Here in the food-obsessed Napa Valley, happy hours aren’t just about cheap drinks anymore – the traditional nachos or buffalo wings have given way to an endless array of delicious mini-meals. Whether you’re looking for a lighter-fare option or are on a tight budget, these local happy hours are a great way to eat well for not much dough.
Lucy Restaurant and Bar. Monday through Thursday, 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Draft pints are $5, signature cocktails and wines are $10, and small bites like Big-eye tuna won-tons; prosciutto, fig, and machego flatbread; and chicken drumettes are $4 to $6.
Archetype. “Social Hour” is Wednesday through Friday, 5 to 7 pm. Specialty cocktails are $7, wine and beer $5. Menu includes boneless Korean short-ribs with kimchi, crispy Hoisin-glazed duck wings, and fish tacos with crispy petrale sole.
Harvest Table. Every Tuesday – Sunday from 4 to 6 pm at the bar, you can find $1 oyster happy hour. Enjoy fresh shucked oysters on the half shell with lemon and pink peppercorn mignonette. And every Wednesday night at the bar, enjoy their super stacked Harvest Table burger, fries and draft beer for only $18.
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch. Monday through Thursday. 4 to 6 pm. All well drinks available for $7, all beers $3.50, and Long Meadow Ranch wines for $9 and $10. The extensive “Growers’ Happy Hour” menu includes pulled pork sliders with barbecue sauce and coleslaw; wood-grilled artichokes with lemon and sauce gribiche; and grass-fed steak tartare with a farm egg, cornichon, Tabasco, and toast.
PRESS. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5 to 6:30 pm. Known for its $1 that rotating selection of West Coast oysters, it features a special cocktail for $7 and a beer for $4 along with a number of other bar bites.
Calistoga Inn & Brewery. Monday through Friday, 4 to 6 pm. Pints are $5, pitchers are $18, wines are $6, and well drinks are $6. The small menu includes pizza, spicy cheese quesadillas, pulled pork sliders, and kielbasa sausage.
Sam’s Social Club. Monday through Thursday from 3:30 to 6 pm. House-brewed beer $3 for pints. house wines $5, and small bites $8.
Bosko’s Trattoria. Every day from 4:30 to 6:30. All wines $7; all draft beers $6; and half price on all appetizers, including crispy polenta stack, lemon-baked artichoke, and braised Brussels sprouts with pancetta and pine nuts.
Photo credit: Harvest Table cocktails