Arts & Events

Masa’s happy hour a treat

Masa, located at 2811 Sixth  Ave. offers happy hour all day Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, of which we gladly took advantage.

Only two weeks into the school year, my 21st birthday arrived just in time for de-stressing and the chance to experience the happy hour drinks and small plates.

Service, with only two bar staff, was surprisingly prompt. Water was bought, identification checked, chips and salsa served and food/drink orders were taken all within 10 minutes of our arrival.

We munched on perfectly salted and greased corn chips paired with mild salsa and our appetites were appeased until our appetizers arrived. The staff was also very  accommodating to our dining companion with food allergies and brought plain tortillas free of charge for her to enjoy instead of the corn chips.

The food paired perfectly with our drinks; my mushroom quesadilla was packed with sweet caramelized onions, a Mexican cheese blend, and button mushrooms. Sour cream was drizzled lightly atop the quesadilla and fresh salsa and guacamole accompanied the dish on the side.

If a quesadilla is not  what you have in mind when you go out for your next happy hour at Masa, they also offer different flatbread varieties for $4.29, snacks to share, such as macaroni and cheese, empanadas, and nachos ranging in price from $4.79 to $5.99 and tacos. Two tacos with beef, chicken, and pork in smoked or non smoked forms are offered at happy hour for $3.29.

The happy hour drink prices  are reasonable especially if you compare it to that latte you indulge in everyday from Starbucks.

Traditional Margaritas are the most expensive at $5.50, but will not  put a large dent in your wallet if you stick to one. The tequila was smooth, and I would recommend trying it at least once on the rocks.

The well drinks at $4.50 were also mixed well; our group sampled the classic Gin and Tonic and a Vodka and Cranberry, both of which were also mixed well by the bartender. House wine is available for $4.25 and a draft beer is only $3.25.

On a Tuesday night Masa was not the place to be, as is normally the case on weekends, but the high quality service and reasonable drink prices make for an enjoyable and low-key evening to spend with friends.

Masa’s happy hour may be of old news to you seasoned bar hoppers, but for juniors and seniors on the verge of turning 21, Masa is worth a stop.

Masa’s “Most Happy Hours in Town” occur Wednesday through Saturday, 2:30-6:00 p.m., and all day Sunday through Tuesday.