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Ambiance. It can mean SO MANY THINGS. The ambiance of this week’s Happy Hour Hotline is slightly sophisticated, maybe a little old school. Let’s just say there likelihood of you drinking out of a mason jar is lower than usual. If you’re not into steak dinners (or don’t want to pay $$$ for one) but still like the idea of rubbing elbows with people of upper middle class standing then consider going to one of these places during your weekly happy hour escapades. It’ll be fun.

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The happy hour at Claudia’s is absurdly long, running from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. That’s a very long happy hour. $7 cocktails, $5 to $7 glasses of wine, $3 and $4 beers, $5 to $7 small plates and $1.50 oysters makes this new-ish restaurant a very good downtown destination if you’re looking for crispy yuca.



The name says it all. Yes, McCormick and Schmick’s pleases slightly conservative, older suburban couples but who’s to say that its happy hour menu can’t please a fun loving millennial like you? The weekday drink specials go from 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. then again from 9 p.m. to close. You know, to weed out the lightweights. Get $4.50 domestic drafts, $5 import and craft drafts, $4 well spirits, $6 glasses of wine, and $7 martinis. AND on the weekends happy hour is from 4 p.m. until close with the same deals.

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The Caucus Room sounds like it’s a place where a lot of important discussions are had and important decisions are made. Choosing what to order at happy hour isn’t being discounted as an important decision, by the way. Drink specials are offered from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on weekdays. Get $5 select drafts, cocktails, and wine with your choice of $5-$10 happy hour snacks. The pommes frites, wings, mixed greens, and house marinated olives all go for $6.

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Rural Society is a higher end Argentine steak house that is, for the lack of a better word, very pretty inside. If you want to feel like an Argentine but can’t afford to dine like one then you can drink like one with $5-$6 glasses of wine from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Maybe you’ll feel adventurous one night and decide you want to wine-hop around the provinces of Argentina. See the world through one of humanity’s greatest wonders, alcohol.


If you want to go somewhere with young-er vibes but a similar ambiance, consider Lost Society. For the longest time I thought this place was called Law and Society. Maybe it’s because I was projecting my concern for the country’s justice system onto my friend saying we were going to Lost Society but hey, we’ll never know. What we do know (look at that seamless transition) is that this place has a happy hour from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays and from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This means half off all drinks except specialty cocktails and a $25 prix fixe dinner if you’re feelin’ hungry.

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