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The Happiest Hour: Corners Tavern

For specialty cocktails, local beers, distinctive wines, and an array of innovative appetizers, step into one of Walnut Creek’s tastiest happy hour hot spots.


Clockwise from top left: Bombshell cocktail, house sausage, smoked chicken wings, lamb taco.

Photos by A.K. Carroll

Welcome to The Happiest Hour, which highlights the best after-work food and drink deals from local restaurants and bars. We’re continuing the series with a new Walnut Creek classic. For more, check out our write-ups on Orinda’s Barbacoa and Forge Handcrafted Pizza in Danville.

When to go: Mon.–Fri 3–6 p.m.

What to order: $5 Moscow mule and Bombshell, $4 house-made sausage, and $5 smoked wings.

How much? $4 draught beer, $5 wells and specialty cocktails, $6 martinis and selected wines. $3–5 selected appetizers


by A.K. Carroll

There are no wrong choices when it comes to happy hour selections at Corners Tavern in Walnut Creek's Broadway Plaza. The stylishly casual restaurant offers a seductive selection of drinks and approachable New American appetizers made with hand-picked ingredients straight from the local farmer's market. The food menu is a combination of seasonal specials (like the marinated baby beet and blue cheese salad), kitchen creations (such as the chipotle lamb shank taco), and customer classics (including a Caribbean Cubano sandwich).

Though the menu items rotate, you’ll always find Corners’ classic smoked and flash-fried chicken wings, a vegetarian option, and a savory house-made sausage. Served over a layer of tangy crunchy kimchi, cradled in a chewy salty pretzel bun, and topped with stone ground mustard, the andouille sausage offering is an unexpected favorite.

And what is happy hour without a little libation? Opt for Corner's expertly chosen wines, and replace your typical red or white with a Washington Cabernet or an Austrian Grüner. Select a local craft beer or one of Corner's specialty cocktails, including the popular and refreshing Moscow mule. New to happy hour is the gin-based Bombshell, which includes splashes of elderflower and peach liqueurs, a dash of Peychaud bitters, and a squeeze of fresh lime. Cheers!

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