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Richmond’s Best Happy Hour Deals And Eats

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at VCU chapter.

Virginia Commonwealth University resides in the middle of the city of Richmond, which is known as a foodie city. With college students reaching the age of 21 and enjoying brunch, they start to seek out restaurants that offer a wonderful thing called happy hour. Luckily for college students and foodies, there are so many different bars and restaurants that offer amazing bang-for-your-buck happy hour deals.

Fat Dragon Chinese Kitchen & Bar

Fat Dragon offers multiple Asian-inspired dishes varying from dumplings to ramen and noodle bowls. Happy hour is from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Their daily specials include $1 off of draft beers, bottles and cans, as well as select cocktails and appetizers being only $6. Weekly specials are Monday is industry night, Tuesday is free tonic, Wednesday is wine night, Thursday is extended happy hour until 8:00 p.m., and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are Kick the Keg.

Can Can Brasserie 

Can-Can is a French brasserie located in Carytown. They offer various food items, such as soups, sandwiches, salads, seafood, and more. My favorite is the restaurant’s Croque Madame and a side of fries. Happy hour is from 5 to 7 p.m. Specials change depending on the day. However, some everyday deals include half price on shrimp cocktails and $2 raw oysters. 

Galaxy Diner

Galaxy Diner is a diner-style restaurant that offers a wide range of popular foods in America including breakfast, sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, and much more. Galaxy Diner also offers drink specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Weekday deals include $3 drafts and rails and $2 PBRs. On Sundays, they offer $3 Bloody Marys and mimosas.

Blue Habanero

Blue Habanero is a family-owned bar and restaurant. They offer Mexican-style dishes such as street corn, carne asade, tacos, quesadillas and Taquitos. The street tacos and the chips with queso are to die for! Happy hour is every day from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. They offer $5 lime margaritas, $7 Flavored, Cadillac, Octopus, and Spicy Mango Margaritas and $10 signature margaritas. 

Capital Ale House

Capital Ale House is a restaurant that offers craft beer. From Monday through Friday, happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Specials include $2 off draft beers, $3 off highballs, featured wine, house specialty cocktails, Bavarian pretzels, Belgian fries, loaded fries, sweet potato fries, fried pickles and 5 count wings. Capital Ale House also has late-night happy hours on Sundays through Thursdays from 9 p.m. to close. Deals include half-off appetizers and $5 off daily specials. Each day during a late-night special also offers particular discounts for that day of the week.

Wong Gonzalez

Wong Gonzalez is an Asian and Latin fusion restaurant. As a result, they provide customers with a unique culinary experience. Happy hour is on Tuesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6p.m. Specials include $1 off of all beer, wine by the glass, and $6 house margaritas and well cocktails. On Tuesdays, they have a special called Taco Tuesdays where all tacos are 50% off. 

Richmond has hundreds of restaurants, grills and bars to explore. As a result, there are a bunch of places to decide where to spend your happy hour. Happy eating!

Chelsea is a senior Broadcast Journalism major at Virginia Commonwealth University and a new member of the HerCampus editorial team. She spends much of her time studying, passionately watching musicals, singing, and acting. Chelsea graduates in May 2024 and wants to move to New York City or California to pursue her professional career.