Restaurants have had to reimagine menus to fit the times, and happy hour has unfortunately been a casualty at most local establishments. But these seven restaurants have found a way to bring the offering back, serving discounted drinks and bites when we need it most.
It’s 5 o’clock — time to leave work (or more likely the home office) and head to one of these local destinations that still offer a happy hour.
1956 Maybank Hwy.
Bar George rolled out its “Cheap Tiki Happy Hour” on Oct. 1. The daily offering features $5 hot dogs, $5 draft beers and $7 cocktails like the frozen rum-filled pumpkin painkiller. The James Island restaurant has patio seating and just the right amount of funky vibes to keep you entertained.
149 Wentworth St.
Five different cocktails are just $7 until 7 p.m. in the bar area at Circa 1886. Check out the “Fire and Ice” for a sweet and spicy combination of tequila, orange liqueur and jalapeño cinnamon syrup or opt for the vodka, grapefruit and prosecco-filled “Matilda,” which gives you bubbles and booze all in one chilled glass.
Delaney Oyster House
115 Calhoun St.
Delaney Oyster House’s happy hour menu caters to those looking to slurp back some bivalves with cheap beer — Hamm’s and three oysters are just $8 — and those looking for something a little fancier. The Delaney House martini ($8 during happy hour) will satisfy even the harshest critic. Order with vodka or gin, shaken or stirred and up or on the rocks. With so many options, we fully support ordering a second while you nibble on discounted bites like skewered Tarvin shrimp or Nashville hot crispy oysters.
1081 Morrison Drive
Edmund’s Oast has had one of the most celebrated happy hours in Charleston for years, earning praise from City Paper readers who voted it 2020’s best happy hour. Post-coronavirus, the restaurant has brought back a smaller offering with a name fitting of the times. Monday through Friday, the “Sad Times Happy Hour” features half-priced house draft beers, frozen drinks (don’t miss the Moscow Mule) and curly fries.
Little Miss Ha
915 Houston Northcutt Blvd.
Owner Janice Hudgins opened Little Miss Ha in February after spending over a year at Workshop, and since reopening post-pandemic, she’s back to serving the Vietnamese dishes folks crave. At happy hour (Mon.-Sat., 4-7 p.m.), find $6 Miller High Life pony buckets, $4 shots, $8 cans of Crafter’s Union Wine and more. There’s also snacks while you imbibe — guests can order three items for just $10, with options like spring rolls, bao buns and green curry mussels.
Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint
1622 Highland Ave.
Stop by Martin’s Bar-B-Que for happy hour on its spacious dog friendly patio. The James Island offshoot of the original West Tennessee location offers discounted drafts, well drinks and $5 margaritas Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m.
100 Spring St.
Pink Cactus’ spacious patio has it all — mood setting music, shaded seats and the full menu written on the window. The Spring Street restaurant’s happy hour, which runs from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, includes five discounted drinks and four snacks. There’s no question it’s hard to choose, but you can’t go wrong with a $5 margarita and $4 order of queso.