Dining and Drink

6 extra-happy happy hours in Madison

Unwind and try these unique post-work specials

While Cento has happy hour every day, they also give guests a second chance to try some of the specialty food and cocktails at night. The “After Work & After Dark” menu includes cocktails, bruschettas and a couple other items separate from the traditional dinner menu. Throw traditional ice away with Sgroppino, a cocktail made with prosecco and vodka over a scoop of lemon sorbet giving it a citrus burst and a fresh way of keeping the drink cold. Everyday 4-6 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, 10 p.m.-12 a.m., centomadison.com

Oyster lovers get happy at Augie’s Tavern’s Oyster Happy Hour. With $5 creative specialty cocktails created weekly by the bartenders and changing slider specials, Augie’s Tavern provides new things to try each week. Along with the cocktails and sliders, choose from $1 chef’s choice East Coast and West Coast oysters and a $7 Augie’s burger. If that wasn’t enough, this happy hour also offers maple-sherry gochujang glazed wings and crispy cheese curds with spicy ranch. Sunday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m. theedgewater.com

End your day the right way with $2 off of classic cocktails, draft beers and lawnmower beers at Merchant. Along with drink specials, Merchant offers some of its favorite snacks, cutting boards, large plates and sweets. Like Merchant’s full menu, the happy hour menu focuses on sourcing locally from local Wisconsin farmers and producers. The Ploughman’s Board features a selection of local cheeses, charcuterie from Underground Meats, Madison Sourdough baguette and housemade pickled farmers’ market vegetables. Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. merchantmadison.com

With appetizer specials on some classic Mexican dishes, Eldorado Grill is a perfect place for sharing. Choose from Texas torpedoes, handmade tamales, goat cheese empanadas, fried avocado street tacos and more. Along with the apps, try one of the margarita specials. The “World Famous Eldorado Margarita” uses 100 percent agave Sauza Blue Reposado, fresh lime juice and Patrón Citrónge. Sunday-Thursday 4:30-6:30 p.m., Monday 4:30-9 p.m., eldoradogrillmadison.com

Most happy hour specials are during the week, but at Eno Vino Wine Bar and Bistro the fun continues all day Sunday. Get discounts on both wines by the glass and modest sippers which include the un-cucumbersome with seagram’s gin, homemade lemonade and fresh cucumber. Enjoy a selection of Eno Vino’s favorite pizzas, bruschettas and bar plates. Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m., all day Sunday, eno-vino.com

Tavernakaya keeps it simple at happy hour with a few drink specials and bites. When it comes to drinks, try some twists on Japanese beverages with Chûhai, a Japanese highball with Jinro Soju, soda, sugar and flavored modifiers or Iwai Japanese Whisky, a sweet drink with fruit flavors of pear, quince and hints of red fruits and vanilla. For a bite to eat, try the refreshing edamame or hand-cut Togarashi fries. Bites: Tuesday-Friday, 4-6 p.m., Drinks: Tuesday-Friday 4-6 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 p.m.-close, tavernakaya.com


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