By Amanda Pampuro
Never forget: you’re on an island. Every hour can be ‘happy hour’ and every drink can have a little paper umbrella in it, even the beer. Even the coffee. Let’s make this a thing.
Sometimes you wish happy hour could last all night and when the sign says “all you an drink,” it might as well. Abandon Ship, a bar that loves its puns, has designated Monday as ‘Red Solo Cup Day.’ At this bar, next to the Slingshot in Tumon, $15 grants your cup unlimited refills of Budweiser from 9 p.m. to midnight. What do you do after midnight, with a table-full of cups? Since you’ve already warmed up, it’s time to ask the bartender for ping-pong balls.
Really, the view from the Beach Bar at Gun Beach can’t be beat any day of the week, but on Tuesdays it’s ladies’ night and their drinks are on the house. Plus one for feminism!
April confirmed that Pints in Hagåtña is back in business with weekday happy hour specials and Saturday open bar for $20. Whether you’re inside or outside, you’ll find yourself sitting under the stars. Besides the out-of-this-world artwork, Pints is home to one the island’s best rotating taps.
Look for Yoko Zuna on the North end of Tumon, down the street from the Westin. This quiet Japanese restaurant, with its traditional floor seating and succulent yakitori, has a lovely patio lit by bright red lanterns. As the sun goes down and Pale San Vitores Boulevard lights up, enjoy all-you-can-drink Budweiser for $10 a person on weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m.
If you have good seats and pay attention to the sunset, you might be lucky enough to catch the last green flash of the day. Pick a spot on the west side of the island—Tumon Bay, Hagåtña Bay, or Asan for equally awesome sights.
The Grille at Santa Fe has an intimate patio on the beachfront of Hagåtña Bay with nightly acoustic music. Drink specials run from 2 to 8 p.m., including Bud family buckets, 5 cans for $13 or bottles for $14, and $5 Bud and Miller on tap. Amberbock and Stella Artois are also on tap for $5.50 and premium pina coladas and margaritas for $6.
Nothing beats a cold IPA at Sunset Grill, voted ‘Best Happy Hour Spot‘ by the Guam Guide readers and editors alike. This cool terrace over the beach, frequented by divers, bikers, and biologists, has live music on Friday and Saturday. They don’t serve french fries, but who needs french fries when you have the best grilled pizza and slow-roasted BBQ brisket on island? Stop by Monday, Wednesday and Friday, for 50 cents off domestic beers, a dollar off all beer on Tuesday, and a dollar off drafts on Friday. If you hit Harley Davidson in Asan, you’ve gone too far down Marine Drive, but you’re close.
Some people need to end the day with a shot of espresso, not tequila. Sit back on the Hagåtña beach front of Tu Re’ Café and listen to smooth jazz. Here, the sea is always turquoise, the sky is dotted with parasails, and rain clouds seem so far away.
2 for 1
It’s five ’til five and we have time for one happy hour math problem. Say the sign outside Restaurant A says, “Buy one, get one free,” and the sign outside Restaurant B says, “Half off all drinks.” Which is a better deal?
A. Restaurant A because one drink is free.
B. Restaurant B because two halves equal a whole.
C. Let’s go to both, and figure it out after!
If you chose A, then Mix@Cha Cha Cha on the lobby floor of Westin Resort Guam is the place to go, especially if you’re the one buying! Buy-one-get-one drink specials start at 5 o’clock on their screw driver, vodka tonic, gin and soda, Southern Comfort and Coke, and Miller is on draft. This classy lounge also has a panorama of Tumon Bay that beats the postcards.
If you chose B, then pull off the highway—ahem, Marine Corps Drive—at Applebees, where happy hour is whenever you have time. Stop by from 2 to 7 p.m. or after 9 p.m. for half-off drinks and appetizers, including chicken quesadillas, spinach dip, wonton tacos, and mozzarella sticks. Special drinks include Sangria, Long Island Iced Tea, and draft beers: Miller, Fosters, Red Orchard, and Henry Weinhard’s Woodland IPA.
Of course, C. was the correct answer all along. No question about it. Class dismissed.
Wednesdays with Wheeler
Radio host and local celeb, Andy Wheeler, can be found imbibing and hanging out at Chili’s Margarita Bar on Wednesdays from 5-9 p.m. Take advantage of drink and appetizer specials (half off wings!) and get to know this funny guy.
Only On Guam
At the end of the day, nothing beats packing a cooler with ice and your favorite drink, and just kicking back on the beach with good friends. The beach, after all, has no dress code, no cover charge, and no last call.