I always remember a few restaurants offering Happy Hours but this year's trip to the Lake has noticed a widespread trend in half price food and drink offerings. It's a fun option for saving bucks while trying the Lake's best! I can only hope this is not just a summer activity but will be offered year-round.
Last night we went to Fiamma in Tahoe City. We sat at the bar to find 1/2 doz oysters for $9, Ceasar salad for $5, Ahi Carpaccio $9, 1/2 price wine by the glass and other additions like bb ribs and daily pizza and pasta offerings. These are great prices for LT and the food, as usual from Fiamma, was great. You must be sitting at the bar between 5:30-6:30 to take advantage.
This listing of Happy Hours was originally printed by Tahoe World who lists the options by days but I think most HH are offered daily or at least each weekday. I wish I could to try them all!!:
North Lake Tahoe/Truckee dining, drink deals
By Morgan Kriz, Tahoe World | Tahoe.com
Eat, drink and be merry with our guide to the best cheap eats and drinks in North Tahoe for every day of the week. Do you know of a great special we're missing? Send an email to Tahoe World associate editor Morgan Kriz at firstname.lastname@example.org"
• The Place: Mamasake
In the Village at Squaw Valley
Show up at Mamasake during Happy Hour and chow either a spicy tuna or salmon roll or the famous mama’s balls. Wash it down with a can of Bud, all for only $5.
• The Place: Auld Dubliner
In the Village at Squaw Valley
Any weekday from 4 to 6 p.m., stop into the Auld Dubliner and enjoy great deals for happy hour. The Dubliner features live music most Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.
• The Place: Overlook Bar
In the Village at Northstar
Overlook Bar (above the skating rink) in the Village at Northstar features happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, including $2 Coors and Coors Light.
• The Place: The West Shore Café
5160 West Lake Blvd., Homewood
This elegant Homewood restaurant goes local on Monday, with a select three-course menu served for only $40. Mix and match from a limited appetizer, entrée and dessert menu.
• The Place: Dragonfly
10118 Donner Pass, Truckee
Stop by for the happy hour special from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and get a sushi roll and a Sapporo for $8, and half price on well drinks.
• The Place: Jake’s on the Lake
780 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City
Take advantage of Jake’s happy hour from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Fridays where items from the Café menu are half-off and drink specials are offered on select wines, beers and margaritas.
• The Place: Hiro
8159 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach
Hiro offers 16 oz. draft beers for $2-$3 as well as great deals on appetizers and sushi. Some examples: a soft shell crab roll will cost you $4, an order of sesame chicken wings goes for $3.50, and they have seven rolls they serve for only $3.
• The place: Las Panchitas
8345 North Lake Blvd., in Kings Beach
Las Panchitas in Kings Beach features an early bird specials everyday from 4 to 6 p.m. Specials include 25 percent off combo dinners, $3 margaritas and many other food and drink specials.
• The Place: Lone Eagle Grille
111 Country Club Dr., Incline Village
Indulge in Grand Lodge style Sunday through Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. with half-price wine by the glass. The Lone Eagle Grille features an extensive wine list with extraordinary selections available by the glass and in bottles.
• The Place: OB’s Pub and Restaurant
10046 Donner Pass Road, downtown Truckee
OB’s Pub and Restaurant offers happy hour from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday with half-off appetizers, draft beers and well drinks. Stop in every Tuesday night for a locals special with great deals and reduced prices on prime rib, sea food and pasta dishes.
• The Place: Timbercreek Restaurant & Bar
In the Village at Northstar
Timbercreek Restaurant & Bar features happy hour specials from 3:30 to 5 p.m. daily. There is also live music every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
• The place: Moody’s Bistro and Lounge
10007 Bridge St. in downtown Truckee
Moody’s offers happy hour everyday. Other specials include half price appetizers at the bar on Monday, half price on the wine list on Tuesday and spaghetti on Wednesday.
• The Place: Pete and Peter’s
395 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City
Come in any time for a “Weiser-Meister” — a $6 pint of Bud and shot of Jagermeister combo. Or try the “Whip and a Grip” — a $5.50 pint of Bud accompanied by a shot of Schnapps.
• The Place: Blue
10015 Palisades Drive, Truckee
Stop by Blue Coyote for its happy hour, everyday from 3 to 6 p.m. and get a buck off drinks.
• The Place: FiftyFifty Brewing Company
11197 Brockway Road, Truckee
Monday through Friday at FiftyFifty enjoy 25 percent off all pints, appetizers and well drinks during their happy hour from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
• The Place: Sawtooth Ridge Cafe
877 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City
Bring a guitar or other musical instruments, your voice or just come and enjoy music and food and drink specials after skiing on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Fish or chicken tacos for $6.25, vegetarian lasagna and house salad for $8.25, $3 pints of Sierra Nevada pale ale, and the specialty drink special is a hot apple pie for $5. Open mic hosted by Jim Baldwin.
• The Place: Cutthroat Saloon
Country Club Drive at Lakeshore, Incline Village
The Cutthroat Saloon at the Hyatt has a daily happy hour with food and drink specials from 4 to 7 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday nights when you can “party ‘til midnight.” The drink specials are $2 Bud Light drafts, $4 premium drafts, $6 “beer and bump” (Pint of Bud Light and a shot of Jagermeister or Rumpleminz), $3 house wine (Red or White), and $4 bartender specials.
• The Place: Sol Y Lago
Inside the Boatworks Mall, Tahoe City
Sol y Lago offers happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Sangria and house margaritas are only $4, well drinks cost only $3, and make sure to ask the bartender about discounted food items from the revamped Latin- and Mexican-inspired menu.
• The Place: Spindleshanks
6873 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe Vista
An “Old Tahoe” style log building on the outside and welcome rustic atmosphere on the inside, Spindleshanks offers some unique programs: Wednesdays BYOW (Bring Your Own Wine), no corkage fee in the dining room; Thursday Ladies’ Night, women enjoy half-price cocktails and a daily happy hour in the bar only — house wine, wine flights and well drinks are half price, appetizers are $6.
• The Place: Lanza’s
7739 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach
Come into the cozy wood-paneled bar at Lanza’s for free slices of pizza during happy hour. Wash it down with $1.50 Buds, or get 50 cents off any draft beer and select wines.
• The Place: Caliente
8791 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach
Come to this new KB hangout during happy hour to sample the house specialty cocktail — a tequila-based drink they call a Chupacabra. Stay for half-off bar appetizers.
• The place: The Biltmore
Highway 28, Crystal Bay
The Biltmore features $1 draft bottles 24/7. Happy hour takes place everyday from 5 to 7 p.m. with drink specials.
• The Place: Big Wave Burrito’s
In the Village at Northstar
Starting at 4:20 p.m. seven days a week, show up at this mouthwatering burrito joint for $1 pints of PBR. Drink up because this fast-paced promotion only lasts for 20 minutes. Normal happy hour runs from 3 to 5 p.m. with pints of Pabst for $2.50 and pints of Fat Tire, Hemp Ale, Longboard and Tahoe Red for only $3.50.
• The Place: CB’s Pizza & Grill
5075 North Lake Blvd., Carnelian Bay
CB’s offers happy hour specials everyday from 3 to 6 p.m. The best deal? A pitcher of good draft beer for only $9.75.
• The place: Homewood Mountain Resort
5141 Westlake Blvd., Homewood
Hoop’s Happy Hour and a Half will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the North Lodge with $2 drafts and $10 pitchers (Thursdays through Sundays through the season).
• The Place: Crosby’s Grill, Pub & Casino
868 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village
Happy hour features specials on draft beers, well drinks and house wines from 3 to 6 p.m. Get all the wings you can eat for just $.35 a wing.
• The place: Thai Delicacy
11253 Brockway Rd., Suite 101 in Truckee
Thai Delicacy offers a lunch special Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• The Place: Rookies
930 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village
Show up at this Incline Village sports hub for well drinks and drafts under $3 during happy hour.
• The Place: Hacienda De La Sierra
931 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village
The Hacienda’s offers happy hour is Monday-Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.
• The Place: Cottonwood Restaurant
Rue Hilltop off Brockway Road, Truckee
This winter, Cottonwood will once again host “Acoustic Thursdays,” an evening of free lively acoustic music coupled with food and beverage specials.
• The Place: Zenbu
Inside the Olympic House at Squaw Valley USA
Thursdays at Zenbu means two-for-one well drinks and beers for ladies from 8:30 p.m. until close, as well as live house DJs.
• The Place: Crest Café
150 Alpine Meadows Rd., Alpine Meadows
The Crest Café features a daily early happy hour starting at 3 p.m. with 20 percent off the entire menu, $1.50 bud pints and $2.50 premium beer pints. On Friday and Saturday nights from 3 to 7 p.m. check out the Café’s specials again with 20 percent off the entire menu and $.25 wings and live music.
• The Place: River Grill
55 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City
Happy hour is daily from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
• The Place: Sunnyside
1850 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City
Sunnyside features a $10 specialty martini menu every Friday night.
• The Place: The Blue Agave
425 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City
During the week at the Blue Agave try El Blue Plate Especial and mix and match two entrées for $10 until 4 p.m.
• The Place: Gar Woods
5000 North Lake Blvd., Carnelian Bay
Gar Woods offers half-price appetizers and drink specials during happy hour
from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• The place: Piper’s Patisserie
10068 Donner Pass Rd., downtown Truckee
Every Friday night Piper’s Patisserie features wine tasting from 5 to 7 p.m. and family night is every Saturday night with specials for children.
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