Area 31, db Moderne, Sustain: Bar Bites For Foodies Make A Truly Happy Hour
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|Cecconi's pizzetta with burrata and zucchini blossoms.|
Now, non-epicures will embrace anything from the cheapest chicken wing to most loaded potato skin, but there is a certain allure to sitting bar--side and enjoying food that does more than simply satisfy. When in search of a little proscuitto crudo and melon with your rossini, head to the bar at Cecconi's where a new "cicchetti" menu offers mini "pizzettas" ($14), a fancy grilled ham and cheese sandwich ($14) and wood-oven meatballs ($10). They have also introduced a summer garden lunch menu ($23), which includes a choice of soup or salad, grilled fish or pasta, and includes a sgroppino, which is an Italian cocktail made with limoncello and roughly translates to "little un-knotter." La bella vita!
The happy hour at Area 31 features $5 drinks specials to wash down reasonably priced bar bites such as a "fish fry" of calamari, rock shrimp, and white fish ($6). The great news here is that happy hour, which usually lasts from 5 - 8 p.m., runs until 10 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Summer celebrating begins on Tuesday, when the "Raw, Rosé, Refresh" promotion launches. This deal includes a pairing of rock shrimp ceviche and a glass of Juvé y Camps rosé for $10. Also valid all day on Saturdays and Sundays when the promo gets sweeter, add a pool pass to the Epic's adjacent sundeck for only $5 more.
Sustain weighs in with fancy cocktails made with "fruit bitters" and alcohol extracts like rosemary and black pepper. Drinks are half-off from 5 - 7:30 p.m. daily, but on Wednesdays, get classic corn-dogs, cast iron cooked meatballs and fried chickpeas, all for $3 each. New summer menu additions include an heirloom tomato gazpacho, a watermelon and watercress salad, and bbq beans ($6-$12). A 3-course tasting menu on Mondays (starting this Monday, June 20 - July 25) is tailored towards vegetarians ($35), highlighting local fruits and veggies that peak in high heat.
db Bistro Moderne's "Lucky 7" happy hour charges exactly that for everything on offer - cocktails (like their blackberry mojito made with Flor De Caña Rum) wine (a French chardonnay, bordeaux, or rosé) and various small plates. Curried duck rillette, a tomato braised chicken and chorizo empanada, or perhaps the ceviche du jour? All can be had for the same seven bucks, from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday - Friday.
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