The Scope’s Happy Hour Guide

Photo of Gary Tilley in Nautical Nellies by Darrell Edwards.

The perfect antidote to the dreary grind of the nine-to-fiver, the glorious tradition of happy hour dates back to at least the Prohibition era, when some genius decided that pre-dinner drinking was acceptable. Fast forward to 2012, where dozens of St. John’s bars and speakeasies boast some version of the tipple-iscious temporal vortex of cheap drinks known as the double-H. Here The Scope presents a mostly-exhaustive list of all conceivable happy hours on offer in this thirsty town. Information collected by Nathan Downey & Bryhanna Greenough.

Bagel Cafe

246 Duckworth Street

This popular brunch spot (and winner of Best All Day Breakfast in our 2011 Best of Food & Drink survey) offers caesars, mimosas, cranberry vodka, and fuzzy orange for five bucks ‘til 3pm every day of the week.

Big Ben’s Pub

55 Rowan Street

Though it’s right on the university’s doorstep, Big Ben’s is still within stumbling distance of downtown. Their happy hour runs from 4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday; Saturdays from 2pm to 8pm; and all day Sundays. Bottles of domestic beer and highballs are $4.05, buckets of beer are $17.25, and pints are $5.75.

Boston Pizza

Stavanger Drive & Kelsey Drive

If the wind’s whistling, forego the outdoor deck and head inside to an oversized booth big enough for the bunch of you. On Wednesdays 34 oz “Thunder Mugs” are eight bucks and it’s $4 pints every Thursday. If your thirsty enough to drink a small pond, Fishbowl Fridays are the way to go with 3oz highballs for $9/$10. On Saturdays a bucket of five brews is $19. $5 martinis on Mondays, house wine on Tuesdays, and Caesars on Sundays. Drink specials last all day, and the pizza is served on old-timey pedestals.

Bridie Molloy’s/Celtic Hearth

George Street

$4 beer and highballs every day from 4pm to 7pm. Bet you never knew there’s even a small deck with a few tables. Hot tip: If you venture to the Celtic Hearth side, the same special is $3.50.

Bull & Finch/Mama Soula’s

411 Torbay Road

$3.50 bottles of domestic and $3.20 highballs everyday from 4pm to 9pm in St. John’s only Greek-style establishment.

Captain’s Quarters Lounge

2 Kings Bridge Road

Hotel bars often serve as a place to hang on the down-low, and this one is off the beaten track. Happy hour specials change all the time, but there is always free pool.

Chinched Bistro

7 Queen Street

Score four tapas (Hot Smoked Pork Belly with Tomato Jam anyone?) and a pint of QV for $27 on Ice Caps nights.

Clancy’s Restaurant

106 Airport Road

Attached to the Comfort Inn, in close proximity to the airport, this spot offers $4.25 highballs and beer every day from 5pm to 7pm. Don’t miss your flight though, kay?

Cornerstone Sports Bar

16 Queen Street

This stone building sits on the corner of Queen and George, and they offer a daily happy hour from 4pm to 8pm with domestic beer and highballs going for $4.25. There’s happy hour pricing on most other beverages too, they say.

Don Cherry’s Sports Grill

290 Freshwater Road

Named after the colourful, outspoken hockey host whose portrait is hand-painted on the building, Don Cherry’s offers buckets of five Corona for $15 and singles for $3.50 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Duke of Duckworth

325 Duckworth Street

Where everybody knows your name. In the heart of downtown, the Duke feels like a neighbourhood pub. Rub shoulders with lawyers from the neighbouring firms, film crew workers, and maybe even the occasional collared pastor. Highballs and bottles of domestic are $3.95 from 3pm to 7pm every day.

Erin’s Pub

186 Water Street

While you might come for the Scope-reader-approved traditional tunes (Best Traditional Session winner in our Best of St. John’s readers’ survey), you’ll stay for the happy hour prices. $3.50 will snag you a bottle of local beer from 2pm to 6pm every day.

Fog City Restaurant

48 Kenmount Road

Every once in awhile I love to head to the mall for a good ol’ fashioned dinner and a show. Fog City has eight varieties of draft beer on tap of which half pints are two for $6.50; full pints of domestic beer are two for $13. You can get a discount on the price of your movie ticket with a meal.

Georgetown Pub

80 Hayward Avenue

Located in the oh-so-trendy ‘hood just north of downtown, the Georgetown Pub is a friendly spot with plenty of local colour. Their happy hour runs from 4pm to 11pm Monday to Thursday, and all day Friday though Sunday. Happy hour pricing is $3.75 for domestic beer and highballs.

Gracie Joe’s

123 Quidi Vidi Road

Not exactly a happy hour, but happy enough for me: They don’t sell alcohol, but patrons are invited to bring in their own bottles of wine in the evenings for a $10 corkage fee.

The Grapevine

206 Water Street

This slick and sexy lounge is strategically located at roughly the geographic middle between the east Water Street watering holes and George Street. The ‘Vine’s happy hour runs daily between 4pm and 8:30, featuring $4.50 domestic beer and highballs.

Green Sleeves Pub

14 George Street

Green Sleeves boasts the quintessential outdoor deck from which you can watch all of George Street drift by on a sunny afternoon. Bottles of domestic and highballs are $4.50 from 3pm to 6pm daily.

Grumpy Stump

Fall River Plaza, Torbay Road

The stump might be grumpy, but the hours are always happy. Happy hour lasts all day, and features domestic beer and highballs for $3.75, and double White Russians for absurdly cheap price of $4.75.

Guv’nor Pub

389 Elizabeth Avenue

Take in Old English ambiance, $3.75 domestic beers, and $4.10 highballs from 4pm to 7pm every day. Daily food specials such as Monday and Tuesday wing night, and mussels on Wednesdays. Plenty of specialty scotch, and beer on tap.

Humphrey’s Restaurant

179 New Gower Street

Across the street from Mile One, this could serve as a nice pit stop before a show or game. On Fridays from 4pm to 7pm bottles of domestic are $4.25 and highballs are $4.30.

Jay Dees Lounge

125 Queens Rd

Its storefront is so incognito that if you didn’t know what you were looking for, you’d pass right by, but Jay Dees Lounge dishes out domestic beer for $3.50 between the hours of 12pm and 7:30pm.

Jungle Jim’s

286 Torbay Road & 657 Topsail Rd

On Wednesdays a bucket of four Molson is $12.99 with the purchase of a pound of wings from 4pm to close. Available at Torbay Road and Topsail Road locations only.

Kelly’s Pub

10 George Street

Everyday buckets of five domestic beer for $16.25. That works out to $3.30 each, plus there’s a wraparound deck at the corner of Adelaide and George Street.

Lottie’s Place

3 George Street

With its nostalgic tunes, signature White Russians, and lack of cover charge, a visit to Lottie’s is pretty much an inevitable part of the George Street experience. More of a night joint, double highballs or two bottles of Molson are $6.50 after 10pm, Sunday to Thursday, and double White Russians are $5.25 all the time.

Martini Bar

George Street

In the last year or so Martini Bar expanded the outdoor seating and it may well boast the largest street-level deck on George. One dollar off all Labatt products every Friday from 5pm to 9pm.

Nautical Nellie’s

201 Water Street

Nautical Nellie’s offers unpretentious pub grub in a cozy downtown setting. They also feature free live music a couple nights per week. Their happy hour stretches from 4pm to 7pm on weekdays, with highballs and domestic beer going for $4. During brunch on the weekends caesars are $5.

O’Reilly’s Irish Pub

13 George Street

Serving up traditional tunes and distinctive North Atlantic flare. Their happy hour runs from noon to 8, Sunday to Thursday, and from noon to 10 on Fridays. Highballs and bottles of domestic beer will run you $4.50, Yellowbelly beers are $5.50 a pint, and Molson Canadian and Coors Lite is a buck off. Their patio can seat about 30 thirsty souls.

Peter Easton Pub

29 Cookstown Road

Happy hour? More like happy day! The Peter E just might have the happiest happy hour in town, with beer and highballs going for $2.95, from freaking 9am to 6pm. See you there.

Quidi Vidi Brewery

15 Barrows Road

The view from the bar is epic: along the gut the sea laps against rocks, moored boats bob in the waves. Brewery tours ($10) are offered year round and include a sampling of the varieties all made on premises. In the summer, the bar is open to the general public is from 4:30pm to 7:30pm with live trad some days.

Quintana’s de la Plaza

57 Rowan Street, Churchill Square

Say hasta luego to your work week at Quintana’s, with happy hour on Thursdays and Fridays from 4pm to 8pm. Beer is $3.50 for domestic and $4 for imports, and sangria, margaritas, and
pints of draft are $4.50. They feature a nacho bar for $5 a tray, and you can wash that down with a $12 pitcher of beer.

Rack & Roll Lounge

62 Hamlyn Road

Rack and roll all night, or at least during happy hour, which runs from 12pm to 6pm daily and all day on Tuesdays. Two bottles of domestic beer will run you $7.50.

Rose & Thistle

208 Water Street

On downtown’s main drag. They open early, but happy hour runs from 12pm to 8pm seven days a week. Domestic beer and high balls are $4.50, are double $7.25.

Rustler’s Bar & Grill

272-276 Torbay Road

Tucked away in the east end at Fall River Plaza, Rustler’s features a daily wing special. With the purchase of any alcoholic beverage, you can get two pounds of wings for the price of one, between 7pm and 10pm.

Shamrock City

340 Water Street

A fairly new addition the traditional Irish/NL pub scene. Comfortable and dark with food service available. It’s a buck off highballs, draft and bottled beer from 2pm to 7pm every day. Live music to follow.

The Ship

265 Duckworth Street

A local live music favourite, The Ship also happens to have quite a comprehensive happy hour. On the daily from 3pm to 8pm, bottles of domestic beer and highballs will run you $3.95, pints of Black Horse are $5.95, two bottles of Jockey Club are $7.25, doubles of Lamb’s Navy are $7.25, and you can get 3 Jager Bombs for $14.95. (Maybe you should share that last deal with a friend.)

Smitty’s Family Restaurant

131 Duckworth Street

If you like your booze with breathtaking views, hit up Smitty’s at the Courtyard Mariott on Duckworth. In the lounge every day from 5pm to 8pm, house wines are half price, Iceberg Rum and Vodka doubles are $6.50, pints of QV 1892 are $5.25, and pints of Iceberg Beer are $5.50.

Station Lounge

7 Hutchings Street

Located under an overpass—not The Overpass, though—the Station Lounge is a quick jaunt from downtown west. They’ve got a patio for the hot days, and their happy hour prices are dece: $7.25 for two bottles of domestic beer or two single highballs, and buckets of five beer for $16.25. It runs from 11:30am until 7pm, daily.

Steve’s Twin Lounge

48 Ropewalk Lane

Steve’s isn’t on the usual well-trodden trails to the watering hole, but might be well worth the journey for its happy hour prices. It features double highballs or two bottles of beer for $6.50, and runs from 12pm to 12am daily.

Sundance Bar

33 New Gower Street

Boasting one of the biggest patios in the downtown battle of the decks, The Sundance is invariably blocked solid on sunny days. There’s plenty of daylight during their happy hour, which runs from 3pm to 7pm daily, with domestic beer and highballs available for $3.75.

Trapper John’s Pub

23 George Street

Apart from being an unpretentious and slightly kitschy Newfoundland bar, Trapper John’s is well known for its screech-in ceremonies, of which over 100,000 have been performed according to the bar’s website. Their happy hour runs daily from noon to 10pm, and features two domestic beer for $7.50, and $6.50 for doubles of Screech and Old Sam’s.

Turkey Joe’s

George Street

Features a semi-private-but-exposed-to-the-sun rooftop deck overlooking George Street. Everyday, beer & highballs are $4.25.

Yellowbelly

288 Water Street

Known for brewing its own beer in house, Yellowbelly is a commanding presence on the corner of Water and George. Skipping out of work early will bag you pints of their delicious beer for $4, between the hours of 4pm and 6pm.

 

6 comments

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13 August 2012

  1. S · August 13, 2012

    would like to know about happy hr food too – not much mention – I know Tols in Mt Pearl has happy hr food – incl BBQ hot dogs, etc. in summer.

  2. pippipowpow · August 13, 2012

    nice list!

  3. emma · August 13, 2012

    Jay Dee’s “ladies room” is just two toilets next to each other with no divider or anything. And a stack of Avon magazines on the back of each in case you’re in there for a while, I guess. Awkwarddd.

  4. pippipowpow · August 13, 2012

    well, thats a step up from what i would have expected. i mean really – i assumed there wasn’t even a toilet in that place, let alone a ladies room – and avon-shopping while shitting is even more impressive to me. i knows where im goin next happy hour.

  5. Bryhanna (Happy hour contributor) · August 13, 2012

    Please feel free to add to the info listed!

    Whenever we came across a special for both food and drink together we tried to include it.

    We only focused on spots in St. John’s this year. If we try this again we’ll consider including Mount Pearl, Paradise, CBC, Torbay, etc — if time and printed page space allows.

    Hope you enjoy!

  6. emma · August 13, 2012

    I wonder if the bartender is the Avon lady….

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