Very few things bring me greater joy than a solid happy hour. I love to eat and drink, and enjoy it even more when I can do it on the cheap. And with Cleveland being a mecca for fabulous food and drinks, we have more than our fair share of offerings. Quite frankly, you could probably go to a different restaurant every day of the week for a year and still have options left over. If only my budget would allow for that…
With the holidays over and our wallets a little lighter, it seems appropriate to focus on some of the happy hours that provide us with the most bang for our buck. Below are some of my favorite venues for happy hour. For Cleveland.com’s list of the 50 Happiest Happy Hours, click here.
Momocho: I love Mexican food, especially with the modern twist that Momocho brings to the table. Their goat cheese guacamole is an absolute must, even though it doesn’t appear on their happy hour menu. Happy hour runs from 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday – Friday and it fills up FAST. I once made the mistake of going on a Monday and was deeply saddened when I realized they weren’t open. If you want a seat at the bar or on the first floor (which is the only place you can get happy hour), get there as close to 5pm as possible or you may find yourself without a seat. Happy hour highlights feature half priced Tecate, traditional margaritas and taquitos!
Players on Madison: I love the simple yet elegant vibe of Players on Madison. Plus their food is delicious. Most notable about Players are their lengthy happy hour options which run from 5-7 p.m., Monday – Saturday and all day on Sunday! They also feature a late night happy hour starting at 9 p.m., Monday – Saturday. Happy Hour highlights feature an extensive $5 appetizer menu and drink list.
Grovewood Tavern & Wine Bar: I consider Grovewood Tavern to be more of a hidden gem, as it is slightly off the beaten path. You’re going to have to trust me on this one, as it is well worth the trek! Grovewood Tavern is located in the Collinwood area, which is slowly revitalizing like many other areas on Cleveland. This cozy bar and restaurant has happy hour from 5-6:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. Happy Hour highlights feature a slew of $5 food options and a great wine list. The Arugula Flatbread is phenomenal, as well as the Yukon Fries and Crabcoke Po-boy!
Wild Ginger: With the loss of Sushi Rock in downtown Cleveland, I’ve been searching for another restaurant to provide yummy sushi at fabulous prices. Although this restaurant doesn’t offer a nightly happy hour, they serve half off sushi on Tuesdays from 5-9:30 p.m. I’m sold! Located right off the Tiedeman exit on 480 I’ll admit its in an odd area, but the sushi does not disappoint.
Fat Cats: This restaurant is nestled in a renovated home over on West 10th in the Tremont neighborhood. It can be pretty easy to miss, but worth circling around Tremont a times until you find it. Happy hour runs 4-7p.m., Monday – Friday. You’ll have a difficult time choosing which specials to sample as they are all pretty great. Some of my favorites include the fish tacos, calamari and zucchini. I was not a huge fan of the mac and cheese, which is shocking, as I consider mac and cheese it’s own food group.