The Happiest Hour

Not Just Cheap Drinks

By Lizzie Wilcox

March 2019

When you hear those two magic words, “happy hour,” two more equally magical words come to mind: cheap alcohol. But a new kind of Happy Hour has come to the Gables to weed out the Millenials who just want to take a selfie with a drink they can actually afford. Instead of just low cost drinks, a select number of fine dining spots with happy hours offer special happy hour food menus. Here is a sampling.

Kao Sushi

127 Miracle Mile

Sometimes getting to happy hour by 7 p.m. is challenging. Kao Sushi understands, which is why theirs goes ‘til 8 p.m. – including the food menu. Rolls like Spicy Tuna Tartare are only $8. And for $6 you can order sushi (six pieces), the Roca Chicken (served with fries) or the Pork Delight (in steamed buns.) Can you say “YUM” in Japanese?

Seasons 52

321 Miracle Mile

Clock out early and head to Seasons 52, where happy hour kicks off at 3 p.m. Hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. Other than beer, which is $4, their small plates for $5 cost less than the drinks. These include scallops, meatballs and chicken skewers. What really caught our eye? The kona-crusted lamb lollipops. Lamb for $5? We’re freaking out, too.

House Kitchen & Bar

180 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

House is happy hour heaven. Their bar food doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to small plates – and at happy hour they’re all half off! White bean hummus, chicken wings or calamari for $6.50? But wait, it gets better. Four ribs in a chimi glaze for $4.50. Happy hour starts at 4 p.m. Just don’t get too excited, you’re in public.

Yard House

The Shops at Merrick Park

Move your afternoon meeting to Yard House because weekdays starting at 3 p.m. they offer half off on select appetizers and all pizzas. Don’t Wisconsin Fried Cheese Curds with honey hot sauce make you want to kick your diet to the curb? For $5.50 you can. The list is long, so we’ll save you time: Go for the Filipino eggrolls with white truffle sauce ($6).

Tarpon Bend

65 Miracle Mile

In celebration 15 years in the Gables, Tarpon Bend has taken some of its most popular dishes and knocked them down to $10 each, from 3 to 7 p.m. What’s a visit to a raw bar without an order of Szechuan Calamari? Now it’s $7 cheaper. Or turn it up a notch with blackened shrimp & cheddar grits, $9 cheaper. Then blow your savings on the two-for-one drinks. Cheers!