Happy Hour is a place to vent daily frustrations and unwind, a time to reconnect with friends and coworkers you don't mind seeing beyond the boundaries of Cubicle Land. It's is also the ideal time to score a deal on your favorite gustatives and gulpables. Although my work scenario has me behind a kitchen prep station rather than a desk, I can appreciate HH just the same. For this feature, I'll hop bar by bar to HHs across the area and report back to Meal Ticket every Tuesday.
If you've been to this week's featured HH, tell us about it in the comments. I want recommendations for future trips, too!
Let's delve into it at Friday Saturday Sunday's Tank Bar.
WHERE YOU AT?
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First off, shoutout to Meal Ticket reader Justin Manne
for putting us on to this dealage.
Above the main dining room of Friday Saturday Sunday
(261 S. 21st St.) rests Tank Bar
, undoubtedly named for the large aquatic centerpiece sitting between the liquor shelves. Flower vases, mirrored walls and dim lighting provided by strings of white bulbs draped from the sheet-cloaked ceiling and blue fluorescent rays streaming from the tank could make for a very sensual experience. I popped by with friends who recently tied the knot, but managed to escape feeling like the third wheel despite the vibe. Roughly 15 people can stool up at the bar, and there are also two tables on a raised section in the back of the room, plus a handful of stools by two mirror-side ledges sizable enough to hold a few drinks and a snack.
WHAT'S THE SCENE?
The newlyweds and I sat down next to a construction site project manager toting a hard hat and ordered a few beers (two Valeir Extra
drafts, one La Fin du Monde
bottle). Two young guys sat opposite us sipping martinis. For a while it was just the six of us , hen a young, enamored couple walked in, followed by a few older gentlemen dragging their briefcases. We all had front-row seats to a feeding frenzy, too, as the bartender waved shrimp around in the tank. (It seems every creature eats well here.) A smooth, eclectic mix played at the discretion of the barkeep. Very relaxing.
WHAT'S THE DEAL?
Any beer, drink, martini or wine by the glass is half off
during Tank Bar's happy hour, which runs weekdays from 5:30 to 7:30
. You must sit in the bar for this deal, and close out your tab there, as well; any tabs transferred to downstairs dining will do a Cinderella-at-midnight thing and change back to regular price. Although our hard-hatted friend tried to tempt us with a chocolate raspberry truffle martini
, we drank Valeir for the duration, with one Fin du Monde
and one Lindemann's Peche
. Other tap choices included Spaten Lager
and Eel River