While the calendar officially declares next week as the beginning of spring, we’re all going to have to cross our fingers that Mother Nature (and the Michigan chill) follow suit in a timely fashion.
If the subzero temps and never-ending snow decide to linger for a few more weeks, there’s really only one thing to do—warm yourself from the inside out with happy hour. Because what’s better than a tall, frosty beer and snacks? Half priced tall, frosty beer and snacks, of course.
Get ready to unwind and enjoy some tasty bites and refreshing beverages at one of the following Metro Detroit bars and restaurants:
Compari’s, 350 S. Main St., Plymouth, Fiamma Grille, 380 S. Main St., Plymouth, and The Sardine Room, 340 S. Main St., Plymouth, are all owned by the same family, and the three have a similar happy hour schedule.
Compari’s offers happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the bar only. There, you can enjoy $2 Miller Lite, $3 glasses of house wine, a $4 individual cheese pizza, $6 Italian sausage sliders and several other apps. Similarly, happy hour at The Sardine Room takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and includes $1 oysters, $2 PBR, $4 cocktails, a $5 cheese plate, $8 mussels du jour and more. Fiamma Grille is the snazziest of all three, where happy hour runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor, has happy hour every night from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the den and Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the bar. You’ll find great specials like $2 off pints, $5 off pitchers, $1 off well drinks and plenty of house wine, pizza and appetizers to choose from.
One such appetizer choice includes Crispy Chicken Wings covered in either watermelon BBQ sauce or housemade hot sauce. While the first option sounds a little odd, I am 100 percent willing to give it a test drive.
Woodward Avenue Brewing Co., 22646 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, holds happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday. Specials include $3 WAB pints, house wines and well drinks, as well as half off appetizers.
Pesto Bruschetta (homemade pesto, mozzarella and asiago cheese with sliced tomato on fresh focaccia), Signature 6-Layer Dip (with white and black bean dip, guacamole, pico de gallo, cilantro, sour cream and cheddar cheese, served with homemade tortilla chips) and Mini Quesadillas (your choice of bean and cheese, chicken corn salsa, or grilled veggie) are all great choices.
Hermann’s Old Town Grille, 195 W. Liberty St., Plymouth, has happy hour all week long, and it lasts the entire day on Sunday. Monday through Thursday, you can find specials from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Happy hour at Hermann’s includes $0.50 off bottle and draft beer as well as mixed drinks. In addition to happy hour, nightly beer specials include $2.25 domestic drafts on Tuesdays, $3.75 Fat Tire pints on Wednesdays and $3 pints of Blue Moon on Thursdays.
Santorini, 501 Monroe St., Detroit, is probably the closest I’m going to get to my dream vacation destination for the next several years. Le sigh. Anyways, happy hour runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Drink specials vary by day and include half off glass wine pours on Tuesdays, $5 margaritas on Wednesdays, $2 domestic beers and $2 ouzo shots on Thursdays and $6 specialty cocktails on Fridays. If you’re there for brunch over the weekend, Bloody Marys and mimosas are both just $5. Happy hour appetizers range between $4 and $5 and include Greek Chicken “Sliders” and Tirokefteri Spread (feta cheese with roasted red and green chili peppers served with pita bread).
Whether you’re kicking back with coworkers after a long day or catching up with old friends, happy hour specials are aplenty in Metro Detroit, no matter what day of the week. Remember, “The only thing happy about this hour is you.” (A free happy hour cocktail and a gold star goes to whomever is first to identify this). Enjoy your happy hour fun, and as always, drive responsibly.