Our picks for the best in Orlando happy hours!
Dine and drink at a fraction of the regular price during happy hour at one of Orlando’s many restaurants and bars. From elevated pub grub to delicious gourmet small plates, these local eateries go all out with food specials to pair with specially priced cocktails. Here are our favorite Orlando happy hours:
The Orlando outpost of this well-loved chain, located on Sand Lake Road in the bustling dining district dubbed Restaurant Row, offers a daily Sizzle, Swizzle & Swirl happy hour from 4:30-7pm in the bar area. Everything on the happy hour menu is $9, from the gigantic USDA prime burger to the crisp and light Gin Basil Smash cocktail.
International Drive’s reputation as a tourist mecca isn’t inaccurate, but locals keen to avoid the crowds are missing out. Served daily from 4-7pm, Tony Roma’s happy hour includes $5-$6 cocktails, $5 well drinks, $2.50-$4 draft beer, and a selection of $5 bites.
Budget friendly and Disney Springs may not seem to be a likely pair. But with a little research and planning, there are a surprising amount of inexpensive activities to enjoy alongside affordable eats. Served in the bar and lounge area (high top tables only) Monday-Friday from 3:30-6pm and Thursday-Saturday from 10pm-close, happy hour at STK Orlando includes $2-$8 plates, half off specialty cocktails, and $10 Justin Cabernet and VieVitè rosé.
While most date nighters may think of The Melting Pot as a go-to for special occasions (and it certainly is), happy hour invites you to treat any ordinary weeknight as a special occasion. Served in the bar area Monday-Friday from 5-7pm at the Orlando location, happy hour is your ticket to indulge for just $19/person. This price includes your choice of cheese fondue to share, a salad, and your choice of any chocolate fondue to share. The drink special is inventive and playful: roll a dice to determine your drink price (more on that later). Plus, there’s live music Wednesday-Friday nights. And a free photo booth!
A multitude of high-quality restaurants, fun monthly events, and proximity to Lake Eola Park make Thornton Park a no-brainer for date night. But if you’re on a budget, happy hour is an affordable alternative to a fancy dinner. Served from 4-7pm, Menagerie’s happy hour includes $7 cocktails and wines by the glass, $5 draft beers and a selection of $6 small plates.
Park Avenue may get all the attention when it comes to dining in Winter Park, but nearby Orlando Avenue is a tasty alternative with new restaurants opening frequently. One such newcomer is The Hangry Bison, a local hangout in Winter Park Village specializing in beer, bourbon and burgers. Happy hour, cleverly renamed Hangry Hour, is served Monday – Thursday from 4-7pm and Friday from 4-6pm. Provisions include a selection of $6 appetizers alongside nine drink options ranging in price from $3-$8.
Don’t be fooled; International Drive isn’t all tourist attractions and chain restaurants. While this stretch of Orlando is popular with tourists, there’s plenty for us locals to enjoy, including lively restaurants like Tapa Toro, a Spanish restaurant located within walking distance of fun date night activities. During happy hour, served daily in the bar area from 3-6pm, you and your date can feast on nine tapas selections priced at $2 – $7 each while sipping half-priced drinks like red and white sangria, beer, and house wine.
An unmarked elevator door in an unassuming passageway is the only clue you’ve located Pharmacy, a stylish speakeasy bar and restaurant located within The Dellagio in Dr. Phillips. Arrive early to snag a coveted table and take advantage of the restaurant’s weekly happy hour deal. During happy hour, served Tuesday-Thursday from 5-6:30pm, the entire dinner menu (sans dessert) plus a selection of craft cocktails are offered for half-off the normal prices.
Shared food and other key ingredients like artful details and multiple dining rooms to suit several moods have no doubt led to the popularity of Santiago’s Bodega among date nighters. Served at the Orlando location daily from 4-6pm and again late night from 11pm-1am, happy hour at Santiago’s Bodega includes half off sangria (normally $6), wines by the glass, draft beer and single well pours; and a rotating selection of five $5 tapas.
With a specialty in seafood, this restaurant offers a refined date night experience in the spacious dining room with a subtle fish market feel and an outdoor patio for a casual rendezvous. Served Monday-Saturday from 5-7pm and Sunday from 5-9pm (kudos), the happy hour menu is akin to a full-fledged dinner menu with a raw bar, an assortment of sushi, soups, salads, appetizers and entrees, plus beer, wine and cocktail specials.
This restaurant in Winter Park never goes unmentioned when discussing amongst friends the best restaurants in Orlando, and it’s a multiple-time winner in the Best Moderately Priced Restaurant category of our Annual Date Night Awards. Served Monday-Friday from 4-6pm, the happy hour menu includes 3 of Prato’s signature pizzas priced at $10, 3 Italian small plates priced at $5-$9, 5 cocktails priced at $7 each, and a selection of beer and wine priced at $3-$6.
Situated on the corner of Park Avenue and E New England Ave in Winter Park, Luma on Park is one of those restaurants you’ve got to visit for date night at least once. Now you can experience this Winter Park dining hot spot on a budget, too, thanks to the newly launched happy hour, dubbed “Luma After Work.” Served in the bar and lounge area Monday-Friday from 4-6pm, happy hour includes a selection of seven bar snacks, six cocktails, wines by the glass, and select draft beers priced at $5-$9 each.
Unlike other vegan and vegetarian restaurants with menus comprised of plant-based but not exactly healthy food, The Sanctum stays true to its “Real, Damn Good Food” slogan with a menu of wholesome, nutritious offerings that even the most passionate carnivores will devour. The weekly happy hour, cleverly renamed “Zen Hour,” is the ideal time to get acquainted with owner Chelsie Savage’s delectable creations.
Sand Lake Road in Dr. Phillips certainly lives up to its “Restaurant Row” nickname with its impressive stretch of amazing restaurants, most of which offer excellent happy hours. Happy hour hopping is the perfect opportunity for a progressive date night experience that will also allow you to acquaint yourself with a handful of Restaurant Row’s best eateries, all in the span of a few hours. We’ve put together two separate itineraries for you, highlighting some of our favorite Dr. Phillips happy hour destinations.
Fellow seafood lovers, rejoice! Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen & Bar is one of the latest additions to the bustling strip of N. Orange Ave in Winter Park, a fast-growing district home to favorites like Buttermilk Bakery, The Bear and Peacock Brewstillery, Foxtail Coffee, and Create Your Nature.
The interior of Rasa may be small, but it packs a serious swanky punch with moody lighting, a secluded private dining room, upbeat music, and natural details. Apart from the Malaysian street food inspired lunch and dinner menu, Rasa’s happy hour is also a welcome addition to the roster of Dr. Phillips restaurants serving generous happy hour drinks and fare.
Happy hour hopping in Orlando’s ‘Restaurant Row’ provides a distinct atmosphere (and fare) from one restaurant to the next. One moment you’re in an upscale brasserie, the next you’re feasting on fresh sushi in a bustling patio. You’ve got endless choices, but Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi hovers slightly above the rest.
Imagine a classy dining space where velvety blue cushioned seats double as dining booths, Frank Sinatra serenades “The Way You Look Tonight” in the background, and dark wood walls lined with glass cases of books and vintage finds create a dreamy atmosphere reminiscent of stepping back in time. Savory flatbreads, crafted cocktails, skillet mussels, and a variety of other menu selections are the icing on the cake.
Winter Park has a sophisticated air about it: European influences, higher end restaurants, specialty boutiques, and manicured gardens all contribute to a beautiful city that can also cost a pretty penny for date night. But upon further inspection, wallet-friendly eats in an inviting atmosphere await discovery. Case in point: happy hour at Boca Winter Park on Park Ave.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse on International Drive has certainly mastered the art of first impressions. Immediately upon walking in the door, you’ll be greeted by a large chandelier, classy decor, and temperature controlled two-story glass walls filled with a seemingly endless variety of wine bottles. While the modern atmosphere and top-notch steaks are noteworthy, the new high-end happy hour, Del’s at Dusk, will also leave a lasting impression.
A mainstay at Pointe Orlando for over a decade, The Oceanaire Seafood Room has been a longstanding favorite for couples looking for a posh seafood restaurant in the Orlando area. White linens, doting service and an eye catching fresh seafood bar are all hallmarks of the Oceanaire experience, but so too is its daily happy hour, which is suitably renamed Admiral’s Hour.
The Stubborn Mule is the newest addition to the Thornton Park foodie scene, located where Sonoma Kitchen used to reside. The brainchild of co-owners Brian Buttner and Jonathan Canonaco, also the co-owners of RusTeak Restaurant & Wine Bar in Ocoee and College Park, this New American restaurant features hand-crafted mule cocktails, approachable food and an extensive cocktail, beer and wine list.
Take your pick from a huge selection of food and drink specials in Winter Park Village, where eight different restaurants stand ready to please your palate while going easy on your wallet.
There’s something about the layout and aesthetic of Shari Sushi Lounge that makes it so inviting to hang out for a few hours. Whether you’re seated in the lounge, on the patio, at the sushi bar or in the dining room, it feels like every space was created to give you permission to escape the chaos of your life. Make such an escape during the daily happy hour at Shari, served Monday-Friday from 4-7pm, Saturday from 3-7pm, and Sunday from 2-7pm.
Located on New Broad Street, Seito Sushi opened in 2005 and is still bringing in the masses. Owner Jason Chin, who also opened Osprey Tavern across the street, breathed new life into Seito when he added Executive Chef Austin Boyd to his team. The food, which has always been well-regarded, has garnered some buzz lately, and so I stopped by to give Seito’s happy hour menu and izakaya menu a test drive. Seito Sushi’s happy hour drink menu is offered Monday through Friday from 5pm to 7pm and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 7pm.
Nestled on Park Avenue is a Japanese fusion restaurant that’s fast becoming an area favorite for sushi, sashimi and robata. Umi in Winter Park, which opened in February, also offers a stellar happy hour Monday through Friday from 5-6:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12-3 pm. The happy hour food menu is only offered Monday through Thursday 5-6:30 pm.
A stellar selection of drinks and dishes are featured during happy hour, which is offered Tuesday through Sunday from 5pm to 6:30pm at the expansive bar overlooking the immaculate exhibition kitchen, as well as throughout the dining room.
Held from 3pm – 7pm at the Winter Park location on Orange Avenue, this daily affair features $3 domestic drafts, $4 glasses of select wines and $4 premium wells. In addition, you can also choose from a selection of four Start/Snack/Share specials priced at $5 each.
Happy hour at RusTeak is served Monday through Saturday from 4pm-7pm and from 10pm-11pm. There is a huge bar area with barstools, tables for two and tables for four. It’s likely the area gets a little crowded on weekend nights so if you’d rather be seated in the dining room, know that you can order happy hour drinks and apps their too, an option that’s virtually unheard of in this town. Normally happy hour is a ‘bar only’ affair.
We visited recently for the Inn’s happy hour, which is offered Monday through Friday from 4 to 7pm in the lobby bar and outdoor patio by the courtyard lawn.
Which of these Orlando happy hours are you going to check out?