Happy hour—two of our favorite words. It’s a time when friends, families, coworkers, and acquaintances come together to celebrate, chat, and relax over bar bites and beverages. Whether you’re looking for half-price margaritas, a pitcher of ice-cold beer, or mini burger sliders, there’s a happy hour for everyone here in Hartford. We’re breaking down all our favorite restaurants and bars to visit in the city—this is your guide to happy hour in Hartford!
The first of its kind, the original First and Last Tavern has been open in Hartford since 1936. First and Last is famous for its coal-fired brick oven pizza, handmade pasta, and entrees, this Italian restaurant is a fan favorite in the city. Enjoy $6 cocktails, $5 glasses of wine, $3 tap beer, half-price pizza, and appetizer specials. Happy hour is available Tuesday through Friday from 3:30 pm–5:30 pm in the bar and patio. Learn more about First and Last Tavern’s menu and hours here.
Matty D’s is the perfect place to hit up for happy hour if you’re looking for a chill, relaxed atmosphere. Known as Hartford’s best-kept secret, this new-American restaurant and bar has delicious cocktails, great-tasting food, live music, and entertainment every week. Enjoy $5 appetizers, $6 cocktails, $3 beer, and $5 wine in the bar and patio area. Our favorite happy hour bites include chili cheese nachos, jumbo pretzels, and wings. Happy hour is available Wednesday through Saturday from 4:00 pm–7:00pm. Wednesdays are the perfect time to stop by Matty D’s for happy hour followed by karaoke and game night from 7:00pm–10:00pm! View the happy hour menu and get directions here.
If you like high-quality steak, oysters, and wine, Max Downtown is the place for you! Max Downtown has it all—legendary service, great-tasting food, and delicious cocktails. The happy hour menu features buck-a-shuck oysters and clams, Kung Pao shrimp, and Wester Ross Salmon Crudo. Drink specials include an array of craft cocktails, wine, and beer. Happy hour is available Monday through Friday in the bar area from 4:00 pm–6:00 pm. View the happy hour menu and learn more about Max Downtown here.
Bar Piña, located at The Goodwin Hotel, is an experience unlike any other. Sip, savor, and lounge on one of the many vintage couches and chairs. Or simply pull up a chair and watch the bartenders work their magic on a Basil Smash or Sazerac. The bar and lounge at the corner of The Goodwin Hotel is open Wednesday through Saturday serving happy hour from 5:00 pm–6:30 pm. The menu features small bites like their famous meatballs, charcuterie, pizzettes, and pasta from the Terreno Restaurant kitchen. Happy hour is available for food only, with 25% off all food items. View the food and drink menu here.
Trumbull Kitchen has a little bit of everything, literally! Their menu offers variations of familiar food from around the world in a stylish, contemporary restaurant and bar. The happy hour menu features tapas starting at $2.99, such as the blackened shrimp quesadilla, pork carnitas tacos, and carne asada. Happy hour drinks include a classic margarita, wine, and draft beer. You can find these specials and more every day from 3:00 pm–6:00 pm in the bar area. The happy hour menu changes seasonally, so be sure to check out the latest menu before you stop in.
If you’re into rock and roll, beer, and a good time, Four Dad’s Pub has to be on your happy hour bucket list. The restaurant and pub just recently opened up in Downtown Hartford in March and has been rockin’ and rollin’ ever since. Every week there are live musical performances and new food and drink specials. Happy hour runs every day (yes, even on the weekends!) from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm, with specials changing frequently. Be sure to follow them on Instagram for updates on live music and weekly specials.
Republic at The Linden is an industrial, old-school gastropub located at the corner of the Linden building in Downtown Hartford. Serving old school and new-American comfort food, Republic at The Linden is the perfect place to visit for craft cocktails, local beer, and delicious small bites. The happy hour menu features bacon-wrapped dates, wings, and arancini. Select drafts are $3, wine is $4, and all bottled and canned beer is $3. Happy hour is available in the bar Wednesday through Friday from 3:00 pm–6:00 pm. View more of the happy hour menu and get directions here.
Tisane is well known for its award-winning cocktails and martinis. If you’re looking to try something new, this is the place for you! Tisane’s team of mixologists is constantly trying something new behind the bar—whether it be infusing their liquors or using edible flowers, they’re always changing things up! Enjoy select cocktails for $5, beer for $4, and wine for $5. Happy hour bites include wings, sliders, nachos, hummus, and more. Happy hour is available Monday through Thursday at the bar from 3:00 pm- 6:00 pm. Ready for a cocktail? View the happy hour menu here.
The Half Door is our little slice of Europe here in Hartford. This gastropub is well known for its classic European pub dishes like corned beef Reuben, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and Guinness lamb stew. Enjoy a variety of craft cocktails, Guinness, and select beer for a discounted price. Snacks include burger sliders, tacos, french fries, and more. Happy hour is available Monday through Saturday from 4:00 pm–6:00 pm in the bar area. If you stop by on a Monday, happy hour is available all night! View the happy hour cocktails and snacks here.
This isn’t your typical happy hour—Wood ‘n Tap celebrates “Tappy Hour” Monday through Friday during the afternoon and late at night! Wood ‘n Tap has a pretty expansive happy hour menu for both food items and beverages. Enjoy a variety of craft cocktails, wine, and beer starting at $5. Food items include soft pretzels, spinach and artichoke dip, a chicken quesadilla, and more. View the happy hour menu and get directions here.
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