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American Heritage Dictionary defines it as “a period of time, usually in late afternoon and early evening, during which a bar or lounge features drinks at reduced prices.”

Originally a Navy term, “happy hour” referred to a scheduled entertainment period on board ships providing sailors with an opportunity to blow off steam.

But it was “mad men” that brought the concept into civilian use. Following a 1959 Saturday Evening Post article on military life, the term entered the marketing arena and restaurants and lounges jumped on the opportunity to offer workers a chance to “blow-off steam” and imbibe after a hard day at work.

Although it’s been banned in some states, the happy hour phenomenon has enjoyed a recent revival locally, with many four-star restaurants showcasing their offerings at greatly reduced prices.

Here are ten places to get happy and enjoy great food and libations for less:

44 Church Street, Danville
The king of happy hour, Bridges features low-priced drinks and appetizers Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to close in the bar and cocktail lounge. Enjoy their $6 blue plate special (February’s special is an open faced ahi tuna sandwich), $6 small plates, $5 martinis and wine specials and $3 - 3.50 well drinks and beer specials.

3421 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
One of Blackhawks’ newest restaurants offers happy hour from 3 - 6 p.m., then again from 9 p.m to closing. Some of their offerings include $1 ice-cold Corinitas and $1 quesadillas. Follow Coa on Twitter for daily happy hour updates.

3451 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
Coa’s ultra chic and sophisticated sister, Stomp is a wine and tapas bar. If it’s Tuesday, unwind at Stomp with wine flights and an artisan cheese selection for $12. This offer is available all day long.

Luna Loca
500 Sycamore Valley Road West, Danville
Danville’s favorite party restaurant has a new happy hour special, which includes free wine and champagne tasting with $1 fresh blue point oysters. It’s every Friday from 3 - 6 p.m. Don’t forget their Full Moon Parties that take place on the patio each month.

The Vine at Bridges
480 Hartz Ave, Danville
Monday – Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. enjoy a happy hour flight featuring any two different wine tastes for $10. The Vine’s February appetizer specials include togarashi nuts and Mediterranean olives, each for $1, pizzettas for $6 and a tapenade Trio for $6. Premium beer can be purchased for $3.

200 Montgomery Street, San Ramon
San Ramon’s most notable happy hour location serves half-off appetizers in the Trophy Lounge every night from 5 to 7 p.m.  Also a worthy mention - kids eat free (one free kid’s meal with one paid adult entree) Sunday and Monday.

Roya's Garlic Garden
3576 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
Lafayette’s newest restaurant, a European-style steak house, features happy hour Monday - Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

1300 South Main St., Walnut Creek
Stanford’s didn’t wait for a recession to start offering happy hour. They've been featuring happy hour appetizers starting at $2.50 in the lounge for years. Hours are 3 - 6 p.m. with a reprise from 9 p.m. to close.

Faz in Pleasanton
5121 Hopyard Road
Like Stanford’s, happy hour at Faz has been a mainstay for years. The restaurant features an appetizer buffet with pizza, chips, salsa and veggie trays Monday - Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Happy hour is often accompanied by a live band.

Artisan Wine Lounge & Cafe
1633 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek
Artisan just announced their happy hour last week. Enjoy $3 - 4 wine, $3 sangria, $3 beer and $1 appetizers Tuesday - Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 29 May 2012 06:50)


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