As the snow continues to pile up, I sit here daydreaming about fruity beverages on a sunny day, and it made me decide to do a quick post on some of my favorite Happy Hour spots in town (because what else is there to do on a day like this?). So get out your iPhone and schedule some happy hours into your near future. I consider myself a Happy Hour connoisseur, so here are my Top 5 Choices in or around Southington, CT, with links to their websites for more information.
5. Smokin’ With Chris
This was a new Happy Hour jaunt for me recently, and it quickly jumped to the top of my (much longer) list. They had delicious $5 bar bites, like the Pulled Pork Mac n Cheese and the Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese, as well as $4 Craft beers, house wines, and well drinks. You can have two drinks, a huge sandwich, and be out of there for under $20. That is my kind of Happy Hour. Tuesday-Friday 3 to 6PM.
4. Anthony Jack’s
I’d consider this restaurant a Southington staple, and the happy hour is another one of the most affordable in town! House wines and select drafts are $4, and they offer a selection of delicious bar bites for $6 or less. I really like their Sweet Peach cocktail for happy hour, which is $6, and the Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts. These specials run Monday-Friday, 3-6PM, but they are closed on Tuesday.
3. 75 Center Street
From AJ’s you can hop over to 75 Center Street and continue your happy hour adventures! They have Happy Hour drink specials Monday through Friday from 3-6PM, in addition to daily specials like Taco Tuesdays and Margarita Mondays. And I must say, their nachos are absolutely the best ever. I would pay full price for those all day long. 75 Center also has a game room in back, so you can drink your half priced beer and then burn a few calories playing “beer” pong before you leave!
2. Tavern 42
I love the design of this bar, and their happy hour specials are fantastic. All appetizers are half off – so make sure you order the Chicken Crunch. Happy Hour is Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3:00pm until 6:00pm (they are closed Tuesday). The drink specials are pretty great, too: $3.50 to $4.00 for beers, $5 hour wines and $6 specialty cocktails (the red sangria is delish!).
1.Viron Rondo Osteria
Although it is technically a Cheshire location, it is so close to Southington that I wanted to include it in this list. It’s also my favorite Happy Hour spot! They offer specials from 3-6PM SEVEN days a week (yes, you read that correctly!) and on Sunday, Happy Hour lasts many hours because it runs from 11-6! The Margherita Pizza is my all-time favorite, but the Mother’s Chips are a close second. And the meatballs are delicious, too! Select house wines are $6 and beers are about $4. They also have Happy Hour cocktails that range from $6-8, which are very tasty. You can’t go wrong! The bartenders are wonderful and they have a gorgeous patio, so if the snow ever melts, you can enjoy happy hour outside!
I hope you go try out some of these great spots. And if you see me there, you already know what drink I want. Cheers!