Manhattan’s Deli

The Rundown

What: $1 Domestic Drafts and $2 Wells
When: 7pm to 9pm Mon, Wed, Fri
Where: 601 Thimble Shoals Blvd, Newport News, VA 23606

On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Manhattan’s Deli in Newport News offers $1 domestic drafts and $2 wells with soda from 7 to 9pm. I point out the soda because I tried to order a cranberry vodka and wasn’t able to get the deal. They did let me get vodka lemonade, though.

The atmosphere on a Friday night was that of a college bar: loud, dark, crowded, and your drinks come in small plastic cups. Not the right choice if you’re looking for conversation and ambience. If you’re looking to party, you nailed it.

The way I see it, there are two ways you can utilize Manhattan’s Friday happy hour:

1) Liquid Courage for the Dance Floor: Every Friday a live DJ starts around 9pm.   They had tables on the edge of the dance floor, and it didn’t take but 30 seconds after the DJ began for one of the groups at the tables to get up and start shaking it.

2) The Ultimate Pre-Game. Manhattan’s is located conveniently near City Center, which has multiple other bars to hop around. Directly next door and across the street you’ll find Jose Tequilas and Tradition Brewing. Closer to the fountain, you’ve got Salsa’s for latin dancing, Hiyashi for sake lovers, and Boathouse and the Cove for live music. Manhattan’s gives you a great starting point (and small starting tab) for a DIY bar crawl. And for some of us, a few hours of $1 drinks will last us an entire night.

For those of you that want to enjoy cheap drinks but not have to shout at your friends, there are a few quieter tables in the back if you’re lucky enough to grab one. They also have a small patio.

I’ve personally only been to Manhattan’s happy hour on Friday, but according to their website, Monday’s are Kareoke Night.   No matter which night you choose, you’re in for a great deal.

Park Lane – Martini Fridays

The Rundown

What: $5 Martinis
When: All day Fridays
Where: 4200 Kilgore Ave, Hampton, VA 23666 (Peninsula Town Center)

You want to know one of my favorite characteristics in a happy hour? No time limit. That’s why I’m a big big fan of $5 martinis, all day and all night on Fridays at Park Lane in Hampton.

The martini menu hosts a good variety, and all the martinis we tried were good. I personally will be staying loyal to the Smores-Tini: whipped cream vodka and white crème de cacao. Yum! Not only do I find it to be the tastiest, but it also unarguably wins best in show. Look at that chocolate swirl! It even has marshmallows and a graham cracker crust. If you’re a peach lover, the Bellini-Tini is also worth trying.

Disclaimer: If you want to take advantage of this deal, be prepared to wait for it. My friends and I went around 7, and it was about a 40-minute wait. It took around 20 minutes before we were even able to grab seats in the waiting area.   The good news is we were able to order our first round of martinis at the bar and sip them as we waited.

Once seated, we ordered their Fried Brie & Fruit appetizer for the table. I love brie, but it left something to be desired. We ended up asking for a baguette and turned it into a spread. I’ll stick to mozzarella for my deep fry fix.

For dinner, I got their $10 rotating “Panini of the Day”, which that day was Turkey, Cranberry, and Goat Cheese on a baguette. Who knew Thanksgiving tasted so good in the middle of Summer? It came with chips, which I opted to swap for a Caesar Salad for just $1. The meal was delicious, nicely sized, and one of the more affordable entrees on the menu, so I’ll definitely check the daily Panini again on my next visit.

Park Lane has a happy hour special every week day, and most of them last all day. Check out my post for their half-off fish and chips on Tuesdays. You can find Park Lane’s other daily specials here.

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.

PF Changs – The Secret’s in the Seating

The Rundown

What: $6 Cocktails, Wine, and Sake; $4 Craft Beer; $5 and $6 Apps
When: 3pm to 7pm Mon-Fri at the Bar
Where: 12090 Jefferson Ave Ste 1600, Newport News, VA 23606 (Tech Center)

Fun fact: While PF Chang’s happy hour menu clearly states that it is 3pm to 6pm, their happy hour prices are actually good until 7 so long as you’re sitting at the bar.   I don’t know about you, but this makes all the difference for me as someone working the typical 9 to 5 grind.

Everything on PF Chang’s happy hour menu is $6 or less. Drink wise, it offers something for everyone; it includes cocktails, wine, craft beer, and even sake. I personally am a cocktail girl, and so far I haven’t had one here I didn’t like.   My favorites from the current menu are the Blackberry Spice Martini and the Honey Thyme G&T.

If you’re an Asian food lover like me, I recommend the Chang’s Lettuce Wraps.  According to the menu, it’s “a secret Chiang family recipe and our signature dish.”  The flavor is unique, and the portion is generous. For me, it was large enough to call my dinner. I’m also a big fan of the Tempura Calamari and Vegetables: lightly breaded and again, great flavor.

For fellow sushi connoisseurs, I must warn you that the California Roll is pre-made (thus, in my mind… hard, refrigerated rice, although I didn’t test this). I discovered this when I was told I couldn’t have mine without cucumber. Luckily, the same isn’t true for the Spicy Tuna Roll, which I ordered instead and turned out to be pretty good.

Overall, I enjoy PF Chang’s wide selection and distinctive twists on their drinks and eats.

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