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It’s 5 o’clock somewhere

With Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant gone, what will be your new favorite happy hour spot?

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  • | 6:00 a.m. July 29, 2015
Lazy Lobster bartenders Mackenzie Flanagan and Courtney Rossler
Lazy Lobster bartenders Mackenzie Flanagan and Courtney Rossler
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With the closing Moore’s Stone Crab restaurant, many locals lost their favorite go-to happy hour spot. However, there are nine additional happy hour offerings on the Key that are open to the general public. Which one will be your new favorite?


The Lazy Lobster

5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive


Happy Hour: 4 to 5:30 p.m.


  • $3.75 house cocktails and wines
  • $2.25 Domestic beer
  • $5.25 martinis, manhattans and call brand cocktails

In addition to its drink specials, the Lazy Lobster offers food specials, including $4 lobster bisque, $11.99 flounder francaise, $12.99 shrimp scampi and $12.99 veal parmigiana.

“We have a great, friendly staff that makes you feel welcome and like family the minute you sit down,” General Manager Erick Flanagan said. “With a ‘Cheers’-like atmosphere and lots of regulars, happy hour has been busy since we opened almost six years ago.”


Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub

760 Broadway St.


Happy Hour: 4 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday


  • $4 well margaritas
  • $2.50 well drinks
  • $2 and $5 draft beer
  • $3.25 house wine

Mar Vista also has an extensive happy hour food menu, with items such as tater tots for $7.99, peel and eat shrimp for $7.99, buffalo wings for $4.50, punta gorda wild hog for $5.50 and terra ceia clams for $5.50.

“It’s just a cool little place,” General Manager Anthony Cucci said. “We got a nice bar, a great staff, good food, and we’re the only one in the Village for now.”



4120 Gulf of Mexico Drive


Happy Hour: 5:30 to 6:30 and 8 to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday beginning Aug. 1


  • $5 house wine
  • $5 house cocktails
  • $5 house martinis

The happy hour also includes half-priced small plates and $19.95 entrée choices, including wild Scottish salmon, crispy pork and pineapple and fish tacos.

“We are very excited to bring this new twist to our happy hours,” General Manager Sandra Wooten said. “The price reduction on the entrees lets our summer guests have dinner at a reduced price, and also maybe some new guests may want to try us out. You will get to experience the culinary delights at a reduced rate.”


Harry’s Continental Kitchens

5600 Gulf of Mexico Drive


Happy Hour: 2 to 5 p.m.


  • $6 martini and cocktail of the day
  • $6 house wines by the glass
  • $6 mimosa, bellini and bloody mary
  • $1 off beer bottles
  • $2 off premium wine by the glass and call and premium liquors
  • $6 well cocktails

The happy hour menu at Harry’s also includes several food selections, such as sweet potato fries for $7, shrimp-cargot for $13, Spanish tapas for $14 and Harry’s famous crab cakes for $15.

“It’s a nice portion for a good price,” General Manager Hal Christensen said. “If you’re on Longboat, we’re a resort-casual type of restaurant, serving very, very exquisite food and cocktails, but you can come in wearing your flip-flops and sarong and feel comfortable.”


Ciao Italia!

5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive


Happy hour: 4:30 to 6 p.m.


  • Buy one, get one free beer and wine

The early dining menu at Ciao Italia features smaller portions from the regular menu and includes soup or salad. Diners can order penne con broccoli for $9.95, baked ziti for $10.95, a 10-inch, one-topping pizza for $10.95, spaghetti and meatballs for $9.95 and chicken parmesan for $12.95.

“It’s quality food at a good price,” owner Carmine Astuto said. “It gives some people a chance to come in and not get such a big meal with our early dining. We’re just serving a good meal at a quality price.”


Bayou Tavern

6814 Gulf of Mexico Drive


Happy Hour: 4:30 to 6 p.m.


  • $2.50 domestic beer
  • $4 house wine
  • $5 well cocktails

In addition to its drink specials, Bayou Tavern offers an early bird dining menu from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. for $12.95, which includes the choice or soup or salad and entrée.

“We don’t have only happy hour for drinks, we also have early bird dining, so it’s a combination of good food, good drinks and good prices,” owner and chef Angelo Chiroli said.


Amore by Andrea

555 Bay Isles Parkway


Happy Hour: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday


  • $6 LBK Rum Runner
  • $6 Sangria D’Amore
  • $6 Classic Cucumber Martini
  • $6 Jim Beam Manhattan
  • $6 Tito’s Your Way
  • $6 Absolut Citrus Scream
  • $6 Amore Red Kiss
  • $6 well drinks and select wines

Amore offers a happy hour bar menu and also a $25 three-course dinner menu with a starter, entrée and dessert.

“The choice between a romantic and cozy ambiance from the fire-side lounge and the outdoor seating on our palm garden patio makes Amore by Andrea the perfect place to meet your family, friends and furry friends for a wonderful happy hour,” Assistant Manager Liana Vitorino said.


Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

412 Gulf of Mexico Drive


Happy Hour: 3 to 6 p.m.


  • $5 house wines
  • $2 to $3.50 draft beer
  • $3.50 to $4 well cocktails

Dry Dock does not offer any food specials during its happy hour, but its location and scenery make it a popular spot.

“It’s the setting and the ambiance,” Dining Manager Stacey Karis said. “It’s where it’s at that makes it so great.”


Chart House

201 Gulf of Mexico Drive


Happy Hour: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.


  • $7 martinis
  • $6 cocktails
  • $5 wines by the glass
  • $4 well spirits
  • $2.50 domestic beer bottles
  • $3.25 draft beer

Chart House’s happy hour menu also includes food dishes ranging from $4 to $7, including $5 lettuce wraps, $5 ahi nachos, $6 Kim Chee calamari, $6 firecracker shrimp, $7 fish and shrimp tacos and $7 prime rib sliders.

We have the great views and patio seating,” General Manager Peter Van Beuren said. “It’s a casual, relaxed atmosphere.” 


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