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

starmaid Aug 30, 2012 03:32 PM

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.

  1. escargot3 Sep 5, 2012 05:40 PM

    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.

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      Cheesy Oysters Sep 5, 2012 01:53 PM

      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
        Glencora Sep 5, 2012 02:58 PM

        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?

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        betterbeheaven Sep 3, 2012 08:07 PM

        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. Robert Lauriston Sep 3, 2012 06:10 PM

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


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            escargot3 Sep 5, 2012 05:42 PM

            Love their Caipirinha.
            and the fried yucca...

          2. Robert Lauriston Sep 2, 2012 04:46 PM

            Cesar Piedmont.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              Robert Lauriston Sep 3, 2012 11:19 AM

              Happy hour menu "3-6:30 & 9-Close, 7 Days a Week": http://k2restaurants.typepad.com/bar_...

            2. ...tm... Aug 31, 2012 12:28 AM

              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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                Glencora Aug 31, 2012 09:38 AM

                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
                  Robert Lauriston Aug 31, 2012 10:30 AM

                  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.


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                    Robert Lauriston Sep 1, 2012 01:01 PM

                    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.

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                vulber Aug 30, 2012 10:53 PM


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                  Robert Lauriston Aug 31, 2012 08:34 AM

                  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.

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                  Pius Avocado III Aug 30, 2012 06:16 PM

                  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
                    lmnopm Aug 30, 2012 09:07 PM

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

                  2. nicedragonboy Aug 30, 2012 04:49 PM

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

                    1. Robert Lauriston Aug 30, 2012 04:41 PM

                      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. Ruth Lafler Aug 30, 2012 03:53 PM

                        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
                          Ruth Lafler Sep 1, 2012 08:47 PM

                          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

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                            starmaid Sep 2, 2012 11:18 AM

                            Thanks for your tips

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                              Ruth Lafler Sep 2, 2012 12:20 PM

                              Also: easy parking and outdoor seating by the water.

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                          slipson Aug 30, 2012 03:46 PM

                          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.

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