Happy Hour In Hartford:
Unwinding at Agave Grill...
By Dave Moran
CTNow.com – May 7, 2007
There's something a little naughty about drinking while the sun's
still out, especially on a weekday.
Thankfully, summer – with
its balmy temperatures and considerably longer daylight hours, not
to mention an abundance of engaging outdoor activities and attractions – can
provide the perfect excuse to cut out of the office a little earlier
But once you're away from your paperwork-swamped desk,
you have to ask yourself: where to go and what to do?
the small stretch of road running between Union Station and the Civic
Center in downtown Hartford, remains a popular destination for a
little fun, and one of the better placed in the city to score a good
meal at just about any hour.
Happy Hour on Allyn Street is a standout
for a good time. But pay attention. No two establishments on Allyn
Street run their Happy Hour exactly the same.
(860) 882-1557, www.agavehartford.com
Half-priced house margaritas all day Monday, live Mariachi band from
7 to 10 p.m.
This Mexican cantina is known for its fresh, zesty south-of-the-border
cuisine – in particular its fresh Guacamole, which is literally
prepared tableside by your servers as you watch them blend together
a mixture of avocados, tomatoes, Serrano chilies, cilantro and a
squeeze of fresh lime.
Agave doesn't host any sort of a traditional
Happy Hour per se, but you'll be lucky to get even a seat at the
bar if you stop by after 5 p.m. on a Thursday or Friday afternoon.
The small restaurant tends to fill up quickly, especially when there
is an event at the Civic Center. Those in the market for a good deal
or a little entertainment alongside their meal might plan a visit
on the first day of the work week for Mariachi Mondays.
A live Mariachi
band performs traditional classics and a number of interesting and
eccentric covers from 7 to 10 p.m. Agave's house margaritas can be
enjoyed at half price. (If you want one of Agave's eight other signature
margaritas, such as the Pomegranate Margarita, you'll have to pay
full price for that. Besides Margaritas, Agave also offers a large
and eclectic menu of other specialty drinks, and one of the most
impressive tequila lists that I've seen.
Besides a lack of seating,
Agave's only real drawback is the fact that they don't have beer
on tap. They do offer a number of imported Mexican brews in cans
or such as Negro Modelo and Pacifico.
Agave's is a good stop for
a few drinks with your co-workers or friends after work, and an even
better spot for a delicious meal.
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