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.
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.
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.
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.
> 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.)