Traverse City Happy Hour Hot Spots

The Traverse City food and drink scene is brimming with happening Happy Hours—discover your own new favorite watering hole from our Traverse City Happy Hour Hot Spots guide. (Note: specials are subject to change!).

Right Brain Brewery

A short drive from downtown, Right Brain Brewery is quirky and inviting. At just $4.25 for a pint, you should be able to swing a house-made waffle burger (yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like — a burger sandwiched between two waffles) to go with.

Monday through Friday – 3 pm to 6 pm: $4.25 pints (excluding premiums)

Bistro FouFou

A French bistro located on Cass near Front Street in a former firehouse, this is an intimate place to catch up with friends. Order a glass or two of wine and split some classic French appetizers.

Monday through Friday4 pm to 6 pm: $3 for any of the following: French wine, French beer, frites, olives, or deviled eggs.

Blue Tractor

This casual, old-school American restaurant is a great place to grab a beer to wash down an order of macaroni and cheese or a pulled pork sandwich. And, if it’s that kind of Sunday, $1.50 Bloody Marys can’t be beat.

Monday to Friday – 3 pm to 6 pm: $3 Pints and bottles, $5 Classic Pizza and Slider Baskets. Sunday: $1.50 Bloody Marys, Mimosas and Screw Drivers


Located on the banks of the Boardman River, Firefly offers a different and enticing special each day. Don’t miss their sushi and martinis.

Everyday Open to 7 pm

  • Monday: 1/3 off small plates
  • Tuesday: 1/2 off sushi
  • Wednesday: Ladies Day, Happy Hour priced drinks from open to close
  • Thursday: 1/2 off Martinis and Mojitos
  • Sunday: $5 Wine pours

North Peak

Occupying a former candy factory this restaurant is known for  burgers, white cheddar ale soup, and, of course, beer. Sit outside on the patio or in their exposed brick interior if it’s a bit chilly.

Everyday from 3 pm to 6 pm: $1 off all alcohol, appetizers and pizzas


Belly on up to the bar at this restaurant tucked into downtown’s venerable Park Place Hotel and order up a Happy Hour special (available only at the bar.)

Monday to Friday – 4 pm to 6 pm and 9 pm to 11 pm, Sunday – 2 pm to 6 pm: $2 pints – Labatt’s Blue and Miller Lite, $3.75 premium/craft pints, $2.50 well drinks, $3 House Made Bloody Mary’s, $3 Smirnoff drinks, $4 Minervas Private Label Wines

The Parlor

Kitty-corner from Firefly, The Parlor serves up distinguished drinks in a relaxed, yet upscale setting. The lounge is set in a restored warehouse (notice the ancient nails/coat-hangars jutting out of support posts) on Lake Avenue, and it shares the building with Om Cafe.

Everyday – 3 pm to 7 pm: Half off all food and drink offerings.

Red Ginger

This modern, downtown Asian restaurant (reopening the last week of July, 2014) is is the perfect place to start your night out on the town. The sushi and martinis are not to be missed..

Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays) – 3 pm to 6 pm: Reduced prices on small plates and sushi, $7.50 Martinis, $4 Well Pours

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