Durango's Top Shelf Happy Hours
GUEST BLOGGER - Nick Hagglof, Broker Associate
Alpenglow Properties, LLC
1221 Main Avenue
Durango is known for the endless outdoor activities, community involvement, and a thriving tourism industry. At the end of the day, it’s nice to be able to kick back and bask in all that is Durango. Why not throw in a deal or two? The Durango gastronomy scene caters to a wide audience, and many establishments boast unique specials and discounts in that window of opportunity aptly named the "Happy Hour." With all the options out there, I took it upon myself to explore the different offerings in order to learn something new about our town, and met friends along the way.
There are many great happy hours in Downtown and Uptown. Here are some of my favorites, listed in alphabetical order. Check out BID’s online Business Directory for more.
BREW Pub & Kitchen at 117 W. College Drive~ (970) 259-5959
3-6pm, Monday – Friday & All Day Sunday: $3 House Pints, $2 off Guest Beers, $2 off Well Drinks & $2 off Wine, along with 25% off All Appetizers
Always expect a top-shelf rotating beer menu, allowing a different experience with each visit. The owner and brewer, Erik Maxson, is renowned for his unique creations and excellent quality of product. All apps are also 25% off. It’s hard to beat the 'BREWtine' Fries or the Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Stop by for incredible house made brews and grub! Don’t miss out on their daily food specials, which are continually clever and delicious.
Derailed Pour House at 725 Main Avenue~ (970) 247-5440
3-6:30pm, Tuesday – Friday: General Happy Hour: $1 OFF Drafts, $4 Wells/Wine, $6 Moscow House Mules, $6 Select Apps
Tuesday, 3pm – Close: Burger & Pint Night, Featuring $7 Handmade 1/3 lb. Burgers (Includes Fries), Pints are $1 OFF
Wednesday, 3pm – Close: Taco & Margarita Night, Featuring House Smoked Pork Tacos $2.50, $6 Margaritas, $3 Coronas
Thursday, Ladies & Gents Night: $1 OFF Select Apps & Martinis, $6 Old Fashioned, $1 OFF All Scotch
Friday, 3 – 6:30pm: FAC (Friday After Work Club), Feat. $1 OFF Wine by the Glass, 10% OFF Bottles of Wine, $1 OFF Martinis/Drafts, $6 Select Apps
Saturday: 11:30am-3pm Features $7 Bloody Marys, $5 Mimosas. With Happy Hour running 3-6:30pm.
Sunday Funday, 10am – 2pm: Brunch Specials, $7 Bloody Marys, $6 Mimosas
With various drink specials, a list of appetizers for $6, and diverse daily specials, this is a must visit. Not only do they offer a general happy hour every day, the specials allow you to mix it up and try something new.
Durango Brewing Company at 3000 Main Avenue ~ (970) 247-3396
2-5pm, Daily - $2 off Pints.
Tuesdays – Pint Night, with select $2 Beers
DBC sure knows how to cater to their clientele. Stop by any day of the week to grab discounted pints on their craft brews, or swing by on Tuesday to hang out among locals for Pint Night. This is an earlier happy hour for those who are able to enjoy some afternoon sunshine on their patio!
The Irish Embassy Pub at 900 Main Avenue ~ (970) 403-1200
4-7pm, Monday – Friday: $3.50 20 oz. Drafts, $3 Wells and Wine and various discounted appetizers
Want more bang for the buck? 20oz drafts for $3.50, with wells and wines discounted at a comparable rate. 60oz of beer for around $10? Now, that’s a deal.
East by Southwest at 160 East College Drive ~ (970) 247-5533
5-6:30pm, Daily (Excluding Holidays): $3 Pinstripe Pints, $3 Small Hot Sake, $7 Mojitos, $6 Kimchi Mais (house Bloody Mary) and featured glasses of wine, with discounted Sake Bombs and cocktails. Including featured appetizer & food specials
A short, but sweet, happy hour. Right when the doors open for dinner, stroll in for various discounted food and drink specials. This really is the place to go enjoy a more professional atmosphere while savoring top of the line food and beverages with an affordable price tag. If you want a seat, be sure to be timely and beat the crowd!
Eolus Bar and Dining at 919 Main Avenue ~ (970) 259-2898
4:30-6pm Sunday-Thursday & 4:30-5:30 Friday/Saturday: $3 Draft Beers, $5 Thai Tinis, $5 Glass of Tap Wine.
$7 Crispy Calamari, $6 Pork Steamed Buns, $7-9 Sushi Rolls (Ask for Selection), $8 "Patio" Burger
My girlfriend and I cannot get enough of this happy hour. I roll in for a couple of three dollar pints, while she grabs a five dollar glass of tap wine and we indulge in the incredibly delicious and affordable patio burger… grass finished beef with a side of truffle and/or sweet potato fries. Seriously, the best.
Gazpacho New Mexican Cooking Y Cantina at 431 E. 2nd Avenue ~ (970) 259-9494
2-6pm, Daily: $3 House Margaritas, $5 SoCal Margaritas, $3 Draught Beers, $2-$3 Domestic Beers. Featuring Various Food Specials, Such As: $9 Pork Nachos, $6 Corn Bread & Stew, $7 Tres Gazapchos, and Select $5 Bar Snacks
Food specials, drink specials, and daily specials galore. The long happy hour is also a way to fit in an earlier visit! Don’t for get to ask about the incredible daily food/drink specials when you show up.
Homeslice Pizza at 2915 Main Avenue~ (970) 422-8337
3-6pm & 8-10pm Daily: $2 PBRs, $1 Coors Light, $1 off Local Beers, $2 Off Irish Whiskey
A special so nice, they do it twice! Stop by for a locally renowned slice & garlic knots, while enjoying a discounted beverage around the fire pit up North, or on the grid.
The Palace Restaurant at 505 Main Avenue ~ (970) 247-2018
4-7pm, Daily: $3.50 Domestic Drafts, $4 Well Drinks & House Wines, $4.50 Bloody Marys & House Margaritas. Including 25% off Appetizers
A little something for everyone with discounts all across the board. Adjacent to the Durango & Silverton Railroad Depot, there’s no better place to enjoy a deal after work!
Steamworks Brewing Co. at 801 E. 2nd Avenue ~ (970) 259-9200
Monday – $11 pitchers all day
Tuesday – 2-for-1 drink specials after 9 p.m.
Thursday – Durango’s Legendary (all day) "Pint Night." Brewer’s choice of 4-6 styles of beer for $3 a pint. (This no longer requires that you bring in a logo pint glass)
Friday – Enjoy $1 Draws and $2 Imperial Pints of select beers 3pm-5pm and have a chance to win a keg!
Saturday – Ladies Night, various drink specials
Sunday – Bloody Marys for $4.25, or get $11 pitcher of beer to share with your crew
Serving locals and tourists alike, this reputable brewery doesn’t mess around when it comes to keeping people happy during happy hour. With $11 Pitchers on Monday, Thursday night pint night, and Friday’s legendary $1 & $2 specials with a chance to win a keg. And to top it off, a basket of Cajun fries goes too well with any of their daily beverage specials.
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