- January 30, 2015
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.
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
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
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.
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.”
5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Happy hour: 4:30 to 6 p.m.
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.”
6814 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Happy Hour: 4:30 to 6 p.m.
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
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.
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.”
201 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Happy Hour: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
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.”