Kona Grill

Happy Hour

It’s been a drawn-out day at the ‘ol J-O-B, consisting of meetings followed by meetings, lectures from your boss regarding productivity and you’re sadly stuck eating your lunch al desko. But when it’s finally over, all you want to do is kick back, relax and forget the past 8 hours. That’s when you know the cure for the common workday is upon you:

Happy hour.

It’s become a cultural tradition to unwind after work by hanging with friends and co-workers for some cheap drinks.

We don’t know much about how the phrase “happy hour” came to be, but it was first used by the Navy in the 1920s to describe a period of entertainment. However, the real feature of drinking in the afternoon really developed during Prohibition. Due to the annoying fact that it was illegal to serve booze at any establishment, it only made sense to get a buzz going before dinner.

And for that, we thank you.

Nowadays, the most common way to select a happy hour is where can you get the most bang for your buck, but without skimping on the quality of food. Some places may offer you a feeble plate of slimy calamari, a weak Cosmo or some room temperature wings, but that’s not the way it has to be.

  • Kona Grill is located in Kansas City’s premier shopping district, Country Club Plaza and is often dubbed the best Happy Hour in KC. The long wait for tables can feel like life or death, but the prices and portion size make the wait worth it. Most known for their Sushi, the $6.50 Saké Sangria is my personal favorite paired with the Ahi wonton chips.

Tip: Download the free ‘Happy Hours’ App on your smart phone to show you all the food and drink specials going on in your area.


Stefanie Penn

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