Saisaki

The Rundown

What: $5 Martinis and Cocktails, $3 Wells and Beer, $4 Wine and Sake, $6 Shots
When: 3pm to 7pm Sun-Thurs
Where: 101 Regal Way, Newport News, VA 23602

 

What’s better than sushi? Sushi paired with $5 martinis! Or sushi paired with $3 wells and beer, $4 wine and sake, or $6 shots. The choice is yours during Saisaki’s Happy Hour! You can even go for a hybrid and get a “Sake Tini”.

Saisaki Happy Hour Menu, Newport News Virginia

Those who elect to go for martinis have a good number of options and styles to choose from: dry, fruity, sour, creamy. In my experience, a quality you’ll get no matter which you choose is strong. I recommend trying the lychee martini. For those unfamiliar with the fruit (which comes as a garnish), it may not appear appetizing, but I promise, it’s delicious!

Saisaki Martinis, Newport News, Virginia

While the sushi itself isn’t on any kind of special, you can pair your happy hour drinks with all you can eat sushi for $26. Just be careful, as the menu warns that they will charge you a la cart pricing for any sushi left uneaten.

Saisaki Sushi, Newport News, Virginia

For those who haven’t quite warmed up to the idea of raw fish, there’s still plenty of food for you to soak up your happy hour with. View Saisaki’s full menu here.

And really, you don’t even have to eat at all. They have a fully stocked bar tucked away from the rest of the restaurant. Who needs food when you can just sip away inside this neon glow?

Saisaki Bar Happy Hour, Newport News, Virginia

I’ll leave you with this photo of my adorable friend and partner-in-mass-sushi-consumption. Cheers to another great find on our pursuit of happy hour!

Saisaki Happy Hour Cheers, Newport News, Virginia

Second Street Bistro

The Rundown

What: $5 Sangria; $6 and $7 Cocktails; $2 and $3 Beers; $2 off Apps and Pizza
When: Open to 7pm Every Day (Bar/Patio Only) 
Where: 115 Arthur Way, Newport News, Virginia 23602

Second Street Bistro extended their happy hour to start as soon as they open through 7pm, seven days a week. That’s 8 hours of happy hour every day, people! That’s not easy to find, especially on the weekend.

My friend and I went to check it out on a rainy Thursday afternoon.   Happy hour specials are available either at the bar or on the patio. Despite the dreary weather, we elected to sit on the covered patio and enjoy the warm air.

The Vibes 

The environment is what I enjoyed most about Second Street.    Even on a rainy day, it was nice to be outside on their covered patio. String lights and lanterns hang from the ceiling, and we got the honor of sitting right next to the fireplace.   Our waitress pointed at that the rain was good for the garden that’s just off the patio; they grow herbs and veggies, which they use in some of their dishes, including the olive oil they served with bread to our table.

 

The Deals

I compared Second Street’s regular menu with their happy hour menu, and it seems that how good of a deal you get on cocktails depends on your order. For example, the “Whiskey Smash” and “Brown Sugar Margarita” are $7 during happy hour. The Smash is $8 regularly, just a $1 difference. The Margarita, however, is regularly $11.

Beer lovers get the best deals; Second Street has a variety of canned, draft, and bottled beers for just $2 and $3. The (delicious) sangria is also well priced at $5.

As far as food goes, Second Street offers $2 off their appetizers and grilled pizzas. After the discount, the appetizers tend to range from $4 to $8 and the pizzas from $8 to $10.

The Fare 

My company has hosted multiple events at Second Street, so I was already familiar with their food. I’m always excited for the Thai Poppin’ Shrimp and the grilled pizzas, both of which are perfectly cooked and packed with flavor.

Second Street Happy Hour Thai Poppin Shrimp

For this visit, I ordered the Brown Sugar Margarita. I personally didn’t think there was anything special about it and, since it was $7, I will stick to better marg deals elsewhere. The red sangria is a different story. It was so good that we decided to try the white sangria, too. We dubbed red the winner. Both are perfect for summertime sipping.

Overall, Second Street’s prolonged happy hour and patio will keep me coming back.   It’s a great place to share a pizza or two among friends and enjoy a sangria and the breeze.

View the happy hour menu here.

Kroger – Happy Hour Every Hour

The Rundown

What: $4 Rotating Craft Beers, $5 Flights
When: All day, every day
Where: 1017 University Blvd, Suffolk, VA 23435

I recently went to visit my friend’s new apartment in Suffolk. Soon after he’d finished giving me the tour, he said, “Let’s get a drink at Kroger.”

“At Kroger?’”

“Just trust me.”

So, we walked to the shopping center across the parking lot, into Kroger, and through a maze of aisles until we reached… a bar. Yes, a bar in the middle of the grocery store; smack dab in the middle of the wine and the cheese samples.

The bar was busy with what I discovered to be friendly, recurring patrons, there for the frequently rotating taps. While not technically a happy hour, Kroger makes the cut because its regular prices are as just as good. Almost all pints are $4, and they’ll pour you a half pint for half the price. Best of all… a flight of four tasters is only $5! For those who are less for hops and more about the grapes, they also have a rotating wine selection, which you can enjoy by the glass or bottle.

You can find an up-to-date list of the current wine and beer selections here.

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The prices and selection weren’t the only thing I loved about Kroger’s unexpected bar scene. You can purchase anything in the store at the bar and enjoy it on the spot with your beverages. We purchased crackers, sausage, and a variety of cheeses from the $5 or less bin and had ourselves an indoor picnic. I advise you to bring your own cutlery or be ready for a workout! Parmesan and sausage logs aren’t easy to cut with plastic knives from the salad bar.

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If you feel you need a better excuse than a cheap drink to drive to Suffolk, make a day out of it.   For one, you’ll find yourself on the same strip as Ross, Michaels, Ulta, and DSW. But keep those receipts! I have learned that drinking and shopping can be a dangerous combination for the wallet. 😛

Hours and address here.

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