Applebee’s Grill + Bar – The ins and outs of the Applebees's Happy Hour Deal

The first Applebee’s restaurant opened in Atlanta, Georgia in 1980 and was called the T.J. Applebee’s Rx for Edibles & Elixirs. Why they chose to change the name? I have no idea. What I do know, is that by 2009, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar (I like Edibles & Elixirs more!) had opened it’s 2,000th restaurant, grown into an international restaurant powerhouse, and touted unbelievable expansion, a neighborhood diner feel, and fantastic food & drink deals – so they must have been doing something right! Speaking of doing something right, let’s talk about the hotly sought after Applebee’s happy hour deal! 


Offering their most popular appetizers such as the spinach and artichoke dip, mozzarella cheese sticks, and boneless chicken wings, available in Classic Hot Buffalo sauce, Honey BBQ sauce, or Sweet Asian Chile sauce, at half price. Other Applebee’s appetizers often included in their happy hour deal are the Crunchy Onion Rings, Queso Blanco, Potato Twisters, Cheese Quesadillas, and tacos at half price (this happy hour deal usually doesn’t apply to sampler plates or trios, unfortunately – but if you had enough people in your party, you could all just order different types of appetizers and share). Drink specials (including $3 Miller and Bud Light, $4 house margaritas and select wines, $4 well drinks, $5 craft beer, and $5 Top Shelf Long Islands) are often extended past just the designated happy hour times, depending on availability. Check your local Applebee’s for details.


Monday – Friday: 3pm – 6pm

Saturday – Sunday: 9pm – Close


Don’t worry if you are practicing social distancing. Chili’s offers some fantastic carry out deals, sure to quench that margarita craving you may be having. Right now, you can order alcohol to go, including the Mar GO Rita, and beer and wine by the bottle for pick up or curbside delivery.


Each month there is also a $1 10-ounce drink special, usually themed for the month. For example, Vodka Cranberry Lemonade is usually sold in November and Hurricane is reserved for Mardi Gras time (usually February or March). March has also seen Long Island Iced Tea, while December has had the Merry Dollarita, a margarita made with pomegranate.

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