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Happy Hour In Hartford: Allyn Street
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 than normal.

But once you're away from your paperwork-swamped desk, you have to ask yourself: where to go and what to do?

Allyn Street, 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.

Agave Grill
100 Allyn Street, Hartford
(860) 882-1557, www.agavehartford.com
Specials: 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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