Before July, happy hour wasnt a very happy time in Kansas.
While after-work crowds in other states were enjoying discounted food and drink specials, Kansas bars and restaurants were bound by a 25-year-old law that allowed them to reduce prices only if they did so for the entire day.
But state legislators voted to loosen state liquor laws, and on July 1, happy hour came to Kansas sort of. Although they were allowed to offer specials during specific hours, it took bars and restaurants a while to decide what types of specials would be most beneficial.
Five months later, happy hour is getting happier all the time. A long list of bars and restaurants now offer food and drink specials during the late afternoon and late evening hours, and managers say the specials are popular with customers.
Here is a list of some of the happy hour specials being offered by several of Wichitas noted bars and restaurants.
Do you know of a great special not listed here? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org so it can be added to a list on the restaurant blog, Dining with Denise (blogs.kansas.com/dining).
Food and drink specials
Abuelos, 1413 N. Waterfront Parkway, 316-634-2230: The Mexican restaurant offers appetizers such as $2 chili con queso, $3 guacamole and $5 chicken quesadillas, plus discounted drinks such as $2.50 Dos Equis drafts and house wines and $3.50 margaritas from 3 to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close Sundays through Fridays.
AVI Seabar & Chophouse, 135 N. Waco, 316-262-3300: Customers who visit the upstairs bar from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays can get half-price appetizers plus $2.50 well drinks, $1 off glasses of wine and $2 beer of the day.
Bonefish Grill, 10250 E. 13th St., 316-315-0299: From 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, the restaurant offers $5 bang bang chicken, $5 bang bang tacos and more. Every day of the week during the same time period, the restaurant also offers half-price well drinks, $3 house wines and $1 off draft beers.
Hana Cafe, 325 N. Mead, 316-267-3766: The Old Town Square sushi restaurant offers half-price sushi and $2 Blue Moon beer from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
Newport Grill, 1900 N. Rock Road, 316-636-9555: The restaurant offers specials from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Among them: $2.50 domestic beers, $6 glasses of house wine, $5 specialty cocktails and martinis, and $3 off appetizers.
Old Chicago, 300 N. Mead, 316-264-2057; 7700 E. Kellogg, 316-685-3111; 2240 N. Tyler Road, 316-729-0002: From 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 p.m. to midnight Sundays through Thursdays, the restaurant offers specials such as $1 off pints of draft beers, $4 house wines and $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon tall boys. It also offers pub pizzas for $3 and select appetizers, such as the famous pepperoni rolls, for $5.
P.F. Changs, 1401 N. Waterfront Parkway, 316-634-2211: The upscale Chinese restaurant offers discounted appetizers, such as dim sum and lettuce wraps, plus wine, speciality cocktails and beers for $6 instead of the usual $9 from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Shorty Smalls, 12111 W. Maple, 316-773-0900: From 4 to 8 p.m. daily, the restaurant and bar offers specials such as $2 pints on Sundays and Tuesdays and $6 pitchers on Mondays. It also serves a list of appetizers for half-price or less.
Drink specials only
Felipes, 2241 N. Woodlawn, 316-652-0027 : The Mexican restaurant offers half-price margaritas and half-price beer pints from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, plus half-priced Corona and Corona light beers from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. on Fridays.
Heroes, 117 N. Mosley, 316-264-4376. The popular Old Town bar has rotating drink specials offered from 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. An example: $2.25 margaritas on Mondays.
Margaritas Cantina, 3109 E. Douglas, 316-682-2299: The bar offers different drink specials from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, such as $2.25 margaritas on Mondays and $3.50 Long Island iced teas on Tuesdays. A second happy hour from 6 to 9 p.m. offers specials such as $3 Coronas on Mondays and Wednesdays and $3.50 margaritas on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Pump House, 825 E. Second St., 316-262-7867: The bar offers $2 Bud Light, Coors Light and Miller Light bottles plus $2 wells from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
River City Brewery, 150 N. Mosley, 316-263-2739 : The Old Town brew house offers $2 pints and $2 wells from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. On Fridays, it offers a wheat beer plus a shot for $5 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria, 8815 W. 13th St., 316-440-2885: The bar has $2 pints from 2 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 p.m. to midnight Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.