by Ian McNulty
The holiday season is a time for festive meals in New Orleans. But even if you don’t have time for a long lunch with coworkers or can’t drop the cash for a multi-course reveillon dinner, the somewhat newer tradition of the restaurant happy hour could be just the thing.
That’s why for the past few years I’ve put together Five in 5 lists of good restaurant happy hours in December. But with so many more restaurants now offering these deals, I’m expanding the coverage this year. What follows is a primer on 22 of the options out there now. This doesn’t include “wing night” at the sports bar, the early bird dinner special or discounts on drinks only — instead, the focus is on restaurants with food specials at happy hour, which usually offered at their bars. In almost every case below, there is also a drink special, something in the neighborhood of half-price cocktails or $5 wines and $3 beers and so forth.
Some notes: the Besh Restaurant Group has made happy hours a hallmark of most of its downtown properties (a half-price pizza from Domenica’s wood-fired oven with half-priced glasses from its Italian wine list might be the most appealing offer in town), while some happy hours repeat or extend to the late-night side of the normal dinner hour (see Chiba for a bingo card of happy hour openings or Morton’s the next time you leave a film at the nearby Theatres at Canal Place). The Three Muses has live music at its happy hour, and during its happy hour the bar at RioMar approaches the platonic ideal of Spanish tapas — quick, inexpensive and highly social.
Call for more details, respect the rules, tip generously and have yourself a merry little happy hour.
945 Magazine St., 504-528-1940
Daily, 3-6 p.m., 75-cent sliders, meat pies, duck wings.
601 Loyola Ave., 504-613-3860
Daily, 3-6 p.m., 50-cent croquetas, $1 empanadas, $1 catfish buns.
123 Baronne St., 504-648-6020
Daily, 3-6 p.m., half price pizzas.
333 St. Charles Ave., 504-378-2840
Daily, 3-6 p.m., 50-cent oysters.
Morton's the Steakhouse
365 Canal St., 504-566-0221
Sun.-Fri., 5-6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.-‘til, $6 bar snacks, $7 slider plates.
800 S. Peters St., 504-525-3474
Mon.-Fri., 5-7 p.m., $5 tapas.
144 Bourbon St., 504-522-0111
Daily, 4-6 p.m., $1 oysters, $5 small plates.
Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse
716 Iberville St., 504-522-2467
Mon.-Sat., 5-7 p.m., $5 small plates, $8-$10 slider plates.
605 Canal St., 504-523-1661
Mon.-Fri., 5-7 p.m., $5 small plates.
Red Fish Grill
115 Bourbon St., 504-598-1200
Mon.-Thu., 3-6 p.m., 50-cent oysters.
The Three Muses
536 Frenchmen St., 504-252-4801;
Wed.-Fri., 4-6:30 p.m., $4 tapas.
111 Veterans Blvd., 504-934-4900
Wed. and Fri., 4-7 p.m., $6 appetizers.
4729 Magazine St., 504-894-8881
Tue. and Thu.-Sat., 5-7:30 p.m., $5 small plates.
8312 Oak St., 504-826-9119
Mon.-Sat., 4-6 p.m., Mon. and Tue. 10-11 p.m., Wed. 4 p.m.-midnight, Thu. 11 p.m.-midnight, Fri. and Sat. midnight-1 a.m., $3-$5 rolls and appetizers.
2800 Magazine St.; 504-265-0421
Tue.-Sat., 4:30-6:30 p.m., $4-$8 appetizers and cheese plate specials.
1179 Annunciation St., 504-299-1179
Mon.-Thu., 5-7 p.m., complimentary antipasti table.
Kakkoii Japanese Bistreaux
7537 Maple St., 504-570-6440
Tue.-Fri, 5-7 p.m., $3 sushi rolls.
4938 Prytania St., 504-899-8886
Tue., 6-10 p.m., $5 appetizers.
One Restaurant & Bar
8132 Hampson St., 504-301-9061
Mon.-Thu., 5-7 p.m., half price appetizers.
3226 Magazine St., 504-371-5809
Mon.-Fri., 3-7 p.m., $8 mussels and flatbreads.
St. James Cheese Co.
5004 Prytania St., 504-899-4737
Thu.-Sat, 5-8 p.m., cheese board and wine $15.
1513 St. Charles Ave., 504-525-7437; 5538 Magazine St., 504-897-4800
Mon.-Fri., 2-6 p.m., half price appetizers.