Blame it on the recession or our enlarged livers, but Bend has a happy hour scene that rivals most towns two or three times our size. It seems you can't turn around in downtown Bend without running into a drink special or a discount appetizer. But where to find the deal that's right for you? That's our job. Our forthcoming Happy Hour guide contains the most comprehensive rundown of Central Oregon's libation liberation. More than 100 happy hour hours in all. Look for Thirsty: The Source's Happy Hour Guide in our July 29 issue. Meantime, here's a sampling of some of the listings. You can find more at tsweeklychow.com by following the Happy Hour link. - EF.
We might be blowing this secret, but Joolz has a great happy hour that actually goes all the way until 9pm - if you stick around the bar area. There's a slew of $5 food options including Fish and Fries, as well as a delicious Baked Brie. $5 cocktails, $4 select wines and $3 draft beers. 4-9pm here. 916 NW Wall St.
From the slick, padded walls of the elevator as it takes patrons down below street level to the post-modern, au natural motif - a stylish nod to the Pacific Northwest - 10 Below is one of the sexiest places to dine in Central Oregon right now. Happy Hour: Daily 2-6pm. Drinks: $3 drafts, $5 wine, cocktail specials. Food: $4 vegetable tempura, $5 landsliders two ways, $2 edemame. 10 NW Minnesota Ave.
Perhaps the most bang-for-your-buck happy hour in the Old Mill, Anthony's features classic cocktails (cosmos, manhattans, margaritas, lemons drops) for a mere $3, as well as $3 drafts and $5 wine. The food menu includes some excellent seafood options like crab dip and oyster shooters, among others. 4-7pm. 475 SW Powerhouse Dr.
Flatbread Community Oven
This Old Mill District pizza, pasta and salad institution makes a great spot to grab a drink after (or during) your shopping outing with $3 drafts and $5 premium well drinks and wine options, in addition to flatbreads pizzas and appetizers. 3-6pm daily. Fri-Sat 9pm-close.
In the rear of this longtime Bend eatery is the Bamboo Room, which has recently been remodeled and features arguably the most affordable happy hour in town. They've got $2.50 well drinks and $2.25 draft beers, as well as a deal that lets you buy any two items from the bar menu. Mon-Fri 4-6pm, Sat-Sun 3-6pm.
Up in Northwest Crossing, La Rosa has you set up for a budgeted Mexican dining option with its Amigo Hour. Expect $4.95 premium margaritas and $6 dishes like tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas and more. 1-4pm, 9pm-close daily.