Happy hour is one of life's simple pleasures. Taking the edge off a hectic work day with some drinks, light food and bar-side conversation makes happy hour truly happy if the bar has something to offer that sets it apart from the rest. Some places merely trot out a few cheap beer or wine selections for happy hour, but Beast + Barrel does it right. Every day, from 3 to 6 p.m., the North Shore restaurant offers a four-tiered menu of diverse food and drink served at modest prices. Most days, the bar is seated near full capacity, but there are plenty of tables nearby.
Beast + Barrel opened five years ago in the former Northshore Grille space on Frazier Avenue. The casual restaurant features a rustic bar area adorned with coffered ceiling, pendant lights and exposed brick walls.