9 best places for happy hour in Cobb County

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9 best places for happy hour in Cobb County

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Becky Stein
120829-Kennesaw-GA- Firstlook at Fuji Hana/Thai Peppers in Kennesaw on Thursday August 30, 2012. FOOD: Ahi Poke- cubed yellow fin tuna with avocado, mango, ponzu, kimchee sauce with crispy shrimp chips & drizzled with sweet shoyu. BECKY STEIN/special)

If you live or work in Cobb County, you know it has some of the worst traffic in metro Atlanta. Thankfully, it also has some of the best happy hour deals. So instead of confronting rush-hour traffic after work, reward yourself with a drink or bite to eat at one of nine happy hour spots in Cobb. We've sorted this list by city so you can plan an easy detour.

Marietta

If food tops your priority list, give Red Sky a try. This happy hour is definitely snack-centric, from lobster mac and cheese to veggie goat cheese fritters. The space is pretty interesting, too. The restaurant manager made all the paintings on the walls.

4 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday: $8 and under tapas menu

Tuesday and Thursday: $5 vodka drinks

1255 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 16, Marietta. 770-973-0100. 

Zeal

Unless you live near Johnson Ferry, chances are you've never heard of this place. It's a little out of the way for most, but what it doesn't offer in centrality, it offers in hip, relaxed ambiance. Zeal boasts one of the prettiest interiors north of the perimeter. Its plentiful natural light, lovely patio and shuffleboard tables provide a perfect after-work escape.

Tuesday: half-priced glasses of wine

Thursday: $5 draft beer.

1255 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 42, Marietta. 678-401-7142. 

Willie Rae's

If you're looking for local and charming, look no further than Willie Rae's on the Marietta Square. Willie Rae's has delicious Cajun grub and beaucoup walls full of art for sale. Check out the local talent while the bartender mixes a mean margarita. This is our go-to oyster spot for happy hour in Cobb.

3 p.m.-5 p.m. Friday: $1 oysters

25 N. Park Square, Marietta. 770-792-9995

Smyrna/Vinings

Soho

It's no secret that Vinings is a mecca for young Atlanta socialites. Soho is a prime example, as it's one of the foodiest spots in metro Atlanta. For a different take on happy hour, head to Soho on Wednesday to taste its newest wines.

5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday: Three new wines and three tapas for $14.25, or a glass of wine and one tapas plate for $13.

4300 Paces Ferry Road SE, Atlanta. 770-801-0069.

Hook Line & Schooner

Nothing says end of a workday like eating fresh seafood while closing your eyes and pretending you're at the beach. Hook Line & Schooner will make your mini-staycation dreams come true.

4 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday: half-priced shrimp and oysters, $5 margaritas

4600 W. Village Place, Suite 3009, Smyrna. 770-333-3338. 

Mableton

Mableton isn't known for its hoppin' nightlife, but this spot definitely knows how to treat you after a long day. Drop by for delicious pie and drink specials.

Monday-Friday: $5 margaritas and Long Island Iced Teas

Tuesday: $2 well drinks

1450 Veterans Memorial Highway SE, Mableton. 404-505-8200. 

Kennesaw

Caper's

This eatery has been a favorite among Kennesaw residents for the past 11 years. With minimal frills yet still sophisticated, Caper's offers Americanized renditions of Italian classics. It's a good happy hour spot if you're on the hungrier side.

Monday-Friday: half-priced appetizers at the bar.

Drink specials change daily.

1635 Old U.S. 41 Highway, Kennesaw. 678-594-7735.

So you've been eating American food all week and want something different? Fuji Hana has the best sushi happy hour we've seen in Cobb. Drown your weekday worries in soy sauce.

4 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday: $3 well drinks, $2 beers, $1.50 nigiri, $2.50 rolls

2606 George Busbee Parkway NW, Kennesaw. 770-419-9500. 

Acworth

Still have some work to finish? How about a happy hour with free Wi-Fi? Center Street Tavern has Wi-Fi, traditional and healthy pub food, and more drink specials than we can count. There are different cocktails, shots and beer specials every day. We say try Wednesday.

Wednesday: $5 hurricanes, $4 Jack Fire, or $2 PBR pint

4381 Senator Russell Ave., Acworth. 770-917-0004. 

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