Fin Seafood – Mixology Mondays

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What: Two Craft Cocktails for $10
When: Monday Evenings (Bar Area Only)
Where: 3150 William Styron Square N, Newport News, VA 23606 (Port Warwick)

Mixology Monday may be my favorite Hampton Roads happy hour. It’s an indecisive and adventurous craft cocktail lover’s dream. Each Monday evening, the bartender concocts two new cocktails that are not available on the every day menu and patrons in the bar area can enjoy both for $10 total.

Matt, the usual Monday Mixologist, is charismatic and passionate about his creations, which makes the experience all the more fun. From the presentation to naming the drinks, he puts thought into every detail.

Sometimes you can get a peek of the drinks of the day on Fin’s Facebook page or Matt’s Instagram, but more often than not you’ll have to go and find out yourself. Here’s an example of a Mixology Monday I recently partook in:

Drink 1: “Blind Tiger”
Alvear Sherry, Cynar 70, Hazelnut, Black Walnut, Brut Sparkling, Orange Oil

Fin Seafood Happy Hour Mixology Monday in Newport News

Drink 2: “Rest your Chest”
Brugal Extra Dry Rum, Fresh Watermelon, Lime, Chamomile Rosemary Runny Honey, Kaffir Lime Tincture, Soda

Fin Seafood Happy Hour Mixology Monday in Newport News

So go play some cocktail roulette! You won’t be disappointed. The drinks are always creative and always delicious.

$5 Movies on Tuesdays

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What: $5 Movie Tickets
When: All Day Tuesdays
Where: Cinemark in Newport News City Center (11810 Fountain Way Suite J, Newport News, VA 23606) and AMC in Hampton (1 Towne Centre Way, Hampton, VA 23666)

 

Every Tuesday, Cinemark Movie Theater in Newport News’ City Center and AMC Movie Theater in Hampton offer $5 standard movie tickets all day and night (3D, IMAX, and other special theaters have upcharges).

Both offer reserved seating, luxury recliners, and bars with drinks you can take into the theater. However, I prefer Cinemark for two reasons:

  1. Cinemark doesn’t require you to be a member to buy $5 tickets. For AMC, you’ll need to be an “AMC Stubs Insider” member; it’s free, but still an extra step.
  2. Cinemark allows you to bring food and drinks from its two neighboring restaurants (MyPi Pizza and Neo Kitchen & Bar) into the theater to enjoy during your movie, which allows for a better variety of options and pricing. Depending on your show time, you can get any specialty pizza at MyPi for just $6! If you’re in the mood for drinks, the theater lobby shares a space with Neo. You’ll always find moviegoers killing time before their showing at the bar. My favorite Neo combo is a beer flight and calamari, although it’s not the easiest thing to transport.

Now, one thing that AMC does have going for it is its close proximity to Dollar Tree in the same plaza. You know what I’m getting at here, people.

No matter which theater you choose, it’s a great deal given that evening movie ticket prices have reached doubled digits.  So the next time you see a good movie trailer and want an affordable date night, family night, or night out with friends, plan for Tuesday!

Manhattan’s Deli

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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.

Saisaki

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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

MyPi

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What: $6 Personal Pizzas
When: Open to 6pm Mon-Fri
Where: 11810 Fountain Way J, Newport News, VA 23606 (City Center)

 

All week I’ve been looking forward to sharing my favorite $6 pizzas with my fellow happy hour lovers. So, after work I headed to MyPi in Hampton’s Peninsula Town Center, the closer of two locations for me. But to my dismay, the building stood dark when I arrived and the cute orange bike that usually greeted me outside was nowhere to be found.   That’s when I learned the Hampton My Pi location is permanently closed. ☹

After mourning this fact, I Googled to make sure both MyPi locations weren’t closed. Thank goodness, this wasn’t the case. So, to Newport News I drove. That is how dedicated I am to bringing you guys the best deals in the area (and how badly I didn’t want to cook dinner tonight).

MyPi Newport News Happy Hour Pizza

Monday through Friday from open to 6, MyPi offers any of their signature personal pizzas for just $6; the 9-inch pizzas (the only size they offer) regularly run from $8 to $12. Here are your options:

MyPi Signature Pizzas

I opted for my personal favorite, the Hawaii Pi-O. Yes, I’m on team pineapple.

MyPi Hawaii Pizza Happy Hour Newport News

You can dine in, carry out, or if you’re in the mood for a movie, you can take your pizza to the Cinemark theater next door and enjoy your pie in front of the big screen. I love to grab a pizza and a flight of beer at Neo, another restaurant that shares a space with the theater, for my movies. No matter where you choose to consume, it’s a great deal on some delicious food!

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.

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