So maybe your deck at home needs re-staining, or you get a splinter every time your step on it. No worries, because Mount Adams Pavilion has four of them, each providing open air, ambiance, and an overlook at Cincinnati’s skyline. Stop by for happy hour and sip a $5 margarita, a $2 domestic or $3 imported beer, or buy a whole bucket for just $12.50. 4–8 p.m. daily, Mt. Adams, mountadamspavilion.com
Though the guac is good, you’ll want to visit Nada for its margaritas. Named “Best of the City” in 2011 in this very magazine, these “Nadaritas” stand out among their peers. Nada’s happy hour offers these cocktails for a cool $5, while beer and other drinks are $2–$6. Try one of the $3 happy hour food options, such as the Salsa Trio or the Domingo Slider. Monday–Friday, 3–6 p.m., downtown, eatdrinknada.com
Soak up some late-afternoon sun on Keystone’s spacious outdoor patio. The happy hour deals are limited to weekdays, but the Hyde Park location also provides daily deals, including a Saturday and Sunday $10 bucket special. Even without the deal of the day, Keystone’s half-off bottles of wine and $2 domestics are sure to keep the patio packed. If all else fails, there’s still Monday half-price mac and cheese, and we know you don’t want to miss that. Monday–Friday, 3–7 p.m., Hyde Park, keystonebar.com
If you like a little competition to go with your cocktail, take your party from the patio to one of seven sand volleyball courts. With an awning-covered deck, a spacious lawn, and an outdoor cabana bar, The Sandbar’s happy hour is more than an afternoon escape: It’s a vacation. Most drinks are $1 off, while domestics are $2.25, with $2.75 wells and $3.75 calls. Monday–Friday, 3 p.m.–7 p.m., East End, thesandbarcincinnati.com
If the thought of eating in an airtight bank vault sounds intimidating, get a breath of fresh air on Teller’s back deck. Have a seat under a patio umbrella and dine on $6 happy hour appetizers until 6 p.m., while taking advantage of the $2 domestics or $1 off all drafts. Monday–Friday, 4 p.m.–7 p.m., Hyde Park, tellersofhydepark.com
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