One of the few restaurants in Broad Street’s art gallery district, Oak Steakhouse’s location is dreamy, both for its proximity to the water and Rainbow Row, and for its prime people watching, with big street-facing front windows. The fancy steakhouse isn’t all dark shiny wood and businessmen, though — although there’s plenty of that — it’s also home to one of the more reasonable happy hours in town. We checked out the new bar menu last week and we’ve got some tips for how you can enjoy it. Head to Oak Mon.-Fri., 5-7 p.m. to check it out for yourself.

Go heavy or go home. Oak’s HH food options all err on the side of fried and meaty, which is great for soaking up alcohol, but not so good if you’re trying to save room for dinner. For this reason, we suggest you treat happy hour as an early dinner, or take a bigger group so everyone can have bites of the good stuff. It’s all good but we highly recommend the deviled eggs. So. Good.
[image-3]Keep it simple. Oak’s happy hour doesn’t feature any fancy cocktails, which is kind of refreshing. Discounted house liquor? Sometimes that’s all we need to cool down after a long day at work. Our server suggested a gin and tonic to get over the heat wave. Simple, gin-ny, and easy on the wallet: our new summer go-to.

[image-2]Stay a while. The well-lit bar area gets darker as you head back towards the kitchen, offering a big bright space for larger groups, or something more intimate for couples. Service at Oak is top-notch — even if you’re just chillin’ at the bar. Chat with locals, ask your bartender or server for food and drink suggestions, and enjoy. You may even be greeted by head Chef Jeremiah Bacon, who, despite his busy schedule — he bops between Oak and his other restaurant, The Macintosh — is as cool as a cucumber.


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