Carlsbad Tavern: Happy Hour Report Card
|The spread at Carlsbad Tavern's happy hour.|
The Hours: Enjoy drink specials and cheap appetizers every day of the week from 3 to 6 pm. Reverse happy hour also kicks in from 10 to 2 am Sunday through Thursday, or 11 to 2 am Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately, there are no appetizer specials during reverse happy hour, so stick to the cheap drinks.
The Details: $2.75 well and domestic bottled beer, $3.50 featured draft, and $3.75 margaritas round up the deals on drinks. Between 2 and 9 bucks will score you some cheap apps like tequila shrimp, crab cakes, quesadillas and the tacos.
(the happy hour break down after the jump)
|New Mexican pot stickers.|
The Cost: One bottle domestic, a couple of wells and two appetizers came to $16.50 before tax and tip.
|Green chile cheese crisp.|
The same love-hate relationship exists with the appetizer selection, which is comprised of about ten offerings that range in price between 2 and 9 bucks. This is a pretty big spread, and almost 10 bucks is hardly a deal for happy hour. Order smart though and you can eat like a king for cheap.
The New Mexican pot stickers ($4.50) are one appetizer that is definitely worth the price. Filled with Anaheim chiles and chicken and surrounded by a salty sweet corn sauce, this Asian-New Mexican hybrid is plenty filling for the price. The price is right for the green chile cheese crisp ($3.75), although a heavy hand with the salt shaker was needed to finish up this bland cheese crisp.
Overall Grade: B