The Ultimate Happy Hour

Welcome to SN&R’s annual drinking guide

Photo By Anne Stokes

Here at SN&R, we started researching happy hours not because we wanted to binge or go on a bender. Not at all. We just wanted a cheaper drink—or two.

And that’s what we found: nearly 100 drink deals, from 50-cent bottled beers to $5 wine flights.

Times are tough. Yes, sales of beer, wine and alcohol are up despite most sectors of the economy being on the decline, but for good reason. Sometimes nothing beats a lager or glass of zin with a friend after a hard, on-edge day on the grind.

Of course, there’s a craft to happy hours, too: Hundreds of local brewmasters, bartenders, oenophiles and mixologists keep the drinks flowing. In this year’s drinking guide, we not only have the sweetest deals, we also let the experts chime in on what makes a drink great.

Bottoms up!

Staff box
Design: Kate Murphy
Contributors: Becky Grunewald, Nick Miller, Robert C. Mull
Cover Photo: Anne Stokes
Web: Kelsey Falle