Best Places For Happy Hour In Boston

Massachusetts did away with the concept of an official happy hour more than 30 years ago, but many Boston restaurants still cater to an after-work crowd by offering discounted midweek bar bites. From steakhouses to seafood favorites, here’s a look at some of the best places for our take on happy hour in Boston.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Ruth's Chris Steak HousePhoto Credit: Ruth’s Chris Steak House

You won’t find a more historic location than Ruth’s Chris to dig into a juicy tenderloin steak sandwich topped with Bernaise sauce.  Located in Old City Hall between Downtown Crossing and Government Center, this haute spot sizzles with $9 specials Monday through Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and again on Sundays from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Other specialty snacks include seared ahi tuna, crab beignets, zucchini fries, a prime burger and fries as well as a cilantro marinated roasted chicken sandwich.

McCormick & Schmick’s

McCormick & Schmick'sPhoto Credit: McCormick & Schmick’s

When it comes to people watching, McCormick & Schmick’s at Faneuil Hall is definitely the place to get your fill. Request a patio table for al fresco dining and order up some happy hour snacks like hummus with pita chips, Baja fish tacos, blackened chicken quesadilla, black mussels in white wine sauce or crab and shrimp stuffed mushrooms. We come here Monday through Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. for the juicy cheeseburger and fries for just $5. Seafood lovers flock to the bar on Wednesdays where oysters and shrimp cocktail are just $1 each.

Oceanaire Seafood Room

The Oceanaire Seafood RoomPhoto Credit: The Oceanaire Seafood Room

We certainly love our seafood here in Boston, and no one knows that better than the beautiful Oceanaire Seaood Room located in a former bank in Government Center. From a fresh oyster trio, blackened fish tacos and crispy fried calamari to char grilled octopus, fish and chips, and shrimp and grits, you will get your fair share of ocean favorites. An unexpected yet delicious find here is the uber tender filet mignon sliders topped with caramelized onions and blue cheese butter.


Haru SushiPhoto Credit: Haru Sushi

Take a break from shopping and people watching at the Prudential Center and stop by Haru for a sushi fix. Start off with a blue crab and corn fritters or short rib yakitori and move onto a grilled pork belly bun or coconut curry chicken satay. Specialty happy hour sushi rolls include a California, spicy tuna, crunchy spicy salmon and our favorite, the Haru Wasabi Roll made with tuna, salmon, avocado and cucumber topped with red tobiko and wasabi tobiko.

The Palm

The PalmPhoto Credit: The Palm

You might not expect to find a steakhouse located in the Financial District, but this haute spot delivers some incredible deals from The Palm’s Prime Bites menu. Think maple glazed bacon served with a side of steak sauce, ancho chili and espresso rubbed filet mignon topped with roasted shallot butter, crispy calamari, a New England lobster roll and grilled short rib with Irish cheddar sandwich that you can indulge in overlooking the Rose Kennedy Greenway.