It’s getting darker earlier and earlier. So that means we get to start drinking earlier and earlier…right? ‘Tis the season for cozy post-work drinks with friends and family. Here are a few places to get you started on the right foot.
1. Dogwood Cocktail Cabin
Dogwood Cocktail Cabin has a really fun and unique atmosphere right in the heart of Downtown Bend. Its cozy seating with upstairs couches for friends and a dart room provide a perfect environment to go grab a cocktail after work. Their happy hour, known as “Cabin Fever,” offers 25% off select foods and drinks from 5pm to 7pm Tuesday to Friday and all day on Sunday with a local ID. It is worth checking out!
2. Citizen Bar and Kitchen
This is a new addition to the downtown scene and lives right across the street from the Deschutes Brewery Pub. If you’ve been in Central Oregon for awhile and are looking to check out somewhere new, this might be the spot for you. Their happy hour runs from 4pm to 6pm every day of the week and includes food as well as drinks. So get over there and see what they’re all about.
3. River Pig Saloon
Another fairly new addition to Bend, the River Pig Saloon is in the newly developed Box Factory between Arizona Avenue and Bond Street above the Old Mill District. It has a Portland vibe as its first location is in the Pearl District in Oregon’s biggest city. Their food is delicious and their giant tables make it perfect for large groups. Happy hour runs from 3pm to 6pm Monday through Friday and also includes food specials, which we highly recommend trying.
4. White Water Taphouse
A more intimate scene, White Water Taphouse is smaller, but certainly doesn’t lack appeal. In addition to their Taco Tuesdays (which you must try), they run their happy hour from 3pm to 5pm if you’re looking for an earlier start to your afternoon/evening. They also have games you can play if you want to make a night of it!
5. 900 Wall
Alright, we have to admit 900 Wall is one of our personal favorites. They’ve been around Bend for a long time and continue to make us proud. Their bar is a great place to spend an evening with one of your holiday-visiting friends to catch up, share some fried green beans and grab one of their delicious drinks. They have happy hour seven days a week from 3pm to 6pm.
6. Immersion Brewing
A neighbor to the River Pig, Immersion sits on the other side of the Box Factory so if you’re already in the area, pop on over to take advantage of their “Hoppy Hour,” which includes $1 off beer, $2 off shareables and $5 well drinks and select wines. It runs Tuesday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm and all day on Monday. Yes, ALL DAY ON MONDAY.
7. Broom Closet at McMenamins
If you can find this sneaky spot, you’ll be so happy you did. The Broom Closet is a hidden bar in the McMenamins hotel just on the outskirts of Downtown. If you make your way there, you have to reward yourself with a drink. The super cozy, tiny atmosphere makes it all the most satisfying. Happy hour goes from 3pm to 6pm Monday through Saturday so make sure you pop in and check it out.
8. Chi Chinese and Sushi Bar
Chi has a welcoming environment with some pretty incredible happy hour options. Their sushi specifically. From 4pm to 6pm Tuesday through Sunday you can soak up all their have to offer at these great prices.
9. The Blacksmith
Another great location just outside Downtown Bend, The Blacksmith has a classy vibe you might want to get a little dressed up for. Although, this is Bend after all, so it’s not necessary. They have a happy hour offered in their bar and lounge only that runs from 4pm to 6pm daily as well as 9pm to close! So if you’re looking for a late night, post-dinner drink, this is the place to go.
What are your favorite happy hour spots in Bend? Let us know!