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The Ten Best Happy Hours in Delray Beach

Happy hour. Every establishment selling adult beverages has one. It's that glorious magical hour (or three or four) when drinking away the stress of the day gets a little cheaper — which makes you a little happier.

In South Florida — with its laid-back, tourist-friendly culture — there are so many happy hours to choose from, it can almost get stressful trying to decide where to unwind. Right now, one of the best cities (in our opinion) to do happy hour is Delray Beach, where you can get everything from half-priced apps to a three-for-one drink deal.

So, here it is, folks: the complete guide to the best happy hours in South Florida's best little city by the sea.

10. City Oyster
213 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-272-0220, or visit cityoysterdelray.com.
At City Oyster, happy hour equals happy pairs. Well, that might be the best way to go, because for three hours every day, patrons at the bar get two-for-one on all drinks (even craft cocktails). Pair that half-priced beverage with a platter of oysters. During happy hour, take $1 off any oyster available that day, a rotating selection of East and West Coast bivalves. Happy hour takes place daily from 4 to 7 p.m. (at the bar only).


9. Buddha Sky Bar 
217 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-450-7557, or visit buddhaskybardelraybeach.com.
When it comes to happy hour in Delray Beach, there's probably no better deal on the avenue than Buddha Sky Bar, where some of the bar's best light bites can be ordered for less than $10 a plate (think spicy tuna rolls, chicken teriyaki skewers, and crab rangoon). The happy-hour menu also has a great deal on the bar's best drinks, so you can wash it down with a $5 specialty cocktail like a rum daiquiri or black-cherry vodka collins. There are also $5 wines by the glass and $4 Asian imported beer. Happy hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. daily.

8. Cut 432
432 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-272-9898, or visit cut432.com.
At Cut 432 off Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, it's not happy hour. It's social hour. That means plenty of schmoozing and canoodling going on here with $5 cocktails like the house mojito (Bacardi silver, fresh mint, and pressed lime juice) or the blood-orange margarita (Corazon silver tequila with Solerno, lime juice, and agave); $3 house wine including Vista Point pinot grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet; $4 seasonal rotating draft beer; and $4 house mixed drinks (choose from Pearl vodka, Bacardi rum, Bombay gin, Dewar's scotch, Corazon tequila, and Jack Daniel's whiskey). Hungry? Of course you are. For $5 each, you can also order some of the best bar bites off the avenue, including pancetta Brussels sprouts, deviled eggs, ceviche, oysters Rockefeller, or the chef's fish dip — just to name a few.

7 . Salt 7
32 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-274-7258, or visit salt7.com.
This modern-style venue with outdoor lounge seating and a high-energy bar is the perfect place to see and be seen for happy hour. The regular menu serves steaks and sushi, but every afternoon, you can get minisized versions of some of Salt 7's best stuff (like filet mignon bites, sushi tacos, sushi pizza, and raw-bar items) for $4 to $7. As for drinks: Choose from a variety of wine by the glass — rten in all, with selections like Fiver Rivers Cabernet Sauvignon to Cupcake Sauvignon blanc — for just $4 a glass. Fancy a martini instead? The Key lime pie or cointreaupolitan ring in at $4 too, while draft beer is $3 and well drinks $5. Happy hour is daily from 3 to 7 p.m.

6. Lemongrass Asian Bistro
420 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-278-5050, or visit lemongrassasianbistro.com.
Get everything from chicken gyoza, sashimi, and steamed pork dumplings to edamame and a California roll at Lemongrass Asian Bistro. The happy-hour menu offers 13 small plates priced $3 to $8 each. Then wash it all down with some booze. If you like martinis, Lemongrass might be your new favorite happy-hour spot. The restaurant offers 15 happy-hour martinis, including a lychee or lemongrass martini, lemon drop, Cosmo, or mojito. Our favorite: the Japanese white peach, a combination of vodka, white-peach liqueur, and a splash of cranberry juice. You can also get house selections of wine by the glass priced $4 to $6 as well as house well mixed drinks for $6 each and beer like Kirin Ichiban or Singha for $4 each. Hot and cold sake are $5 to $7. Food and drink specials are available only at the bar, but luckily it's a pretty big bar. Happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. daily.

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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