*Updated on August 21, 2017. Sadly since then three of the following restaurants have closed and/or lost their primary chef.
I compiled a list of some of my favorite places for happy hour and we’re talking more than just $1 beers and peanuts, not that there’s anything wrong with that! Feast and drink like you have deep pockets at these Dallas spots below.
5-7p in the lounge
◊ $4 off every item on the Izakaya menu
◊ Least expensive item: Chinese sausage fried rice, $4 with happy hour
◊ Most expensive items: salt and pepper calamari and the black tiger shrimp spring rolls, both $12 with happy hour
*Definitely not the cheapest of the happy hours but Five Sixty boasts the best view!
Tw3nty-s3v3n (pronounced “27”) (**CLOSED; see below)
5-6p and 11p-close (reverse happy hour)
◊ ½ off wine by the glass and ½ off well drinks
◊ Light “snacks”
GG Tip: Since you saved so much on the happy hour, next splurge on the Smoke Ring mezcal cocktail ($13) or the Seasonal Old Fashion ($11). Make sure and congratulate the bartender extraordinaire Sheldon for his promotion to general manager and don’t leave without first seeing the bathrooms-both of them! Trust me.
**UPDATE: Sadly Chef Dat closedTw3nty-s3v3n in April 2016 after almost 1.5 years but he’s not gone. He returned to conducting his Underground Dinner series which he did years before those other “secret dinners”. Most of Chef Dat’s dinners are reasonably priced at $65 plus alcohol and gratuity. Doesn’t huitlacoche shooters, blowtorched wagyu filet, mezcal and morel mushrooms sound amazing??
◊ ½ off all small plates including the Tomato Pie made with cheddar shortbread crust and the Braised Pork Belly
◊ $5 for any signature cocktail priced at $10 and under
◊ $5 for a shot of Mellow Corn Whiskey and a can of Lone Star
◊ $5 for 5 different plates and 5 drinks
◊ Try the Texas Montepulciano from Duchman Vineyards and the crispy pork bun
*At these prices you can avoid to splurge on a main plate like the Thai fish or hamachi crudo. Also serves a late-night menu from 10p-close (try the karaage).
Uchi **A GG favorite!
◊ No food item over $8. Must try the walu walu or wagyu beef.
◊ Select sakes $3-4; select wines $7
*Go with a couple of friends, order everything on the happy menu and you’ll still make out like a bandit when you get the final bill! Best bang for your buck.
BISHOP ARTS AND OAK CLIFF
◊ $5 cocktails with featured liquors such as Old Overholt Rye, Cana Brava and Johnny Walker Rye Cask.
◊ Every glass of wine, 20 to be exact are ½ off from open-close
◊ $1 off speciality oysters from 4:30-7p
◊ 1/2 off on bottles of sparkling wine, including champagne over $49 & $1 off all speciality oysters
Tuesday-Saturday and all day on Tuesdays
◊ Classic cocktails for $5 including the Dark and Stormy, Paloma, Moscow Mule and more.
*Pair any one of those with Misti Norris’ killer charcuterie board.
◊ $5 “Old School” cocktails such as the French 75 or Old Fashioned (normally $12+)
◊ $5 select wines (normally in the $10-14 price range)
◊ $2 East Coast oysters
5-7p; rooftop, bar or patio
◊ $5 select wines
◊ $4 select beers
◊ $2 off cocktails
◊ Rotating selection of small plates for $5
*You must catch the sunset at this gorgeous rooftop patio!
Mondays: ½ price glasses of wine. Price range is anywhere from $7-17 a glass, normally.