I have a confession. I'm obsessed with happy hour. I can never seem to say no to cheap, delicious food and an excuse to start drinking immediately after work. I thought I'd start a thread to share my current faves. Please share your favorite spots!
Pagano's UVA, Bradley Beach
The drink specials are on the weak side (1-2$ off all drinks) but their happy hour food selection is simply incredible. They have a huge menu of 5$ items and everything I tried on my first visit was generous and delicious. The pesto shrimp was humongous and sauce tasty. Beans and escarole (2 bucks extra for sausage) was filling enough to be a meal by itself. Also enjoyed the steak sandwich and clams casino/oreganata. Bar staff and local crowd are friendly and you'll feel right at home even if you're going solo. I plan on returning regularly.
Oldie but a goodie:
Jack's, Long Branch
Best wings in the area for 30c, are you kidding me? I've been eating these wings regularly for years but I've yet to tire of them. Throw in 1$ beers and you have the perfect inexpensive dive bar happy hour experience. Pro-tip: Ask for your 1$ Bud/Bud light with a lime. And go on Wednesdays, when at 7pm their huge selection of pints become 3$ a pop. Only drawback - the place got *really* noisy after the "renovation."
Fish, Asbury Park
The food's honestly not that great. I've yet to eat anything at happy hour here and actually want to go back for more. But man, they're trying. A big selection of 5$ plates, and 6$ martinis makes this one worth visiting from time to time.
This is the place to go on Fridays: destroy their free buffet while kicking back with 3$ pints, 5$ martinis. If the free buffet's not your jam order up a bunch of their apps - they're half price!
Bar A, Belmar
Or you can kick it at Bar A on Fridays, where they rock out with a pretty generous buffet, and 2.25 Bud & BL pints. Drink specials aren't the best but nobody serves up better free food.
Not happy hour but feels like it:
Brickwall, Asbury Park
Head over on Monday nights at 8pm for "Rare and Raw," when they tap a special rare keg of beer and serve up dollar oysters. DOLLAR OYSTERS, ya heard????
Johnny Mac, Asbury Park
Every Sunday is the funnest day ever at Johnny Mac where they pour legit 3$ bloodys and mimosas. As if that alone wouldn't be awesome enough, they set up a FREE OMELET STATION to knock your socks off. How the hell do you top that?
Not gonna go there any more:
Avenue, Long Branch
This place used to have the sickest happy hour, with half price everything at the bar and 1.25 oysters. No more. Oysters are up to 1.75 and their bar menu sucks now. Off my list.
What are your favorite happy hour spots?