When you work a full-time job, having a list of happy hour destinations is essential. Fortunately, for you, we’ve put together this compilation of high-scale restaurants, chill diners, cool gastropubs, and bars with amazing views for you to check out on your next night out with the office or friends.
Baker and Able (at 106 Jefferson)
For tasty libations and beautiful scenery, head to Baker and Able — named after the first two monkeys to go into space. This rooftop bar sits at the top of 106 Jefferson hotel in Downtown Huntsville. Its unique location allows you to enjoy the beautiful Rocket City skyline while sipping on expertly crafted cocktails. They also have an extensive beer and wine menu, and if you are feeling peckish, be sure to try some of their “small bites.” The artisanal B&A flavored popcorn seems to be a favorite shareable.
The Standard Social Market
Get your after-work drink on and pick up take home goodies when you visit The Standard Social Market. This downtown bodega and artisanal market has set hours throughout the week for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. However, if it’s their evening menu you’re after, be sure to stop by between 4pm and close. In addition to their nightly specials, you can enjoy their regular entrees as well as shareable starters — like pretzel bites, fried pickles, crab cakes, and charcuterie. Whatever you order, make sure to pair your meal with one of their quality wines or specialty cocktails.
For a more upscale Happy Hour event, visit Mazzara’s Vinoteca. This Italian restaurant is located in the historic Humphreys-Rogers House in Downtown Huntsville. While they are known for their fresh, made-from-scratch pastas, their charcuterie boards and tapas make excellent after-work snacks. Pair it with one of their select wines for the best results. If you aren’t sure which wine will taste best with your meal, owner and wine curator Stephanie Kennedy is usually onsite to lend some advice.
Stovehouse: Pourhouse & Brewers Cooperative
In recent years, Stovehouse has become Huntsville’s premiere destination for food, drinks, shopping, and leisure. While the spot is home to many exciting businesses, pay particular attention to Pourhouse and The Brewer’s Cooperative for happy hour outings.
The Pourhouse is home to Huntsville’s first rooftop bar and offers a laid-back vibe perfect for destressing after a long day of grinding. Hang out upstairs or on the patio with a glass of wine, a craft beer, or a specialty cocktail while you listen to live music or play a game of trivia.
While the Pourhouse may have a rooftop bar, The Brewer’s Cooperative boasts the state’s longest bar. They have over 40 beers on tap, including local brews from Salty Nut Brewery, Good People Brewing Company, Avondale Brewing, Straight to Ale, and Druid City Brewing Company. If you’re in need of a snack, their kitchen is always whipping up something new!
3414 Governors Drive, Huntsville, AL 35805
Pourhouse: (256) 970-4097
The Brewer’s Cooperative: (256) 678-7036
The Brewer’s Cooperative:
Domaine South at Big Spring Park
Everyone’s favorite wine and cheese shop, Domaine South, now has a second location overlooking Big Spring Park. Expect the same love for food and wine but with an expanded menu and full bar that now includes cocktails. Drop by during happy hour to split a cheese or charcuterie board. If you’re visiting with a group of friends or workmates, definitely order a few of their small plates — including duck fat fries, Hudson Valley foie gras, and tarte flambe — so everyone can try a a few bites. Complement these snacks with one of their speciality beverages, such as The Frozé or Cecilia.
Salt Factory Pub
If you live or work in Huntsville’s MidCity District, prepare to make Salt Factory Pub your new after-work happy hour destination. This upscale gastropub has a nice and comfortable environment complete with friendly wait staff and managers, who are determined to make sure you have a pleasant evening. They have a solid beer, wine, and cocktail selection with 50 different draft and bottled brews to choose from. Plus, their dinner menu is filled with many small and big meals — including favorites like the Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps, The Bleu Burger, Salt Factory Mussels, and Crispy Fish Tacos — perfect for unwinding after a long day.
Location: 6000 Stax Street, Huntsville, AL 35806
Phone: (256) 585-2488
Hours: Sun.-Thu. 11am-10pm
Sea Salt Urban Oyster Bar
If you need more seafood in your after-work happy hour, look no further than Sea Salt Urban Oyster Bar. This restaurant has oysters from the East Coast, West Coast, and Gulf Shores. Pair a 1-pound or ½-pound tray with one of their 24 beers on tap. If you have a hankering for something other than oysters, they also serve fresh lobster, shrimp, and various types of fish. The smoked fish dip and ahi tacos are particularly great for splitting with your happy hour group.
Liquor Express on University Drive
When you’d rather stay in for happy hour, Liquor Express can help you stock up on all your favorite libations. They are the largest beer, wine, and spirits store in Huntsville and all of Alabama. Their taproom (the secret spot in the back of the store) currently has over 80 selections; bring your own growler or ask about purchasing one of their Southern Growler products. They also regularly host live music nights, tap takeovers, painting classes, and other special events sure to make your work week more enjoyable.
Location: 1812 University Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 539-4333
Hours: Mon-Thu 9am-12am
(taproom closes two hours before rest of store)
The ideal after work happy hour is always going to be margaritas and tacos, and right now, it’s hard to say anyone does this combo better than Taco Mama. With three locations across the Huntsville area, this Mexican restaurant has cemented itself onto the hearts and tastebuds of local residents. Choose from any of their unique specialty tacos, burritos, or bowls or build your own. They also offer a wide selection of margaritas, and if you stop in on Tuesday after 3pm, the Skinny and Mi Casa margaritas are half-off.
Village of Providence
Location: 301 Pelham Ave SW, Ste. C8, Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 519-6262
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-9pm; Sunday 11am-8pm
Location: 2750 Carl T Jones Dr., SE Ste. 1500B, Huntsville, AL 35802
Phone: (256) 678-8226
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-9pm; Sunday 11am-8pm
A great place to stop for happy hour downtown is Melt — located at The Avenue. Most nights of the week you can expect to hear great live music or take part in free-to-join games like bingo or trivia. On top of the fun atmosphere, they also make delicious food. Share some Food Truck Nachos or the Picnic Duo (a chicken salad and pimento cheese dip served with crackers) with friends, but we don’t blame you for ordering the Mac ‘N Egg Roll for yourself. They also have a variety of toasted sandwiches; the Buffalo Chicken and Classic Grilled Cheese are two favorites. Top off your meal with one of their local crafts on tap or one of their specialty cocktails such as the John Emerald Sangria.
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