Getting a beer or a nice drink in this town is easy. But a good happy hour—not always easy to navigate. We’ve got no shortage of bars and restaurants, but where do you go when you want to get a little sloshed during the day? This list is by no means comprehensive, but these are some of our top picks.
Rarefied Buzz at Luc
If you’re looking for a classy buzz, happy hour at Luc is available Wednesday through Sunday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Luc offers $5 happy hour drinks, wines of the day (red, white, or sparkling), and cocktails from champagne to Manhattan, with a martini in the middle. Their food menu includes soup, greens, bone marrow, oysters, and sweetbreads, all from $3 to $6! They project old black-and-white movies onto the wall and the whole place is a haven.
A Classic Pub Feel at Downward Dog
Monday through Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close, Downward Dog offers drink specials, $1 PBR, $3 micros, $4 libations, and $5.50 wine! They’ve got a great tap selection, and the wines are top notch. The late-night food menu accompanies the drinks and is quite comprehensive, with $4 ahi tostadas, $2 chicken tacos, and $5 habanero-apricot wings. Quality food and booze in this casual atmosphere make for a more than pleasant drinking experience. Try their weekly specials, such as Whisky Wednesday or Thirsty Thursday.
For Classic Cocktails in a Speakeasy Atmosphere, Try Snug Bar!
Tucked underneath Magenta Restaurant, down the stairs towards a speakeasy entrance, Snug Bar greets you like a hug waiting to happen. Seating is ample, and the couches are deep and invite you to sit down and stay awhile. Jazzy music and French New Wave films complete the transportation to the time of Prohibition. Happy hour starts at 4:30 p.m. and includes discounted drinks and food specials.
Quirky Creative at Crowbar
If you’re looking for an interesting space and quirky/creative cocktails, Crowbar is your place. Crowbar is the bar attached to the downtown American Dream Pizza. A small space that crowds quickly, the bartenders and drinks are so good. Casual atmosphere and great drink specials. Their $3.50 microbrews are usually local, and their original drinks are $6! They infuse their own booze and create amazingly creative and interesting cocktails with seasonal flair. Try something yummy, and pair it with something delicious from American Dream. Visit for “Slice and a Pint” Sunday! Don’t forget about the seasonal rooftop. Open 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. to midnight, everyday.
Get Hoppy at Sky High
Local craft brewery Sky High Brewing has a killer rooftop patio, amazing beers of all styles, and tasty food. Their Philly cheesesteak is better than whatever spray cheese they use in Philadelphia. Pair it with a great brew during their happy (hoppy) hour when pints and house cocktails are $1 less! Open 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily, including weekends. The service is great, food and drinks are top, and it’s all local, local, local. In their words, they “combine local know-how and quality ingredients with highly skilled fermentation, cellar and draught practices to pour you spectacular ales and lagers.” They are not exaggerating on their quality and their local-focus. What’s not to love?
Suds and Suds, 30 Beers on Tap
Casual beer-drinking environment, sports on TV, Big Buck Hunter in the corner, and pizza? Suds and Suds has it all, more than you could ever need. It’s a lofty claim, but the best place to get a beer in town is Suds and Suds, the bar attached to Woodstock’s Pizza. They offer 30 beer taps, knowledgeable and friendly bartenders, and brewery promos that happen regularly. Happy hour is 6 to 7 p.m. everyday, with $3.75 pints. Keep an eye out for Industry Night on Monday nights, and beer promos on some Thursdays. Discounted pints make for a fun evening while you watch a game or talk to the other lively patrons. It’s cash only, so be prepared.
We all know that these are not the only places in town to drink on the cheap, or even at all. With many local craft brewing establishments, from beer to cider, wine to vodka, Corvallis has everything you need to get a nice buzz on. Try these places, and all the other ones in town. Stay tuned for our next list of happy hours!
By Rachel Sandstrom