Happy Hour: Hampton's on King

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

It's frustrating when happy hours end at 7 p.m. (or earlier). Many of us can't hit the bar until 6:30 anyway, so it turns out to be more of happy half-hour. Boo.

Thankfully, Hampton's on King keeps its happy hour kicking until 8 o'clock, seven days a week. Saddle up to the dimly lit pub's standout attraction, the bright red bar top, to check out the daily specials.

The booze:

The bar's location is close to both Campus and Victorian Village, and its beer options accommodate both crowds. There are some rotating craft brews on tap - a Great Lakes choice is always available - as well as many, many ice-cold domestics.

The best part is the prices. Bud Light, Miller Lite and Pabst Blue Ribbon bottles are a mere buck during happy hour. All other domestic bottles are only $1.50. You'd be hard-pressed to find a cheaper beer.

If you're not a beer drinker, Hampton's has all-day daily specials for you, too.

Six dollars gets you Bacardi and Coke pitchers on Mondays and margarita pitchers on Tuesdays. Long Islands are $3 on Wednesdays, the bar's karaoke night, and Thursday through Saturday there are $3 bomb shots.

The food:

There are just as many food specials at Hampton's as there are drink deals. The most enticing bargain is Friday's half-off appetizers.

The tater skins I tried were crispy, cheesy and covered with just the right amount of slightly burnt bacon. I was more than satisfied with Hampton's take on this appetizer staple.

My only regret is not trying the highly recommended wings - I had chicken for lunch that day. But thanks to a friendly staff and some great specials, I'll be heading back to sample them soon.

Hampton's on King

234 King Ave., Campus



Happy hour: 4-8 p.m. daily

$1 bottles of Bud Light, Miller Lite, Pabst Blue Ribbon

$1.50 other domestic bottles

$2 well drinks

Daily specials:

Monday: $6 Bacardi and Coke pitchers, $5 one-topping pizza

Tuesday: $6 Margarita pitchers, $1 tacos

Wednesday: $3 Long Islands

Thursday: $3 bombs, $5 domestic pitchers, $2 burgers

Friday: $3 bombs, half-off appetizers

Saturday: $3 bombs

Sunday: $5 domestic pitchers, $2 well drinks, half-off wings