Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy Hour at SqWires: Ideal Summertime Sipping, Snacking and Relaxing

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM

SqWires' stuffed potatoes with smoked brisket, cheddar cheese and horseradish cream. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • SqWires' stuffed potatoes with smoked brisket, cheddar cheese and horseradish cream. | Photos by Mabel Suen

The Place: SqWires (1415 South 18th Street; 314-865-3522)

The Hours: Happy hour is offered Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Deal: From 4 to 6 p.m., half-price appetizers are available. Bar prices run the duration of happy hour, featuring $3.75 local craft beers, $2 domestic bottles, $4 wine by the glass, $3 house mixed drinks and $2 off specialty cocktails.

SqWires' dining room.
  • SqWires' dining room.

The Scene: Located in historic Lafayette Square, SqWires serves as a scenic staple of the neighborhood. An expansive patio in front of the tall brick building offers cool and comfortable outdoor seating, shaded by umbrellas and carefully groomed hedges. Inside the appeal is rustic, accentuated by hanging lights and red vinyl booths. During the weekend diners are serenaded by local musicians who set up and play quietly on a small stage in the dining room -- look forward to a Bob Dylan cover or two, if that's your thing.

Tuscan kale chips with paprika, cayenne pepper and Parmesan.
  • Tuscan kale chips with paprika, cayenne pepper and Parmesan.

The Food: Half-price dishes include hoisin-roasted chicken wings with blue-cheese green-onion dip; maple-baked brie with figs, dates and golden raisins; stuffed Russet potatoes with smoked brisket; wild-mushroom goat-cheese flatbread; a platter of dips and spreads; calamari with tomato sauce; chicken-and-white-bean nachos; kale chips; and smoked-pork tacos.

Did SqWires make the grade? Find out on the next page.

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