80+ bars and restaurants for specials on sips and bites around Baton Rouge

Additional reporting by Olivia Deffes

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere. Actually, make that 3 o’clock. Or even … 11 a.m.? Happy hours start early in Baton Rouge, and they are plentiful.

Like eager kids waiting for the bell to ring at the end of a school day, workers around town plot their off-the-clock socializing. At last, rotating frozen margarita machines signal sweet, slushy relief as colleagues conspire on the patio at Superior Grill. Dates transpire in moo­­­­­­dy, dimly lit bars like Hayride Scandal. Glasses perspire as friends chatter at Olive or Twist.

It’s all happening. Because happy hour is about more than saving a dollar on draft beers. It’s a ritual. And with so much chaos in the world, it’s one we need.

To compile this guide, we called, texted, DMed and digitally stalked as many Baton Rouge bars and restaurants around town as we could for intel on their current happy hour specials.

A few housekeeping things to keep in mind while reading: First, there’s more where this comes from. This is not an all-inclusive or comprehensive list of every single special in town, though we tried to capture as many as possible. If you know of one we missed, we’ll keep updating the digital version of this feature at least through December, so shoot us an email at [email protected].

Second: Menus are ever-changing, so be sure to call to confirm happy hour specials before you go to the bar.

Most importantly, don’t be afraid to try something new. Venture across town. Change up your drink order. Chat with a bartender. Invite out that new coworker. Break a ritual to build a new one. This is your hour. Make it a happy one.

18 Bar at 18 Steak

777 L’Auberge Ave.

When: Tuesday-Saturday, 4-6 p.m.

What: Happy Hors D’oeuvres Hour, with bites starting at $8

Agile Brewing

14141 Airline Highway, Suite 4J

When: Wednesday-Friday, 2-6 p.m.

What: $1 off all beer pours

Barracuda Taco Stand

2504 Government St.

When: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.

What: $6 classic margs, $3 beer, $5 nachos, $5 queso and chips and $5 Crunchies (3 basic tacos)

Beausoleil Coastal Cuisine

7731 Jefferson Highway

When: Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m.

What: $5 select craft beers, wines and happy hour cocktails (including old fashioneds, Moscow mules, French 75s, classic hummingbirds and martinis), plus discounted bites

Beloved at Zeeland Street

2031 Perkins Road

When: Wednesday-Saturday, 5-7 p.m.

What: Rotating specials on cocktails, mocktails, wine and beer

Bengal Tap Room

421 Third St.

When: Monday, all day, and Tuesday-Friday, 3-7 p.m.

What: $3 wines, $5 cocktails, $5 double wells and $1 off beers

Bin 77

10111 Perkins Rowe

When: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

What: $4 select beers and $7 select cocktails and house wines

Bistro Byronz

Multiple locations

When: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.

What: Bon Temps Hour including $4 petite vodka freezes, draft beers, house wines by the glass, well cocktails and select appetizers


304 Laurel St., #1B

When: Wednesday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.

What: $10 wine flights on Wednesday; half-off wine glasses on Thursday; $7 classic cocktails on Friday

Blue Corn Tequila & Tacos

7673 Perkins Road, Suite A5

When: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.

What: $6.50 small frozen margaritas, $7 wines and discounted draft beers

Boudreaux and Thibodeaux’s

Editor’s note: As of press time, the bar was planning to move to 333 Third St.

When: Friday, 5-9 p.m.

What: Drink specials and live music

Brasas Peru

7520 Perkins Road, Suite 100

When: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.

What: $3 domestic beers, $5 organic margaritas and $6 pisco sours


2963 Government St.

When: Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m., and Sunday, all day

What: Free arcade games

Brickyard South

174 South Blvd. 

When: Monday-Wednesday

What: $3 Jameson and half-off domestics on Monday; ladies nights with $5 martinis, $2 Avión tequila and half-off seltzers on Tuesday; service industry specials and more on Wednesday

BRQ Seafood & Barbeque

10423 Jefferson Highway

When: Monday-Saturday until 6 p.m.

What: $5 house wines and $3 beers, plus $5 cocktails from 4-6 p.m.

The Bulldog

4385 Perkins Road

When: Monday-Friday, 2-7 p.m.

What: Select doubles for the price of a single, $5 house wines, 50 cents off pints and $1 off pitchers

Capital City Grill

100 Lafayette St.

When: Monday-Friday, 2-6 p.m.

What: $2 off house cocktails, half-off domestic beers and $4 house wines

La Carreta

Multiple locations

When: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.

What: $5.50 margaritas, plus other specials that vary by location

Cheba Hut

411 Ben Hur Road, Suite A

When: Monday-Friday, 4:20-7:10 p.m.

What: $1 off house beers; specials vary by night (ie., trivia on Tuesday)

City Slice Pizza

124 W. Chimes St.

When: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.

What: $3 doubles, half-off wine, $1 off pints, plus service industry specials

City Pork

7327 Jefferson Highway
18143 Perkins Road E.

What: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.

What: Half-off cocktails, house wine and beer

The Chimes East

10870 Coursey Blvd.

When: Daily, 4-7 p.m.

What: $1 off draft pints


445 N. Sixth St. 

When: Daily, 3-6 p.m.

What: $8 wines, $1 off drafts and
$3 off wells

Cypress Coast Brewing Co.

5643 Government St.

When: Tuesday

What: $5 select pints and other specials that vary by day

Dark 30

151 Third St., Suite B.

When: Daily, 4-7 p.m.

What: Specials vary by day, like service industry nights on Monday, 30% off wine bottles on Wednesday and $12 specials Thursday and Sundays

Drago’s Seafood Restaurant

4580 Constitution Ave.

When: Tuesday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.

What: 50% off drinks (bar seating only)


2854 Kalurah St.

When: Monday-Saturday, 3-7 p.m.

What: $1 off drinks, plus specials that vary by night, like $6 martinis on Wednesday

Elsie’s Plate & Pie

3145 Government St.

When: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.

What: Half-off craft bottles and cans, house wines and signature cocktails

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

7321 Corporate Blvd.

When: Sunday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m.

What: Social Hour shareable bar bites and $9 craft cocktails

George’s Place

860 Saint Louis St.  

When: Tuesday-Thursday, 4-7 p.m., service industry specials on Monday

What: $3 beers and $4 wells, plus more specials that vary by day

Gilla Brewing Company

13025 Highway 44, #108-109

When: Daily, 4-7 p.m.

What: Specials vary by day, including BOGO Mondays, $10 flights on Tuesdays and more

The Gregory’s happy hour specials

The Gregory

150 N. Third St.

When: Daily, 2-7 p.m.

What: $5 draft beers, $6 wines, $10 cocktails, $15 charcuterie and more

Happy’s Irish Pub

136 Third St.

When: Daily, 3-6 p.m.

What: $2 off margs and select cocktails and $1 off drafts and wines

Hayride Scandal’s happy hour drinks

Hayride Scandal

5110 Corporate Blvd.

When: Daily, 4-7 p.m., all day Sunday

What: $8 craft cocktails, $5 select beers and $8 wines

Istrouma Brewing

5590 Bayou Paul Road, St. Gabriel

When: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

What: Specials and times vary by day, like Golden Hour Happy Hour on Thursday with half-off of Golden Retriever beer, margaritas and the appetizer of the day

Ivar’s Sports Bar & Grill

2954 Perkins Road

When: Daily, 6-8 p.m.

What: $2.50 domestic beers and $3.50 White Claws. Other food and drink specials rotate, including $5 burgers on Monday; 75-cent wings on Wednesday; and more

Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar

315 North Blvd.

When: Tuesday-Thursday, 4-7 p.m.

What: $1 off drafts, $3 domestics, $5 wines and margs, $6 flavored margs

KOK Wings & Things

1509 Government St., Suite D

When: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.

What: $20 beer buckets, $7 lemon drops and $5 frozens, plus discounted bites

The Library Wine & Provisions

7530 LA 44, Suite 103, Gonzales

When: Tuesday-Friday, 4:30-6 p.m.

What: Social Hour $9 small plates, $8 cocktails and $15 wine flights

LIT Pizza

Multiple locations

When: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.

What: Discounted wines and beers

The Lost Cove

5625 Essen Lane

When: Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.

What: $1 off draft beers, $8 cocktails and $9 bites

The Main Lobby

668 Main St.

When: Monday-Friday until 7p.m.

What: $8 cocktails’

Mason’s Grill

13556 Jefferson Highway

When: Weekdays, 3 p.m. until close

What: $2 off select drafts, wines, wells and calls, plus food deals like wings for 75 cents on Thursday

Mid City Beer Garden’s winter cocktails

Mid City Beer Garden

3808 Government St.

When: Sunday after dark

What: $2 off wine, specialty cocktails and apps, $4 wells and $5 “Gold Star” specials

Mid Tap

660 Arlington Creek Centre Blvd., Suite D

When: Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. What: $7 cocktails (old fashioneds, martinis, margaritas, Moscow mules, French 75s and gin and tonics),
$4 domestic pints and $5 craft pints

Modesto Tacos Tequila Whiskey

3930 Burbank Drive

When: Tuesday-Friday, 2-6 p.m.

What: Half-off house margs, drafts and wine glasses, plus $10 dip trios

Mother’s Lounge

143 Third St.

When: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday

What: Specials vary by day, including $5 martinis and doubles on Thursday

Olive or Twist

7248 Perkins Road

When: Sunday-Monday, all day; Tuesday-Saturday until 7 p.m.; plus reverse happy hour Friday-Saturday, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

What: Specials vary by day, including BOGO drinks on Monday, $5 burgers on Tuesday and more

Our Mom’s Restaurant

250 W. Lee Drive

When: Daily, 2-6 p.m., and Sunday all day

What: Rotating specials, like half-off craft cocktails and $2 off drafts

The Overpass Merchant

2904 Perkins Road 

When: Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.

What: $1 off domestic bottles, $7 drafts and discounted doubles

Pelican to Mars’ $8 happy hour cocktails include drinks like the Strawberry Daiquiri, Margarita Spritz and Jungle Bird.

Pelican to Mars

2678 Government St.

When: Daily, 4-7 p.m.

What: $8 specialty cocktails, $19 wine carafes and $2 Natural Lights

Phil’s Oyster Bar

4335 Perkins Road

When: Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-close

What: Specials vary by day, including $1 raw oysters and $2 draft beers on Monday and $2 sliders and $2.50-$3.50 beer bottles on Tuesday

Pizza Art Wine

7673 Perkins Road, Suite C1

When: Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 5-9 p.m.

What: Specials vary by day, like half-off select wine bottles on Tuesday

Proverbial Wine Bistro

9659 Antioch Road, #105

When: Tuesday-Friday, 2-6 p.m.

What: Half-off wine and beer, $6 French 75s and $8 old fashioneds

The Radio Bar

3079 Government St., Suite B

When: Daily until 7 p.m.

What: Specials vary by day, including $2 PBRs Monday-Wednesday

Red Stick Social

1503 Government St.

When: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., plus reverse happy hour 10 p.m.-close

What: $4 domestics, frozen margs, wells and house wines, and $5 bites

Restaurant 1796

7747 Highway 61 St. Francisville

When: Monday-Saturday, 4-5 p.m.

What: $9 specialty cocktails, $4 draft beers and half-price wine pours

The River Room

222 Laurel St.

When: Monday-Thursday, all day

What: Specials vary by day, like $7 classic cocktails on Tuesday and half-off wines on Wednesday

Rocca’s happy hour


3897 Government St.

When: Tuesday-Friday, 2-6 p.m.

What: Half-off select beverages and pizzas (margherita, cheese, pepperoni and four cheese), plus discounted bar bites

Rock-n-Sake Bar & Sushi

3043 Perkins Road, Suite A

When: Tuesday and Thursday, all day

What: $6 select cocktails, wine and hot sakes on Tuesdays and half-off bottles of wine on Thursday

Rock Paper Taco

166 W. Chimes St.
7242 Perkins Road

When: Daily, 10:30 a.m-7 p.m.

What: $2 off margs and $1 off beer, plus kids eat free on Wednesday

Rouj Creole

7601 Bluebonnet Blvd., #100

When: Tuesday-Thursday, 2-6 p.m., and Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

What: Half-off apps and drafts, $6 select wines and cocktails (old fashioneds, French 75, spritzes, and gin or vodka martinis) and $7 daiquiris, mules and lemon drops


18811 Highland Road

When: Friday, 2-6 p.m.

What: Half-priced beer, wine and cocktails


4205 Perkins Road

When: Tuesday, 4-9 p.m.; Wednesday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

What: $6 drinks and $5 bites, with specials varying by day


7246 Perkins Road

When: Daily, 3-6 p.m.

What: $3 beers, $6 select cocktails and wines and $9 premium wines

Soji: Modern Asian

5050 Government St.

When: Tuesday-Sunday, 5-7 p.m.

What: $7 cocktails and wines by the glass, $3 beers and $5 Soji Bombs

Spoke & Hub

5412 Government St.

When: Monday-Friday, 2-6 p.m.

What: Half-off wine and classic or specialty cocktails and $2 off drafts

Squeaky Pete’s

326 Third St.

What: Tuesday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.

When: Half-off beers and wines, two-for-$12 apps, $5 Stoli vodka doubles and other specials that vary by night


107 Third St.

When: Wednesday-Friday, 2-6 p.m., and Saturday-Tuesday, 4-6 p.m.

What: $3 off select cocktails and wines, half-off beers and $7 martinis

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

5252 Corporate Blvd.

When: Monday-Thursday, 3-6 p.m.

What: $7 bites and cocktails

Superior Bar and Grill

Multiple locations

When: Monday-Sunday, 3-6:30 p.m.

What: Two-for-one margs, mixed drinks and drafts and $4 wines

Tallulah Crafted Food & Wine Bar

7000 Bluebonnet Blvd.

When: Wednesday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.

What: Half-off wines on Wednesday; half-off drafs on Thursday; half-off specialty cocktails on Friday

Tap 65

515 Mouton St.

When: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.

What: 20% off beer and wines on tap, 30% off bottles of wine, $8 frozens, $7-10 cocktails, plus food specials that vary by day

Tin Roof Brewing Co.

1624 Wyoming St.

When: Wednesday-Friday, 4-6 p.m., Sunday, noon-8 p.m.

What: $1 off select pints

Thai Kitchen

4550 Concord Ave.

When: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

What: $1 off beers, hot sake and wines, $4 off wine bottles, plus other rotating specials vary by day

Tsunami Sushi

100 Lafayette St.

When: Tuesday-Friday, times vary

What: $6 martinis, $5 select wines, drafts and sakes, $4 wells, plus sushi and sashimi discounts

Umami Japanese Bistro

3930 Burbank Drive

When: Monday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m.

What: Two-for-one drafts and house wines, $4-5 small plates and rolls, $5 sakes and $5-6 cocktails

Uncle Earl’s

3753 Perkins Road

When: Wednesday-Saturday, 4-7 p.m.

What: $3 drafts, $4 bottles and $5 doubles

Zea Rotisserie & Bar

2380 Towne Center Blvd.

When: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 11 am.- 5 p.m.

What: $1 off beers, other specials vary by day

Zee Zee’s

2943 Perkins Road

When: Tuesday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.

What: Half-off select drafts and apps

This article was originally published in the December 2023 issue of 225 magazine.