Happy Hour in Truckee

In Truckee, happy hour is a great way and opportune time to get to know a restaurant or bar without the burden of committing to an all-out meal. Plus, it's a strategic way to avoid the crowds during peak hours, while getting better acquainted with a restaurant. Not to mention, the drink and food specials. Read on for Truckee's happy hour options. You have a lot to choose from!

Cottonwood (Sunday – Thursday, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the bar, and all night on Thursdays)

At Cottonwood, you’ll enjoy special pricing on wines by the glass, draft beers, martinis, and a specialty cocktail. The latter is their trademark, a $6 French Margarita, using Herradura silver tequila, along with all your usual Margarita ingredients, but also with Cointreau and Grand Marnier for that French twist.

Truckee Tavern and Grill (Daily at the bar from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., and in the kitchen, from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

Happy hour drink specials at Truckee Tavern (header and photo below by Andria Gutierrez) means $1 off draft beer, specialty cocktails, and glasses of wine, while well drinks are $5. Truckee Tavern's happy hour food menu includes a wedge salad, BBQ wings, half-pound cheeseburger with fries, and house pasta. What’s more, vinos will enjoy Wednesdays here, thanks to 10% off all bottles of wine, $1 off all glasses of wine, and $2 oysters (quantity limited), available all night. On Thursdays, it’s Burgers and Beers Night. Get $2 off any one of their signature burgers and $1 off any beer.

Pianeta (Sunday - Thursday, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

At Pianeta, enjoy discounts at the bar on glasses of house wine for $5 each, a selection of cocktails for $6-$7 and appetizers for $4-7 each. However, you'll just have to sit at the bar to take advantage of Pianeta's happy hour menu. Also, be aware that happy hour isn't available on holidays. 

MakiAli (Monday - Friday, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

MakiAli has one of Truckee's most popular happy hours, thanks to their generous happy hour menu, which sometimes is as much as half-off the regular price of food and drinks. Reservations aren't available, so be prepared to do your due diligence by going early to accommodate wait times.

FiftyFifty Brewing Company (Monday - Friday, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.)

Enjoy discounts on local brews and appetizers at FiftyFifty Brewing Company every weekday. It's a great way to wind down from the day, enjoying some food while sampling all the different styles of beer this local joint has to offer -- right at the source. Don't miss the award-winning Eclipse barrel-aged stout.

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Old Town Tap (Monday - Friday, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

At Old Town Tap, enjoy discounts on several different tasty appetizers ranging from $2 - $10 each. Additionally, they feature $4 wine, $3 draft beer selections, $2 canned beer selections, a $6 cocktail, and $5 boilermaker (that's a beer and a shot). Thanks to their generous happy hour menu, you'll find plenty of delicious ways to kick off the rest of your night at the bar at Old Town Tap.

Bar of America (Monday – Friday, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

You'll always find a festive vibe at Bar of America (pictured below by Russell Preston), which also happens to have a very generous happy hour. They offer half-off all food on the bar menu, as well as discounts on draft beer, wine, margaritas and more.

Photo by Bar of America

Mellow Fellow (Monday - Friday, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., and on Tuesdays, half-off all sausages after 6 p.m.)

Get your beer fix in the early evening at Mellow Fellow, where you'll get $1 off most draft beers from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. What's more, if you stay past happy hour on a Tuesday, you'll get 50% off all orders of their artisanal sausages. Because there's nothing better to pair your beer with than some creatively tasty links.

Esther is a freelance writer, avid snowboarder, food enthusiast, worldwide traveler, and occasional musician based in Los Angeles. Whether on the mountain or off, she is always looking for the best places to eat and drink in the vicinity. Her writing career began with a food blog over ten years ago and she has since contributed to the L.A. Times, Eater, Discover LA, Thrillist, GOOD Magazine, Time Out, and more. Follow Esther on Twitter and Instagram.