If you are visiting from a different state, you may be surprised to find out that North Carolina state regulations prohibit happy hours drink specials. ABC Rule 2S.0232 (b) states “An on premise permittee or his agent shall not give away a drink or sell the drink for any period of time less than one full business day.” “Buy one drink, get one free” specials are not allowed, and neither are specials offered for one segment of population only (like “ladies night” specials). You can find answers to frequently asked questions about NC happy hour rules here: Happy Hour FAQs.
But the good news is that Happy hour specials on food are not regulated. Therefore, you are very likely to find a great deal on food between 3pm and 5pm. 25 cent wings, 10-25 cent shrimp, $1 tacos, specially priced oysters, and 15-25 cent crawfish are some of the Happy hour food specials you are likely to run into on the Outer Banks. Restaurants will sometimes ask you to sit at the bar, in order to take advantage of the food special – they do want you to buy a drink or two.
So where is the best happy hour on Outer Banks, NC? Many locals would agree that Hurricane Mo’s at milepost 4.5, right by the Kitty Hawk Post office offers the best happy hour on the beach. Between the hours of 3 and 6 pm, you can buy 10 cent shrimp, 25 cent wings, and $1 tacos. The shrimp is huge, and a 100-120 shrimp ($10-$12) is often enough to feed 3 adults. What’s the catch? Drinks are a little on the pricey side – almost $2 for a soda, $3.50-$4.00 for beer, but hey, where else can you indulge a seafood craving for such a low price? Hurricane Mo’s is very popular with locals and visitors alike, so come early to be sure you get in before the happy hour is over.
And since restaurants and bars can’t offer drink specials for any period of time less than one full business day, many establishments will offer daily drink specials, so be sure to check with your waiter or bartender on that.