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Happy Hour is better with friends. And it’s definitely better with food.
We’ve been rounding up some of our favorite spots around the city that have great Happy Hour drink specials and delicious eats. So far we’ve covered upscale bar bites, craft cocktails and cheap beer, and burgers. Today, we’re exploring spots with deals on shareables.
We love small, shareable plates because we get to taste more than one dish on the menu. The last thing we should have to do during Happy Hour is decide whether we want tacos or sliders. Go ahead and have both! It’s fine, we’re sharing.
Read on for our favorite spots with shareable Happy Hours.
1800 Michigan Ave.
Bobcat Bonnie’s offers Happy Hour specials from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sip on $5 specialty cocktails and $4 draft beers. They have a nice selection of craft brews that includes Soft Parade Their shareable plates are just $5 during Happy Hour. Share a plate of al pastor or lamb meatballs with a buddy.
Happy Hour at Small Plates runs from 3-6 p.m. every weekday, offering deals on Michigan craft brews from Bell’s, New Holland, Saugatuck, Founder’s, Roak and more. An order of chicken and waffles is a given, but what do you want to go with it? Maybe a duck confit and brie pizza, or BLT sliders.
4130 Cass Ave.
From 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, La Feria offers $3 drink specials on draft beer, house wine and well cocktails. They also have a lineup of $3 bites called Montaditos, which we like to think of as a fun twist on bruschetta. Toasted baguettes are topped with treats like shrimp, eggplant and peppers, or ham.
300 River Place Dr.
We never really thought of The Rattlesnake as a small plates kind of spot, but their new Garden Terrace ‘Snake Bites menu made us take another look. It’s an upscale lineup of shareable small plates like sesame-crusted ahi tuna, scallops, pepper-brined pork tenderloin, or a housemade mozzarella salad. The ‘Snake Bites are only offered on the terrace Tuesday through Saturday, from 4 p.m. until close.
Inside at the bar, you can sip on discounted bevs from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday while sharing a plate of oyster po-boy sliders, crispy pork shoulder kabobs, or housemade spiced kettle chips. Cocktails and house wines will set you back just $5, and Atwater and Bell’s drafts are $4 during Happy Hour.
1942 Grand River
How many chances will you get to have Happy Hour in a castle? Actually, you can do it four times a week at Republic, on the first floor of the GAR building. Republic’s Happy Hour runs from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday with deals on cocktails and draft beer. All of their plates are deliciously shareable, but for Happy Hour we like smaller bites like locally grown field greens with pistachios and lavender honey chevre dressing, or a duck liver mousse with pickled grapes and hazelnuts. Keep an eye on the selection of daily specials, which may include decadent snacks like dreamy pork rillettes or green bell pepper stuffed with barley, white cheddar, zucchini relish and mushroom “sausage.”