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After a long week there’s no better way to decompress than hitting up a great happy hour. Whether you want your cocktail with a side of water views, a side of truffle fries or simply a side of cash saved from a great deal, these local spots will keep you feeling happy all evening.
A staple in the Boca Raton community for more than 20 years, Max’s Grille is a hot spot at any time, but especially during happy hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily except for Saturday). Take a break from the heat inside, or snag an umbrella-clad table outside, and enjoy a rotating list of live music—from Latin guitar player Alex Fox on Wednesdays to a DJ from Y100 on Fridays. Specials happen at brunch, too. During the restaurant’s “Recovery Weekends,” enjoy endless bloody marys, mimosas or Bellinis for $15 with an entrée purchase—live music and ultimate brunch vibes included.
Mizner Park, 404 Plaza Real, Boca Raton / 561.368.0080 / maxsgrille.com
Looking for a classy way to start the evening? Cut 432 has been given a variety of accolades, often praised as one of the best restaurants in Delray Beach. Its “Social Hour” is offered every day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and encourages diners to unwind with $5 specialty cocktails and light bites (think pancetta Brussels sprouts and mini burgers), $4 house spirits and drafts, and $3 house wine. After happy hour ends, you may want to stay for dinner, and with a menu full of items like Florida stone crab claws, ceviche and prime cuts, you’ll be glad you did.
432 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach / 561.272.9898 / cut432.com
Rack’s Downtown Eatery + Tavern
It’s all about the food during happy hour at this modern American spot. Ranging from $1 (for oysters) to $13 (for shrimp or jumbo lump crab cocktail), all items are held to the restaurant’s high standard for freshness, using locally grown produce and sustainable seafood. Not a fish aficionado? Don’t worry, the menu is also full of items like cheesecake tacos and mac and cheese, available daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the bar and outside high-tops.
Mizner Park, 402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton / 561.395.1662 / racksboca.com
Kapow Noodle Bar
Three of South Florida’s favorite restaurateurs came together to bring a bit of flair to Mizner Park. Their different backgrounds led to Kapow Noodle Bar, a fun spot serving a mix of Asian-fusion and French Vietnamese cuisine. Try a bit of everything during the daily happy hour (available 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.), which includes food favorites like Vietnamese chicken wings, ahi tuna poke and crispy spicy beef wontons. Wash it all down with half-price wines, $4 Sapporo, $5 drafts and more, or go big with one of the punch bowls—a rotating mix of flavors—available for just $6 during happy hour.
Mizner Park, 431 Plaza Real, Boca Raton / 561.347.7322 / kapownoodlebar.com
The popular craft beer bar and eatery offers locals the chance to experience an extensive beer list, bottomless brunch and loaded burgers. Head on over Monday through Friday for $3 off all drinks from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. If the food is more your forte, treat yourself on Monday nights when the Prohibition Burger and Veggie Burger are offered for just $5 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. And on Wednesdays, gather the ladies and enjoy late-night specials starting at 9 p.m. With a list of more than 30 core drafts, curated beer flights and seasonal cocktails, Tap 42 is a go-to no matter which night you choose.
5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton / 561.235.5819 / tap42.com
Brickyard Restaurant & Microbrewery
Brickyard does happy hour a bit differently. Hint: it never ends. From open to close every day, this restaurant and microbrewery offers 44 of its 50 drafts for less, plus half-off wines and well drinks, and cocktails for $4 to $5. And even though you won’t see any food on the happy hour menu, most regular-priced items are under $10. Find daily specials like “Burger & A Craft Beer” night on Tuesdays, “Prime Rib Night” on Sundays and rotating specials on the weekends.
7050 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton / 561.544.0001 / brickyardbocaraton.com
Take taco Tuesday to the next level at this Tex-Mex spot in Mizner Park. Known for swirled margaritas and mesquite-grilled entrees like fish tacos, carne asada and bacon wrapped camarones, stopping here for happy hour is a great way to spruce up an otherwise mundane week. Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., diners are transported to Mexico underneath hacienda-style décor while getting a taste of appetizers like $5 chicken quesadillas and nachos, $5 margaritas (or upgrade to a Patron margarita for an extra $2), $6 mojitos, $4 house wines and $3 select bottled beer. After a margarita or two, you might just forget you’re still in Boca.
Mizner Park, 499 Plaza Real, Boca Raton / 561.300.3530 / unclejulios.com
DaVinci’s of Boca
Grab a seat at the bar or out on the patio, and feed your soul with rich Italian dishes like penne Bolognese and ravioli with porcini and butternut squash, all for just $7, every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. And while DaVinci’s is known for Southern Italian dishes, it’s the cocktail program during happy hour that is praised as one of the best in the area. Find specialty drinks like the Espresso Martini, made from a secret family recipe, and the Italiano Sour, mixed with Old Forester bourbon, lemon juice and cherry, plus wines by the glass, sangrias and a variety of domestic, imported, craft and draft beers. As an added bonus, order a bottle of wine under $100 during happy hour and get 25-percent off. We’ll have a glass (or two) of the red.
Town Center at Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton / 561.362.8466 / davinciofboca.com
After a day of shopping, you deserve a pick-me-up. Located in Town Center at Boca Raton, this spot is popular with locals and visitors for its affordable, yet classic Southwestern fare, all made with organic and locally grown ingredients. During happy hour, grab a friend: all cocktails (we suggest the Savoy with strawberry-infused Grey Goose vodka, fresh lime, strawberry nectar and Sprite), and beer and wine by the glass are buy-one-get-one-free, plus 50-percent off appetizers. Just note, these specials are only available at the bar, so get there early to snag a stool.
Town Center at Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road, Ste. 1390, Boca Raton / 561.391.7770 / pinongrill.com
Enjoy your evening lakeside at Waterstone Hotel’s Rum Bar & Grill. The tranquil outdoor space is ideal for a casual night spent unloading from a hard week. Daily from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., guests can choose from an array of appetizers like Parmesan truffle fries, buffalo chicken spring rolls or fried calamari, and half-off wines by Vista Point Vineyards, select draft beer and well spirits. After you’ve had your fill, continue the night taking a swing on a nearby hammock and watching the sun set over Lake Boca. Relaxation achieved.
999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton / 561.368.9500 / waterstoneboca.com