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Boston’s Best After-Work Dining Deals

Boozy happy hour specials are a no-go in Massachusetts, but there are food specials aplenty

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Due to a statewide “happy hour” ban that dates back to 1984, Massachusetts restaurants and bars can’t offer time-specific alcohol deals that are popular in many other areas. But those seeking cheap after-work fun can find plenty of food-related specials around town, including pizza, wings, sushi, and lots more.

Celebrate the end of the work day with this collection of 24 of the Boston area’s best weekday evening food deals. (Boston’s plentiful $1 oyster deals are not included in this map; consult the Ultimate $1 Oyster Guide for those.)

This map was originally published on July 10, 2017; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hugh O'Neill's

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45 Pleasant St
Malden, MA
(781) 338-9977
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A Malden pub with 35 beers on draft.

On the menu: $5 appetizers (choose from any on the regular menu); examples include mozzarella sticks, truffled poutine, crispy chicken wings, fish tacos, and more

Schedule: Weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Crispy wings at Hugh O’Neill’s
Crispy wings at Hugh O’Neill’s
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2. Earls Kitchen + Bar

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Assembly Square
Somerville, MA
(617) 666-1790
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This Canadian chain has a location at Somerville’s Assembly Row and another at Boston’s Prudential Center.

On the menu: Discounts on a few menu items, such as Korean hot wings ($7.50 instead of $13.25), guac and chips ($7.75 instead of $9.50), street chicken tacos ($5.75 instead of $11.75), and more

Schedule: Weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to close

Part of the happy hour selection at Earls Kitchen + Bar
Part of the happy hour selection at Earls Kitchen + Bar
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3. Ginger Exchange

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1287 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
(617) 250-8618
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This delivery/takeout staple in Cambridge’s Inman Square is also worth visiting for a sit-down meal, particularly during happy hour. (There’s also a location near Boston’s Symphony Hall and a fairly new one in Watertown; deals may vary from location to location.)

On the menu: $2 edamame; $4 crab rangoon (four pieces); $6 shrimp tofu poppers (four pieces); $8 rice bowls; and more

Schedule: Weekdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; daily from 10 p.m. to close.

Restrictions: Only available at the bar and high-top tables. $6 drink minimum per person. Dine-in only; no doggy bags.

Crab rangoon at Ginger Exchange
Crab rangoon at Ginger Exchange
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4. Grendel's Den Restaurant & Bar

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89 Winthrop St
Cambridge, MA
(617) 491-1160
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Subterranean Harvard Square staple since 1971.

On the menu: The entire menu is half-priced during happy hour (pub fare, sandwiches, soups, salads, and more)

Schedule: Daily from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Restrictions: $4 minimum beverage purchase per person. Inside tables only. Dine-in only; no doggy bags.

Loaded potato skins at Grendel’s Den
Loaded potato skins at Grendel’s Den
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5. Dante

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40 Edwin H Land Blvd
Cambridge, MA
(617) 497-4200
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Located inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

On the menu: $2 shrimp cocktail, oysters, arancini, and bruschetta

Schedule: Daily from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Restrictions: At the bar only

Arancini at Dante
Arancini at Dante
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6. The Phoenix Landing

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512 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA
(617) 576-6260
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This “alternative Irish bar” offers discounted apps at happy hour.

On the menu: All items are $6 (some have optional meaty add-ons for an additional cost); options include quesadillas, wings, meatballs, curry fries, and more

Schedule: Daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Falafel tacos at Phoenix Landing
Falafel tacos at Phoenix Landing
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7. Pagu

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310 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 945-9290
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Japan meets Spain at this Central Square restaurant.

On the menu: $1 wafflatos, $3 patatas bravas, $5 chicken “nugz,” and more

Schedule: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily

Restrictions: Available at the bar only

Chicken “nugz” at Pagu
Chicken “nugz” at Pagu
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8. The Hill Tavern

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228 Cambridge St
Boston, MA
(617) 742-6192
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A classic Beacon Hill pub, open for over 20 years.

On the menu: Appetizers are $5 during happy hour; options include wings, meatballs, arancini, and more

Schedule: Monday through Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Restrictions: Dine-in only. Happy hour deals are not valid on holidays.

Wings at The Hill Tavern
Wings at The Hill Tavern
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9. McCormick & Schmick's

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1 Faneuil Hall Market Pl
Boston, MA
(617) 720-5522
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Upscale seafood and steak chain.

On the menu: $3 truffle fries, $5 cheeseburgers, $7 ahi tuna poke bowls, $9 coconut shrimp, and more; extra deals include $2 fish tacos on Tuesdays, $1 oysters and shrimp on Wednesdays, and $2.50 oysters Rockefeller on Thursdays.

Schedule: Weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Restrictions: Bar area only; dine-in only. Minimum beverage purchase of $3.25 per person.

$1 oysters and shrimp, a bonus happy hour deal on Wednesdays at McCormick & Schmick’s
$1 oysters and shrimp, a bonus happy hour deal on Wednesdays at McCormick & Schmick’s
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10. Hong Kong (Faneuil Hall)

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65 Chatham St
Boston, MA
(617) 227-2226
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The one, the only...actually, there’s one in Harvard Square as well (but there are no happy hour deals at that location). Go here for a night you probably won’t remember.

On the menu: $2.25 chicken fingers, spring rolls, multiple flavors of popcorn chicken, spicy poppers, and more

Schedule: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Friday

Restrictions: Dine-in only

Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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11. The Oceanaire Seafood Room

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40 Court St
Boston, MA
(617) 742-2277
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This upscale seafood chain hosts “Admiral’s Hour” every day except for Saturday.

On the menu: $6 blackened fish tacos, $7 grilled shrimp, $8 filet mignon sliders, $12 daily crudo, and more

Schedule: Mondays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays from 8 p.m. to close.

Restrictions: In the bar area only

Admiral’s Hour snacks at the Oceanaire
Admiral’s Hour snacks at the Oceanaire
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12. Pabu Boston

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3 Franklin St
Boston, MA
(857) 327-7228
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Japanese food from a San Francisco-based restaurant.

On the menu: $3 (per skewer) robatayaki, $4 edamame, $5 seaweed salad, $6 hand rolls, and more

Schedule: Weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Restrictions: Bar and lounge only

Robatayaki skewers at Pabu
Robatayaki skewers at Pabu
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13. Morton’s Steakhouse

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2 Seaport Ln
Boston, MA
(617) 526-0410
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A Seaport location of a steakhouse chain.

On the menu: $7 chips and parmesan truffle matchstick fries; $8 steak tacos and sets of four filet mignon sliders; and more

Schedule: Sunday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close

Restrictions: At the bar only

Cheeseburgers at Morton’s
Cheeseburgers at Morton’s
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14. Whiskey's

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885 Boylston St
Boston, MA
(617) 262-5551
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A Back Bay pub, right near Copley and the Hynes Convention Center.

On the menu: A variety of $4 bar bites, including clam chowder, mozzarella sticks, bacon cheddar skins, and more (plus, there are always $0.30 wings between 11:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. in the bar area, dine-in only)

Schedule: Weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Restrictions: Dine-in only

The wings at Whiskey’s
The wings at Whiskey’s
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15. McGreevy's

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911 Boylston St
Boston, MA
(617) 262-0911
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A sports bar co-owned by one of the Dropkick Murphys and based on a sports bar that was around from 1894 until the Prohibition.

On the menu: $0.50 wings on Mondays, $5 half-pound burgers on Tuesdays, half-priced apps on Wednesdays, and $1 personal flatbreads on Thursdays

Schedule: 4 p.m. to close on Monday and Tuesday; 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday

A burger at McGreevy’s
A burger at McGreevy’s
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16. Minibar

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51 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA
(617) 424-8500
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Located inside the Copley Square Hotel.

On the menu: $2 sliders

Schedule: Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Restrictions: Limits may apply

Sliders at Minibar
Sliders at Minibar
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17. Bar Louie

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121 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA
(617) 449-7010
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A chain with locations across the country. This is one of two in Massachusetts; it’s also at Patriot Place in Foxboro.

On the menu: Half-priced select appetizers and flatbreads

Schedule: Weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Restrictions: The restaurant reserves the right to change or cancel the specials at any time, and they’re not always available on game days

Flatbread at Bar Louie
Flatbread at Bar Louie
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18. Yard House

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126 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA
(617) 236-4083
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This chain features a giant beer list. In addition to the Fenway location, other Massachusetts locations include Dedham and Lynnfield.

On the menu: Half-priced pizzas and select appetizers, including poke nachos, chicken lettuce wraps, boneless wings in multiple flavors, fried mac and cheese, and more

Schedule: Weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to close

Pizza at Yard House
Pizza at Yard House
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19. Banyan Bar & Refuge

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553 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 556-4211
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At this South End restaurant, happy hour means dumplings.

On the menu: $1 dumplings

Schedule: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, as well as 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday

Banyan’s dumplings
Banyan’s dumplings
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20. Conor Larkin’s

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329 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA
(617) 867-0084
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An Irish pub near Northeastern.

On the menu: $4.99 loaded nachos (a half plate), Buffalo bites, jumbo pretzel sticks, grilled cheese sticks, and toasted ravioli

Schedule: Daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Conor Larkin’s
Conor Larkin’s
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21. Stella

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1525 Washington St
Boston, MA
(617) 247-7747
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Longtime South End spot.

On the menu: $6 marinated beets, Caesar salad, parmesan tater tots, bolognese nachos, beef carpaccio, and more

Schedule: Weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Restrictions: Only at the bar

Tater tots at Stella
Tater tots at Stella
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22. Estragon Tapas Bar

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700 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA
(617) 266-0443
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The South End restaurant’s happy hour is a “tapas blitz.”

On the menu: $1, $3, and $5 tapas, including garbanzos fritos, datiles, gambas al ajillo, and more

Schedule: Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Restrictions: Only available at the bar; no reservations

Patatas bravas at Estragon
Patatas bravas at Estragon
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23. Toro Boston

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1704 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 536-4300
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There’s usually a line at this South End tapas spot, but happy hour is a good time to sneak in more easily.

On the menu: A variety of pinxtos and tapas, ranging from $5 to $10, including pan con tomate, boquerones, smoked duck wings, and Toro’s famous grilled corn (plus, at higher prices, there are some meat and cheese options)

Schedule: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays

Restrictions: Available at the bar

Four ears of corn, charred and topped with aioli, cotija, and lime wedges, sit side-by-side on a plate
Maiz asado con alioli y queso cotija at Toro
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24. Local 149

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149 P St
South Boston, MA
(617) 269-0900
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A Southie restaurant and bar that is in the same group as Article 24 and the Biltmore Bar & Grille.

On the menu: Discounted bar snacks, including mac and cheese fritters and hog wings; plus, there are some day-specific specials, like $5 patty melts on Mondays

Schedule: Weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight

Mac and cheese fritters at Local 149
Mac and cheese fritters at Local 149
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1. Hugh O'Neill's

45 Pleasant St, Malden, MA
Crispy wings at Hugh O’Neill’s
Crispy wings at Hugh O’Neill’s
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A Malden pub with 35 beers on draft.

On the menu: $5 appetizers (choose from any on the regular menu); examples include mozzarella sticks, truffled poutine, crispy chicken wings, fish tacos, and more

Schedule: Weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

45 Pleasant St
Malden, MA

2. Earls Kitchen + Bar

Assembly Square, Somerville, MA
Part of the happy hour selection at Earls Kitchen + Bar
Part of the happy hour selection at Earls Kitchen + Bar
Earls/Facebook

This Canadian chain has a location at Somerville’s Assembly Row and another at Boston’s Prudential Center.

On the menu: Discounts on a few menu items, such as Korean hot wings ($7.50 instead of $13.25), guac and chips ($7.75 instead of $9.50), street chicken tacos ($5.75 instead of $11.75), and more

Schedule: Weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to close

Assembly Square
Somerville, MA

3. Ginger Exchange

1287 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA
Crab rangoon at Ginger Exchange
Crab rangoon at Ginger Exchange
Ginger Exchange/Official site

This delivery/takeout staple in Cambridge’s Inman Square is also worth visiting for a sit-down meal, particularly during happy hour. (There’s also a location near Boston’s Symphony Hall and a fairly new one in Watertown; deals may vary from location to location.)

On the menu: $2 edamame; $4 crab rangoon (four pieces); $6 shrimp tofu poppers (four pieces); $8 rice bowls; and more

Schedule: Weekdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; daily from 10 p.m. to close.

Restrictions: Only available at the bar and high-top tables. $6 drink minimum per person. Dine-in only; no doggy bags.

1287 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA

4. Grendel's Den Restaurant & Bar

89 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA
Loaded potato skins at Grendel’s Den
Loaded potato skins at Grendel’s Den
Grendel’s Den/Facebook

Subterranean Harvard Square staple since 1971.

On the menu: The entire menu is half-priced during happy hour (pub fare, sandwiches, soups, salads, and more)

Schedule: Daily from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Restrictions: $4 minimum beverage purchase per person. Inside tables only. Dine-in only; no doggy bags.

89 Winthrop St
Cambridge, MA

5. Dante

40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA
Arancini at Dante
Arancini at Dante
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Located inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

On the menu: $2 shrimp cocktail, oysters, arancini, and bruschetta

Schedule: Daily from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Restrictions: At the bar only

40 Edwin H Land Blvd
Cambridge, MA

6. The Phoenix Landing

512 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
Falafel tacos at Phoenix Landing
Falafel tacos at Phoenix Landing
Phoenix Landing/Facebook

This “alternative Irish bar” offers discounted apps at happy hour.

On the menu: All items are $6 (some have optional meaty add-ons for an additional cost); options include quesadillas, wings, meatballs, curry fries, and more

Schedule: Daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

512 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA

7. Pagu

310 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Chicken “nugz” at Pagu
Chicken “nugz” at Pagu
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Japan meets Spain at this Central Square restaurant.

On the menu: $1 wafflatos, $3 patatas bravas, $5 chicken “nugz,” and more

Schedule: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily

Restrictions: Available at the bar only

310 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

8. The Hill Tavern

228 Cambridge St, Boston, MA
Wings at The Hill Tavern
Wings at The Hill Tavern
The Hill/Official Site

A classic Beacon Hill pub, open for over 20 years.

On the menu: Appetizers are $5 during happy hour; options include wings, meatballs, arancini, and more

Schedule: Monday through Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Restrictions: Dine-in only. Happy hour deals are not valid on holidays.

228 Cambridge St
Boston, MA

9. McCormick & Schmick's

1 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston, MA
$1 oysters and shrimp, a bonus happy hour deal on Wednesdays at McCormick & Schmick’s
$1 oysters and shrimp, a bonus happy hour deal on Wednesdays at McCormick & Schmick’s
McCormick & Schmick’s/Facebook

Upscale seafood and steak chain.

On the menu: $3 truffle fries, $5 cheeseburgers, $7 ahi tuna poke bowls, $9 coconut shrimp, and more; extra deals include $2 fish tacos on Tuesdays, $1 oysters and shrimp on Wednesdays, and $2.50 oysters Rockefeller on Thursdays.

Schedule: Weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Restrictions: Bar area only; dine-in only. Minimum beverage purchase of $3.25 per person.

1 Faneuil Hall Market Pl
Boston, MA

10. Hong Kong (Faneuil Hall)

65 Chatham St, Boston, MA
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong/Facebook

The one, the only...actually, there’s one in Harvard Square as well (but there are no happy hour deals at that location). Go here for a night you probably won’t remember.

On the menu: $2.25 chicken fingers, spring rolls, multiple flavors of popcorn chicken, spicy poppers, and more

Schedule: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Friday

Restrictions: Dine-in only

65 Chatham St
Boston, MA

11. The Oceanaire Seafood Room

40 Court St, Boston, MA
Admiral’s Hour snacks at the Oceanaire
Admiral’s Hour snacks at the Oceanaire
The Oceanaire/Facebook

This upscale seafood chain hosts “Admiral’s Hour” every day except for Saturday.

On the menu: $6 blackened fish tacos, $7 grilled shrimp, $8 filet mignon sliders, $12 daily crudo, and more

Schedule: Mondays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays from 8 p.m. to close.

Restrictions: In the bar area only

40 Court St
Boston, MA

12. Pabu Boston

3 Franklin St, Boston, MA
Robatayaki skewers at Pabu
Robatayaki skewers at Pabu
Pabu/Facebook

Japanese food from a San Francisco-based restaurant.

On the menu: $3 (per skewer) robatayaki, $4 edamame, $5 seaweed salad, $6 hand rolls, and more

Schedule: Weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Restrictions: Bar and lounge only

3 Franklin St
Boston, MA

13. Morton’s Steakhouse

2 Seaport Ln, Boston, MA
Cheeseburgers at Morton’s
Cheeseburgers at Morton’s
Morton’s/Official Site

A Seaport location of a steakhouse chain.

On the menu: $7 chips and parmesan truffle matchstick fries; $8 steak tacos and sets of four filet mignon sliders; and more

Schedule: Sunday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close

Restrictions: At the bar only

2 Seaport Ln
Boston, MA

14. Whiskey's

885 Boylston St, Boston, MA
The wings at Whiskey’s
The wings at Whiskey’s
Whiskey’s/Facebook

A Back Bay pub, right near Copley and the Hynes Convention Center.

On the menu: A variety of $4 bar bites, including clam chowder, mozzarella sticks, bacon cheddar skins, and more (plus, there are always $0.30 wings between 11:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. in the bar area, dine-in only)

Schedule: Weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Restrictions: Dine-in only

885 Boylston St
Boston, MA

15. McGreevy's

911 Boylston St, Boston, MA
A burger at McGreevy’s
A burger at McGreevy’s
McGreevy’s/Facebook

A sports bar co-owned by one of the Dropkick Murphys and based on a sports bar that was around from 1894 until the Prohibition.

On the menu: $0.50 wings on Mondays, $5 half-pound burgers on Tuesdays, half-priced apps on Wednesdays, and $1 personal flatbreads on Thursdays

Schedule: 4 p.m. to close on Monday and Tuesday; 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday

911 Boylston St
Boston, MA

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16. Minibar

51 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
Sliders at Minibar
Sliders at Minibar
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Located inside the Copley Square Hotel.

On the menu: $2 sliders

Schedule: Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Restrictions: Limits may apply

51 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA

17. Bar Louie

121 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA