The Moonshine Ink crew took to the streets and learned that Tahoe happy hour comes in all shapes and sizes, and is not always restricted to that standard, before dinner time slot. After some serious — ahem — investigative reporting, we bring you three happy hour deals that we’re totally digging right now.
If you need a caffeine boost for your happy hour delight then head over to Coffeebar in Truckee. The coffee shop treats customers to late afternoon deals between 4 and 6 p.m. daily. To receive the deal, all coffee and tea drinks must be served in a “for here” ceramic cup or in your own reusable mug. All non-alcoholic drinks are only $2. Choose from your old reliable or mix things up and try their delicious lavender tea latte ($2) or, for your sweet tooth, a chocolate cappuccino ($2). Coffeebar’s atmosphere, with upbeat tunes and eye-catching art, provides visitors with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, making it the perfect place to meet a friend or finish the work you procrastinated doing. But a caffeine fix is not all they have to offer. During the happiest of hours, sample one of their four rotating draft beers or selection of red and white wine for only $5 each. Right now, their draft Punk’n beer from Uinta Brewery in Salt Lake City will get everyone in the mood for fall. You can also snack on breakfast pastries ($2). Coffee and booze are even better when paired together, especially at these prices. Info: 10120 Jibboom St, Truckee, (530) 587-2000, coffeebartruckee.com ~Abby Stevens/Moonshine Ink
Spindleshanks American Bistro & Wine Bar
Who can argue that the one problem with happy hour is that it doesn’t encompass enough actual hours? Spindleshanks in Kings Beach has remedied that glitch with its long-running all-night happy hour on Tuesdays, which has food and drink specials from 4 to 9 p.m. The chef selects different menu items each week and runs them at just $6. Out of four delicious items sampled, the standouts were the ahi tuna napolean ($6), with seared strips of ahi, sesame, ginger, and gyoza chips on a snow pea salad, and the mussels with a creamy garlic sauce ($6). Which is perfect for sopping up with bread. Drinks are on the cheap as well, with $4 house wines and $1 off all beers. The same deal is offered daily, but only from 4 to 6 p.m. Info: 400 Brassie Ave, Suite B, Kings Beach (next to Safeway), (530) 546-2191, spindleshankstahoe.com ~ Dave Zook/Moonshine Ink
Wolfdale’e Cusine Unique
The best kept secret on the local happy hour scene is at Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique, which has killer deals on some of their most popular (and delicious) menu items. Do not miss the Hawaiian ahi tuna poke cones ($6), which sit upright in a ceramic dish filled with sesame seeds. The four petit cones with wasabi cream go fast with a crowd, so it may be wise to order two. The smoked trout ($4) is smoked in-house by Chef Douglas Dale, and is delectable with the aioli. The happy hour menu rotates seasonally, and includes teasers ($3 to $6), soup and salads ($5), and small plates such as the filling arancini de risotto balls ($8) served with tomato sauce and roasted peppers. Clean your palette with draft beer ($3), wine ($5), or well drinks ($4). Make sure to have Bar Manager Bob Jones recommend one of the specialty cocktails like the Jimi Hendrix ($12), a sweet and refreshing concoction made with gin, muddled cucumber, and mint with a splash of soda water, served in a ceramic jungle cup with a bamboo straw. Happy hour is Sunday through Friday, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Make sure to get there early as the 12-seat bar fills up quickly. Info: 640 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, (530) 583-5700, wolfdales.com ~ Kara Fox/Moonshine Ink