April 15: Happy Hour Before the Final Hour

It’s April 15. Uncle Sam wants his money and whether we anticipate a refund check or a hit to our checking accounts we know one thing’s for certain: We need a drink. And a cheap drink at that.

Lucky for us, happy hour seems to have been invented for occasions such as these. Discounted drinks and cheap eats; there’s nothing better to get the reluctant tax payer spending again.

There’s no need to feel like we can’t enjoy the finer things (or maybe now that we’ve filed our taxes we can), which is why happy hour at The Hog Island Oyster Company is right up our alley. $3.50 pints and $1 oysters means we’ve still got some class even if we’ve lost some cash.

Of course, since it’s likely we won’t be going on a Hawaiian vacation anytime soon it seems like a hike up to the Tonga Room is the perfect opportunity to really forget our troubles. For $9.50 and the price of one drink we get to indulge in all we care to eat of the delightful Pacific Rim buffet (back for seconds on the Kalua pork and wontons with coconut dipping sauce). But aside from the all-you-can-eat enchantment, the indoor thunder and lightening storm provides great entertainment without having to pay for a floor show.

But being in the heart of a city during tax time can seem like a cruel joke so in order to stay away from shopping districts we’re ready to head out to The Public in SOMA. Kicking back in this cool wherehouse-cum-Resto-Lounge we’ll get through the night with $2 beers, $1 well drinks and a $5 food menu to help us take full advantage of the drink specials. Happy hour is from 5:30 to 7:00, but The Public knows how to take care of its public and offers “Happier Hour” that runs late night.

With so many watering holes to drown or sorrows our celebrate our good fortune, we’re damn happy for happy hour today.

The Hog Island Oyster Company [MenuPages]
The Hog Island Oyster Company [Official Site]
Tonga Room [MenuPages]
Tonga Room [Official Site]
The Public [MenuPages]
The Public [Official Site]

Photo: By This Year’s Love [Flickr]

April 15: Happy Hour Before the Final Hour