306 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-832-0077
Hours: Mon.–Thurs., 4–6:30 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 5–6:30 p.m.
The Goods: For a light little bite that doesn’t sacrifice choice, pair your cocktail with the roll combo at Kai After Dark. Half-size rolls are available in signature combos, including the Sex and the City and the Miami Vice.
The Deal: $6.50
2144 E. Republic Road, Springfield, 417-799-9387
Hours: Mon.–Sat., 4–6 p.m.
The Goods: Tuesdays are the night to head to Reverie because happy hour lasts all night long. In addition to drink specials, the carnitas-filled tacos are only $3 each. Do yourself a favor and order two.
The Deal: $6.00
314 W. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-862-4444
Hours: Mon.–Sat., 4–6 p.m.
The Goods: Tucked beneath Flame Steakhouse is the Red Room, and you can get a lot of Flame’s signature prime meats and seafood downstairs as happy hour specials. We’re partial to tossing back a few oysters (at $2 apiece, how could you not?).
The Deal: $6.00
1935 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-886-5466
Hours: Lounge only | Mon.–Fri., drinks 11 a.m.–6 p.m. & appetizers 2–6 p.m.; Sat. drinks & appetizers 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sun. drinks all day & appetizers 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
The Goods: If a steak dinner extravaganza isn’t in the cards at the end of the week, head to the lounge at Jimm’s Steakhouse for specials including $5 appetizers—and, before you ask, yes, the bacon-wrapped Peppadew peppers are among them.
The Deal: $5.00
306 South Avenue, Springfield, 417-831-1222
Hours: Mon.–Sat., 3—6 p.m.
The Goods: Nonna’s doesn’t cheat with small plates when it comes to happy hour, it offers everything on its appetizer menu at half-off. The bruschetta, crab cakes and hummus all pair nicely with a beverage of your choice.
Must-Try: Fried cheese ravioli made with ricotta, asiago, mozzarella and cheddar.
1620 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-823-8383
Hours: Thursday, 4–6 p.m.
The Goods: Fans of Touch’s happy hour can rest easy knowing Char Steakhouse & Oyster Bar is reviving the game. Wagyu meatballs pack the juicy tenderness of a steak without the sticker shock.
The Deal: $8.00
4117 S National Ave, Springfield, 417-889-9596
Hours: Sun.–Thurs., 3–6 p.m. and 8–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 3–6 p.m. and 9–11 p.m.
The Goods: Ocean Zen is running happy hour deals seven days a week. Stop in Sunday through Thursday between 3 and 6 p.m. and 8 and 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday between 3 and 6 p.m. and 9 and 11 p.m. The menu has lots of options for every taste bud.
Must-Try: Salt N Pepper Jalapeño Fried Chicken for $7
3044 South Fremont Ave., Springfield, 417-887-0077, Kai After Dark, 306 South Campbell Avenue, Springfield, 417-832-0077
Hours: Mon.–Sat., 5–6:30 p.m. & 9–11 p.m. (downstairs only)
The Goods: Haruno and Kai run an early-bird special between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. You can choose three of some of the favorite sushi rolls like the Sex and the City and Spicy California in half sizes for only $10.
Must-Try: Crunchy spicy tuna avocado roll for $5 during the late night specials
2110 E. Republic Rd, Springfield, 417-883-3434; Houlihan’s North, 2431 N. Glenstone Ave, Springfield, 417-862-7777
Hours: Daily, 4–6 p.m. and 9 p.m.–close
The Goods: Houlihan’s has happy hour daily between 4 and 6 p.m. and late night from 9 p.m. to close. You can grab an item from the shareable menu for just $5, and it can easily feed two people (or one really hungry human.)
Must-Try: Char-Crusted Ahi Tuna
2767 W. Republic Rd, Springfield, 417-877-7625; 317 Park Central East, Springfield, 417-862-7625
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 3–6 p.m.
The Goods: Dublin’s Pass has one of the earliest happy hours beginning at 3 p.m. and ending at 6 p.m, Monday through Friday. Most appetizers are half-off and fully delicious.
Must-Try: Guinness cheese dip and fries. A bucket of hand-cut fries and served with ooey-gooey Guinness cheese dip.
311 Park Central East, Springfield, 417-862-2449; 1440 W. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-882-2249; 1550 E. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, 417-883-5999
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 4–6 p.m.
The Goods: Big Whiskey’s does $5 appetizers Monday through Friday between 4 and 6 p.m.
Must Try: We are partial to the Buffalo Chicken Dip. Shredded chicken, cream cheese and buffalo wing sauce all blended together and served with warm tortilla chips and celery.