Citizen Public House: Happy Hour Report Card
The Hours: 3 - 6pm, daily.
The Details: "CPH Social" (yes, even the name of their happy hour is unique) offers a daily $2 discount on specialty cocktails, wine by the glass, draft beer, and bar snacks.
Bar snacks include foodie inspired items like "Tender Belly" Bacon Fat Popcorn ($3), "Kilt Lifter" fondue with smoked sausage, and toasted country bread ($7), Grilled flatbread with hummus and tzatziki ($4), and our favorite, Gorgonzola- Emmental mac-n-cheese ($7).
When it comes to booze-infused beverages, CPH's master mixologist Richie Moe never disappoints. After discount, prices on his killer cocktail concoctions range from $7 to $10 and incorporate retro-style cocktails like a Sazerac, Moscow Mule (or Moe'scow Mule) and Manhattan but never without a Richie Moe twist.
(CPH gets happy hour report carded, after the jump.)
|Gorgonzola- Emmental mac-n-cheese ($7)|
The Conclusion: There's no doubt a great happy hour is about fair discounts on quality food and booze, and we weren't surprised to see CPH soar above exceptional in this arena. The mac-n-cheese was absolute low-note/ high-note perfection With a tomato relish garnish complimenting rich and creamy macaroni noodles, our table was nearly knife fighting for the bowl. The tatzki and hummus, served with grilled flatbread and a pickled cucumber exuded fresh flavor and the Kilt Lifter fondue made for a fun food sharing experience.
RIchie Moe's cocktails are truly one of a kind. The sangria was light, tart and not overpoweringly sweet but just sweet enough and the Citi-Zen and Berried Alive were similarly tasty.
Though we were pleased with the gourmet aspect and delicious flavors of the discounted bar snacks, the tone in terms of food options and atmosphere is a bit too serious to be our first choice in a happy hour spot. CPH takes food seriously and that's why we can't wait to come back for a complete dining experience-- but probably not for their happy hour.
Overall Grade: B