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Does anyone know of any happy hour restaurants (food as well as liquor) in the east bay?

I like to go out to happy hours--but Trader Vic has just turned really measly with their drinks and food (half what they used to be and upped prices). T-Rex is OK--but even some of their meals have gone skimpy.

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  1. Flemings in Walnut Creek has some great food and drink HH specials at the bar. Be warned however that it is crowded and tables fill up early.

    1. Dragon Rouge in Alameda has happy hour (M-F 3-6). Haven't tried it but worth checking out. Mintleaf in Alameda has some good deals on food and beer for happy hour, but I don't think they have a full bar.

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        So Dragon Rouge:

        Snacks $4-5 (various rolls, lemongrass fries, crispy calamari, etc.)
        Well drinks $4
        "Wine special" $5
        Asian Tap/Bottles $3
        Large Chilled Sake $4

          1. re: starmaid

            Also: easy parking and outdoor seating by the water.

      2. Mua's happy hour menu is great.


        I'm not a big fan of the restaurant, but Spenger's bar is nice, and the have some good happy hour deals.


        1. I believe Elevation 66 in El Cerrito does, and both the food and beer are solid.

          1. I just came from Miss Pearl's- either bar staff has turned over recently, or the regular guy had the day off, taking things a turn for the worse cocktail-wise.

            The menu is still nice though, with everything up to a hamburger $6 or under, with most priced at $4. The jalapeno hushpuppies are excellent, catfish "sliders"are good, and the pizzas are dinner plate-sized and look decent, though I haven't tried them (I note the oven is a gas-fired brick affair). Fried grits have been good in the past; they were formerly sticks and now listed on the menu as a cake w/ tomato jam.


            Edit- link somehow goes to the dinner menu; click on Happy Hour on the far right at the top.

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            1. re: Pius Avocado III

              I believe Vanessa's Bistro on Solano still has a happy hour.

              1. re: vulber

                I heard Adesso's 5-6 happy hour free food is now just one small plate per person. There's no happy-hour pricing on drinks.

              2. When I actually managed to make it to Cal sailing club we'd often make our way over to Spenger's (the bar section, not the restaurant, as I understood it) the later happy hour. The food was very cheap--I think the deal is you had to buy a drink and there were a variety of appetizer-burger sized items for around $2. I know I enjoyed the fish tacos and a fried California roll or some such for that price. The website still mentions the happy hour, but doesn't list hours http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/L...

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                1. re: ...tm...

                  I like the bar at Spenger's, but the fish tacos, at least when I tried them, were made with flour tortillas and cheese. Bleck! The other stuff was good.

                  Another option is Restaurant Chu on College in Rockridge. $5 drinks and "Asian tapas" for $4-$6.

                  1. re: Glencora

                    Chu's happy hour looks great, their food is good but normally on the pricey side. 4-7 daily and 9-midnight Friday and Saturday.


                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      Got out of a play around 9:30 and wanted Chinese, so I thought, hey, Chu's happy hour. Not happy. They were already closed.

                  1. Bocanova has a great happy hour, 3-6 Mon.-Sat. and 9-10:30 Thurs.-Sat.


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                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      Love their Caipirinha.
                      and the fried yucca...

                    2. Telegraph is a fun time, though it just offers (quite good) sausages and salads on the menu. There are a lot of benches on the patio, so it's a nice place to be on a sunny day.

                      Make Westing is a bar, but it has a fairly extensive food menu of sandwiches, bar snacks, cheese, etc. HH is 4-6pm.

                      Hopscotch, a newish place on San Pablo Ave in Uptown, has HH from 3-5:30pm with a food menu available.

                      1. I went to Hudson's on College a couple weeks ago and it was pretty good. Drinks were $7. Excellent burger for $10. I think I liked it better than Sidebar. We also shared a pizza and Caesar salad.

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                        1. re: Cheesy Oysters

                          Was it very loud? I went to happy hour there during its previous incarnation and the noise was nearly unbearable. Do they still have the long communal table?

                        2. Free House in Berkeley may not have a happy hour per se, but it will make you happy for an hour... prices are low for pretty good food and booze, with a very extensive beer menu in particular.