Happy Hour: A Guide

Ann Arbor’s many pubs, sports bars, and restaurants offer an enticing spectrum of Happy Hour specials to keep every day of the week a reason for celebration. 


Quench your craving for hops at this boisterous Irish-style pub offering an extensive beer list, a variety of microbrews, and an awe-inspiring scotch list. 

$4 pints of Michigan beer, $7 select cocktails, $4 well drinks, $5 glasses of wine

Happy Hour: 3-6pm Monday-Friday; all day Sunday

338 S State St., Ann Arbor. 734-996-9191. ashleys.com.


An oasis of Spanish culture in the heart of downtown, Aventura specializes in Old World wines and authentic cuisine. With a plethora of drink selections and tapas galore, there’s always a reason to return to this classy corner, where lingering is a way of life and new friends await. 

$3 off wine by the glass; $10 Martini, Manhattan or Old Fashioned; 50% off bottled beer.

Happy Hour: 3-6pm daily

216 E Washington St., Ann Arbor. 734-369-3153.

The Grotto

The Beer Grotto offers several rotating beer taps and they bring in brews from across the country and world. They also boast over 60 brands of premium spirits from vodka to bourbon scotch. The décor is industrial-chic, but the vibe is warm and inviting. 

20% off everything

Happy Hour: 3-6pm Monday-Friday

303 S Ashley St., Ann Arbor. 734-369-4212.

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Black Pearl

Dive into a delicious menu of fresh seafood favorites and sophisticated martinis at this Main Street anchor since 2008.

Rotating food and drink specials. 

Happy Hour: 5-6pm Monday-Thursday

302 S Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-222-0400.

Blue Tractor

Award-winning craft beers brewed on-site to please all palates. IPAs, pale ales, wheat ales, and dark ales await, along with barbecue that will make your toes curl. 

50% off appetizers and house-brewed drafts; $5 mixed well drinks and $5 pours of select whiskeys

Happy Hour: 3-6pm, Everyday except on game days

207 E Washington St., Ann Arbor. 734-222-4095.

The Brown Jug

If you haven’t smashed a Greek pizza at The Brown Jug — a University of Michigan tradition since 1936 — never fear, there’s still time for you. Named after the Michigan vs. Minnesota football trophy, the sports bar’s Greek-themed menu boasts delicious items playfully named after Wolverine alumni. 

Monday-Thursday 2pm – 4pm: ½ Off Appetizers (Excludes: 2lb Wings, Sampler Basket, and Mediterranean Sampler. Dine-in Only. Gratuity Included); Monday-Saturday 7pm-10pm and Sunday 2pm-9pm: $3 Coors Light, Miller Lite, Labatt Blue 22oz Drafts, $5 Long Island Iced Teas (Any Variety); $4 Premium Draft Pints. Check daily specials. 

1204 S University Ave., Ann Arbor. 734-761-3355.

The Circ Bar

The Circ Bar offers a beautiful outdoor patio, mural and roof-deck bar that is perfect for a night out. This venue offers the perfect place for the whole family to come enjoy. Guests can even bring their furry friends to enjoy the evening!

20% off food; $5 Green Tea Shots, Lemon Drop Shots; $6 Drink Specials: Palomas, Mojitos, Long Island Iced Tea, “Seasonal” Margaritas

Happy Hour: Tuesdays-Saturday 6-9pm

210 S. 1st St., Ann Arbor. 734-277-3656. thecircbar.com. | Hours: 5pm-midnight, Thursday-Saturday.

Good Time Charley’s

The good times have been rolling since 1979 at this lively watering hole.. 

50% off all drinks and appetizers 

Happy Hour: 3-5pm, Tuesday-Friday. 

1140 S University St., Ann Arbor. 734-668-8411.

Haymaker Public House

With several Michigan-centric brews on tap, enough screens to catch the game from every angle, trivia and board games, Haymaker Public House is a sports fan’s dream come true. 

50% off all drinks, and 25% off all starters

Happy Hour: 3-6pm, Monday-Friday 

203 E Washington St., Ann Arbor. 734-997-5399.

Knight’s Downtown 

Knight’s is the perfect place to stop by for a delicious drink and amazing food.

20% off all appetizers, $6 House Wine and Sangria, $2 Labatt Blue Drafts, $2 Miller

Happy Hour: 3-6pm, Tuesday-Thursday.

600 E Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-887-6899.

Mani Osteria & Bar 

This Italian eatery focuses on local ingredients and small production wines. Quality beats quantity — can’t complain when you get it at an affordable price.

Specially priced plates and drinks

Happy Hour: Tuesday-Thursday: 4–6pm; Friday–Sunday: 3pm–5pm

341 E Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-769-6700. 


Step aside Tom Collins! This ain’t your old man’s cocktail bar. Contemporary cocktails made with fresh ingredients offer a slew of new sensations to spark your taste buds and your conversations.  

220 S Main St., Ann Arbor 734-369-6070.

Oscar’s Sports & Grill

Oscar’s Sports Bar and Grill isn’t just a sports bar. There’s something perfect here for everyone in the family. Oscar’s Sports Bar and Grill isn’t just a sports bar. There’s something perfect here for everyone in the family. The menu has a variety of delicious foods, with burgers made with Knight’s mean to Fresh Baked Benny’s Bakery buns.

Specials will vary.

Happy Hour: 3-6:30pm, Monday-Friday

6877 S. State Rd., Saline. 734-429-7700.

Pretzel Bell

Over three decades after the original Pretzel Bell poured its last draft, the legendary U of M hangout returns! The specials are cheap, and the history lining the walls is priceless.  

50% off menu cocktails, draft beers and appetizers 

Happy Hour: 3-6pm Sunday-Thursday

226 S Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-994-2773.

Red Hawk Bar & Grill

A campus mainstay beloved by townies and students alike, Red Hawk has been serving made-from-scratch food, craft cocktails, and decadent desserts since 1992. It’s location makes Red Hawk a prime meet-up spot, and you won’t find too many places in town with as consistently solid food and service. 

$1 off bottled and canned beer and cider, $2 off draft beer and wine, and $3 off all liquor drinks. $3 vegetarian, pescado, pollo or carnita tacos. 

Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 3-6pm

316 S State St., Ann Arbor. 734-994-4004.


Class meets comfort at Sava’s, an ideal spot for fantastic deals on small plates and handcrafted cocktails. Feel relaxed and sophisticated here at their open and contemporary space.

20% off drinks and appetizers

Happy Hour: 3-6pm, Monday-Friday

216 S State St., Ann Arbor. 734-623-2233.

Tios Mexican Cafe

Once a Huron Street hole-in-the-wall, this second-generation family-owned favorite made the leap to Liberty Street in 2009, where the addition of a full bar and some authentic Mexican favorites make for an excellent Happy Hour. 

50% off margaritas and 50% off queso

Happy Hour: 3-6pm, Monday-Friday

401 E Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-761-6650.


For a classy alternative to the sports bar scene, Vinology Wine Bar and Restaurant is the sophisticated experience you’re looking for. Wine aficionados will indulge at this bar, offering happy hour specials you can’t pass up. 

50% off wines by the glass (some exceptions apply); Specialty cocktails & Zura “sangria”; wood fired pizza

Happy Hour: 4-6pm, Monday-Friday.

110 S Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-222-9841.

Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Zingerman’s Roadhouse is an Ann Arbor staple, and anyone who lives here knows how great it is. The food is delicious, and the happy hour drinks are sure to lift even the heaviest of spirits. It’s the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat and a good drink with friends.

Rotating drink and food specials

Happy Hour: 2-6pm, Monday-Friday.

2501 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor. 734-663-3663.

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