Date Night Happy Hours in RVA

Date Night Happy Hours in RVA

Want to treat your boo thang to a nice meal but don’t want to break the bank? Happy hour is a great way to try the fancier side of Richmond without killing your whole paycheck on one meal. Here are some of our favorite happy hours for your next date night:

The Boathouse

Church Hill-Rockett’s Landing, Short Pump-Innsbrook, Brandermill-Woodlake

Wednesday-Friday from 4-6:00 PM

A city stalwart with quality seafood and excellent views (at the Rocket’s Landing & Sunday Park locations). Each day during happy hour there’s a different rotating food special, so you can sample the fare without making a big commitment (let’s save that for your date 😍 ).

Photo of the Boathouse to the right from Cadence Sage

West Coast Provisions

Short Pump-Innsbrook

Tuesday-Friday from 4-5:30 PM

A classy seafood restaurant right down the road from Short Pump Town Center known for its fresh fish, sushi, and raw bar.

Stella’s

Near West End

Monday-Friday from 2-5:00 PM

Serving up Greek food your Yaya would be proud of, Stella’s is a Richmond fav with a happy hour you’ll want to leave work early for. Let’s just hope the flames between you and your date last longer than the ones on the saganaki.

Bateau

Shockoe Bottom/Slip

Tuesday-Friday from 5-7:00 PM

If wine is more your person’s thing, Bateau is the way to go. This Shockoe Slip bistro located right along the canal has a massive selection of wine that is discounted during happy hour. Pro tip: If you’re really looking to knock it out of the park with your sweetheart, go on a Tuesday or Friday when they have live jazz from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Blue Atlas

Church Hill-Rockett’s Landing

Wednesday-Saturday from 3-5:30 PM

Set the mood with drinks overlooking the city at Blue Atlas in Fulton Hill. Show your date your adventurous side with their delicious & eclectic mix of international foods, with select options discounted during happy hour.

The Shaved Duck

Midlothian-Bon Air

Tuesday-Sunday from 4-6:00 PM

Flirting with a foodie? Impress your bae with a trip to The Shaved Duck in Westchester Commons. With a unique mix of items on their menu (some discounted during happy hour) and a solid list of craft cocktails, you won’t go wrong.

A Twist on Comfort With a Side of Hospitality

Glass of wine at Lillie Pearl happy hour

Lille Pearl is only a few months old, taking over the old Pasture/Pink Flamingo space on W. Grace, but it’s quickly gaining a reputation for exceptional food and service. We stopped by the other night for what was supposed to be just a quick happy hour but turned into a whole dinner after we tried some of the culinary masterpieces they’re dishing out.

We’d describe their menu as “modern comfort food,” with a unique twist on all the essential fixings of a traditional southern meal. To start, we settled on a few glasses of wine and the fried pimento cheese, both discounted during happy hour. The house red was a full-bodied blend of 3 different reds, and the house white was light and refreshing. The fried pimento cheese, which was crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside with a spicy honey drizzle on top, satisfied every one of our taste buds and cemented our decision to stay for dinner.

Fried Pimento Cheese at Lillie Pearl

There were many tempting menu options, but the short rib egg rolls and fried chicken entrée were calling our name. The egg rolls, filled with braised short rib, pimento cheese, and various vegetables, paired perfectly with the Thai basil sauce on the side. The chicken was crispy, sweet, and juicy and came on top of mashed potatoes and collards. Both dishes were packed with an interesting mix of familiar and new flavors.

After the fried chicken sandwich, our stomachs were full, but we noticed a few menu items that caught our eye for next time. Their signature cocktail, “Steel Magnolia,” which looked refreshing yet sophisticated, and their coffee-rubbed filet medallions have been added to our list.

The food at Lillie Pearl certainly wowed us, but what made our night was the hospitality with which their head chef and owner Mike Lindsey welcomed us. He made a point to come out and visit with each table and to personally check on the quality of our dining experience. While talking, we learned that he opened the restaurant a few months ago, along with his wife Kimberly Love-Lindsey, with a commitment to hiring black cooks in the kitchen. Through which, they hope to inspire a whole new generation of culinary careers. With face-to-face human connections at a minimum these days, it really warms our heart to meet genuinely good people trying to make an impact in this city. You can tell the positive vibes trickle down from the top, as not only was Mike incredibly personable and friendly, but the rest of the staff there were as well. 

The buzz is accurate — Lillie Pearl is the new comfort game in town. Try out Lillie Pearl for yourself during their happy hour, Tuesday-Friday from 4-6 pm for $4 domestic beers, $5 rail drinks, $6 house wines, and $4-$6 appetizers.

Happy Hours Bringing the Heat

Photo  above from The Continental Westhampton

Happy Hours Bringing the Heat

Please note: We’ve added heated outdoor happy hours to our happy hour listings, so this list is no longer up-to-date. Visit RVAHappyHours.com/Specials and select Outdoor Heated Seating from the new “Amenities” filter for an updated list of outdoor heated happy hours.

The temperature is dropping, but that’s not stopping us from going to happy hour. Here’s a list of Richmond restaurants open for happy hour and equipped for the cold weather & your social distancing desires with heaters and/or fire to keep you warm.

  • Barrio (The Fan) – Tuesday-Friday from 2:30-5:30 p.m. More details.
  • Beauvine Burger Concept (The Fan) – Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. More details.
  • Beijing on Grove (Near West End) – Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. More details.
  • Blue Atlas (Church Hill-Rockett’s Landing) – Tueday-Sunday from 3-5:30 p.m. More details.
  • Boulevard Burger & Brew (Scott’s Addition) – Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. More details.
  • Burger Bach (Short Pump-Innsbrook) – Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. More details.
  • Burger Bach (Midlothian-Bon Air) – Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. More details.
  • The Continental Westhampton (Near West End) – Monday-Friday from 2-6 p.m. More details.
  • The Daily Kitchen & Bar (Carytown) – Monday-Friday from 3-5 p.m. More details.
  • The Daily Kitchen & Bar (Short Pump-Innsbrook) – Monday-Friday from 3-5 p.m. More details.
  • Fire & Hops (Museum District) – Tuesday-Sunday from 12-6:30 p.m. More details.
  • Foo Dog (The Fan) – Monday-Sunday from 4-7 p.m. More details.
  • Kregger’s at Hand (The Fan) – Wednesday-Saturday from 3-7 p.m. More details.
  • The Hill Cafe (Church Hill-Rockett’s Landing) – Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. More details.
  • Lillie Pearl (Downtown-Jackson Ward) – Tuesday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. More details.
  • Lucky AF (Scott’s Addition) – Tuesday-Sunday from 3-6 p.m. More details.
  • Lunch Supper (Scott’s Addition) – Wednesday-Sunday from 3-6 p.m. More details.
  • Mosaic (Near West End) – Monday-Saturday from 4-7 p.m. More details.
  • New York Deli (Carytown) – Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m. More details.
  • P.F. Chang’s (Midlothian-Bon Air) – Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. More details.
  • Pizza & Beer of Richmond (The Fan) – Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. More details.
  • Red Salt Chophouse & Sushi (Short Pump-Innsbrook) – Monday-Sunday from 2:30-5:30 p.m. More details.
  • River City Roll (Scott’s Addition) – Tuesday-Friday from 5-7 p.m. (goes until 9 p.m. on Thursdays) & Saturday-Sunday 3-5 p.m. More details.
  • Sine Irish Pub (Shockoe Bottom/Slip) – Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m. More details.
  • Tazza Kitchen (Scott’s Addition) – Monday-Friday from 4:30-6 p.m. More details.
  • Toast (Midlothian-Bon Air) – Monday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. More details.
  • West Coast Provisions (Short Pump-Innsbrook) – Tuesday-Saturday from 4-5:30 p.m. More details.
  • Wild Ginger (Midlothian-Bon Air) – Monday-Sunday from 4:30-7 p.m. More details.
  • Wong’s Tacos (Short Pump-Innsbrook) – Monday-Sunday from 3-6 p.m. More details.

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Dippin’ into the Deli

Dippin’ into the Deli

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Pre-COVID Carytown was a bustling little neighborhood. Eclectic shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants, street performers and vendors on every other block. At the heart of the neighborhood was New York Deli. By day you’d get a classic diner atmosphere, complete with sailor sandwiches (which they claim to have created) and families brunching on the weekends. At night, the scene changed completely and New York Deli transformed into a bumping club, usually with a DJ, and always with a good mix of people.

Post-COVID Carytown is much more subdued. Several restaurants and stores have closed and others are boarded up. Patrons still cruise the streets but in much smaller numbers. Lines of people stretch outside some of the popular stores and restaurants, a sign of social distancing protocol done right. And though the club scene of New York Deli has dissipated because of COVID restrictions, you can still rely on them for all your diner delicacies, and get a taste for their flair for fun through their happy hour. We stopped by the Deli on a recent Thursday evening for happy hour to check-in on one of our cherished Carytown spots and to see how they’re approaching COVID protocol. 

 

Decked out in lights and tinsel for the holiday season, the deli still looked the same from first impressions. However, as you go further into the restaurant you’ll notice there are significantly fewer tables than before and they’re all distantly spaced out. We skipped the indoor tables and headed straight to their patio, accessible through a door in the back of the restaurant. With less than 10 tables, the courtyard felt roomy, but also cozy. Keeping with the fun vibe of the inside diner, the brick walls surrounding the patio are painted with on-theme murals and lit from above with strings of crisscrossed lights. They’ve also installed several fan-like heaters above some of the tables to keep you warm and toasty when the sun goes down and the temps started to drop.

 

For our first round of drinks, we tried some of the staples off their happy hour menu. With a couple of dozen beer options and a nice assortment of wine, we had ample options. We went with a Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout and a glass of La Galope Rose. Both were refreshing and much needed after a long workday.

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After a few sips to ease the pain of the week, we dug into their appetizer menu and ordered a few favorites. Though food isn’t on their happy hour menu, they have a few options you’ll definitely want to try. We went a little overboard on the cheese dip front and ordered both their pimento cheese and pretzels and cheese appetizers. The pimento cheese was rich and creamy and the toasted pita chips that accompanied it were crispy and well-seasoned. Our favorite, though, were the pretzel sticks with beer cheese dipping sauce. The cheese sauce was one of the best we’ve had in a long time. Made with RVA’s own Hardywood beer, it had a ton of flavor that was enhanced even more by the perfectly salted pretzels bites. We also tried their chicken tenders, which were coated in a hand-breaded crust. They were delicious, but nothing compared to that beer cheese.








After we amply filled our bellies, we went back to booze and ordered a few of their signature cocktails. First, we embraced the chill in the air and opted for a mug full of their mulled cider. Made with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and topped off with a shot of Fireball whiskey the drink was dangerously delicious, and warmed us up both with its temperature and spirits. We also tried another one of their seasonal cocktails, their Fall Sangria. It was a bit on the sweet side, and the base of Baci Dolci Blonde accompanied with Smirnoff Kissed Caramel (which was infused with cinnamon and cloves) really made us feel the holiday spirit. If you don’t see these specialty drinks on their menu when you go, just ask your server!

 

So though New York Deli isn’t the bumping spot it was pre-COVID, it’s still got the charm and spirit that we’re all used to. Try out their happy hour every Monday through Friday from 3-7 pm for 20% off specialty cocktails, $2 off rails, $1 off drafts, and $2 off wine. 

This blog post was sponsored by New York Deli, but our thoughts and opinions are our own.

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Getting Comfortable at Continental

Getting Comfortable at Continental

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The temperatures are dropping, daylight savings is robbing us of our sunlight, and during COVID, seasonal depression is hitting us a little harder this year. This winter is going to look different, but we’re determined to persist through the cold and continue hitting up happy hours, even if we have to wear 3 layers and gloves to do it.

One restaurant that’s totally prepared for winter is The Continental Westhampton. This hallmark of the Libbie-Grove neighborhood has enhanced it’s sidewalk to accommodate outdoor dining, and after checking it out on a recent Monday we finally got a taste for how this outdoor dining thing could work well.

For seating, you have three options: inside in their old-school, cozy diner, on their tented patio with heaters, or outside, on the sidewalk amidst a row of space heaters. We opted for their outdoor sidewalk tables just to test out how good the space heaters were, and within the first 10 minutes, our backs were on fire, but in a good way!






For drinks, we were going to select our standard glass of wine, because it was a Monday night and we wanted to keep it low-key. However, our waitress assured us they are KNOWN for their vodka-limeade, and we couldn’t resist. So we decided to live life on the edge and ordered two large vodka drinks. And it was well worth it. The limeade was a simple but deliciously refreshing drink.

Looking for something to snack on, we immediately noticed their chips and salsa came with white sauce. We don’t know if it’s just us, but we are simply mystified by this sauce and its bland non-descriptive name. We count it as one of our favorite dipping sauces (despite having NO IDEA what actually is in it), so we were pumped to see it on Continental’s menu. Though it’s usually only seen at Mexican restaurants, Continental’s version of white sauce has earned our respect. It was creamy and tangy and we probably would have drunk it (yes, we’re that obsessed), if it were more socially acceptable. To accompany the chips and salsa, we also ordered the dirty fries which were a hefty serving of french fries topped with cheese, bacon bits, and chives. They were indeed dirty, but also warm and comforting just as we were expecting and hoping for on a brisk evening outside.

The Continental Westhampton’s happy hour is Monday-Friday 2-6 pm and includes $4 rail drinks, $4 select glasses of wine, $2 Miller Lites and $1 off all other drafts, and our new favorite, $5 vodka limeades.

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Strike While the Iron’s Hot

Strike While the Iron’s Hot

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Scott’s Addition is infamous for its high concentration of breweries and barcades. Thanks to Wood & Iron Game Day, now, there’s finally a place to watch the game instead of playing the games. Nestled on Roseneath Rd. between the Veil and Tazza Kitchen, the sports bar and restaurant has a dual-level patio (one floor is covered) and a hefty list of drink and appetizer options, making it a top shot for a COVID-friendly happy hour.

The bar has all your usual suspects plus some unique options like sangria, seven different varieties of crushes, and a house-made spiked seltzer. On the night we visited, everyone in the group ordered an item of the “Crushes and Smashes” list. I mean, how can you resist when there are seven different options, and they’re all half off during happy hour? The mango smash we sipped on was light and refreshing and was so tasty we ended up ordering a second.

The food menu feels like it’s out of a drunk person’s dream, with everything from burger & wing combos (yes, that’s a burger with a side of wings) to pizza rolls to chicken and waffles. We ordered nachos, hand-dipped chicken tenders with Cajun fries, and of course, we couldn’t resist their signature cheesesteak egg rolls. The nachos were stacked high, but we all agreed a higher topping to chip ratio would have been appreciated. The chicken tenders were moist, and you could tell they were freshly breaded in-house. The tenders paired perfectly with the buffalo sauce, honey mustard, and house-made ranch we got on the side (thanks to the RVA Dine & Drink Facebook group for the ranch recommendation). The cheesesteak egg rolls were by far the favorite of the group. The cheesesteak filling was incredibly tasty and made even better by the queso dipping sauce. 

It’s safe to say, Wood & Iron Game Day will fill a void in the Scott’s Addition neighborhood, and the hour-long wait for a table on the night we went was an indicator that it’s off to a successful start. Check out their happy hour Monday-Friday from 2-7 pm. During it, you’ll get ½ off house wine, ½ off craft, specialty & local drafts, $1 off domestic drafts, ½ off rail highballs, ½ crushes & smashes, ½ off specialty cocktails.








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PostbellYum

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Postbellum is probably one of the more underappreciated happy hours in the Fan. However, we’re here to tell you that with its rooftop deck, covered patio around the back, and pretty extensive happy hour menu, you won’t go wrong!

As of now, reservations are required, which honestly is our favorite part about COVID-19 precautions because we no longer have to worry about getting there early for a prime rooftop spot or being shoulder-to-shoulder with enthusiastic fresh 21-year-old college students. Not to mention, their other sanitation policies were way more thorough than most other restaurants we have been to. A few things that stood out were that all patrons were required to wait outside until their table is ready, and upon entry, you’re immediately directed to a bathroom to wash your hands. Also, a server takes your order and answers your questions, but you’re instructed to bus your own dishes.

We made a reservation on the rooftop for the first Friday of the fall season and it was perfect! Since happy hour food is kind of our thing, we decided to try out their $4 truffle fries and $6 wings. They had an array of sauces so we had to try a few (c’mon it was only $6). We went with the bourbon BBQ and hot miso flavors. They were both very distinct, so we were glad we opted for two. The bourbon BBQ was the classic wing flavor and the hot miso had a spicy, Asian kick to it. As an added bonus, the wings are gluten free and to accommodate everyone they also have vegan wings available. We also have to sincerely apologize because the truffle fries were so excellently seasoned and drizzled in honey that we literally ate them all before even remembering to take a picture of the masterpiece. Pictured to the right is just one of our orders of wings (bourbon BBQ).

After we got a good base of food in, we ordered their specialty “Postbellum Punch.” The drink consists of rum, grand marnier, raspberry and peach liqueur, and pineapple juice. And because the clock was close to striking 6 pm we ordered 3 of them total and then a Potter’s Virginia Cider as a palate cleanser. We’re not the biggest fan of rum, but the tropical flavors mixed together made it into a delicious cocktail that we both enjoyed.

If you are looking for good deals on some snacks and drinks along with good views in the Fan, then Postbellum is the right choice! Their happy hour is Wednesday through Friday from 5-6pm with discounts on select appetizers, ½ off Virginia drafts, and $6 Postbellum punch (their signature house cocktail).

 

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A Happy Hour with a Pizza Our Heart

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We all know there’s no lack of pizza restaurants in Richmond right now. From stalwarts like Belmont and 8 ½ to newbies like People’s Pie or Pizza Bones, it’s safe to say you’ve got options. But very few have a happy hour quite as extensive as Fire & Hops Pizza Co. in the Carytown area. They have been open for a little over a year now but may have been off your radar because they are tucked away a block over from the Carytown shops. But their atmosphere once inside is hard to miss. A pizza and beer establishment might sound a little greasy but their decor was bright, clean, and modern.

For our recent visit, we decided on a Bold Rock under the HH deal but also wanted to be adventurous and try one of their off-happy hour cocktails, the Mexican mule. Of course they also have several local beers that would make any beer belly happy. We were anticipating something sweet and also something a little spicy and this drink definitely met that expectation! It was refreshing but with a little kick to it, making it hard to resist ordering another. 

Bold Rock & Mexican Mule from Fire & Hops
Carne Asada Fries

It would be a shame to not take advantage of a half off app (you know we love happy hours with food specials) so we got an order of the carne asada fries. The fries were topped with fresh slices of steak, tomatoes, monterey jack cheese, guacamole. This honestly could have been an entree because it was so filling and delicious. We also saw another table order mozzarella sticks and WHOA. We have literally never seen a cheese stick that big anywhere else. We highly recommend trying either. 

Gluten Free Diavola pizza

Although not a part of their happy hour, we were excited to see that they had a gluten-free crust option so we ordered a Diavola pizza. We were pleasantly surprised with the taste (GF options aren’t known for being spectacular) and the brick oven pizza made it even that much better. 

If you only feel comfortable eating outdoors, Fire & Hops definitely provides a good space covered under large umbrellas. All staff wore masks and everyone not seated at their tables indoors wore a mask while walking around. 

Fire & Hops Pizza Co.’s happy hour happens Tuesdays through Sundays from 12pm-6:30 pm and offers $2 off drafts and wine, $1 off rails, and ½ off appetizers. With their stringent COVID protocol, happy hour food specials and weekend availability, their happy hour holds a special pizza our heart. 

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A Year of Happy Hours

Can you believe it? It’s been a year since we launched RVAHappyHours.com! Though the world looks totally different than we ever could have imagined a year ago, we’ve still managed to help thousands of people find happy hours in Richmond and we couldn’t have done it without your support! 

While the world’s been hunkering down, we’ve been working on the site. We’ve made some small improvements that we’d like you to know about:

We added “last updated” dates to each listing

We added the date we last updated the happy hour specials to the listing, so you can gauge how accurate it is. If it was recently updated, there’s a high chance it’s accurate. If it was last updated a year ago, you should probably call first to confirm the details. 

We made the filters “sticky” so you can more easily navigate through the happy hours

We’ve tweaked the filters so they stay at the top of the page as you scroll down the page. So now you can more easily toggle between times, days, neighborhoods and category.

We launched a blog

If you’re reading this, you’ve found our brand new BLOG. We’re planning on filling this bad boy with inside looks at some of the happy hours listed on our site and other fun things. Check out our latest posts below and sign up to receive updates from our blog on the top right of this page.

Kabana Rooftop

Tacos in the Sky

A social-distanced happy hour high above the city.

Thanks again for your support during this first year! Click here to help us decide what improvement should be made to the site next.

An Island Paradise In a Sea of Retail

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Chesterfield Towne Center is like any typical mall leftover from the 90s. A typical mix of big box retail chains and fast(ish) food franchises like Five Guys and Qdoba. That is until you turn the bend around Macy’s and hit what we refer to as the “cool kids corner.” Nestled there you’ll find Casa Del Barco right next to Island Shrimp Co., two restaurants, connected by a mid-air walkway, that seem to totally buck the standard chain trend found in the rest of the mall. Last Wednesday we checked out Island Shrimp Co. for their happy hour.

Made up entirely of bright blue-painted shipping containers, you can’t miss Island Shrimp Co. against the mostly-beige mall. When you enter, you’ll immediately notice signs that the restaurant is adequately prepared for social distancing. Hand sanitizer at the door, markers on the floor indicating where to stand and wait, and a host stand that now looks more like a box office. We also appreciated the copy of the World Central Kitchen’s Health & Safety guidelines proudly displayed on the counter. 

After we checked in with the host, we were led to our table on their covered patio and the waiter explained how to order. All ordering is done through a website that you can easily get to by scanning a QR code at your table. That means you have to stagger ordering yourself, so that everything doesn’t come out at once. It seemed like a minor inconvenience in exchange for less interaction with people.  Though we weren’t talking with the servers as much, the staff was still super attentive to our needs, constantly refreshing our water (with fresh new cups each time) and busing our empty plates and glasses. The patio was sizable and there were only 2-3 other tables for the majority of happy hour.

For our first round of drinks we tried a Bahama Mama and a mojito, both under $6 during happy hour. The Bahama Mama tasted as pretty as it looked, with a strong hint of coconut throughout. The mojito was a perfect blend of sweet and mint flavors with little to no taste of alcohol, our sign of a good drink. 

We also ordered two types of shrimp, old bay and garlic shrimp, both of which were $6 for a ½ lb during happy hour that day. The shrimp were perfectly cooked and tasty. The garlic shrimp were our favorite, dripping in a garlicky buttery sauce that made us salivate. Next time we go (because there definitely will be a next time) we want to visit on a Thursday when all appetizers are half off during happy hour. 

After we sucked down our first round of drinks, we got our phones out again and ordered a second round, a glass of wine ($3-$5 a glass during happy hour) and one of their signature Painkillers (not on happy hour, but half-off on Mondays). The Painkiller, our first ever, had a creamy, fruity taste with a slight hint of coconut. With the weather (90 degree and suffocatingly humid) and the Painkiller in our hand, we truly felt like we were on an island. Until we opened our eyes, saw Hooters, and realized, nope, we’re just at Chesterfield Towne Center.

Island Shrimp Co’s happy hour happens every Monday through Thursday from 4-5:30 pm. Specials include ½ off select beer, wine by the glass, and cocktails. On Mondays during happy hour Painkillers are ½ off, on Wednesdays, ½ lb shrimp are ½ off and on Thursdays all appetizers are ½ off. Don’t let the drive over the river or the early timing deter you. This is a sleeper happy hour ready to be tapped.

This blog post was sponsored by The HOUSEpitality Family restaurant group, but our thoughts and opinions are our own.

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