It’s Friday night, it’s been a long week (do we say that every week?), the munchkins are starving and mama needs a drink – STAT. But the last thing you want to do is go through the trouble of cooking or splurge on yet another babysitter. Things are looking bleak, but then you read this glorious fact: just because you have kids doesn’t mean your social life has to come to a screeching halt. Can we get a hallelujah? This is where a kid-friendly Happy Hour comes into play to save the day. The key here is finding a restaurant (not a bar) and a preferably louder spot that can easily handle your chatterboxes so you won’t get too many side-eyes from other diners (but you’ll most likely be in good company with other families there anyway). We are here to show you where to Happy Hour with your kids in tow – and still get them home by bedtime with a full belly.
Bring the kids and make yourself at home with outside seating in their big backyard (hence the name) equipped with large picnic table style seating and an actual playground area. You won’t have to worry about making a mess here and when the kids get antsy, there is plenty of space to roam and make friends. Parents can relax and enjoy Happy Hour Tuesday – Friday with $1 off all wine and microbrew draft from 3-6pm. Mondays $10 burger and pint special deal.
If you are in the mood for some mouth-watering BBQ and amazing drink specials, this is your jam. Tuesday – Friday between 3-6pm, parents can sip on daiquiris, draft beer and wine (1/2 off), tallboys ($2) and house cocktails ($2 off), while the kids devour delicious munchies including mini BBQ nachos ($5), smoked wings ($5) and BBQ sliders ($3). We are getting hungry just writing about it.
Let’s say you have visitors in town looking for some local flavor and don’t want to venture all the way downtown – this is your spot. Perfect for entertaining, Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar is a crowd favorite: huge, noisy and loads of seating. Happy Hour is EVERY DAY 4-6:30pm with two-for-one frozen mojitos and french 75s, half off house wine bottles, $3 draft beer and 50 cent raw oysters. Plus, Valet Parking to get in and out quickly just in case the littles meltdown. (Photo below via @thehungryleapord)
Monday – Friday from 3-5pm half off wood-fired pizzas, draft beer and wines by the glass can be found at John Besh’s Pizza Domenica. This is a perfect option if you are looking to take the kids out for a snack post-school, while treating yourself to a glass of vino.
Wayfare’s Happy Hour 3-6pm EVERY DAY does not disappoint with half price draft beers, craft cocktails, bottles of wine, and tasty starters such as cheese plates, duck-fat fried pommes frites, bacon mac and cheese, and more. This will be your go-to on a Saturday – outfitted with TVs so your hubs won’t miss the big game.
With Happy Hour steals Monday – Friday 3-7pm (late option), La Casita on Oak Street is another crowd pleaser keeping the whole family happy with their $4 margaritas, half off most dips and $2 tacos. You can find spacious, casual outside seating with picnic tables here.
This was an easy decision as The Company Burger is by far our favorite burger in town. It’s a casual and quick place for the kiddos. You can catch Happy Hour Monday – Friday from 4-7pm (late option) with half off all beer, wine and cocktails, plus half off delicious bites: onion dip, fried chicken sliders and fried pickles. They also have bomb milkshakes for dessert!
BONUS: Uptown location on Freret street offers Happy Hour EVERY DAY from 3-6pm with half off all menu cocktails and draft beer.