Everybody loves Happy Hours and almost every bar and restaurant with a bar has one. The problem is finding which places have the best happy hours. Well we did the work for you... in fact, we took it one step further and put together the most outrageous spots to enjoy your hour of happiness. So good that it's worth making an extra trip just for the experience. Introducing the Top 12 Happy Hours in America!!
Our award for #1 best happy hour in America goes to Thomas Foolery in Washington DC. This is the Disneyland of happy hours. Where to begin... First it's not even called a happy hour but an 'angry hour' where ordering a drink with a mean voice gets you $1 off. Come dressed as Carlton (from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and do the running man just like he did for 10% off any item. Come with your friends as EVERY member of your favorite 90s boy or girl band and receive 10% off your drinks all night. Recite the oath of the Night’s Watch (Game of Thrones fans) get a glass of mead for 50% off..... The fun goes on and on - you'll just have see for yourself.
Well, it's 4pm and time for happy hour - see you there!!
Is that a mermaid or have I had one too many Bloody Marys?? Our #2 on the list is worth making the trip just to see the happy hour show. The Wreck Bar in Fort Lauderdale simulates being underwater by surrounding the bar with windows to the Sheraton Hotel's outdoor pool. Every Friday at 6:30pm there's a live mermaid show with real mermaids (yes they are real) swimming around entertaining the guests at the bar. Take that Vegas!
If you live in New Jersey and haven't been to Bar A then a) You don't really live in New Jersey and just lied to us, or b) are under 19... I mean 21. Live band happy hours, beach volleyball courts, DJs, the grotto beach, restaurant, contests, nightclub, Snooki - this place has it all. Their Friday happy hour offers $2 drinks and a free buffet. A jersey shore legend and the place to go any day (after Memorial day of course).
Out of the million or so bars in America, The Duce in Phoenix is definitely one of the most original ones. Yoga studio and training camp by day, jazz club by night, this converted warehouse comes complete with a full size boxing ring in it. Work on your left jab then work on your hangover with their original drink menu and made-from-scratch food items.
Ice walls, ice bar, ice light fixtures and even drinking glasses made entirely out of ice. The Frost Ice Loft in Boston Massachusetts is the only ice bar in New England and is definitely designed to keep your next drink cold. Kept at a frigid 21 degrees, patrons are handed insulated capes and gloves as they enter the bar. Summer is probably the time that you want to visit for happy hour here since (seeing those Boston winters recently) you could have a similar experience drinking a beer outside on your front yard.
How about having your next happy hour at the oldest bar in America! Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar right on Bourbon St in New Orleans was built somewhere between 1722 - 1732 and has been open ever since. It has survived hundreds of years and is a living example of the French Colonial style architecture from that time. It's also reported to have been a front for a smuggling business back then and there are rumors that the bar is haunted!
Yep you're right, this bar is literally a greenhouse. The Greenhouse Bar in Nashville, as the name implies, is complete with a hanging and standing plants, and fountain and even a gravel floor. The happy hour menu is made up of items which include plenty of salad and veggies (not surprising) but also must-try items such as their bacon popcorn or sweet potatoes in chipotle aioli. But unlike 'normal' greenhouses there are plenty of flat screen TVs to watch the game and enjoy a beer in something you don't see everyday.
Want a bar with old elegance? Try the Cruise Room Bar at the Oxford Hotel in downtown Denver. Modeled after one of the lounges of the original Queen Mary cruise ship, the Cruise Room Bar will take you back almost 100 years. Opened in 1933 (actually one day after prohibition was lifted in America) you can enjoy a martini while listening to some oldies on the jukebox. The closest thing you can get to a cruise in Denver... without the lifeboat drills.
Extra extra! The News Room bar in Minneapolis Minnesota is a - you guessed it - news paper themed bar. But it doesn't stop there with the hundreds of news headlines hanging all over the walls. With 7 themed rooms and a 32 foot sailboat as the main bar, this place is worth heading out to Minneapolis just to check it out. That's right.. a 30 foot sailboat. Oh and make sure you check out the bathrooms, it's the best part (I'll leave it to see for yourself).
Is that a gas station or a bar.... or maybe a gas station disguised as a bar... or the other way around! The Garage Bar in Louisville Kentucky is most definitely a bar that was transformed from an old gas and service station. With a large outdoor backyard filled with light-up pong tables and plenty of cool seating, the Garage Bar is a great place for your daytime happy hour. Serving craft beers, wood oven pizzas, and of course Kentucky bourbons the only thing you actually can't get here ...is gas.
Outdoor restaurants and bars usually make for the best happy hours since you can enjoy your drink outside during the day. Rooftop bars are even better since you usually have an amazing view to go with that drink. But what do you do when you're in a city like Chicago where the winters are brutally cold? ROOF on the Wit has figured it out. Enjoy a 360 degree view 27 stories above the ground while surrounded by 20ft windows. Raining? There's a retractable glass ceiling for year round enjoyment. Having world-class DJs and bikini dancers doesn't hurt either.
Lets kick this list off right and go right to the mecca of crazy and outrageous bars & happy hours... Sin City. If I know Vegas (and I know it too well) then for a bar there to be outstanding, it must be, well... insane.
LV's newest hotel, The Cosmopolitan, features one of the world's largest crystal chandeliers in the center atrium of the hotel that spans 3 stories. And guess what! Yep.. there's a bar INSIDE. In fact there are 3 bars inside of the Chandelier at the Cosmopolitan, and each one features its own special drink. Now you can text your friends and tell them 'guess where I'm having a drink', and they will never, ever get it correct. Gotta love Vegas.