Winner: Best happy hour in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best Happy Hour in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

The hour (or hours) labeled as happy allow us working stiffs ample time to share our workday grievances, take back a cocktail and revel in half-off deals on some tasty appetizers.

Happy hour, indeed, brings joy to many across metro Atlanta. No matter where you spend your 9-to-5, the alternatives for those precious moments are virtually endless.

Last week, we asked our readers to whittle down a list of the top restaurants for happy hours to determine the very best of Atlanta.

There was stiff competition, especially with our third place contenders.  Best of Atlanta pollsters were torn between The Big Ketch and Hampton + Hudson in the third place spot. Both received 13 % of all votes. The Big Ketch in Roswell offered some representation OTP. Its oyster happy hour falls in line with the numerous under-the-sea classics the restaurant has mastered. Hampton + Hudson, a swanky Inman Park spot, offers a variety of southern treats like macaroni ‘n’ cheese, chicken biscuit sliders and more. Monday through Friday, customers get deals on appetizers, and each day there’s a different drink discount.

Edging just slightly past these two solid options is Cobb County’s C. Ellet’s. It’s a relatively new happy hour option, since it opened at SunTrust Park’s Battery in 2017. The “modern American steakhouse” garnered 14 % of the votes. From 4-6 p.m., the eatery offers half-off oysters, $4 burgers and drink deals.

Though many spots offer the sacred oyster happy hour. Our readers like it best when it’s hosted by Kimball House, since the restaurant made it to No. 1 on the poll.  From 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. during the week, the Decatur spot doles out a noteworthy variety of oysters and its unique selection of handcrafted cocktails.

A solid list of restaurants made the lead, and there were even more nominated that could be added to your list to keep things spicy, including  Ippolito's(Gwinnett), Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q(Intown), Watershed on Peachtree, Zapata Tacos and Tequila Bar (Gwinnett) and Dantana’s (Intown).

Looking for a longer list of oyster opulence? Here's our running list of happy hours catering to oyster lovers.