Uncorked: What Chattanooga restaurant has the best happy hour?

Authored By Michelle Richards

Happy hour is the golden hour where hard workers can finally relax from a long day at the office. Restaurants all over the city offer many deals for these early birds. But the question is, who has the best happy hour? Let’s see what Chattanooga restaurants are offering.

Beast + Barrel 
Beast + Barrel says they are “not into the see and be seen … scene.” But their happy hour is becoming more and more of a hit with the locals, creating a community of people on the North Shore after hours. 

-Happy hour: Daily, 3-6 p.m. (Wednesday offers half-off select glasses of wine and 25 percent off bottles after 6) 

-Drink specials:

  • Tennessee draft beers: $3
  • Select cocktail aperitifs: $5 
  • Wine on tap: $4
  • “Bartender’s choice” classic cocktail: $6

-Food specials:

  • Bar snacks: $3
  • Jack Rabbit Slims: $4
  • “Single-wide” pork and cheese fries: $4
  • Roasted beet salad: $6
  • Chickpea burger: $6
  • Pulled pork barbecue sandwich: $6

Flying Squirrel

The Flying Squirrel does not have a happy hour per se, but they offer a wide range of killer deals for their guests to enjoy. From their half-priced wine on Tuesdays to their incredible fried chicken on Wednesdays, The Flying Squirrel is quite the contender for a place to be after hours.

-Feature nights:

  • Tuesday: Half-price wine until 10 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Whiskey Wednesday and Burt’s fried chicken
  • Thursday: $5 barrel-aged Negroni, $4 Fernet, 30 percent off food for industry staff
  • Friday: Fish and chips, 25 percent off bottled beers
  • Saturday: Steak Saturday
  • Sunday: Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

St. John’s Meeting Place
If you are interested in “popping bottles,” then The Meeting Place’s a “very happy hour” is the place to be. The local establishment extends to their guests half-price champagne bottles-everything from prosecco to high-end champagne like Dom Pérignon. Not only are the drink specials great, but delicious small plates and their house-ground kobe beef hamburger are offered on discount. Bubbly, anyone?

-Happy hour: Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m. 

-Drink specials:

  • Craft cocktails: $5
  • Champagne bottles: Half-price
  • Feature red/white wine by the glass: $5
  • Craft beer: $3/$4

-Food specials: 

  • Kobe beef burger: $10
  • Small plates: $6

-Feature nights:

  • Monday: 50 percent off food for up to three courses
  • Thursday: Jazz from 6 to 9 p.m. with $5 Sazeracs and French 75s

TerraMae Appalachian Bistro
I love a great brunch, and TerraMae is one of my go-to brunch spots-$10 bottomless mimosas can be quite dangerous, but also the recipe for the perfect Sunday Funday. I didn’t know about their specials for 50 percent off wines by the glass on Mondays, but now I know where I am going on my day off! 

-Happy hour: Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m. 

-Drink specials:

  • House wine: $2 off
  • Well drinks: $5

-Feature nights:

  • Monday: Three-course chef menu/scaled-down á la carte menu, plus half-off house wines by the glass, from 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday brunch: $10 bottomless mimosas with fresh-squeezed orange juice 

The Social 
The Social has had a happy hour going for a long time now, featuring local beers on tap, craft cocktails and big-screen TVs to watch your favorite sport channels. Also, their Monday night wine specials offer a wide variety of price ranges for their guests. 

-Happy hour: Monday-Friday, 2-7 p.m.

-Drink specials: 

  • Menu cocktails: $2 off
  • Premium well drinks: $4
  • Select glasses of wine: $5
  • Draft beer: $1 off

-Food special: 

  • Bar small plates: $5

-Feature nights: 

  • Monday: Red or white wine bottles for $10, $20 or $30 from 5 p.m. to close
  • Tuesday: House punch bowl for $18 (one bowl serves three to five people) from 5 to 10 p.m.

So which one is your favorite? Cheers!

Michelle Richards is a certified sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. Along with hosting wine tastings for local organizations, she serves up wine goodness at St. John’s Restaurant. You can contact her by email. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.

Updated @ 5:58 a.m. on 8/24/15 to remove Alleia from the list of happy hours; the restaurant no longer offers happy hour specials as of August 2015.