Happy hours are a great way to enjoy a cold drink and some small eats with good friends on the cheap. Unfortunately, they’re usually only around on the weekdays when you can’t imbibe too much because of work the next morning. Luckily, a few area bars in our fine city extend their happy hours to include the weekends. Whether your search for the perfect happy hour in Denver includes a rooftop terrace, a low key tavern and bar or a terrific ethnic cuisine, these five local gems have you covered on the weekend.

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76 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 777.7676

Happy Hour: Daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. to Close
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Conveniently located in the historic Bakers District, The Hornet buzzes with a daily happy hour that won’t sting your pocket book. The ambiance is simple, yet classic, attracting a radius of connoisseurs from downtown Denver to Cherry Creek, Washington Park and beyond. While you are enjoying the reasonably priced beverages, daily specials or delectable appetizers, all for under $5, you and your guests can also indulge in a game of pool or simply relax and enjoy the activity humming around you. And the best news is that parking outside is as ample as the seating within, making this one of Denver’s most convenient all in one happy hour stops.

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1575 Boulder Street, Suite A
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477.4600

Happy Hour: Daily from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. and until 7:30 p.m. on Sunday
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The Highlands in Denver serves up a classy and sophisticated happy hour daily at Vita. During the summer season, enjoy the ambiance of the terrace patio, which features one of the city’s best views of downtown. Find $5 appetizers and wells, 2-4-1 wines and $3 drafts. In addition to the casually elegant happy hour menu, Vita also offers live Jazz music exclusively on Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. Pull up a chair with a view and enjoy an affordable refined experience.

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Govnr’s Park
672 Logan Street
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 831.8605

Happy Hour: Daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m and again from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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Founded in 1976, this Capitol Hill Tavern is a thriving veteran of the Denver happy hour culture. Govnr’s Park offers 2-4-1 drafts, wells, margaritas and Long Island ice teas. The casual surroundings give way to a lively indoor atmosphere as well as a year-round, covered all weather patio. With TVs strategically placed throughout the venue, a few arcade games and pool tables, this is perhaps one of the most well rounded happy hour experiences that Denver has to offer. Govnr’s Park is also nestled quietly in the middle of Capitol Hill, offering plenty of parking or the simple luxury of walking if you happen to be in the neighborhood.

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2817 E Third Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 333.1567

Happy Hour: Friday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to close
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This thriving tequila themed restaurant/bar combo is located in the heart of the quaint Cherry Creek North outdoor shopping district. Within minutes of Downtown Denver, this local hot spot lures patrons that range from locals to the Denver Bronco’s new quarterback, Peyton Manning. Machete’s offers original ethnic cuisine and a limitless supply of tequila. Friday’s happy hour features $3 wells, beer and house wine and Sunday will get you $5 Machete Margaritas, Skinny’s and Fresh Coins as well as Paloma’s and select appetizers for $5. Featuring discounted street tacos a variety of freshly made original salsa recipes, this is an ethnic weekend happy hour you must experience for yourself. Pair it with a casual stroll through the atmospheric shopping district or simply arrive in time to enjoy the spirited patio atmosphere coupled with live music.

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Jax Fish House Denver
1529 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 292.5767

Happy Hour: Daily 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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Jax Fish House Denver is one of the most celebrated local seafood restaurants in the city. Featuring their famous Raw Bar, which contains only the freshest live seafood flown in from around the globe, paired with an unbeatable happy hour, this spot is one of Denver’s finest gems. Happy hour brings $4 select mix drinks, $3 wells, $4 house wines and beer from $2. Enjoy the ambiance of an upscale dining experience while the friendly and knowledgeable staff pamper your every need.

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Marian Tuin is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.