16 Awesome Happy Hours

Kick back, celebrate or take the edge off a rough day at one of these local watering holes. 

Whether your idea of heaven is a dive bar with vintage video games or a swanky spot that uses ingredients like fresh-pressed ginger and shrub in its cocktails, there’s something here for you. Now go out and find your happy place.

Pepita Cantina mango margarita

If you’re looking for a massively creative craft cocktail menu…

Pepita Cantina

Neighborhood: Ballston

The scene: A festive spot for above-average, Yucatan-inspired cocktails

Happy hour: 3-6 p.m., Monday-Friday

Specials: $7 cocktails, $3 cervezas (Tecate)

Bored with the same old same old? This is the place to broaden your horizons. Master mixologist Taha Ismail’s craft quaff list offers more than 40 enticing options, including six different kinds of margaritas (in flavors like blood orange and watermelon), sour cocktails with tea-infused Botanist gin, plus all of the classics, from Negronis and Manhattans to caipirinhas. You can even customize your drink down to rim, with salt options including regular, harissa, or smoked salt. If you’re sitting inside, be prepared to make friends, as the tables in the tiny cantina are cozy. In nice weather, however, you can spread out on the comfy lounge furniture on the patio.

 

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