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10 Top Happy Hour Deals

10 Top Happy Hour Deals

Places across the country that go above and beyond cheap drinks

It's 5:30 p.m. and you're leaving the office after an extremely hectic day. Bar-bound with a group of friends, you have but a singular purpose in mind: happy hour.

Despite the concept's inherent and obvious appeal, thoroughly enjoying that après work weekday drink involves much more than simply knocking a few cheap ones back. Because there's nothing worse than stumbling upon a bum happy hour marked by watered down drinks, bad service, or overall lackluster atmosphere, we've determined the top factors that keep bars off the "never again" list.

For one, happy hour, despite its name, should never be just one hour. Folks need at least a couple hours to unwind and de-stress, not to mention the fact that there needs to be some consideration for people who get out of work on the later side. Another important factor? No skimping on the alcohol! Yes, the price of the drinks dips, but that doesn't mean the standards of the bar should too. And a good pour in a well-balanced drink is the sign of a good bartender — another key to a successful happy hour (and to a bar in general).

Rounding out the checklist are food and atmosphere. Whether it's free hot dogs or bargain-priced gourmet snacks, sustenance is essential when you're imbibing at a happy hour. As for the vibe of the venue, good lighting (you should be able to see the drink in front of you) and a reasonable music level (no shouting required) are important.

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It's officially cocktail time!

Two shots of vodka equals two cocktails . unless you’re talking about a martini! Understanding the classic recipes one can make with vodka and a wide variety of juices is a great trick for any home bartender to master. I call this handy guide for easy drinks my "vodka tree" because one base recipe branches out into so many wonderfully different combinations.

I like to use vodka because it has a clean, crisp flavor. My favorite vodka drink (aside from a nice, Aunt Sandy-sized pitcher of cosmos, of course) is a greyhound, which is just vodka and grapefruit juice.

All you need to get started is your favorite vodka and a mixture of juices: orange juice, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice and pineapple juice. I love pineapple juice because it is the juice that fixes all errors in life. Truly, it can fix any drink by diluting the alcohol and adding a little tropical flavor.

Start by filling your glasses with ice, add a shot of vodka (which is 1.5 ounces) and start mixing and matching with your favorite juices. Cape Cods, screwdrivers and greyhounds are simple: They're just vodka mixed with one type of juice. By adding a splash of cranberry to each original libation, you can craft a sea breeze, a madras or a bay breeze. To turn a greyhound into a salty dog, just rim the glass with salt.

That's it. Seven cocktails in just minutes! Have fun with garnishes like lime wedges and citrus wheels.

If you'd like to add some fizziness, or just make a drink less sweet, swap half the juice with half a cup of tonic water or club soda. To make mocktails, simply swap out the liquor for tonic or club soda.


It's officially cocktail time!

Two shots of vodka equals two cocktails . unless you’re talking about a martini! Understanding the classic recipes one can make with vodka and a wide variety of juices is a great trick for any home bartender to master. I call this handy guide for easy drinks my "vodka tree" because one base recipe branches out into so many wonderfully different combinations.

I like to use vodka because it has a clean, crisp flavor. My favorite vodka drink (aside from a nice, Aunt Sandy-sized pitcher of cosmos, of course) is a greyhound, which is just vodka and grapefruit juice.

All you need to get started is your favorite vodka and a mixture of juices: orange juice, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice and pineapple juice. I love pineapple juice because it is the juice that fixes all errors in life. Truly, it can fix any drink by diluting the alcohol and adding a little tropical flavor.

Start by filling your glasses with ice, add a shot of vodka (which is 1.5 ounces) and start mixing and matching with your favorite juices. Cape Cods, screwdrivers and greyhounds are simple: They're just vodka mixed with one type of juice. By adding a splash of cranberry to each original libation, you can craft a sea breeze, a madras or a bay breeze. To turn a greyhound into a salty dog, just rim the glass with salt.

That's it. Seven cocktails in just minutes! Have fun with garnishes like lime wedges and citrus wheels.

If you'd like to add some fizziness, or just make a drink less sweet, swap half the juice with half a cup of tonic water or club soda. To make mocktails, simply swap out the liquor for tonic or club soda.


It's officially cocktail time!

Two shots of vodka equals two cocktails . unless you’re talking about a martini! Understanding the classic recipes one can make with vodka and a wide variety of juices is a great trick for any home bartender to master. I call this handy guide for easy drinks my "vodka tree" because one base recipe branches out into so many wonderfully different combinations.

I like to use vodka because it has a clean, crisp flavor. My favorite vodka drink (aside from a nice, Aunt Sandy-sized pitcher of cosmos, of course) is a greyhound, which is just vodka and grapefruit juice.

All you need to get started is your favorite vodka and a mixture of juices: orange juice, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice and pineapple juice. I love pineapple juice because it is the juice that fixes all errors in life. Truly, it can fix any drink by diluting the alcohol and adding a little tropical flavor.

Start by filling your glasses with ice, add a shot of vodka (which is 1.5 ounces) and start mixing and matching with your favorite juices. Cape Cods, screwdrivers and greyhounds are simple: They're just vodka mixed with one type of juice. By adding a splash of cranberry to each original libation, you can craft a sea breeze, a madras or a bay breeze. To turn a greyhound into a salty dog, just rim the glass with salt.

That's it. Seven cocktails in just minutes! Have fun with garnishes like lime wedges and citrus wheels.

If you'd like to add some fizziness, or just make a drink less sweet, swap half the juice with half a cup of tonic water or club soda. To make mocktails, simply swap out the liquor for tonic or club soda.


It's officially cocktail time!

Two shots of vodka equals two cocktails . unless you’re talking about a martini! Understanding the classic recipes one can make with vodka and a wide variety of juices is a great trick for any home bartender to master. I call this handy guide for easy drinks my "vodka tree" because one base recipe branches out into so many wonderfully different combinations.

I like to use vodka because it has a clean, crisp flavor. My favorite vodka drink (aside from a nice, Aunt Sandy-sized pitcher of cosmos, of course) is a greyhound, which is just vodka and grapefruit juice.

All you need to get started is your favorite vodka and a mixture of juices: orange juice, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice and pineapple juice. I love pineapple juice because it is the juice that fixes all errors in life. Truly, it can fix any drink by diluting the alcohol and adding a little tropical flavor.

Start by filling your glasses with ice, add a shot of vodka (which is 1.5 ounces) and start mixing and matching with your favorite juices. Cape Cods, screwdrivers and greyhounds are simple: They're just vodka mixed with one type of juice. By adding a splash of cranberry to each original libation, you can craft a sea breeze, a madras or a bay breeze. To turn a greyhound into a salty dog, just rim the glass with salt.

That's it. Seven cocktails in just minutes! Have fun with garnishes like lime wedges and citrus wheels.

If you'd like to add some fizziness, or just make a drink less sweet, swap half the juice with half a cup of tonic water or club soda. To make mocktails, simply swap out the liquor for tonic or club soda.


It's officially cocktail time!

Two shots of vodka equals two cocktails . unless you’re talking about a martini! Understanding the classic recipes one can make with vodka and a wide variety of juices is a great trick for any home bartender to master. I call this handy guide for easy drinks my "vodka tree" because one base recipe branches out into so many wonderfully different combinations.

I like to use vodka because it has a clean, crisp flavor. My favorite vodka drink (aside from a nice, Aunt Sandy-sized pitcher of cosmos, of course) is a greyhound, which is just vodka and grapefruit juice.

All you need to get started is your favorite vodka and a mixture of juices: orange juice, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice and pineapple juice. I love pineapple juice because it is the juice that fixes all errors in life. Truly, it can fix any drink by diluting the alcohol and adding a little tropical flavor.

Start by filling your glasses with ice, add a shot of vodka (which is 1.5 ounces) and start mixing and matching with your favorite juices. Cape Cods, screwdrivers and greyhounds are simple: They're just vodka mixed with one type of juice. By adding a splash of cranberry to each original libation, you can craft a sea breeze, a madras or a bay breeze. To turn a greyhound into a salty dog, just rim the glass with salt.

That's it. Seven cocktails in just minutes! Have fun with garnishes like lime wedges and citrus wheels.

If you'd like to add some fizziness, or just make a drink less sweet, swap half the juice with half a cup of tonic water or club soda. To make mocktails, simply swap out the liquor for tonic or club soda.


It's officially cocktail time!

Two shots of vodka equals two cocktails . unless you’re talking about a martini! Understanding the classic recipes one can make with vodka and a wide variety of juices is a great trick for any home bartender to master. I call this handy guide for easy drinks my "vodka tree" because one base recipe branches out into so many wonderfully different combinations.

I like to use vodka because it has a clean, crisp flavor. My favorite vodka drink (aside from a nice, Aunt Sandy-sized pitcher of cosmos, of course) is a greyhound, which is just vodka and grapefruit juice.

All you need to get started is your favorite vodka and a mixture of juices: orange juice, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice and pineapple juice. I love pineapple juice because it is the juice that fixes all errors in life. Truly, it can fix any drink by diluting the alcohol and adding a little tropical flavor.

Start by filling your glasses with ice, add a shot of vodka (which is 1.5 ounces) and start mixing and matching with your favorite juices. Cape Cods, screwdrivers and greyhounds are simple: They're just vodka mixed with one type of juice. By adding a splash of cranberry to each original libation, you can craft a sea breeze, a madras or a bay breeze. To turn a greyhound into a salty dog, just rim the glass with salt.

That's it. Seven cocktails in just minutes! Have fun with garnishes like lime wedges and citrus wheels.

If you'd like to add some fizziness, or just make a drink less sweet, swap half the juice with half a cup of tonic water or club soda. To make mocktails, simply swap out the liquor for tonic or club soda.


It's officially cocktail time!

Two shots of vodka equals two cocktails . unless you’re talking about a martini! Understanding the classic recipes one can make with vodka and a wide variety of juices is a great trick for any home bartender to master. I call this handy guide for easy drinks my "vodka tree" because one base recipe branches out into so many wonderfully different combinations.

I like to use vodka because it has a clean, crisp flavor. My favorite vodka drink (aside from a nice, Aunt Sandy-sized pitcher of cosmos, of course) is a greyhound, which is just vodka and grapefruit juice.

All you need to get started is your favorite vodka and a mixture of juices: orange juice, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice and pineapple juice. I love pineapple juice because it is the juice that fixes all errors in life. Truly, it can fix any drink by diluting the alcohol and adding a little tropical flavor.

Start by filling your glasses with ice, add a shot of vodka (which is 1.5 ounces) and start mixing and matching with your favorite juices. Cape Cods, screwdrivers and greyhounds are simple: They're just vodka mixed with one type of juice. By adding a splash of cranberry to each original libation, you can craft a sea breeze, a madras or a bay breeze. To turn a greyhound into a salty dog, just rim the glass with salt.

That's it. Seven cocktails in just minutes! Have fun with garnishes like lime wedges and citrus wheels.

If you'd like to add some fizziness, or just make a drink less sweet, swap half the juice with half a cup of tonic water or club soda. To make mocktails, simply swap out the liquor for tonic or club soda.


It's officially cocktail time!

Two shots of vodka equals two cocktails . unless you’re talking about a martini! Understanding the classic recipes one can make with vodka and a wide variety of juices is a great trick for any home bartender to master. I call this handy guide for easy drinks my "vodka tree" because one base recipe branches out into so many wonderfully different combinations.

I like to use vodka because it has a clean, crisp flavor. My favorite vodka drink (aside from a nice, Aunt Sandy-sized pitcher of cosmos, of course) is a greyhound, which is just vodka and grapefruit juice.

All you need to get started is your favorite vodka and a mixture of juices: orange juice, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice and pineapple juice. I love pineapple juice because it is the juice that fixes all errors in life. Truly, it can fix any drink by diluting the alcohol and adding a little tropical flavor.

Start by filling your glasses with ice, add a shot of vodka (which is 1.5 ounces) and start mixing and matching with your favorite juices. Cape Cods, screwdrivers and greyhounds are simple: They're just vodka mixed with one type of juice. By adding a splash of cranberry to each original libation, you can craft a sea breeze, a madras or a bay breeze. To turn a greyhound into a salty dog, just rim the glass with salt.

That's it. Seven cocktails in just minutes! Have fun with garnishes like lime wedges and citrus wheels.

If you'd like to add some fizziness, or just make a drink less sweet, swap half the juice with half a cup of tonic water or club soda. To make mocktails, simply swap out the liquor for tonic or club soda.


It's officially cocktail time!

Two shots of vodka equals two cocktails . unless you’re talking about a martini! Understanding the classic recipes one can make with vodka and a wide variety of juices is a great trick for any home bartender to master. I call this handy guide for easy drinks my "vodka tree" because one base recipe branches out into so many wonderfully different combinations.

I like to use vodka because it has a clean, crisp flavor. My favorite vodka drink (aside from a nice, Aunt Sandy-sized pitcher of cosmos, of course) is a greyhound, which is just vodka and grapefruit juice.

All you need to get started is your favorite vodka and a mixture of juices: orange juice, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice and pineapple juice. I love pineapple juice because it is the juice that fixes all errors in life. Truly, it can fix any drink by diluting the alcohol and adding a little tropical flavor.

Start by filling your glasses with ice, add a shot of vodka (which is 1.5 ounces) and start mixing and matching with your favorite juices. Cape Cods, screwdrivers and greyhounds are simple: They're just vodka mixed with one type of juice. By adding a splash of cranberry to each original libation, you can craft a sea breeze, a madras or a bay breeze. To turn a greyhound into a salty dog, just rim the glass with salt.

That's it. Seven cocktails in just minutes! Have fun with garnishes like lime wedges and citrus wheels.

If you'd like to add some fizziness, or just make a drink less sweet, swap half the juice with half a cup of tonic water or club soda. To make mocktails, simply swap out the liquor for tonic or club soda.


It's officially cocktail time!

Two shots of vodka equals two cocktails . unless you’re talking about a martini! Understanding the classic recipes one can make with vodka and a wide variety of juices is a great trick for any home bartender to master. I call this handy guide for easy drinks my "vodka tree" because one base recipe branches out into so many wonderfully different combinations.

I like to use vodka because it has a clean, crisp flavor. My favorite vodka drink (aside from a nice, Aunt Sandy-sized pitcher of cosmos, of course) is a greyhound, which is just vodka and grapefruit juice.

All you need to get started is your favorite vodka and a mixture of juices: orange juice, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice and pineapple juice. I love pineapple juice because it is the juice that fixes all errors in life. Truly, it can fix any drink by diluting the alcohol and adding a little tropical flavor.

Start by filling your glasses with ice, add a shot of vodka (which is 1.5 ounces) and start mixing and matching with your favorite juices. Cape Cods, screwdrivers and greyhounds are simple: They're just vodka mixed with one type of juice. By adding a splash of cranberry to each original libation, you can craft a sea breeze, a madras or a bay breeze. To turn a greyhound into a salty dog, just rim the glass with salt.

That's it. Seven cocktails in just minutes! Have fun with garnishes like lime wedges and citrus wheels.

If you'd like to add some fizziness, or just make a drink less sweet, swap half the juice with half a cup of tonic water or club soda. To make mocktails, simply swap out the liquor for tonic or club soda.