Happy Hour in Chattanooga

Happy Hour Chattanooga


Chattanooga's downtown district is packed with bars and happy hours, and restaurants chomping at the bit to get a piece of the action the tourists bring. This competitive fervor is definitely a good thing for the bargain hunter -- and works especially well for those who like beer.

The Pickle Barrel

Daily 4PM-7PM; 7PM-3AM drink specials Sunday-Thursday
1012 Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Best Deal: Domestic draft beers for $2.25

The Pickle Barrel just might have the best happy hour in Chattanooga. You may think you've slipped back in time or that you are deep in some crazy dream when you see the prices. Well drinks are $3 all the time, but beer specials are the reason to hit the Pickle Barrel at the end of a work day or a long day of touring the city. Draft beers are $2.25 and imported and micro brews are $3.25. And pitchers of draft beer are $1 off regular price. This alternate reality happens every weekday from 4-7PM. Smoking is allowed at the Pickle Barrel, in case that is a deal-breaker. They do have rooftop seating, which is airy and makes for a nice perch at the end of the day. Or, if you prefer to sit inside, you can hear live music on Friday nights.

Rio Picante Mexican Grill & Bar

Monday-Friday 2PM-7PM
203 West 2nd St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Best Deal: The $2 16-ounce Pabst Blue Ribbon

Happy hour specials typically include two for one margarita. Rio Picante makes a good margarita and doesn't have a habit of skimping on the tequila. Another of the favorite happy hour specials at Rio Picante is the $2 PBR. We're not talking your standard can, you get a full 16 oz. tall boy for two bucks. Other drink specials get rotated in and out at Rio Picante so call ahead to get a list of their current happy hour deals. The other perk here is their very chunky -- and very free -- salsa. As with many Mexican restaurants, they'll keep the salsa and chips coming as long as you keep the margaritas coming. The bar at this Mexican Grill provides ample room for socializing and a few booths near the window. The views are upstairs at the rooftop bar though. Here you can see a swath of downtown and catch a glimpse of the Tennessee River.

Market Street Tavern

Happy hour changes daily
850 Market Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Best Deal: $1 tacos on Fiesta Night
The upscale decor leans more toward a sports bar and less toward a tavern at the Market Street Tavern. The decor takes a back seat to the creative drink and food specials when happy hour chimes though. This joint in Chattanooga is a popular place during the after-work hours, and for good reason. Live music every night is one of those reasons. From bluegrass to blues and funk to open mic nights you have your choice at the tavern. Typical food specials include Beer & Burger Night, where patrons get a free beer with a burger purchase. Fiesta night rears its head occasionally with $1 tacos and $3 margaritas, where a meal and a buzz can be had for five bucks. Pitcher and pint specials are a staple and 1/2 price wine and jazz night can draw a crowd as well. Be sure to check their schedule as happy hour times change and they rotate their daily specials every week.

Sing It or Wing It

Daily 4PM-8PM and 4PM-Close on Thursday and Friday
412 Market Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Best Deal: $1 domestic drafts on Thursdays Karaoke and chicken wings are the draw most times of the day. The wings are excellent, possibly the best in town. The drink specials are all over the map during the week, but Thursday is the night to go. Domestic draft beer is $1 all night Thursdays starting at 4PM. As you might expect, the place gets packed. Get there early to secure your seat and be ready for a buzz of activity throughout the evening. Happy hour normally runs from 4-8PM and on Thursdays and Fridays you can get certain beers all night long. Monday has margarita specials, Tuesday features Long Island iced teas, and Wednesday nights you can get double wells for $5. Food never goes on special but the wings are worth full price and at least one order is a must.

Taco Mamacita

Monday-Friday 3PM-7PM
109 North Market Street
Chattanooga, TN 37405

Best Deal: Two for one margaritas on Wednesday nights
If you end up on the north shore of the river around that magical hour of the day check out Taco Mamacita. This spunky taco spot has a lively and fun atmosphere, delicious tacos and friendly staff. But we're not here to rate the restaurant, we're here to see what's going on at happy hour. They host happy hour specials every weeknight, but Wednesday is the night to head to Mamacita's. Margaritas are muy excellente here and are two for one every Wednesday night. The nice thing about the Wednesday special is that it has become a staple and you can count on it. Sundays bring 1/2 price sangria all day. There is always something creative and fun going on at the bar to keep things lively. Ever try a blueberry margarita?
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