Who doesn’t love a good happy hour?
You know I sure do, which is why I was excited to check out Igby’s new shareable plates menu. Igby’s always comes to mind when in the mood for a big downtown night out, as it is cool and spacious and generally packed. But Igby’s also comes to mind when I am in the mood for a swankier happy hour. With great options for seating, and the outdoor side ally space as well, you can always find a perfect spot to sit and hang out.
My most recent visit to Igby’s was to try out their new shareable plates menu, which is super cool. On it you’ll find the classic happy hour cravings like sliders, a dip sampler, and saratoga chips, but you’ll also find elevated options like charcuterie, Korean chicken lettuce wraps, and pesto cocktail shrimp.
I treated Annie (photographer friend extraordinaire) to the date and we immediately agreed upon the Bison sliders, braised with local 50 West Coast to Coast IPA, and topped with lettuce, caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese, and sriracha aioli. These were dynamite. They were savory and rich, with the perfect sweetness from the caramelized onions and cheese, and then totally doable spice and kick from the aioli. We were both extremely satisfied.
We also ordered the pesto shrimp, prepared with fresh basil, pine nuts, parmesan, and olive oil. Again, we were both very impressed with these. The pesto was flavorful and fresh, and the shrimp were jumbo and meaty (exactly how I like them). We each had a good three shrimp to ourselves, and coupling those with the sliders made for a perfect surf-and-turf-like happy hour.
And while we each started with a signature cocktail, we rounded out the meal and evening with a bottle of rosé. With it, we kicked back, got caught up with each other, and enjoyed the summer night. We had a blast, found ourselves sufficiently satisfied with the shareables, and made plans to head back again for more. That is all you can really ask for in a good happy hour.
But what makes this all even better is that Igby’s wants to share the shareable love by offering a $25 gift card to a reader of OUT + OUTFIT! All you have to do is head over to Facebook and like the post on the OUT + OUTFIT page and you are entered to win! Winner will be announced next Monday, July 11, on Facebook, so make sure to have liked the OUT + OUTFIT Fan Page as well to receive the updates!