Happy Hour at the Truffle Table: Chairman of the Cheese Board

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Chris Utterback
Sure, Rob and Karin Lawler know cheese. The Truffle Cheese Shop on 6th Avenue became a foodie destination with the two forces of the Lawler's friendliness and their knowledge of good cheese and practices. But is it easier to go from being a cheesemonger to a dinnermonger than it is to make that a word? The Truffle Table, a casual charcuterie restaurant with an unconventional happy hour, manages to set itself apart from the LoHi hustle.

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A Happy-Hour State of Mind at Lower48 Kitchen

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Chris Utterback
Lower48 Kitchen has gotten a lot of attention for refined food served in an accessible way. The "Each" menu, with small bites on offer for only a few bucks apiece, helped capture our imagination and snag Westword's Best New Restaurant award this year. In ideology and presentation, this approach isn't too different from happy hours seen all across the city -- but Lower48 has its own surprises in store, taking its complex approach to New American cooking and adapting it for the after-work crowd.

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Linger Debuts a New Fall Happy Hour -- Where Everything Is $5

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Photos by Emily Grossman
Even though the endlessly acclaimed Linger does beaucoup dinner business, Executive Chef Justin Cucci says happy hour is vital to his culinary mission. "I think it's the gateway drug for restaurants. People come and "smoke" a little happy hour so they can go on to the harder dinner drugs," he says. "You get to sample the atmosphere and decide if you want to come back."

You can sample Linger for yourself with the restaurant's new happy hour menu, where almost everything is five dollars.

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Happy Hour at La Cour: Bohemian Rhapsody

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Danielle Lirette
True sophistication can be in short supply at happy hour. We usually go for early evening snacks and drinks for a taste of what a restaurant has to offer, not for an all-consuming experience. La Cour Bistro & Art Bar, a French restaurant with a distinct lack of pretension, offers class without fussiness. If cheap eats, good wine and accordion music all sound good, then perhaps La Cour will be your little bohemian slice of South Broadway.


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Happy Hour at The Corner Office: Working Overtime

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Chris Utterback
The Corner Office shouldn't work. It's over-active, over-designed, over-achieving. Its menu covers dozens of different cuisines, from Greek htipiti dip to fish tacos. There are disco balls in the bathrooms.

But rather than being a vile yuppie wonderland, the Corner Office is interesting and satisfying. Its happy hour, running from 3 to 6 p.m. and with additional drink specials from 9 to 11 p.m., has been famous since the eatery's opening in 2007. Like a good assistant, it often pops up with fun activities, like the Sexy Momma Disco Brunch. It even dresses up for the holidays with a now-traditional take on Thanksgiving dinner. I went to measure the worth of the Corner Office's bread and butter -- but then again, that would be too pedestrian for this place.

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Happy Hour at Old Major: Animal Charm

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Mark Manger
To a restaurant, happy hour is many things: a way to fill up the slow early afternoon hours, an effort to build a loyal following in the neighborhood, and a means of offloading cheap food and liquor stock. But how do places with a holistic approach to cooking and dining adapt to happy hour? How do they please patrons who want value and convenience at the same time they demand quality ingredients and craftsmanship?

Old Major, Justin Brunson's ode to nose-to-tail eating in Highland provides a way forward, with a happy hour menu that makes its own identity. But -- shhh -- don't tell anyone.

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Happy Hour at FATE Brewing: a Fateful Encounter

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Chris Utterback
The onset of winter sent me scurrying for a dark beer -- and I wasn't alone. Boulder's FATE Brewing Company was packed to the rafters with everyone from high-fiving bros to families with little kids. Lots and lots of little kids. What secret sauce is FATE squirting to get a full house during single-digit temperatures outside? Happy hour -- going on from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday -- held the answers.

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Getting (Red) Sauced at Bar Red's Happy Hour

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Chris Utterback
Just around the corner from lavish CY Steak in the Diamond Cabaret -- which to my relief and chagrin, does not offer a happy hour -- is Cliff Young and his son Zachary's other concept, Bar Red. Until recently known as BaRed, the restaurant revamped its menu and changed its focus to classic-ish Italian. Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., Bar Red also offers happy hour with $5 drinks and small plates. With its secrets bared, did Bar Red have me red in the face -- with joy? Or was I forcibly BarRed from the premises? (OK, I'll stop.)

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Happy Hour at McCormick's: Defending the Champ?

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Back before LoDo was stuffed with happy hours pushing all manner of liquids and solids, McCormick's Fish House and Bar -- an outpost of the McCormick's and Schmick's empire that opened in the Oxford Hotel in 1987 -- was legendary for its cheap time, when everything was $1.99. And that included a burger and fries that was renowned as the best deal in the area. Today the prices are much higher and McCormick's is part of colossal seafood conglomerate Landry's, but the franchise was still named best happy hour in America last year by The Daily Meal and USA Today. Does this old standby still have the goods, or has it been shown up by its spunky neighbors?

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Happy Hour at La Biblioteca: Study Hard

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Alex Dodd

Despite the name, La Biblioteca, the tequila bar next to Zengo and Riverfront Park, is not an ideal place for study. It's a sexy library of agave-based -- rather than paper-based -- knowledge, with more than 300 tequilas, mezcals and other liquors. The sort of people who drop hundreds of bills on esoteric tequilas might not be interested in the restaurant's happy hour, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, but for me it was certainly an education.

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