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Sharing the Best-Kept Secrets…To The Top Happy Hours

Going out to celebrate some great news? Or need somewhere to unwind after a long day of work? Sip, sip, hooray, does downtown Rochester have plenty of happy hour hangouts! Plan a happy hour get-together with friends at some of the best in downtown Rochester!

300 First
Your taste buds will thank you when visiting 300 First for happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m.! You’re in for a real treat with an eclectic appetizer menu of Guinness Stout onion rings, chorizo cabbage rolls or braised mussels, all between $5 and $7. Try a smokin’ martini for $5; there are flavors that will make you wish you were on a beach! For something classic, $4 well drinks, $5 select wines, and $1-off tap beer is also on the menu.

Big Brad’s on Broadway
If you’re the one buying the rounds, head to Big Brad’s, where domestics and rail drinks are just $3 (or $1 off other beers and drinks). But make sure you get there between 3 and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or you’ll miss out!

Bleu Duck Kitchen
Here’s a truly unique special: “Hog Dog” happy hour! From 4 to 6 p.m., head over to Bleu Duck Kitchen for gourmet hot dogs, coupled with a $2 Bradleys, $4 house wine or draft beer, or $8 featured cocktail. Looking to extend your culinary night out? Tuesdays are Date Night; get two entrees, a bottle of wine and dessert to share for just $45.

Cameo at the Castle
Come to Cameo at the Castle from 3 to 5 p.m. and try its $1 off draft beers deal and $2 off bar menu items. If a walk on the wild side is more your style, “Cameo Signature Cocktails” are an intriguing thought. With names like Elderflower Sour, Disco Spritz, and Painkiller, who wouldn’t want to try one for a $1 off during Cameo’s happy hour!

Chesters Kitchen & Bar
Every day from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close, Chester’s provides an unforgettable happy hour experience. Gaze across Peace Plaza as the downtown city lights come alive with enjoying a refreshing $2-off cocktail, glass of wine or beer in the bar.

Dooley’s Pub & Restaurant
Get good Irish grub when you step foot into Dooley’s for happy hour! On the menu from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday is a treat called Irish Pork Belly Tots (crispy tater tots, beer ale cheese sauce, pork belly and all the toppings). Many other happy hour specials too numerous to mention can be found at Dooley’s; all we can say is go check them out!

Pair a $4 draft beer or $7 signature cocktail with one of Fuji's hot appetizers or maki rolls and you've got one delicious happy hour! Choose from 14 different maki rolls ranging in prices and a selection of unique to traditional drinks from 2 to 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to close Monday through Saturday.

Grand Rounds Brewing Company
It’s a one-of-a-kind stop: downtown Rochester’s only craft brewery and restaurant! During its happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, enjoy $3 pints of its delicious ales and/or $2 off appetizers or pizzas. Stop by Sunday, and kids eat for free!

H3 Rooftop
Happy hour gets an upgrade to a happier hour at H3 Rooftop, which has one of the best views of downtown Rochester. With a variety of daily specials, stop in any day of the week to find out whether it's a $10 bottomless glass of wine, $2 margaritas, or a bottomless mimosa or bloody mary.

Hefe Rojo
There’s always a happy hour deal to be found at Hefe Rojo in downtown Rochester. It’s doesn’t matter the date: every day from 2 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close, get a Taco and Tecate for $6, Corona, Corona Light, Corona Premier or Pacifico for $3, or margaritas for $7. Desiring something more basic? Bottle beer is a $1 off.

Kathy’s Pub
A staple on downtown Rochester’s Broadway Ave and a staple for happy hour drinks! Enjoy two for one domestic beers or mixed drinks 2 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday (hello, fun-day!). Don’t forget about pitcher night (Monday and Tuesdays at 7 p.m.) or bucket night (Wednesday at 7 p.m.) for great prices on ice cold beer.

The Loop
Pizza, wine, and cocktails, oh my! These are just some of the happy hour specials you’ll relish at The Loop. Feast on traditional or out-of-the-norm appetizers for $3 off and top it off with a thirst-satisfying, $4 premium rail. Stop down from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday for these dine-in only happy hour deals!

Martini’s at the Kahler Grand
Watch the downtown Rochester hustle and bustle while sipping a nice adult beverage at Martini’s lounge inside the Kahler Grand. Daily happy hours from 3 to 6 p.m. feature half off all appetizers, house wine and rail drinks for $4, and $1 off all tap and domestic beers. And as its name suggests, Martini’s offers $1 off specialty martinis during happy hour.

No need to go far for a happy hour: Newt’s is just off 2nd Street in downtown Rochester! With happy hours from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close every day, Newt’s has delicious offerings with $2 off appetizers and $1 off tap beer, wine, and rail drink specials.

Wait until you see what’s in store for you at Pescara’s happy hour! From 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. every day of the week, get a featured cocktail, house white or red wines for $5.50, or any tap beer for $4.50. You’ll also find all spirits are $2 off. Try any of your beverages with a happy hour appetizer for your dining pleasure. Sure to please is the smoked fish spread (Pescara is a seafood place, after all), red pepper hummus or Colorado lamb sliders.

Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse
One of Downtown Rochester’s newest restaurants—Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse—is jumping on the happy hour bandwagon and offering specials every day from 3 to 6 p.m. and a late-night option! Head in to the steakhouse connected to the new Hilton Downtown for $5 select brews, wines and cocktails. Try the bartender’s special lemonade (vodka, blackberry puree, and lemonade) for $7; it’s sure to make you reminisce about summer! Pair it with any of its $6 appetizers and you’re setting up yourself and friends for a fantastic happy hour!

Have multiple people in your happy hour party? Feed them all with one deal: for $25 on Tuesdays, Porch offers a bucket of drummies and a half gallon of beer. No judgment here if you go all in! Another happy hour special to take note of is the free picklebacks (limit two) all night on Thursdays.

The Social
Plan your happy hour at one of the most happening spots in downtown Rochester: The Social! From 3 to 7 p.m. every day, the special is $5 for the first bottle of house wine.

The Tap House
Tuesdays at The Tap House is the place to be! Have yourself a Mexican fiesta with half-price tacos, $4 margaritas and live music. If a brew is more for you, head there on Wednesdays, when a pint is just $4 and burgers are half priced.

Terza Ristorante
Why limit your happy to just one hour? Terza offers happy hour times to fit your plans: come between 3 and 6 p.m. or 9 and 10 p.m. for half off pizza and other mouthwatering appetizers. (We’ve heard the calamari is to die for!)

The Half Barrel Bar & Kitchen
Serving exclusive drink specials is The Half Barrel’s specialty! Pair it with a tasty appetizer or turn happy hour into a full meal deal. Happy hours here last from 2 to 6 p.m. every weekday.

Victoria’s Ristorante and Wine Bar
Wine-not go to Victoria’s for happy hour? Every Wednesday, a bottomless glass of wine for $8 is the special of the day! Cozy up with friends and a good drink during its regular happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., seven days a week. House wine is $5 per glass, tap beer is $1 off, select cocktails are $4 and appetizers are $5.

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Disclaimer: Although every effort was made to provide accurate information, each establishment has a right to change its specials/offers without notice. Please ask your server, bartender, or manager prior to ordering to ensure the special is still being honored. If yours is an establishment listed in this blog and anything needs updating, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Thanks for reading and please remember to drink responsibly; cheers!