Bonefish Grill can really handcraft the heck out of some cocktails. Try the Blueberry Lemon Drop with Absolute Citron, blueberry puree, and fresh-made sour mix. Or the Tropical Tiki Martini, with pineapple-infused Absolut vodka, Captain Morgan rum, and fresh mango, pomegranate, and lime. Cocktails are only $5 each, or opt for their $4 house wines, $5 mixed drinks, or $1 reduction on the price of draft beers. (None of which are either watered-down or warm). And an added bonus of drinks like the Raspberry Vodka Collins (Tito’s vodka, fresh raspberries and sour mix, and club soda) is the vessel it comes in. It’s served in a glass that leans like the Tower of Pisa, and it only takes a few of them to have the room leaning to match.
Bonefish Grill’s Happy Hour is from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. seven days a week, so now you can get happy even on weekends. Though the elevated bar snacks are only available in the bar area (they don’t call them “bar bites” for nothing), the drink specials are available anywhere in the restaurant you opt to plop down and indulge in a great meal (with some seriously amazing bread). Cheers.