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Uchi’s happy hour includes discounts on sake and all manner of small plates.
Logan Crable

Where to Find Fun, Wallet-Friendly Happy Hours in Denver

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Uchi’s happy hour includes discounts on sake and all manner of small plates.
| Logan Crable

What makes for a good happy hour? Is it a matter of timing — the longer and more frequent the better? The amount of the discount on any given item? The diversity of options for food as well as drink? The quality of those options?

The answer, of course, is that any and all of the above are legit criteria. Mapped from north to south, each of the following 20 spots meets one or more of them; most importantly, they do it with their own irresistible style, whether they’re old champs or newer contenders, upscale destinations or neighborhood hangouts. Combo deals, dealer’s choices, and brown-bag specials this way lie.

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Ash'Kara

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Honestly, there’s hardly a spot run by the Culinary Creative Group that doesn’t warrant a slot on this map: From Highland Tap & Burger and Bar Dough to Señor Bear and Mister Oso, generous happy hour deals are part of the program. At this modern ode to Middle Eastern and North African cuisine, they include select beers, wines, and cocktails for $5–$8 and $2 alongside a bevy of snacks, most $4–$7, from 3 to 5 p.m. daily. Even the worst mood is bound to brighten after some spanakopita-inspired empanadas, chicken-schnitzel sliders, and a round or two of AK S&Ts, or Sherry and tonics with mastic liqueur.

Hummus with pita bread
Ash’Kara’s hummus and pita are $6 at happy hour.
Lucy Beaugard/Eater Denver

Trellis Wine Bar

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Way to win over the neighbors. Not only does this new Park Hill wine bar sell more than 30 wines by the glass in a split-level lounge worthy of a design magazine spread, but it offers them all for half-price from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Better still, each pour is more interesting than the last: While the list is ever-changing, it might at any given time feature Rotberger rosé from the Austrian region of Niederösterreich, Macedonian Malagousia, or País from Chile’s Bío Bío Valley,

Airy wine lounge with couches and a mezzanine
Trellis Wine Bar’s stylish split-level space.
Ruth Tobias

Work & Class

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The happy hour menu at Work & Class is almost as much fun to read as it is to order from: Labeled the “Early Work Release Program,” it’s emblazoned with cheerfully cranky slogans like “Happiness is overrated” and “Life’s an illusion, love is a dream.” But it’s the creativity of the seasonal eats that really seals the deal, be it chicken pot pie in chipotle gravy or lamb fritters with green-chile crema, paired with $4 draft beers, $5 glasses of wine, and select $7 cocktails (including Blue Hawaiians and Long Island Iced Teas on tap just for kicks).

Lamb–tater tot poutine in cast-iron skillet
Lamb–tater tot “poutine” at Work & Class.
Ruth Tobias

Uchi Denver

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From 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily, the RiNo outpost of Tyson Cole’s acclaimed Austin flagship transforms from a splurge to a steal. Not only does the modern Japanese kitchen send out smaller (but not too-small) portions of some of its greatest hits for a fraction of their standard price at $5–$9, but it also creates happy hour exclusives that rival anything on the dinner menu, such as the fabulous fish toast (deep-fried milk bread filled with scallop mousse). Wash them down with drink specials that hover between $4 and $9.

Fried fish with lemon and basil in spicy remoulade
A happy hour snack of tempura escolar in gochujang remoulade at Uchi.
Ruth Tobias

Ultreia

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Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., this Spanish-Portuguese sensation in Union Station serves up myriad libations for $4–$6 — wine, sangria, aperitifs, gin-tonics, and more — to pair with $3 pintxos like bacon-wrapped stuffed dates and mushroom croquettes with truffle aioli or $10 charcuterie boards. Note, meanwhile, that even some of its regularly priced tapas go for $5–$8 — which means that shrewd early birds can mix-and-match off the happy hour and dinner menus for a full-on fair-priced feast.

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Ultreia’s gin-tonics, coming right up.
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Tavernetta

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A night at Tavernetta amounts to a special occasion for most; an afternoon at Tavernetta, however, can be an everyday affair. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily in the lounge, the bar pours $6–$7 spritzes, Negronis, and wines from the owners’ own Italian label, Scarpetta, while the kitchen whips up $5 cicchetti as well as a couple of happy hour exclusives like $15 cacio e pepe.

Aperol spritz with a bowl of pasta
Four different types of spritzes (and a pasta or two) grace Tavernetta’s happy hour menu.
Ruth Tobias

Annette

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Annette’s always a delight, but its easygoing charm is especially evident Wednesday through Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. While all beers and cocktails are $1 off, select bottles of wine go for $20, and $5 boilermakers combine a choice of five spirits with a chaser of kölsch brewed by Stanley Marketplace neighbor Cheluna; $3–4 snacks like popcorn and deviled eggs are supplemented by a few more substantial items, such as egg-salad toast and steak frites.

A lineup of six colorful cocktails
Annette’s house cocktails go for $1 off at happy hour.
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Jovanina's Broken Italian

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It isn’t so much “happy hour” as “happy night” every Wednesday and Thursday from open to close at this Italian date night destination in LoDo, where the thoughtful deals include not only $1 raw and roasted oysters, $5 seasonal bruschetta and fancy grilled cheese sammies, and $5–$7 drinks but also $13 rosé flights and $30 charcuterie-and-cheese platters for two, paired with your choice of four bottles of wine.

Oysters with mignonette and lemon on ice
Oysters go for a buck apiece on Wednesdays at Jovanina’s Broken Italian.
Jonathan Phillips

Ohana Grille

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Billing itself as Hawaiian fusion, this bright and breezy Edgewater spot makes happy hour feel like a mini-vacation. In addition to $3 off tropical cocktails galore, $2 off draft beer, and $4 glasses of wine, it knocks $1.50–$3 off virtually its entire selection of small plates — which are bargains to begin with at $4–$9. So from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, a virtual luau of Kalua pork sliders, crispy rib tips, ahi poke, Thai-spiced chicken wings, sweet potato fries, edamame, and more awaits.

Basket of sweet potato fries drizzled in Thai chili aioli
Sweet potato fries in Thai chili aioli at Ohana Grille.
Ohana Grille

Coperta

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Do as the Romans do at this Uptown Italian fixture: Live la dolce vita in style for a while (specifically from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday). To pair with $5 Peronis, $6 Coors and Fernet combos, or $7 glasses of vino and cocktails like the Pink Pepe Spritz (among other options), the $4–$7 snacks are something special: dried Senise peppers eat like chips, for instance, while spuma di lardo or fresh ricotta with taralli and arancini-like supplì al telefono — filled with radicchio and smoked mozz alongside roasted-garlic aioli — count as little luxuries.

COPERTA
The cozy bar at Coperta.
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Ace Eat Serve

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From opening hour to 5 p.m. Wednesday–Sunday, this ever-thronged ping-pong parlor–meets–pan-Asian joint in Uptown delivers a slew of sweet (and sour, salty, and spicy) deals. While the bar pours $7 highballs and Chef’s Specials—aka a 16-ounce Montucky and a bourbon shot with a kimchi back—along with $4-$6 wines, sakes, and beers, the kitchen serves up everything from $5 wings, wontons, and potstickers to $11 bowls of ramen to five-spice bao doughnuts for a buck a pop.

A bowl of ramen at Ace Eat Serve
Ramen goes for $5–6 dollars less than regular price during happy hour at Ace Eat Serve.
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Baba & Pop's Pierogi

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And now for something completely different: Tuesday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., this cheery modern Polish spot serves up five different types of pierogi (including pizza- and chile relleno–inspired versions) along with cabbage rolls, still other snacks, and cocktails for $2 off their regular — not to mention already reasonable — price. The same goes for a full slate of wines and beers, which at $1 off run $4–$8.

Plate of pierogi with bacon and onion alongside a cocktail
Cocktail-paired pierogi at Baba & Pop’s.
Joni Schrantz

Ritual Social House

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Everyone at this sporty Cap Hill tavern is eager to please, and they double down on their hospitality come happy hour. Running twice a day Tuesday through Sunday and all day Monday, it covers a wide array of beers, wines, and cocktails plus a number of snacks, including (but not limited to) $5 truffled parmesan fries and $6 mussels by the half-pound. Even niftier is its combo deal: $20 for a pizza or meat-and-cheese board with a bottle of house wine or sangria (for two, presumably). And on Wednesdays, all bottles of wine except the house labels are half-off.

A mural of a moose on a tavern wall
Ritual Social House’s mural-covered dining room.
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Postino 9CO

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Following the launch of the first Colorado location in LoHi in 2015, Denverites embraced this Arizona-based wine bar concept so heartily that there are now two more, one in Baker and the newest in Hale. The chain’s famous happy hour is no small part of the allure: From open to 5 p.m. daily, all glasses of wine and pitchers of beer go for $5 (or at least 50 percent off). And on Mondays and Tuesdays after 8 p.m., couples benefit from the Board + Bottle deal — $25 for a quartet of bruschetta with wine.

bruschetta and red wine from Postino Wine Cafe.
The Board & Bottle promotion at Postino runs every Monday and Tuesday after 8 p.m.
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Angelo’s Taverna

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A fresh-baked 8-inch pizza for just $6? It sounds too good to be true, but it’s a reality at this Alamo Placita institution every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to close. And that’s not all: Oysters both raw and grilled, meatball or crab-cake sliders, and still other eats go for $5 or less, paired with beers, wines, or well cocktails in the $4–$6 range.

Blue Island Oyster Bar & Seafood

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A true neighborhood haunt, this Cherry Creek seafood spot reels ’em in with happy “hours” longer than some establishments’ business days, stretching from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays — and the offerings are equally extensive. Think 40 percent off all wines by the glass, $8 cocktails, and several bucks off the likes of smoked trout dip with chips, fried clams, and steamed mussels in yellow curry.

Roasted oysters topped with cracker crumbs and accompanied by lemon wedges
Roasted oysters at Blue Island.
Ruth Tobias

Officers Club

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Happy hour at this Lowry go-to is in keeping with its midcentury-supper-club vibe: From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., it serves up $5 cheddar biscuits with herb butter, $7 shrimp cocktail, and other deals on old-school eats like wood-fired artichokes with mustard-seed rémoulade and grilled-cheese sandwiches with tomato bisque. They’re all tailor-made for pairing with equally handsome, $7–$8 twists on such classic cocktails as the Ward 8 and the Kentucky Buck; well drinks and select draft beers go for $2 off, while nearly 20 wines by the glass are $1 off.

Bar with retro clubby vibe
The bar at Officers Club.
Ryan Dearth

Punch Bowl Social Denver

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Brown-bag cans of beer for $3, $4 drafts, and $5 classic cocktails wines by the glass are all well and good; so are $5–$7 eats such as beef-chili nachos and hot chicken tenders with white BBQ sauce. But Wednesday–Friday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Punch Bowl Social flaunts its best assets by also offering half-off reservations for its bowling lanes, karaoke rooms, and other activities by the hour.

Retro diner with booths and a long bar
Punch Bowl Social’s dining area.
Amber Boutwell

The Brutal Poodle

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When isn’t it happy hour here? Despite its heavy metal theme, this wildly popular Overland bar couldn’t be friendlier or more welcoming, running drink specials more often than not — from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. daily. And the neighbors are here for it, knocking back select bottled beers and shots for $3, $4 glasses of wine, and craft pints for $2 off — ample liquid courage for Headbanger Karaoke on Tuesday night

Cozy bar with posters, mirror, and TV on wall
The bar at the Brutal Poodle.
Heather Darling Photography

The Post Chicken and Beer - Rosedale

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The name almost says it all: From 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday, Big Red F’s beloved brewery and chicken shack pours draft beers for $5 while slinging three-for-$10 tenders and $7 “thigh fries.” But there’s more to the story — namely $5 glasses of wine, $8 margaritas and mules, $16 appetizer samplers for two, and still other deals.

Glasses of beer set atop a bar
All of The Post’s core beers on draft are $1–$2 off at happy hour.
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Ash'Kara

Hummus with pita bread
Ash’Kara’s hummus and pita are $6 at happy hour.
Lucy Beaugard/Eater Denver

Honestly, there’s hardly a spot run by the Culinary Creative Group that doesn’t warrant a slot on this map: From Highland Tap & Burger and Bar Dough to Señor Bear and Mister Oso, generous happy hour deals are part of the program. At this modern ode to Middle Eastern and North African cuisine, they include select beers, wines, and cocktails for $5–$8 and $2 alongside a bevy of snacks, most $4–$7, from 3 to 5 p.m. daily. Even the worst mood is bound to brighten after some spanakopita-inspired empanadas, chicken-schnitzel sliders, and a round or two of AK S&Ts, or Sherry and tonics with mastic liqueur.

Hummus with pita bread
Ash’Kara’s hummus and pita are $6 at happy hour.
Lucy Beaugard/Eater Denver

Trellis Wine Bar

Airy wine lounge with couches and a mezzanine
Trellis Wine Bar’s stylish split-level space.
Ruth Tobias

Way to win over the neighbors. Not only does this new Park Hill wine bar sell more than 30 wines by the glass in a split-level lounge worthy of a design magazine spread, but it offers them all for half-price from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Better still, each pour is more interesting than the last: While the list is ever-changing, it might at any given time feature Rotberger rosé from the Austrian region of Niederösterreich, Macedonian Malagousia, or País from Chile’s Bío Bío Valley,

Airy wine lounge with couches and a mezzanine
Trellis Wine Bar’s stylish split-level space.
Ruth Tobias

Work & Class

Lamb–tater tot poutine in cast-iron skillet
Lamb–tater tot “poutine” at Work & Class.
Ruth Tobias

The happy hour menu at Work & Class is almost as much fun to read as it is to order from: Labeled the “Early Work Release Program,” it’s emblazoned with cheerfully cranky slogans like “Happiness is overrated” and “Life’s an illusion, love is a dream.” But it’s the creativity of the seasonal eats that really seals the deal, be it chicken pot pie in chipotle gravy or lamb fritters with green-chile crema, paired with $4 draft beers, $5 glasses of wine, and select $7 cocktails (including Blue Hawaiians and Long Island Iced Teas on tap just for kicks).

Lamb–tater tot poutine in cast-iron skillet
Lamb–tater tot “poutine” at Work & Class.
Ruth Tobias

Uchi Denver

Fried fish with lemon and basil in spicy remoulade
A happy hour snack of tempura escolar in gochujang remoulade at Uchi.
Ruth Tobias

From 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily, the RiNo outpost of Tyson Cole’s acclaimed Austin flagship transforms from a splurge to a steal. Not only does the modern Japanese kitchen send out smaller (but not too-small) portions of some of its greatest hits for a fraction of their standard price at $5–$9, but it also creates happy hour exclusives that rival anything on the dinner menu, such as the fabulous fish toast (deep-fried milk bread filled with scallop mousse). Wash them down with drink specials that hover between $4 and $9.

Fried fish with lemon and basil in spicy remoulade
A happy hour snack of tempura escolar in gochujang remoulade at Uchi.
Ruth Tobias

Ultreia

<span data-author="3635139">Spanish gin-tonics being poured </span>
Ultreia’s gin-tonics, coming right up.
Ryan Dearth/Eater

Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., this Spanish-Portuguese sensation in Union Station serves up myriad libations for $4–$6 — wine, sangria, aperitifs, gin-tonics, and more — to pair with $3 pintxos like bacon-wrapped stuffed dates and mushroom croquettes with truffle aioli or $10 charcuterie boards. Note, meanwhile, that even some of its regularly priced tapas go for $5–$8 — which means that shrewd early birds can mix-and-match off the happy hour and dinner menus for a full-on fair-priced feast.

<span data-author="3635139">Spanish gin-tonics being poured </span>
Ultreia’s gin-tonics, coming right up.
Ryan Dearth/Eater

Tavernetta

Aperol spritz with a bowl of pasta
Four different types of spritzes (and a pasta or two) grace Tavernetta’s happy hour menu.
Ruth Tobias

A night at Tavernetta amounts to a special occasion for most; an afternoon at Tavernetta, however, can be an everyday affair. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily in the lounge, the bar pours $6–$7 spritzes, Negronis, and wines from the owners’ own Italian label, Scarpetta, while the kitchen whips up $5 cicchetti as well as a couple of happy hour exclusives like $15 cacio e pepe.

Aperol spritz with a bowl of pasta
Four different types of spritzes (and a pasta or two) grace Tavernetta’s happy hour menu.
Ruth Tobias

Annette

A lineup of six colorful cocktails
Annette’s house cocktails go for $1 off at happy hour.
Courtesy of Annette

Annette’s always a delight, but its easygoing charm is especially evident Wednesday through Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. While all beers and cocktails are $1 off, select bottles of wine go for $20, and $5 boilermakers combine a choice of five spirits with a chaser of kölsch brewed by Stanley Marketplace neighbor Cheluna; $3–4 snacks like popcorn and deviled eggs are supplemented by a few more substantial items, such as egg-salad toast and steak frites.

A lineup of six colorful cocktails
Annette’s house cocktails go for $1 off at happy hour.
Courtesy of Annette

Jovanina's Broken Italian

Oysters with mignonette and lemon on ice
Oysters go for a buck apiece on Wednesdays at Jovanina’s Broken Italian.
Jonathan Phillips

It isn’t so much “happy hour” as “happy night” every Wednesday and Thursday from open to close at this Italian date night destination in LoDo, where the thoughtful deals include not only $1 raw and roasted oysters, $5 seasonal bruschetta and fancy grilled cheese sammies, and $5–$7 drinks but also $13 rosé flights and $30 charcuterie-and-cheese platters for two, paired with your choice of four bottles of wine.

Oysters with mignonette and lemon on ice
Oysters go for a buck apiece on Wednesdays at Jovanina’s Broken Italian.
Jonathan Phillips

Ohana Grille

Basket of sweet potato fries drizzled in Thai chili aioli
Sweet potato fries in Thai chili aioli at Ohana Grille.
Ohana Grille

Billing itself as Hawaiian fusion, this bright and breezy Edgewater spot makes happy hour feel like a mini-vacation. In addition to $3 off tropical cocktails galore, $2 off draft beer, and $4 glasses of wine, it knocks $1.50–$3 off virtually its entire selection of small plates — which are bargains to begin with at $4–$9. So from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, a virtual luau of Kalua pork sliders, crispy rib tips, ahi poke, Thai-spiced chicken wings, sweet potato fries, edamame, and more awaits.

Basket of sweet potato fries drizzled in Thai chili aioli
Sweet potato fries in Thai chili aioli at Ohana Grille.
Ohana Grille

Coperta