The five best locals’ happy hours in Las Vegas

At the Lady Silvia, hep cats can get their fix of music that doesn’t play by the rules. Jazz Happy Hour is every Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Shades of Sinatra singer Nik Mastrangelo is a regular.
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From flexible hours to tempting food and cocktail combos, Las Vegas offers a wide range of happy hours that will fit almost anyone's taste. But in a sea of options, a few stand out from the rest. Here's a look at some of the best and most unique happy hours around town:

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      Most effective happy hour: The Griffin

      Happy hour beers and mojitos are good and well, but in the middle of the week, sometimes you just need a stiff drink. Or three. Thankfully, the staff at The Griffin pours with a sympathetic hand. Get your fill with half off an already bang-for-your-buck drink menu and $1 Hamms Wednesday nights from 10 to 11 p.m.

      511 Fremont St., 382-0577.

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      Best variety hour: The Lady Silvia

      Downtown’s Lady Silvia is the total package of happy hours. Traditionalists can enjoy half-off its tempting mixology offerings and bottle service from 5 to 8 p.m. seven days a week, while night owls swoop in for reverse happy hour from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. The crown jewel, however, is its Friday night Jazz Happy Hour from 6 to 9 p.m., when some of the city’s best jazz musicians play live while you relax in TLS’ cozy-yet-classy lounge.

      900 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 300-1007.

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      Best second wind: Born & Raised

      If you want to keep the party going after hours, but don’t want the intensity of Drai’s or the sleepiness of a dive or diner, Born & Raised is the place. From 3 to 6 a.m., enjoy $4 Blue Moons, $2 domestics, $4 well drinks and half off all appetizers. They also offer similar deals from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

      7260 S. Cimarron Road, 685-0258.

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      Beefiest happy hour: Herbs & Rye

      With its low lighting, sumptuous Italian offerings and vast, authentic cocktail menu, Herbs & Rye harkens back to a Prohibition roadhouse speakeasy, and during happy hour, so do its prices. From 5 to 8 p.m. and midnight to 3 a.m. daily, indulge in menu items like filet mignon, bone-in Kansas City strip, flat iron steak, linguine and clams and more for 50 percent off. Complement your meal with buy-one-get-one bottles of wine, $3 drafts, $5 wells and other cocktail specials.

      3713 W. Sahara Ave., 982-8036.

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      Hoppiest happy hour: The Freakin' Frog

      The Freakin' Frog is arguably the craft beer mecca of Las Vegas, offering over 200 beers and an ever-changing variety of unique, seasonal and classic options. Their happy hour -- 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday -- can be tricky to fit into the work week, but the two-for-one pours at $6 and under make it well worth the effort.

      4700 S Maryland Pkwy., 597-3237

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