Three first-rate happy hours for discount drinks and bites

BURNTWOOD TAVERN

Last but certainly not least is Burntwood Tavern, whose newsworthy happy hour I’ve featured in Ticket several times before.

Happy hour here is daily from 3 to 6 p.m., making it an excellent stop pre- or post-movie on the weekends. Burntwood is rustic-chic inside, and the barroom has — in addition to bar and table seating — a couple of choice conversation areas with sofas and chairs.

During happy hour, the entire menu of starter items is half-price, which makes them $3 to $6.50 apiece. They are: white bean chicken chili, fried pickles, prime rib chili, chicken sliders, tavern tater tots, black bean hummus, zucchini fritters, blackened shrimp tacos, deviled eggs, firecracker shrimp, tavern chips, angus beef sliders, calamari, sashimi tuna nachos and chicken quesadilla. I’ve had 90 percent of these and can vouch for their winning flavor, presentation and value. Also half-priced at happy hour are three flatbreads (Sicilian, margherita, avocado chicken).

Similarly winning are the $5 cocktail specials during happy hour. All of the specialty cocktails are included at this price, among them a Moscow Mule, Old Fashioned, dirty martini and sangria. I’ve enjoyed the Mexican Grapefruit, with tequila, St. Germaine and grapefruit juice; Dark & Stormy, with rum, ginger beer, lime juice and mint; Adult Rootbeer, with Jameson, Kahlua, root beet and chocolate milk, and dessert-like Thin Mint Martini, with mint chocolate chip moonshine, Baileys and cream. Also during happy hour, bottles of beer are $3, and house wines are $4 a glass.

Burntwood Tavern, 4320 Everhard Road NW, Jackson Township, 234-209-9746, www.burntwoodtavern.com.

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