Dining Guide: Happy hour (and after hours) food and drink deals

HATTRICKS 107 S Franklin St., Tampa; 813-225-4288. hattrickstavern.com

Happy hour at Hattricks runs 7 days a week from 4-8 p.m. and reprises from 10 p.m. until close, offering discounted buckets of beer, two-for-one premium wells, $1 off all import drafts, $1.50 Bud Light and Miller Lite drafts, and wings for 50 cents a pop.

MACDINTON'S 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa; 813-251-8999. macdintons.com

How else do you think they attract the college crowds? By offering cheap drink specials every day of the week. $2 Tuesdays: $2 Sam Adams and Smirnoff vodka flavors after 7 p.m.; Thursdays: $1 Miller Lite drafts, $4 Jack Daniels, $5 Patron; but "Crazy Happy Hour" is by far the best deal with a $10 open bar from 9-11 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6-8 p.m. on Fridays (see website for more weekly deals).

MALIO'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 400 N Ashley Dr., Tampa; 813-223-7746. maliosprime.com

Have a classy evening out on a budget with Malio's $5 Happy Hour, Monday through Friday from 3-7 p,.m. Everything is $5, including some choice spirits, house wines by the glass and 5 different small plates, including the Malio's Burger, shrimp any style and the tower of hand cut onion rings. Bonus: they serve bacon as a bar snack.

MARCHAND'S BAR AND GRILL 501 5th Ave NE, St. Pete; 727-894-1000. marchandsbarandgrill.com

Who says you have to spend a fortune to eat at a fancy restaurant? Marchand offers a discount sushi and sashimi bar menu with an array of sushi and maki rolls from 5-8:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.

RED MESA CANTINA 128 Third St. S., St. Pete; 727-896-8226. redmesacantina.com

Partake in great drink deals at the Lucha bar, Monday through Thursday, from 7 p.m. until close. Bring your loose change for "Flippin' Wednesdays" where you flip a coin and if you call it, they buy it.

SIDEBERN'S 2208 W. Morrison Ave., Tampa; 813-258-2233. sideberns.com

Yes, most people go to Sidebern's and drop some serious dough for their fresh, artful cuisine (which is well worth it), but now you can dine there on a budget. From 5 until 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, indulge in $5 "bar bites", which include beef tartare and Peekytoe crab cakes; ; $6 artisinal cheese plates; $5 wines by the glass and classic cocktails, like the Old Fashioned; and $3 craft and import beers on draft.

On a budget or just plain cheap? Here are some great happy hour (and after hours) food and drink deals around the Bay area.

CAFE ALMA 260 1st Ave. S., St. Pete; 727-502-5002. cafealma.com

Two-for-one drinks and half price tapas every day from 4:30-6:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, happy hour starts at 4:30 and lasts until close, with half priced tapas and wine by the glass.

CHAPPY'S LOUISIANA KITCHEN 247 Central Ave., St. Pete; 727-896-5118. chappyslouisianakitchen.com

Weekdays between 4 and 7 p.m., Chappy's not only offers two-for-one wells, domestic drafts, house wines, and $5 Long Island Iced Teas, but they also throw in a free buffet to boot.

COOTERS RAW BAR 423 Poinsettia Ave., Clearwater Beach; 727-462-2668. cooters.com

Worth the trip to Clearwater Beach for 50 cent oysters, shrimp and wings, plus $1.25 drafts, and half priced wells and house wines, from 4-6 p.m. daily. Late night happy hour consists of $7 pizza, $3 chips and salsa, $1.50 drafts and $3 wells, from 10 p.m. to close.

FLEMING'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 4322 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa; 813-874-9463. flemingssteakhouse.com

Offering the “5 For $6 ’Til 7” bar menu, featuring 5 appetizers, 5 premium cocktails and 5 wines by the glass — each only $6 until 7 p.m. every day. Try the Bikinitini with the beef tenderloin carpaccio and sweet chili calamari.

GEORGIE'S ALIBI 3100 3rd Ave N., St. Pete; 727-321-2112. georgiesalibi.com/stpete

Whether you're on the porch, in the sports bar or on the dance floor, you can imbibe to your heart's content on the two-for-one cocktails and drafts from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Great nightly drink specials as well: Thursday's $3 Long Island Iced Tea nights are not to be missed.

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