Rethink the Happy Hour

Family dinners at a restaurant can often be a dreaded activity for parents. After our {very busy} son was born we felt the pull to continue to take the opportunity to dine out. We enjoy the chance to be served as we can sit and talk and enjoy food and drink. Although we still wanted to continue dining out we quickly learned that it had to look different in order to be even a slightly enjoyable experience. We started taking our son out during his dinner time which magically fell during Happy Hour and thus our family happy hours began. 


Happy Hour as a family is the best thing going on in dinners out for several reasons. 
1. Happy Hour is earlier in the evening so it falls during the kids normal dinner time while avoiding long waits for tables and food and the overstimulation of a crowded restaurant. 
2. Happy Hour means deals which also means you will not be paying top dollar for a meal that may or may not {Often the case} actually be an enjoyable experience.
3. Happy Hour falls during those hours of the day that can be difficult to fill (especially during the winter months) and provides an opportunity to get out of the house and feed the family. 
In our love for Happy Hours we have learned some of our favorite spots to enjoy as a family. Not every Happy Hour is family friendly but we have found this list of places that provide family friendly food and atmosphere. 
Mike Duffy’s
Monday-Saturday 3-6 pm
$2 AB Drafts, $2.50 wells $5 select appetizers
Five Star Burgers 
Daily 4-6 pm 
Sliders for $1.50-$2.50
Side for $1.25-$2.75
All local drafts half price
House wines $3.50 per glass
Twin Oaks Pizza
Daily 3:00-5:30
Half Price signature pizzas and beer
$6 kids meals includes a drink and cookie
Walnut Grill 
Daily 3-6:30 pm
$3 draft beer and wine 
$6, $7, and $8 appetizers 
Club Taco
Tuesday-Friday 3-6 pm
$1.00 off all tacos/ 2 for 1 House Margaritas and Sangria
$2 off all beer and wine by the glass
Circle 7 Ranch
Monday 3-6 pm
Tuesday-Friday 2-6 pm
$6 appetizers 
daily drink specials
Three Kings Public House
Monday-Friday 3-6 pm 
drink specials including half price drafts 
$5.99 select appetizers 
Monday-Friday 4-6 pm (all night Monday)
Food and drink specials all under $5
When I say we are going to Happy Hour as a family I’m often met with, “You take your kids to Happy Hour?” We sure do. Happy Hour to us is not a boozy fest with co workers after a long day of work, it is a cheaper and quieter way for us to enjoy a meal as a family that everyone can go home happy about. Have you found any great Happy Hours around or still blown away by the idea that you can go to Happy Hour with your small children? 
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Katie is a Des Peres mom of two young boys, Trace (2014) and Henry (2016). Katie stays home with her boys most of the time but also spends a bit of time away as a high school lacrosse coach. Katie enjoys connecting with other moms to run, meet at parks, explore new restaurants, listen to live music and discuss books. Katie and her boys can be found enjoying many activities around St. Louis including the Science Center, Zoo, Magic House, Museum of Transportation, Urban Fort and Frisco Train Store, but what they enjoy most is just being outdoors. They have tried many of the parks around St. Louis City and county and also love hiking trails at Laumeier Sculpture Park, Powder Valley and Shaw Nature Reserve. Katie and her family love all that St. Louis has to offer for families of young children and can most often be found taking advantage of all of the many opportunities.


  1. What a great idea! I have never taken advantage of happy hours with kids but I am going to now! Love that you listed your favorite places as it gives us ideas of where to start! My kids are a bit older so instead of toddler tantrums, it’s often sibling bickering. But getting deals on food (and maybe a much needed drink for mom) I won’t feel as bad about packing up the food to go as I mutter under my breath that I’ll never take my kids out in public again. Great article!

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