Happy Hour: A Guide

. February 14, 2020.

When those chilling winter winds make hibernation a real temptation, being out among others helps to ease the loneliness of those long Michigan winters. Fortunately, Ann Arbor’s many pubs, sports bars, and restaurants offer an enticing spectrum of Happy Hour specials to keep those winter blues from creeping in through the cracks.

Ashley’s 

338 S State St | 734-996-9191 | ashleys.com
Happy Hour: 3-6pm | Monday-Friday, plus Tuesday late night special

$4 select Michigan drafts, $4 pints of Michigan beer, and $1 off wine

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. Paired with food specials that include $4 half-orders of Boneless Buffalo Wings, $2.50 half-orders of fried Brussel Sprouts (vegetarian), $5 Fried Cheese Curds, $3 half-orders of Soft Pretzel Sticks, (vegetarian) and $4 half-orders of Korean BBQ Ribs, and a variety of gluten-free menu options, you won’t talk out with an empty stomach.

Aventura

216 E Washington St | 734-369-3153 | aventuraannarbor.com
Happy Hour: 3-6pm Monday-Thursday | 3-5pm Friday | 10pm-12am Sunday (at the bar only)

$5 sangrias, 50% off draft beer, $3 off wine by the glass and, $5 Amanti, $5 Manhattan, Martini, or Old Fashioned, 25% off select tapas with Happy Hour drink purchase, Pintxos a la carta Small Bites from 3-6pm.

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. 

Bar Louie

401 E Liberty St, #200 | 734-822-9900 | barlouie.com
Happy Hour: 4-7pm | Monday-Friday, plus late-night specials

$3.50 all 14 oz. drinks, $4.50 wines and $5.50 signature martinis. Half-price flatbreads and select appetizers. 

This upbeat grill is known for its inventive drink selections and weekday food and beverage deals. They also offer the same discounts Sunday-Thursday 10pm-close, with reverse happy-hour, $3 shooters, and food specials. 

Beer Grotto

303 S Ashley St | 734-369-4212 | beergrotto.com
Happy Hour: 3-6pm | Monday-Friday

20% off wine, draft beer, cocktails, and spirits.

Happy Hour prices for Military, First Responders, Teachers, and Industry all day Sun-Thur.

36 rotating beer taps bring in brews from across the country and around the globe, with over 60 brands of premium spirits from vodka to bourbon scotch. The decor is industrial-chic, but the vibe is warm and inviting. 

Black Pearl

302 S Main St | 734-222-0400 | blackpearlannarbor.com
Happy Hour: 5-6pm Monday-Friday

Rotating food and drink specials. 

Dive into a delicious menu of fresh seafood favorites and sophisticated martinis at this Main Street anchor since 2008. Weekly specials like Wine and Oyster Mondays and Michigan and Taco Tuesdays offer plenty of reasons to return.  

Blue Tractor (see also Mash Bar)

207 E Washington St | 734-222-4095 | bluetractor.net
Happy Hour: 3-6pm Monday-Friday | 10pm-midnight Sunday-Thursday

50% off draft beer

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. 

The Brown Jug

1204 S University Ave | 734-761-3355 | brownjug-annarbor.com
Happy Hour: 7-10pm daily

$3 22 oz drafts of Coors Light, Miller Lite, and Labatt Blue, $4 Long Islands and premium draft pints. Daily drink and food specials change monthly. 

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. 

The Earle

121 W Washington | 734-994-0211
Happy Hour: 5-8pm Monday-Friday

20% off items on wine bar (food) menu, and most beverages by the glass

5-6:30pm mussels steamed in white wine, with garlic and tomatoes for $3.75 (dining room only)

Monday-Wednesday all draft beers $4, whitefish entree $13

Thursday featured martinis $6

Make a great impression on that first date by ducking into this cozy, award-winning French and Italian eatery featuring live jazz five nights a week.  

The Garage Bar

618 Church St | 734-995-5095 | garageannarbor.com
Happy Hour: 9pm-close daily (excluding game days)

$5 Long Islands and Margaritas, $4-$5 select 22oz drafts

Sports, mingling, and merriment await at this Church Street watering hole with 32 craft beers on tap, a full Pizza House menu, and wall-to-wall flatscreens so you won’t miss a second of the game day action!

Good Time Charley’s

1140 S University St | 734-668-8411 | charleysannarbor.com
Happy Hour: Progressive deals 3-6pm Mon-Fri | 3-6pm Tuesday-Friday

50% off all drinks and appetizers 3-4pm | 40% off 4-5pm | 30% off 5-6pm

Additional late-night deals.

The good times have been rolling since 1979 at this lively watering hole featuring Mug Club Mondays, Tuesday Karaoke, Wednesday Trivia, and $5 burgers on Thursdays. 

Haymaker Public House

203 E Washington St | 734-997-5399 | haymakerpublichouse.com
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 3-6pm

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

With 24 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. 

Heidelberg Restaurant

215 N Main St | 734-663-7758 | heidelbergannarbor.com
Happy Hour: 4-10pm Sunday-Thursday

$5 appetizers

$2 domestic bottles 

Rotating daily food and drink specials.

Get your German fix at this charming pub that offers a hefty beer and drink selection. If you feel like dancing, head upstairs to the Club Above where DJs keep the music spinnin’.

Jim Brady’s Ann Arbor

209 S Main St. | 734-562-1954 | jbdetroit.com
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 3-6pm.
Late Night Happy Hour: Sunday-Thursday, 10pm-close.

$4 draft beers, $6 cocktails, $6 appetizers

The modern Jim Brady’s, an homage and tribute to the classic Detroit destination Diamond Jim Brady’s, offers a delightful variety of beers and Michigan craft cocktails. If you’re hungry, your nosh on Brady’s selection of appetizers, like steamed mussels, chicken poppers, ahi tuna nachos and roasted cauliflower, all of which are available for a steal of a price at happy hour every weekday afternoon— and also after 10pm, Sunday through Thursday, for all the night owls out there.

Knight’s Downtown 

600 E Liberty St | 734-887-6899
knightsrestaurants.com/knights-steakhouse-downtown-ann-arbor
Happy Hour: 3pm-6pm Monday-Thursday 

20% off all appetizers, $1 off all House Wine and Sangria, $2 Labatt Blue Drafts

Mani Osteria & Bar 

341 E Liberty St. | 734-769-6700 | maniosteria.com
Happy Hour: 4-6pm | Tuesday-Friday

50% off house red and white wine, cocktail of the day, red sangria, and draft beers

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.

Mash Bar (beneath Blue Tractor BBQ)

207 E Washington St | 734-222-4095 | mashbar.net
Happy Hour: 10pm-close Sunday-Thursday 

50% off Draft Beer, $5 Wells and Select Whiskey, $6 rotating Craft Cocktail. 

Thursday nights $10 Craft Beer Pitchers

Nightcap

220 S Main | 734-369-6070 | nightcapbara2.com
Happy Hour: 6-8pm Sunday-Wednesday | 5-8pm Thursday-Saturday

Monthly rotating drink specials. 

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.  

Pretzel Bell

226 S Main St | 734-994-2773 | thepretzelbell.com
Happy Hour: 3-6pm Sunday-Thursday

$2 off all snacks, shares, beers, signature cocktails, and wine. 

Late Night Happy Hour: 10pm-close Sunday-Thursday

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.  

Red Hawk Bar & Grill

316 S State St | 734-994-4004 | redhawkannarbor.com
Happy Hour: 3-6pm & 8pm-close | Sunday-Friday

$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. 

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. 

Sava’s

216 S State St | 734-623-2233 | savasrestaurant.com
Happy Hour: 9-11am and 3-6pm Monday-Friday | 10pm-midnight Sunday

50% off draft beer, 25% bottled beer, and $3 off cocktails and spirits, wine pours, mimosas, and bloody marys. 25% of small plates when paired with a happy hour beverage.

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.

Scorekeepers

310 Maynard St | 734-995-0100 | a2scorekeepers.com
No Happy Hour. Rotating drink specials.

Grab a bite and a beer while watching the game on any of their 37 TV’s. Students gather here throughout the week and all weekend long for great tunes, and even better food and drinks.

Tios Mexican Cafe

401 E Liberty St | 734-761-6650 | tiosmexicancafe.com
Happy Hour: 3-6pm Monday-Friday | 11pm-1am Saturday

50% off margaritas and $1 off draft beer.

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 a muy bueno Happy Hour. Quesadilla Mondays: $8 Quesadillas (sour cream included! Add $1 for beef, chicken or pork | Taco Tuesdays: Americano, Autentico, and Tinga tacos all $2 | Wet Burrito Wednesdays: All Wet Burritos $9 | Nacho Grande Thursdays: $9 Loaded Nachos with your choice of meat, because everything is better with nachos.  

Vinology

110 S Main St | 734-222-9841 | vinologya2.com
Happy Hour: 4-6pm | Monday-Friday

50% off wine pours

50% off burgers

50% off pizzas

For a classy alternative to the sports bar scene, Vinology Wine Bar and Restaurant is the sophisticated experience you’re looking for.  Wine-os alike will indulge at this bar, offering happy hour specials you can’t pass up. All day Monday boasts 50% off select bottles of wine.

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