Sometimes, after a long day at work, all you want to do is have a drink and some downtime with friends. Luckily, we live in an area that is full of great restaurants and bars, and there is a happy hour available around almost every corner. We’ve put together this list of seven of the best in town, so next time you’re heading out the door (a few minutes early, maybe?!) make sure you check out one of these great happy hours!
1. Big Whiskey’s
At the top of our list is Big Whiskey’s. With three locations in Springfield, as well as locations in Branson, Republic, and Ozark, chances are, there’s a Big Whiskey’s within a few miles of you. Their happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and includes $5 appetizers and drink specials on basically anything that isn’t top shelf (that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but there are a ton of drinks included, so make sure you ask your server!) They also offer some daily specials that include half price burgers (downtown location only, with a student ID) on Mondays from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, kids eat free night on Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, $2 off steaks on Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and Sunday Funday with 6o¢ bone-in wings.
The atmosphere at Big Whiskey’s is always very laid back, they usually air all of the big games, and with seating options in the restaurant, the bar, or the patio, there’s definitely something for everyone!
Photo via Big Whiskey’s Facebook
Up next is Houlihan’s! They have two locations in Springfield, one on Republic Road and one on the corner of Glenstone and Kearney. The best part about their happy hour? They have both early and late happy hours, and weekends are included! At the Republic Road location, weekday specials are Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and again from 9:00 pm to close. On the weekends, you can enjoy happy hour specials on Saturday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and from 9:00 pm to close, and ALL DAY on Sundays. Specials include $5 appetizers, $2 off 14 oz. drafts, $3 off 20 oz. drafts, $4 well drinks, $5 long island pitchers, and $7 9 oz. glasses of wine.
The times and specials at the location in north Springfield are a little different, but still just as good! You can enjoy their happy hour specials Monday through Saturday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and from 9:00 pm to close, and again, all day on Sundays. They offer $4, $5, and $6 appetizers, as well as 1/2 price select draft beers and well drinks, $4.50 house wines, and $5 traditional margaritas, agave margaritas, traditional mojitos, and long island pitchers.
Photo via Houlihan’s Facebook
Sushi lovers, this one is for you! Coming in at number three on our list, Kai offers a terrific and very affordable happy hour menu. Happy hour is Monday through Saturday from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm and includes (select) 3 half size sushi rolls for $10, (select) 3 small plates for $10, $3 domestic bottles, $5 wine, and $6 house martinis. They also offer late night specials (every day except for Wednesdays and Sundays) from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm that includes discounts on select appetizers and sushi rolls, as well as $3 domestic bottles and $6 martinis. On top of all of that, they offer half price bottles of wine on Tuesdays from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm and college night specials on Wednesdays from 9:00 pm to midnight.
Kai is a bit more upscale, but still has a laid-back atmosphere and is the perfect place to unwind with friends at the end of a long day.
Photo via Kai’s Facebook
4. Vino Cellars
Next, we’ve got one for the wine lovers! The atmosphere at Vino Cellars is very relaxed and is more of a lounge rather than a bar, so you know you’ll be able to easily enjoy some conversation and a glass of wine (or two!) at the same time. Their happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and all day on Saturday. Specials during this time include $5 glasses of wine and $5 snacks from their tapas style menu. In addition, they also offer daily specials which include Two-fer Tuesdays, where you can buy one glass of wine, get one free, Whiskey Wednesdays, with $2 off all scotch and bourbon, Thirsty Thursdays with two glasses of wine and a pizza for $19, and Friday night tastings from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Vino Cellars has locations in both Springfield and Branson West.
Photo via Vino Cellars’ Facebook
5. 417 Taphouse
We’ve covered the sushi lovers and the wine lovers, but let’s not forget the beer lovers! Number five on our list is 417 Taphouse. With a self-serve beer option, plus a great variety of food and liquor, 417 Taphouse is a totally unique experience. Like most of the others on the list, they have a weekday happy hour plus additional daily specials. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and includes $3 snackers and $2 off all drafts. Daily specials include $1 off all liquor on Mondays, $2 tacos and miller lite or PBR cans on Tuesdays, $1 off all whiskey and wings on Wednesdays, $2 wells on Thursdays, and $6 twisted taters and $2 off all drafts all day on Sundays.
Photo via 417 Taphouse’s Facebook
6. Springfield Brewing Company
At number six, we have another one for all of you beer lovers! Brew Co. has a great, ever changing variety of craft beers, and happy hour is the perfect time to give them a try! Their happy hour starts a little earlier than the others, which gives you the perfect excuse to end your work day a little bit early! Head over Monday through Friday from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm and check out their 1/2 price appetizers and take $2 off all beers. The atmosphere here is very comfortable and laid back, making it the perfect location to unwind with a few friends at the end of the day!
Photo via Brew Co.’s Art Director
7. Mud Lounge
Last but not least, we’ve got something for the coffee lovers! As a sister to the Mudhouse coffee shop, Mud Lounge features a full bar that includes craft beer, wine, martinis, and of course, a great variety of coffee cocktails. Happy hour at Mud Lounge is daily from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and includes $2 off dips, $2 off martinis, and $1 off beer. They also offer daily specials that include half-price wine on Mondays, $1 off drafts on Tuesdays, happy hour all night on Wednesdays, $5 martinis on Thursdays, and $1 off all cocktails and bottled beer on Fridays and Saturdays.
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