Food & Drink

Ready for happy hour in Happy Valley? Here’s a guide to some of the top spots

There’s a variety of happy hour options available in Centre County.
There’s a variety of happy hour options available in Centre County. Centre Daily Times, file

Whether you’re celebrating a Penn State win or just the fact that you live in Happy Valley, there’s no denying that the area offers some great local watering holes. This is definitely the case when you look at the various happy hour specials you can find at some of your favorites. If it’s been a while since you’ve taken advantage of a happy hour special or if you just want to try something new, here are a few of the latest offerings from around the county.

Happiness in downtown State College

In downtown State College, Mad Mex “Happy Hora” is 4:30-6:30 p.m. weekdays with deals on margaritas and half off drafts. If you’re hungry, wings are also half off.

Local Whiskey offers a different happy hour special each night. The whiskey-lover’s favorite hosts happy hour 10 p.m.-midnight Sunday through Wednesday, 8-10 p.m. Thursday and 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

On Monday, welcome the work week back with half-price drafts and $2 off glasses of wine. The latter is available every day of the week except Thursday. On Tuesday, try a house cocktail for just $6. Wednesdays, it’s 20 percent off all whiskey and $6 Old Fashioneds. The $6 house cocktails on Thursday are gin and tonics and Manhattans. The latter applies to Friday as well. On Saturday, enjoy $6 daiquiris and, on Sunday, enjoy $6 Negronis and whiskey sours, as well as half-price Amaro.

Something a little sweeter?

If whiskey’s not your thing, how about a hard milkshake with a side of perfectly seasoned fries? At The Field, happy hour is Monday through Friday, 4-6 p.m. Aside from the $3 drafts, you can get $2 off cocktails and hard milkshakes and half off all fries. This isn’t just any milkshake and fries, though. Expect milkshake varieties like the salted caramel pretzel (caramel vodka, caramel truffle ice cream and crushed pretzels) and the chocolate dream (chocolate vodka, chocolate ice cream, chocolate pieces and chocolate sauce), alongside hand-cut fries served with a unique twist (like the sweet potato waffle fries tossed in hot sauce and ranch, or the venison chili cheese fries).

If you don’t have a sweet tooth or are watching your waist, don’t worry — the signature cocktails are just as good and feature local products from Big Spring Spirits and Tait Farm Foods.

Cocktails, or more bites than booze

For more Big Spring Spirits draft cocktails at happy hour, head to Gigi’s Monday-Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m. The upscale, Southern-style restaurant offers $3 craft drafts, $2 domestic beers, $5 house wine and $5 cocktails.

If your idea of a great happy hour focuses more on the bites than the booze, the daily deals at Champs Sports Grill could hit the spot. The eatery does have a traditional weekly happy hour on Fridays, 5-7 p.m., but also daily specials available for just a few hours each night, including a $5 burger basket and half-price beer pitchers on Sundays, $7.50 lager buckets and 50-cent wings on Monday, $1 nachos and $3 cocktails on Tuesday, $5 half-racks of ribs and $3 craft drafts on Wednesday and $3 drafts and 50-cent wings on Thursday. You can also find happy hour specials at Champs’ downtown location.

Getting out of town

The Hublersburg Inn in Hublersburg might be a little of a drive for some, but it’s well worth the time and its proximity to local farms means freshly-sourced ingredients for a menu that supports the regional economy. The eatery’s happy hour is 4–6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with $1 off all handcrafted cocktails, beer, wine and drafts. Cocktails are created using house-made and local ingredients from well-known names like Big Spring Spirits, Seven Mountains Wine Cellars and Homegrown Flavor Co. If you happen to stop by on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, you can expect even further happy hour offerings: $2 beers.

Holly Riddle is a freelance food, travel and lifestyle writer. She can be reached at