A guide to chain restaurant happy hour deals
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A Guide to Chain Restaurant Happy Hour Deals

Nothing like a cheap drink after a long day
A guide to chain restaurant happy hour deals
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Happy hour is a phenomenal time of the day when you can kick back, drink a cold beer and eat some of the best Buffalo wings. And what better way to enjoy them than at your favorite restaurant or bar for a fraction of the usual price? These deals from popular nationwide restaurants are almost too good to miss.

Here’s a guide to the happy hour specials at chain restaurants, but just remember that timing and offerings may vary, so check with your local restaurant before going crazy on the queso.

Applebee’s

Applebee’s
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You don’t have to wait until the evening to score an amazing deal on bar snacks and cold beer. Some Applebee’s offer happy hour as early as 11 a.m. every day. Chow down on boneless chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, chicken quesadillas and other great appetizers for half the price. Wash it all down with $6 beer options from Stella Artois to Sam Adams. Or, if beer isn’t your speed, there are $5 margaritas and $6 Long Island iced teas.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings
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What pairs best with saucy Buffalo wings? Happy hour deals, of course. At participating restaurants, you can get $2 Bud Light, Coors Light and Miller Lite draft beers, $3 premium shots and $5 loaded nachos.

TGI Fridays

TGI Fridays
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At TGI Fridays, visitors can get appetizers and specialty mixed drinks for just $5 all day, every day. Happy hour specials include starters like sizzling queso chips topped with hot poblano queso, pico, jalapeños and cilantro. Rotating monthly drink specials have included the $5 “Aviation 75” (Aviation gin, Wycliff brut, strawberry and lemon), “Holiday Blues” (Bacardi rum, blue raspberry, Sprite and lemon) and $3 Bud Light Platinum.

Chili’s

Chili’s
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If you’re looking for a place to satisfy your cravings after a day of practicing great office etiquette, invite your coworkers to happy hour at Chili’s, where you can get boneless wings for $6 or a half-order of gooey Texas cheese fries for $4. Some drink specials to expect are Long Island iced teas for $5 and draft beer for $3. Don’t forget to catch the rotating monthly margarita special for just $5 every day.

Olive Garden

Olive Garden
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There may be some things you might not know about Olive Garden, but the drink specials and Italian pasta dishes are enough to keep plenty of people coming back for more. Although Olive Garden technically doesn't offer “happy hour” deals, the chain offers a watermelon margarita, spiked strawberry lemonade, blue Hawaiian, mojito or Blue Moon draft for $5 each from open to close every day.

Red Lobster

Red Lobster
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It may not be one of America’s best local seafood shacks, but this Florida-based chain has wonderfully crafted drinks and tasty appetizers. At participating locations, you can expect cheap tequila cocktails and other well drinks, plus deals on draft beers, house wines and appetizers including jumbo shrimp cocktail, mozzarella sticks, chicken strips and lobster pizza.

Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse
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One of the best casual steakhouse chains in America, Outback Steakhouse offers great specials on cocktails to complement your filet. Get an excellent deal on mixed drinks and cocktails for $5 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. The happy hour menu boasts Tito’s, Captain Morgan, Jack Daniel’s and Beefeater with a mixer of your choice, plus a strawberry kiwi margarita, blackberry martini, boozy cherry limeade and more.

Marie Callender’s

Marie Callender’s

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If you’re lucky enough to live near this regional chain restaurant, you don’t want to miss out on its happy hour deals. Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and all day Sunday, get $2 off wine, craft beer and cocktails while munching on half-priced appetizers including chicken tenders, spinach and artichoke dip, crispy green beans, loaded tater tots and more.

Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday
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Ruby Tuesday honors happy hour deals every day during two different time slots: 4 p.m. to 6, 6:30 or 7 p.m., depending on locations, and 9 p.m. to close. Guests can anticipate $2 draft beer, $3 margaritas, $4 berry and strawberry sangrias, and $5 Ruby Relaxers (Absolut vodka, Cruzan rum, peach schnapps, pineapple and cranberry juices). You can also get $4 appetizers, such as spinach and artichoke dip, cheddar cheese queso and chips, and mozzarella sticks. This chain also has a separate list of $5 drinks available all day, every day.

Benihana

 Benihana
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Great sushi and entertainment aren’t the only things visitors get at Benihana. Locations honoring happy hour offer hot sake for $5 and specialty cocktails including the yuzu margarita, mai tai and more for $8.50 each starting at 3 p.m. Draft beers like Kirin, Lagunitas IPA and Bud Light ring in at $5. Happy hour offerings also include a substantial amount of food, such as the $6 deep-fried Las Vegas roll, which has salmon, avocado, cream cheese and jalapeños and is topped with a spicy sauce.

Cheesecake Factory

Cheesecake Factory
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Cheesecake Factory's massive menu has far more to offer than its famous cheesecakes. During the week from 4 p.m to 6 p.m., the restaurant serves select well drinks, cocktails and wine for $6.50, and draft beer for $4.50. During the same time frame, diners can also get appetizers like pork belly sliders, fried macaroni and cheese, nachos and more for $6.50 each.

Dave & Buster’s

Dave & Buster’s
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Eating, drinking and playing games can help you avoid suffering from burnout, so head to Dave & Buster’s after work for half-price cocktails and $1 off some of the best beer and wine Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. or Sunday 10 p.m. to midnight. Feeling hungry? Dive in on $5 bar bites, which include guacamole and chips, Bavarian pretzels and loaded potstickers.

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse
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You don’t always have to go to the best American high-end steakhouse chains for delicious steak. This California-based chain offers happy hour during the week from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and also from 10 p.m. to close Thursday through Sunday. The specials include $3 domestic bottles or chips with dip, $4 signature handcrafted beer, $5 Dark Horse wines and call drinks, $6 appetizers, and half off mini deep-dish pizzas.

P.F. Chang’s

P.F. Chang’s
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If you’re looking to score Asian-American fusion food and drink on the cheap, check out P.F. Chang’s happy hour specials. Get select street fare and dim sum, plus boozy beverages like the organic agave margarita with Casa Noble tequila, all for $6 or less from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

McCormick and Schmick’s

McCormick and Schmick’s
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If you’re trying to stick to a budget but enjoy going out to eat, check out the inexpensive happy hour options at McCormick and Schmick’s. Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., you can score $4 black truffle fries, $6 blackened fish tacos, $8 smoked beef carpaccio and $10 lobster and Dungeness crab dip with crostini. Drink specials include $5 local and craft beer and well drinks, $6 local craft liquors and wine, $9 premium wine, and discounted specialty cocktails.

Longhorn Steakhouse

Longhorn Steakhouse
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It’s not difficult to find a great deal to go along with a perfectly grilled sirloin at Longhorn Steakhouse, where happy hour isn’t confined to certain hours. Choose from a selection of some of the healthiest beers, such as Miller Lite, for just $2.50 any time of day. If you’re in the mood for liquor, grab a Jack and Coke for $4.99 or a margarita for $5.99. An order of fried pickles will set you back only $4.99, or you can get spicy chicken bites for $5.99.

Mad Mex

Mad Mex

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This Mexican restaurant offers “happy hora” during the week from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious burritos and half off all draft beer and wings (excluding boneless). On top of that, visitors can down a house margarita at a rate of $3 for a 12-ounce, $5 for a 16-ounce or $7 for a super-size.

Famous Dave’s

Famous Dave’s
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This barbecue joint has some drive-in locations you can still pull up to, but you’ll have to go to the bar or patio for these deals. Monday through Friday, there are two happy hour sessions, one from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and one from 8 p.m. until close, plus all day on Sunday. While chowing down on some good barbecue, visitors can sip on $3 well drinks and domestic short drafts, $4 wine and premium short drafts, and $5 signature cocktails.

Bonefish Grill

Bonefish Grill
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At Bonefish Grill, happy hour is offered daily starting at 4 p.m., but end times vary by location. Bonefish offers $1 off draft beers, $4 house wines, $5 martinis and cocktails, and $6 spirits (Absolut, Tito’s, Bacardi, Dewar’s, Jack Daniel’s, Maker’s Mark and New Amsterdam). If it’s food you’re looking for, check out the $6 bar bites, including wagyu beef sliders, shrimp toast and “The Cure,” which features Old Bay-seasoned fries layered with Mozzarella cheese sauce, roasted shrimp, red gravy, crispy bacon and green onions.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
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This inexpensive steakhouse has happy hour featuring full-size appetizers, hand-crafted cocktails and wine starting at $9. At participating locations, expect specials on the prime burger with fries, crab beignets, seared ahi tuna, spicy shrimp and chicken sandwich. As for drinks, the cosmopolitan, pomegranate martini, gin basil smash and Manhattan might be available at a discount.

Fleming’s

Fleming’s
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Fleming’s has happy hour every night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can order some of your favorite cocktails like an old fashioned or margarita, plus next-level burgers or other bites such as Fleming's Potato Tots and crispy castelvetrano olives for $6, and sweet chili calamari for $10.

The Palm

The Palm
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Visit this fine-dining steakhouse chain to participate in its “PrimeTime” deals. On Sunday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., get half off the normal price of bar bites like cornmeal fried oysters, calamari fritti and cottage fries. Instead of paying $14 for a classic cheeseburger with gremolata-seasoned shoestring potatoes, guests can expect to pay $7. Like much of the other entries on this list, happy hour at The Palm varies by location, some of which also offer drink specials.

Bahama Breeze

Bahama Breeze
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You may not need to travel far for tropical tastes of the islands on the cheap. At most Bahama Breeze restaurants, happy hour runs during the week from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., when you can drink $4 mixed drinks and beer, $5 specialty drinks (pina coladas, mojitos, margaritas and more) and $6 wine as well as enjoy half-off appetizers like beef empanadas, quesadillas, Jamaican chicken wings, chorizo meatballs and more. For night owls, Bahama Breeze offers late-night happy hour at participating locations.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
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Every day of the week, this family-friendly seafood restaurant inspired by the movie “Forrest Gump” offers happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Specials include $4 chips and guacamole, cajun cheese bread and spinach artichoke dip; $5 grilled chicken or beef sliders and spicy chicken tenders; or $6 cajun shrimp and grilled or fried fish tacos. There’s a large selection of drink deals too, such as $2.50 domestic bottles, $3 domestic drafts, $3.50 well drinks and craft or import bottles, and $4 craft drafts and wine. For something a little stronger, go for a $4 margarita or bloody mary, or a $6 Long Island iced tea, frozen margarita or mango mojito.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Carrabba’s Italian Grill
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This Italian restaurant offers half-off appetizers like calamari, shrimp scampi and roasted chicken wings during happy hour. Guests can also expect $3 select draft beer, $4 well spirits, $5 premium spirits, $5 specialty cocktails such as the pomegranate martini, Sicilian prickly pear margarita or sparkling Tuscan lemonade, and a 9-ounce pour of house wine or sangria for the price of a 6-ounce glass.

Red Robin

Red Robin
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You might not know that this casual American restaurant has some amazing happy hour deals. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, diners can get half-price appetizers and a $3.50 drink special of the day. Mondays are for mai tais, Tuesdays are for house margaritas, Wednesdays are for Long Island iced teas, Thursdays are for red or white Spanish sangria and Fridays are for the “Sand In Your Shorts” cocktail featuring Midori vodka, peach schnapps, triple sec, orange juice, raspberry syrup, cranberry juice and sour mix. Even more, there’s an all-day special on 16-ounce Miller Lite drafts, which you can get for $2 each Monday through Friday. But if you can’t make it to happy hour, get your money’s worth of adult beverages by bellying up to the best bottomless brunch deals in America.

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