Best places to enjoy happy hour drinks and food in Larkspur and Corte Madera

Tavern at Lark Creek Inn - Larkspur, CA

 

I am so happy that Larkspur and Corte Madera now have their own Patch, a community enewsletter.  Below is an article from the Patch on where to find happy hour prices in Larkspur and Corte Madera.  I have added my own photos.  

“An ex-boy friend once said, “No matter where we go, dinner is $120.”  

That probably was an exaggeration, but dining out with appetizers hovering around $12, entrees near $20 and dessert $10 and a modest bottle of wine running $35, the tab could easily hit $120 with the tax and tip. 

Now, imagine cocktails discounted, beer at 1980 prices and appetizer-sized plates for around $5 or $6.  

To take advantage of the Happy Hours in Larkspur and Corte Madera, diners have to be willing to dine early and usually only at the bar. One or two establishments are also offering discount food late, in order to keep, or get, some of the area’s notorious early birds to stay out past 9 p.m. 

First let’s get out of the way, local favorites that don’t have a Happy Hour. 

Local favorites without a Happy Hour include Marin Joe’s (www.marinjoesrestaurant.com), Restaurant Picco (www.restaurantpicco.com), and Pizzeria Picco (www.pizzeriapicco.com). 

On the other hand, there are the following establishments: 

Marin Brewing Co., Larkspur, CA

 

• Marin Brewing Company (www.marinbrewing.com) doesn’t have a Happy Hour, per se, but you could say, has a “happy day.” All day Tuesday, from 11:30 a.m. – midnight draft beers are only $3, normally $4 – $4.50. 

• Two places pushing the discounts late are the Wipeout Bar & Grill (www.wipeoutbar&grill.com) in Bon Air shopping center and Left Bank Bistro in Larkspur. 

At the surf-themed restaurant in Corte Madera, Monday through Friday from 3–6 p.m. and from 8:30 p.m. until closing, patrons can enjoy bargain drinks and food in the bar or on the patio.  

Small beers (14 ounces) are $2.75; large ones (23 ounces) are $4.75; red or white wine is $3, while well drinks are $4. Margaritas are never discounted. Crab cake sliders are $2.95 each, small pizzas and jalapeno calamari both $5. 

• At Left Bank, (www.leftbank.com) the delightful French-themed brasserie Monday through Friday sees two Happy Hours: 4–6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. until closing. Dining and drinking deals include Alsatian specialties like their smoked salmon tarte or the tarte landaise with duck confit, pancetta, chorizo, caramelized onion and ricotta, both $6. 

Three oysters are $4.50, steak tartare $5, mussels and a Provencal burger are both $6. Pate, olive tapenade and calamari round out the menu $4-$5. 

A pint of beer is $4, a glass of wine $5 and well drinks are $5. 

• Down the road at the Tavern at Lark Creek (www.tavernatlarkcreek.com), Happy Hour is a short one, from only from 5–6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Look for $3 tap beer, two wines at $4 and $5 wine from their tap. 

Nibbles and bites include (in part) marinated olives and an eggplant-pepper relish for $3.95, Crudités or half a Caesar for $4.95 and for $5.95 artisanal cheeses or mini-mac and cheese croquettes. 

• Two places in Corte Madera have attractive Happy Hours every day. At Max’s Café (www.maxsworld.com) seven days a week, from 3 – 7 p.m., Max’s specialty drinks and six ounce glasses of wine are $2 off; $4 off on select beers and well drinks. For fans, a PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon) is only $2. Munchies (in part) include $4 nachos, potato skins, BBQ pork quesadillas and hot dog sliders. 

• In the heart of Corte Madera, Benissimo Ristorante & Bar (www.benissimos.com) also has treats every day. There are $3 draft beers, $5 glasses of wine and $4 well drinks. A $5 margarita is tempting. Taste treats aren’t the usual suspects and include a meatball panini or small margherita pizza for $5, mussels with saffron or Prosciutto and fresh pear both $6. 

• The Melting Pot, (www.meltingpot.com) housed in a former brick kiln, in Larkspur, on the way out of town or into town, depending on your perspective, has some yummy-sounding Happy Hour offerings. 

Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 5-6:30 p.m. Many of the most popular menu items like cheese and chocolate fondues are 50 percent off. 

Joining that, discount beers, specialty cocktails and wines by the glass priced under $10 are all half off. 

Left Bank, Larkspur, CA

 

Owner John McDonald has a few rules to go along with his attractive deal: Patrons must dine at the bar top; there are no reservations; it cannot be used with any other promotional offers; it’s not valid on holidays and, finally no minors. 

• The Asian-themed P. F. Chang’s (www.pfchangs.com) in Corte Madera’s Town Center is running some of its best dishes, every day from 3-6 p.m. in the entire restaurant, bar and patio.  

Chomp down on three of various dumplings for $3.25; spring rolls are $3; while flaming red wontons are $5; edamame $4 and lettuce wraps $6. (More selections also available.) 

Draft beer is $3, PBR $2; selected wines $5 and a slew of cocktails at $6. 

Please keep in mind; this is not a complete list of every Happy Hour in Larkspur or Corte Madera, just a few highlights where the food deals are especially enticing. 

And remember to drink responsibly or eat a whole lot of bargain bites.” 

And here is an addition to the list published a few days later: 

“In a previous article Patch covered Happy Hour deals in Larkspur-Corte Madera. 

The folks at the Cheesecake Factory missed my deadline and I forgot Brick & Bottle. I know, my bad. 

Here are their Happy Hour offers: 

Cheesecake Factory (www.thecheesecakefactory.com

The Village, 1736 Redwood Highway, Corte Madera 

(415) 945-0777 

These trendy drinks are just $5 at the Cheesecake Factory: mojito, Long Island, margarita, cosmo. Other selected well drinks are $5; wines by the glass $5 and draft beers $4. 

The following appetizers are $5: sliders, spinach and cheese dip, avocado eggrolls, fried mac and cheese, sweet corn tamale cakes, crispy taquitos, fire-roasted artichoke, shrimp summer rolls, guacamole, Tex Mex eggrolls, fried calamari, chicken sliders, pot stickers and crab wontons. 

Happy Hour is 4-6 p.m. in the bar area. 

Brick & Bottle (www.brickandbottle.com

55 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera 

(415) 924-3366 

Brick & Bottle has a long Happy Hour running from 4-7 p.m. everyday, but only in the bar area. 

All beers are $4; the $5 wines include Silver Tap sauvignon blank and Preston of Dry Creek, Rhone blend. Selected cocktails are $6. A slew of bar apps are $5 including deviled eggs, salt cod fritters, pork meatballs, buttermilk and chive biscuits and a steak taco. Both their margherita and mushroom pizzas are half price at $5.50 and $6.50, respectively.” 

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About the author: The above Real Estate information on Marin County Real Estate was provided by Sylvie Zolezzi.  I can be reached via email at Sylvie@YourPieceOfMarin.com or by phone/text at 415.505.4789.  I help people move in and out of Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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One Response to Best places to enjoy happy hour drinks and food in Larkspur and Corte Madera

  1. Just received an email from Lee Blake pointing out that Jason should have been included in the list, and I agree with him. Here is his comment:
    “I enjoyed your article on Marin County Happy Hours in the CM Patch, but one that was not mentioned was Jason’s in Greenbrae and it is the best of all. They have good wines and lots of yummy appetizers on special. The $10 pizza feeds 2 for dinner and I think is the same size as regular that cost $16 after 6 p.m. and their Dragon Prawns are delicious as well as the Caesar salad and beef salad. The owners are so welcoming too. Lee Blake”
    Thanks Lee for the suggestion!

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