Be a Bar Snack Savant 

Drinking is only half the battle

Barbacoa's Hendricks martini served in a cone-shaped glass made of ice, paired with a pistachio, brie and truffle oil-topped flatbread.

Kelsey Hawes

Barbacoa's Hendricks martini served in a cone-shaped glass made of ice, paired with a pistachio, brie and truffle oil-topped flatbread.

45. Seeing Double

Barbacoa's happy hour has long been a local legend. From 4-6 p.m., seven days a week, the eccentrically adorned hot spot offers buy-one-get-one-free drinks—and we're not just talking wells and domestic drafts. The deal includes everything. Our favorite is a Hendricks gin martini, served in cone-shaped glass made entirely of ice. Not only does the cocktail come with a shaker of extra booze to top off your lip-numbing beverage, but once you've polished off the first one, another magically appears in its place. Be a gin-tleman and make sure to soak up all that booze with a snack—we suggest the flatbread topped with melted brie, truffle oil and crushed pistachios.

click to enlarge Castelvetrano olives stuffed with mozzarella at Juniper. - KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes
  • Castelvetrano olives stuffed with mozzarella at Juniper.

46. Cocktail Companions

It is blasphemous to think about chasing a sip of an artfully crafted libation with a handful of store-bought pretzels or stale popcorn. At Juniper, bar snack offerings are a little more elevated—think fried Castelvetrano olives stuffed with Ballard Farms mozzarella or savory-sweet, bourbon-maple-bacon pecans. Paired with Juniper's aromatic drinks—like Juni and the Jets with gin, St. Germain, grapefruit, simple syrup and sparkles—these small-plate treats are elevated from afterthoughts to cocktail companions.

click to enlarge Steak tartare at Chandlers Steakhouse. - TARA MORGAN
  • Tara Morgan
  • Steak tartare at Chandlers Steakhouse.

47. Have a Rawesome Time

Raw meat freaks some folks out. For others, their fangs flash in anticipation of a rare steak or a glistening mound of steak tartare—a classic dish that contains raw minced beef. Chandlers Steakhouse now offers steak tartare—made with raw filet mignon tossed with chopped capers, shallots, chives, lemon juice and a quail egg—for $7 on its happy hour menu. Pair it with a $7 happy hour Boulevardier, made with bourbon, Carpano Antica, Campari and bitters, and you've got an early evening meal worthy of Don Draper.

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