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Sonoma's Best Happy Hour Specials

Your workday is over and it’s time for a drink on the way home. Here's what's goin' on between 4 and 6 p.m.

It's 5 p.m., the sun is shining and you're ready to start your weekend. Why not get the job done right, with one of Sonoma's best happy hour specials.

5.  - 464 1st St. East

Situated at the end of an ally off of 1st Street East, Murphy’s Irish Pub has recently undergone a and the semi-hidden space is now beautifully functional.  Murphy's is already a Sonoma mainstay for football matches, live music, and trivia night.  But if you stop in from 4 - 6 p.m. on Fridays, all pints and appetizers are $3 off (As if you needed an excuse for a frosty pint and some shepard's pie.)

4.  , 18615 Sonoma Hwy

At night Olde Sonoma can seem over-lit and awkward, but before the sun goes down it's the perfect happy hour spot. Their special just sweetens the deal: From 4-6 p.m. weekdays the pub knocks $2 off their insane selection of cool craft beers. 

Check out the back room where you can spin your own 45’s, while you and your buds shoot pool. Hectic work week: gone.

3.  , 421 1st St. West

Everyone in town knows that Sunflower's back patio is pure perfection on a hot summer day.  Less well known: the cafe knocks their locally-sourced wine list down to $4 glasses of vino and $2 beers from 3-5 p.m. daily. It's a deal.

Sunflower's the perfect place to unwind after a long day.  (And it doesn’t hurt that the Sunflower staff is very attractive and pleasant.)

2.  , 165 Napa St

For a twist on the traditional peanuts and brewski happy hour, Meritage offers "Oyster Happy Hour," Wed. through Mon., from 4-6 p.m.  They have great drink specials, special small plates and, of course, all oysters are half off. 

1.  , 121 East Spain St.

La Casa is absolutely the place to be between 5 – 7 p.m everyday for their fantastic happy hour. 

You can eat a full meal out of their specials, which includes $5 margaritas, and $3 beers and appetizers - the deals just can't be beat. Even better, La Casa’s atmosphere is exactly what a Mexican restaurant should feel like: home. 

The chips and salsa are oh so fresco and the tacos are delicious.  The portions are surprisingly large and the margaritas are well made.  If you haven’t tried La Casa, now, starting at 5 p.m., is the time.

James Marshall Berry June 09, 2011 at 07:46 PM
The best Happy Hour is at Mary's Pizza.. you missed that completely..
Alexis Fitts June 09, 2011 at 09:48 PM
Thanks for the tip James. (For the record, Mary's offers $2.50 well drinks, and half off appetizers from 4-6p.m.) Personally, nothing screams happy hour like nachos, though mozzarella sticks can perform a mid-season replacement.
David DeLuca June 09, 2011 at 11:15 PM
Thanks for sharing! I considered Mary’s, not for its usual happy hour from 3 – 6, consisting of $3 drafts and $5.50 cocktails but for the “second happy hour” 8 til close, with the same specials. But for me, I guess Mary’s seemed a little typical.
Karen Kay June 16, 2011 at 05:29 AM
There is one place in town where I used to hang out, but I don't go in there any more because the owner refuses to acknowledge that he is breaking the law: “2 for 1,” Buy 1, Get 1 Free,” FROM CA ABC: "Retailers cannot offer alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption at 'two for the price of one, buy one, get one free,' 'all you can drink' or under any other scheme where the express or implied meaning is that a customer, in order to receive a reduced price, would be required to purchase more than one drink at one time. While drinks may be advertised at reduced prices, these specially-priced drinks cannot be made available only to certain groups of persons (e.g., Ladies’ Night specials). This violates Section 125.6 of the CA Business and Professions Code.

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