5 great happy hour deals in Annapolis and beyond

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Looking for a date night in the Annapolis area that won't break the bank? Try a happy hour!

It's hard to squeeze in a weeknight date night, which is one reason why happy hours were invented. Happy hours offer a perfect opportunity to grab a drink, get some cheap eats and still make it home to tuck in the kids.

What you don't want from a happy hour is a place that disappoints or cuts into next week's grocery bill. Each of the following happy hours offers an experience for two adults to share four drinks and a light dinner for $35 or less before tax and tip.

Bridges, Grasonville
Happy Hour: Sun.-Sat., 4-6:30 p.m.
Dockside or inside, Bridges has one of the best views on the Eastern Shore. Weekday or weekend you can enjoy $5 house wines and $4.50 rail drinks, and wine lovers should note that most bottles are half-price on Wednesdays. Beer options are limited, with a $2.50 domestic draft and two craft beers on tap ($3.50-$5).
The Happy Hour menu offers gourmet pizzas ($8.50) and interesting options like clams that have been sautéed with garlic, onion and a smoked andouille sausage ($7.50).
321 Wells Cove Road; bridgesrestaurant.net

Factors Row, AnnapolisHappyHourFactors Row Spread5W
Happy Hour: All day Monday and Tues.-Sun., 3-7 p.m.
Located near Annapolis' docks, Factors Row specializes in Chesapeake cuisine with a southern influence. Drink specials include $2 off all alcohol, with additional specials each day of the week.
Tuesday offers $2 domestic bottles and rails, with half-price bottles of wine on Wednesday. Thursday is $5 all-day craft drafts, with one beer served through a randalyzer, a device that infuses beer with whatever is packed into it. From fresh hops to coconut cookies, Factors Row uses its randalyzer to create unique beer flavors found nowhere else.
For affordable and flavorful eats, check out the Crab Claw Mac 'n' Cheese ($6) and the Grilled Lamb Sliders ($6.50).
26 Market Space; factorsrowannapolis.com

Jailbreak Brewing Co., North Laurel
Happy Hour: Wed.-Fri., 3-6 p.m.
If you don't think "brewery" when planning happy hour, then you have never seen the taproom at Jailbreak Brewing Company in Howard County. Jailbreak serves $5 craft beers while you watch the brewers practice their craft through the glass wall behind the bar. Plus, the food choices make the experience even more interesting.
Jailbreak doesn't serve food, but invites a different local food truck each night. Or you can bring your own meal. It's not uncommon to see a family enjoying a home-cooked chicken dinner or a pizza delivered to the bar. The staff can even provide menus for restaurants with delivery service. So pack a picnic basket or call for delivery, and check out Jailbreak.
9445 Washington Blvd.; jailbreakbrewing.com

Lures Bar & Grille, Crownsville
Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-7 p.m.
With half off all 28 draft beers, Lures has one of the best craft beer selections and happy hours in Anne Arundel County. To make this even more special, Lures always offers something served through a beer engine. A serving method dating back to the 1600s, beer engines pump the beer into a glass from an unpressurized cask, providing a unique texture and flavor. But Lures isn't only about beer; you'll also find $5 glasses of house red and white wines, $1 off liquor, and an incredible food selection.
The happy hour menu offers options from Seared Ahi Tuna ($10) to Jalapeno Rangoons ($6), which are fried wontons filled with jalapeno and cream cheese and served with a plum dipping sauce.
1397 Generals Hwy.; luresbarandgrille.com

The Point Crab House & Grill, Arnold
Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 3-6 p.m.
The Point may be a little out of the way, but this is truly a local gem with great views. You'll find $2 domestics and $3 craft drafts every day, with mostly brews from the Chesapeake region. The happy hour also offers $1 off rail drinks and $5 house wines, which are half-price by the bottle on Wednesday.
The happy hour menu consists of everything from snacks like local deviled eggs ($2) to crab dip ($7.50) and steamed shrimp ($7.50). With those prices, it's possible to order four drinks and four incredibly flavorful appetizers and still end up with a bill less than $35.
700 Mill Creek Road; thepointcrabhouse.com

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