10 Spots That Offer Healthy(ish) Happy-Hour Options
Unwind and indulge without overconsuming calories.
Left: Columbus Inn's Basil Smash (courtesy of Hayla Delano). Right: Roasted edamame (Fotolia//Jenner).
From lettuce wraps to a quenching Cucumber Smash, these refreshments will safely satisfy your post-work hunger pangs.
Chesapeake & Maine is casual and elegant, and has some great happy hour specials. Pair a Sea Shanty—Dogfish Head Compelling Gin, fresh-squeezed lime juice, simple syrup and SeaQuench Ale—with sweet, smoked salmon served with dehydrated strawberries.
Happy hour: Daily, 4–6 p.m. •• 316 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-3600
With a big happy hour menu for a great price, Big Fish Grill is a great option. The bruschetta—grilled garlic bread, roma tomatoes, onion and basil—pairs perfectly with a cool Bud Light Lime.
Happy hour: Monday–Friday, 4–6 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 3:30–5:30 p.m. •• 20298 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3174
3. Columbus Inn
Order the roasted edamame and wash it down with the Basil Smash, a cocktail made with basil-infused vodka, muddled lemon, elderflower liquor and a splash of club soda.
Happy hour: Monday–Friday, 4–7 p.m.; Saturday, 5–7 p.m. •• 2216 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington, 571-1492
Don’t pass up Red Fire’s flatbread—it’s topped with goat cheese, roasted mushrooms, fennel and spinach. Don’t miss out on the Tequila Fresca—it’s made with José Cuervo, fresh lime and grapefruit Pellegrino.
Happy hour: Daily, 4:30–6:30 p.m. •• 400 Lantana Drive., Hockessin, 235-2600
Munch on Domaine Hudson’s picnic board, stacked with cold cuts, artisan cheese and a seasonal salad. This refreshing dish will complement the London mule—gin, fresh lime and ginger beer.
Happy hour: Daily, 5–7 p.m. •• 1314 N. Washington St., Wilmington, 655-9463
You won't feel guilty at 8th and Union’s happy hour. The Cucumber Smash—made with vodka, cucumber and Thai basil—is the perfect summer sipper. Save room for the mussels—you get a whole pot for $10 every Thursday.
Happy hour: Monday–Saturday, 4–7 p.m. •• 801 N. Union St., Wilmington, 654-0238
If hummus is your go-to healthy snack, stop into Taverna for the hummus crostini. Pair it with the Aperol Spritz—made with Aperol, tonic and Prosecco. It’s bubbly and delicious.
Happy hour: Daily, 4–6 p.m. •• 121 E. Main St., Newark, 444-4334
No happy hour options are complete without Asian food. Try Stingray’s Asian lettuce wraps, made with marinated chicken, water chestnuts and iceberg lettuce. Be sure to pair the wraps with the sake jar.
Happy hour: Daily, open–6 p.m. •• 59 Lake Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-6476
Try the grilled shrimp tacos and de-stress with the Zen Garden—a refreshing blend of gin, grapefruit, fresh lime, orange blossom honey water, cucumber and club soda.
Happy hour: Monday–Friday, 4–6:30 p.m. •• 1225 Churchmans Road, Newark, 366-7577
10. Jam Bistro
With a happy hour that happens every day, Jam Bistro is the place to go for a healthy snack and good time. Pair the tasty oysters with The Ron Kennedy—cranberry vodka, white cranberry juice and club soda.
Happy hour: Daily, 5–7 p.m •• 21 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-5266