Boston is almost the perfect city. Almost. The only downside to living here is that Massachusetts state laws prohibit traditional happy hours. Apparently some of New England’s Puritan roots are still alive when it comes to drinking alcohol early in the evening. But, restaurants have made up for this by offering happy hour food deals instead. Some of the best happy hours in Boston are in the South End neighborhood. Here are the top five!
647 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02118
Not sure what to do for your next happy hour out? Every Tuesday head out to this trendy South End hot spot for Taco Tuesdays! All tacos on the Tremont 647 menu are just $2 every week on Tuesdays. This is an amazing deal! Grab a margarita after work any Tuesday and order a plate full of tacos to make any happy hour special and super affordable. Not a margarita fan? Enjoy some other amazing Mexican favorites like a Michelada for only $6. No matter what you order to drink, there are plenty of delicious tacos to choose from, and at just $2 per, it is easy to order one of each without breaking the bank.
113 Dartmouth St.
Boston, MA 02116
Clery’s is known around Boston as a classic Irish pub that is popular with recent grads for its killer late night dancefloor. But what people may not know is that Clery’s also has amazing food and great happy hour deals. Though their happy hour deals are constantly rotating, you can be sure that there is always something up their sleeves. Plus, their draught beers are always a good deal any time of night.
329 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
Coda totally makes people forget that there are no real happy hours in Boston because their version of a happy hour is just so much better: $1 oysters between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Fridays. Nothing says New England like a happy hour over fresh seafood, and Coda is one of the most delicious and affordable places to do just that. What also makes Coda great for happy hours is that the restaurant is conveniently located near the Back Bay station on the MBTA orange line and is just a quick walk from the Prudential Tower and other major office buildings, so it is a great spot for afterwork drinks.
The Shops at Prudential Center
55 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02199
Haru is one of the best sushi and seafood restaurants in Boston. Their happy hour features fifteen full size appetizers for just $8 between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. every night! Included in their happy hour specials are some of their top selling dishes like the filet mignon yakitori and short rib buns. Stay for dinner after happy hour to enjoy Haru’s main menu. Their talented chefs add new entres to their menu seasonally.
The Red Lantern
39 Stanhope St.
Boston, MA 02116
The Red Lantern is a fun, vibrant asian fusion restaurant right next to Back Bay MBTA stop. Their version of happy hour is better known as Kitchen Kamikaze during which they offer a whole bunch of appetizers and sharing plates for under $12. The pan-seared pork dumplings and the tokya tuna rice bites are just $6 during Kitchen Kamikaze, which makes this normally pricey restaurant more accessible for people on tight budgets!
Cameron Bruns is the founder of BostonGreenBlog.com and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston’s North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.