Best “Happy Hour” Food Specials in Boston

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If you’re new to Massachusetts, the rumors are true— Boston “happy hours”, as you may know them, are banned. While you may not snag reduced-priced suds by beating the night crowds, there are plenty of wallet-friendly food specials. Here are our five favorites in Boston and Cambridge.


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Tapas for $5 or less? That’s right! In Boston’s South End neighborhood, discover Estragon’s “Tapas Blitz” menu. Every Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7pm, enjoy $1, $3 and $5 tapas. Delectable “happy hour” tapas at this Boston gem include Queso De Cabra (Warm Goat Cheese & Tomato on Toast), Calamares (Mini Fried Calamari Sandwich), and many others.

700 Harrison Avenue, Boston

GEM – Italian Kitchen, Lounge and Nightclub

Craving cheap eats and dancing under the same roof? Check out GEM, where you’ll find $1 Oysters and half-priced pizzas on Thursdays. Fridays feature the same great pizza deal as well as 50-cent wings. If apps aren’t enough, try one of Chef Kevin Long’s delicious Italian dishes.

42 Province Street, Boston


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Catch a food special in Cambridge with $2 shrimp cocktails, oysters, arancini and bruschetta at Dante. Pay this price every day in Dante’s bar and lounge, from 2:30 to 6pm. Regularly priced favorites include the Ricotta Ravioli and Pan Roasted Arctic Char.

40 Edwin H Land Boulevard, Cambridge

Grendel’s Den

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This Harvard Square hotspot impresses with their unbeatable specials. Every day, all food is half-priced from 5 to 7:30pm. That means $3 Mac & Cheese, $4.50 Garlic Chicken Curry or $5 French Dip, to name a few. Around in the afternoon? Try Grendal’s Den $5.95 Express Lunch with options such as the Chicken or Tofu Caesar Salad, Cheeseburger and more.

89 Winthrop Street, Cambridge


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Stop by Whiskey’s on Boylston Street for their awesome app prices. Monday through Friday from 4 to 7pm munch on $3 bar bites such as New England Clam Chowder, Black Bean Dip, Onion Rings, Mozzarella Sticks and House Nachos. For a deal that sounds too good to be true, enjoy a 12″ cheese or pepperoni pizza for $1.99 from 11pm to 1:30am, seven nights a week.

885 Boylston Street, Boston

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