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The Best Happy Hour Spot in (Almost) Every State

Source: Courtesy of Bittercreek Alehouse

Idaho: Bittercreek Alehouse & Red Feather Lounge
> Located: Boise

Once you learn that the proprietors here consider serving local and ethically produced food their priority, you won’t be surprised to hear that their weekday discount eating and drinking session (3 to 5.30 p.m.) is called the Low Power Happy Hour. For this, they “unplug & turn down the lights to reduce our energy footprint,” inviting patrons to “drink by candlelight and know you are saving the planet while doing it.” Expect $3 beers (“except the really expensive ones”), $5 wine, $6 braised local pork poutine, and the like. There’s also a late night happy hour, from 10 to 11.30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. The food menu is slightly larger for the late shift and there’s a $5 bartender’s choice “fancy cocktail” added to the drinks.

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Source: Courtesy of Community Tavern

Illinois: Community Tavern
> Located: Chicago

This popular restaurant with its contemporary America menu — one Yelper calls it “Super cute, modern, and classy” — hosts a happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring $1 oysters and $25 bottles of wine.

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Source: Courtesy of Pullman Bar Diner

Iowa: Pullman Bar & Diner
> Located: Iowa City

Pullman calls its happy hour “community hour.” It runs from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays, with $5 highballs, as well as $2 off all draft beers and $3 off all craft cocktails and wines by the glass. There’s also a “shift beer” (the beer trade’s name for the brew given workers when their shift ends). In this case, it’s a choice of Budweiser, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Hamm’s, or Coors with a shot of Short’s Whiskey on the side — all for $6. A small discounted food menu is also offered, ranging from bread & butter pickles for $3 to a cheese and charcuterie board for $12.

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Source: Courtesy of Mort's Martini Bar

Kansas: Mort’s Martini and Cigar Bar
> Located: Wichita

Mort’s — also known as Mort’s Cigar Bar or Mort’s Martini & Cigar Bar — has a lengthy happy hour, stretching from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. every day but Sunday, when the place closes at 10 p.m. Drink specials vary day by day, but include half-price martinis on Mondays, $4 house martinis and $3.50 domestic bottled beer on Tuesdays, and “Come check out what’s new!” offerings on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Kentucky: Couvillion
> Located: Louisville

An enthusiastically Southern-style restaurant — its name means a kind of rich, thick Cajun fish stew — Couvillion offers $5 draft beers ($2 for Miller Lite), $6 wines by the glass, and $6 cocktails (including a margarita or a Sazerac) for happy hour. Actually, happy hour lasts all day Monday, then from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday. (The place is closed Tuesday and doesn’t have a Saturday happy hour.)

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