5 Bars, Breweries, and Restaurants You’ll Want to Visit for Happy Hour

From sophisticated jazz to bright and breezy restaurant spaces, check out Grand Rapids Chair’s top happy hour recommendations.

By GR Chair

Restaurant bar with set of Sherman Stools.

From barcade style "foodertainment" to cocktails with a side a caviar, we've got something on this list for YOU! Come along for this little tour of places to grab drinks all around the United States.

1. The Getaway Brewing Co in Dublin, OH

This brewery is taking you on a journey to good beer and relaxation. With a super fun travel motif in the design, you'll be greeted at The Getaway Brewing Co by clocks displaying local times at a variety of world destinations. You can gaze out at far away canyons from the bar, or peer through plane windows with other gorgeous global scenes. Sit back and enjoy the ride with delicious cocktail or a brew right from the tank. Lean into a comfy lounge chair under a glass roof and enjoy some natural light while you socialize or find a communal table with plenty of room for all your favorite people.

Beers include hoppy IPAs, ales aged in barrels, dark lagers, and more, all bearing fun names that evoke that travel vibe. They have a wide array of cocktails ranging from fruity and tropical to tea based CBD infused mixes. Wine and seltzers are also available, as well as snacks like charcuterie.

Want to book a private flight with friends at the Getaway? Their glass greenhouse area is available for private events, too.

Set of Alfred Bar Stools at restaurant bar.

2. GRNoir in Grand Rapids, MI

Looking for something with a little bit of sophistication and culture? GRNoir is a wine and jazz bar dripping in Bordeaux shades of purple red, velvet textures, and brassy details. Perfect for wine connoisseurs and those looking to learn more about wine alike, you're going to love the selection GR Noir has curated. This Black-owned business purposefully selects their wines from sustainable and women or Black-owned vintners, emphasizing that wine culture should be accessible to all. Listen to magic of live jazz music while exploring the rich world of viticulture in an environment that welcomes everyone.

On the menu, they offer small plates that include lobster bisque, spicy fried shrimp, crispy brussels sprouts, and brisket sliders.

Sherman Barstools, Brady Backless Stools; Photography by Erin Holsonback / In Indoor Lady LLC

3. Dropkick Cocktail Bar and Kitchen in Austin, TX

This sleek restaurant is surprisingly bright and breezy for all the dark finishes and those plush dark blue velvet curtains. Full of natural light from windows that take up the whole wall, an afternoon stop for a bite and a drink at Dropkick is sure to be a treat. Between 3 and 6 draft cocktails and wine, and beer are all half off, including their super cute hibiscus cosmo and the Pinthouse Electric Jellyfish Hazy IPA.

Snack on chips and salsa, elote, and more for a small bite, or order something more substantial like a burger or pan con chicharron. They've also got a substantial list of ceviche and antichucos to peruse.

Restaurant and bar featuring green brady chairs.

4. Punch Bowl Social in San Diego, CA

This bar and restaurant provides what they call "foodertainment." What used to be a famous boxing marquee now contains bowling, shuffleboard, karaoke, arcade games, and bocce ball. Play darts, ping pong, and giant scrabble all in one place. Plus all of this is in a super sleek and design-forward space that gives it that adult vibe. There's two whole floors of games, seating, and lounge areas for you to explore!

Happy hour at Punch Bowl Social is Monday through Thursday 4-6pm. During that time their featured punch, Tom Collins, whiskey sour, classic daquiri, margarita, draft beer, house spirits, and select wine are all only 5 dollars each! Enjoy 2 dollar carnitas, 6 dollar chips and queso, and more!

If you head on over to their website you can do a virtual tour of the space so you you can see the full range of activities and seating available before you even arrive. Check it out here!

5.  Little Palm Bar in Charleston, SC

This bar and restaurant located in the Ryder Hotel  in Charleston describes itself as "A breezy daytime café and cocktail bar gives way nightly to a lively, spirited environment featuring fresh, sessionable drinks and seasonal, ingredient-driven dishes." Sit poolside at Little Palm Bar and enjoy drinks like a Love Letter which is made of Barsol Quebranta Pisco, El Dorado 3 year Rum, Lime, Coconut, and Ube. Or enjoy a frozen drink like the Green Light which features Sauvignon Blanc, Pear Brandy, Honey Dew Melon, and Aloe Vera.

Food options include a variety of local seafood and sweat treats.

That's all for our cross country Happy Hour tour! If you try out any of these fabulous bars and restaurants, tag us on Instagram at @grchair!

If you love fun bars like Punch Bowl Social, you might also love Electric Feel Good in Houston. Check that fabulous spot out at this link!