Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >
Jan 30, 2009 04:54 AM

Happy Hour

I am heading out with a friend on the earlier side 4ish....where can we go for "good" (ie: not bar food, nachos fries, etc) snacks and drinks. Back bay, S End. I live in the city but feel like I ran out of ideas. thx!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Great Bay from 5-6 is very good.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Joanie

      Great Bay's dollar menu has gone away sadly. They actually expanded it recently, but now it is no more. Apparently, some people went and abused the dollar oysters (like really abused it). Seems like they should have just set a limit on how many you can get that way. Maybe they still will, but right now no such luck :-/

      They do have some kind of all night value menu or something, but I'm not sure of the details and I don't know how good it is. The dollar menu there was a ridiculous value. Sad to see it go.

      1. re: TPistrix

        Shoot, that's a bummer. If someone gets the scoop on the value menu, please post. You're right, they could have easily set a 6 oyster limit or something and I've never seen anyone order more than 1 or 2 rounds of apps when I was there.

        1. re: Joanie

          Hi Everyone - I actually work for Great Bay. We still have the Sand Dollar menu, it's just taken on a extended form. Here is the full menu for those who were curious. It's available all night.

          Crispy Tatar Tots with Spicy Ketchup
          Onion Rings Laced with Sansho Pepper
          Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

          Spicy Fish Taco's "Baja Style"
          Crunchy Chicken Sliders
          Tender Cumin and Mustard Rubbed Ribs

          Spicy Crab Maki Roll
          Tasting of Today's Sashimi
          Duck, Green Chile, and Jack Cheese Quesadilla

          1. re: TonieS

            Thanks for the details on the changes Tonie. Much appreciated!

            I guess what I should have said before is that the Sand Dollar menu as we know it has gone away. There used to be a much wider selection of $1 items. I'll probably give the new iteration a try, but it just seems like it's not longer the ridiculous value that it once was (I suppose this is the point, to some extent).

    2. McCormick and schmick in the Park Plaza Hotel has a good bar menu with low prices between 4 and 6PM. Only in the bar section.

      1 Reply
      1. re: BBHound

        the fanueil hall location does it too, although the food is pretty bad.

        masa does a decent early and late happy hour.

      2. Great bar specials at Excelsior right now.

        1. I have to take exception to hotoynoodle's description of the food at McCormick and Schmick's at Quincy Market, I go there two or three times a week and the bar menu is the best in town. For me, this is a late lunch as I usually go out to dinner after nine. The burgers are mostly cooked as ordered. I usually get the fried cod sandwich without the bread and it's a perfect small meal. To describe the food as being pretty bad is just not accurate. I can assure you that I don't go there for to eat something bad. The bar menu runs from 3:30 to 6:30 there. When there's a game at the Garden, the place can be packed early. I suggest you try it again.

          2 Replies
          1. re: ghostcat

            i tried it a few times at the park square location. it was pretty terrible, so i haven't bothered since.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              i disagree my friend. i admit i may be biased in their favor because the prices are so low, but on tuesdays they have $1 oysters, and in combination with their very runofthemill sandwiches or mussels plate, it's a great deal.

          2. just saw banq now does a $35 pre-fixe at happy hour times.

            1 Reply