Are your ready for some fun? They may have died out a few years ago when the economy took a dip, but happy hours are back in full force, especially in the greater Atlanta area. Happy hours give you a chance to meet with friends and coworkers, usually after work, to take advantage of some discounted food and drink specials. If you enjoy a glass of wine, a cold beer or a cool looking cocktail, check out any of these fine establishments in and around Atlanta. Don’t miss trying the appetizers as they all offer a number of delicious options.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers
1842 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 254-2273
www.grindhouseburgers.com

A happy hour at a burger joint? You bet. On Thursdays, Grindhuse has its version of a happy hour with drink specials. Cocktails are only $5 on Thursdays. This is a great place for burger snobs and those who just want some great eats. Opt for a beer, a boozy shake or the Thursday special on one of the “snooty drinks.” Grindhouse has become an Atlanta favorite because it is just so good.

Einstein’s
1077 Juniper St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 876-7925
www.einsteinsatlanta.com

A full-service restaurant in the trendy and hip part of Atlanta also offers a great happy hour. This is referring to its “Cellar on Sale” list on Mondays and Tuesdays. Every day you get $2 Shorties that you can pair with salads, sandwiches or even dessert. You can’t go wrong at Einstein’s and if the weather cooperates, its patio is one of the best in the city. Einstein’s is a can’t miss on Juniper Street any night of the week.

Wrecking Bar Brewpub
292 Moreland Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 221-2600
www.wreckingbarbrewpub.com

Welcome to the Wrecking Bar Brewpub, an old Victorian home located right in one of the most convenient spots in Atlanta. Go upstairs or downstairs to the cellar and enjoy its wide assortment of delicious craft beers. Wrecking Bar also has other drinks and cocktails available, but it’s really all about the beer. This would be the perfect place for your company or organization to hold a party or a happy hour. Check with your server to see what the specials are that day.

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Pinewood Tippling Room
254 West Ponce De Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-5507
www.pinewoodtr.com

The Pinewood Tippling Room is all about cocktails and making sure you get your favorites. With the Pinewood, you have some happy hour options. On Wednesdays, all whiskey drinks are half off. On Thursdays, patrons get half-price bottles of wine. You can’t go wrong with either of these at this “new kid on the block” in Downtown Decatur. Downtown Decatur is one of the most underrated spots in the metro area. Think of Pinewood as a neighborhood bar with great food and happy hour specials every week. You and your friends will want to come back and try them all over and over again.

Mi Cocina
1080 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 872-8801
www.micocinarestaurants.com

There isn’t much better than a happy hour at a quality Mexican restaurant. Happy hour is every weekday at Mi Cocina, Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. That’s three hours of discounted wines, appetizers and, of course, margaritas for only $5. It doesn’t get much better than that. Come for happy hour and then stay for the chile con queso, the sunset enchiladas and the fajitas. Don’t sleep on the cucumber margarita and the mojitos.

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