From gas to groceries to dining out, inflation has taken a bite out of our wallets this year. The following is a list of local businesses offering deals to help ease the financial squeeze.
Bulla Gastrobar: Save 15% on all to-go orders when using promo code “Bullasm.” Also, select two-course lunch meals are currently priced at $15.95. 930 S Howard Ave., Tampa. 813-773-8626.
American Social: Visit American Social Monday through Friday and save some dough. Social Hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with discounted ($5-$8) crafted cocktails, liquor, wine and beers. On Burger Mondays, all AmSo burgers are less than $10 all day. Taco and Tequila Tuesdays offer all-you-can-eat blackened mahi, Buffalo chicken or ropa vieja tacos and tequila cocktails for $5 to $16. 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. 813-605-3333.
Hawkers Asian Street Food: Hawkers holds happy hour from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Get half-off baos and beers, $3 off all spirits and select small plates for $5. 1235 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-521-7253.
Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar: Rocco’s Tacos makes Mondays a little less gloomy with Mezcal Mondays. Every Monday, get Mezcal margaritas, shots and flights for 50% off. Tuesday is Taco and Tequila Tuesday. Get $16 margarita pitchers, $4 Mexican draft beers, $6 margaritas or tequila shots and all-you-can-eat tacos for $24.99. Happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. daily and offers $5 appetizers, $5 margarita and liquors, $3 wines and $5 draft beers. 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. 813-800-8226.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop: All Fuzzy’s locations offer $3 Fireball shots all day. Add a beer to it for $1. Happy hour is from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday offering $5 margaritas, Mexican drafts and Coronas, $6 frozen drinks and two-for-one wells. Specials include Hospitality Mondays, $1.99 Taco Tuesdays, $7.99 Burrito Wednesday, $6.49 Nacho Ordinary Thursday and $15 bottomless mimosas on weekends. For a location near you, go to fuzzystacoshop.com.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar: A Taste for Tuesday offers a three-course meal for two including two salads, two sides, two desserts and choice of Prime Tomahawk or Chef’s Reserve for $135. The Freemark and Filet special is available only in the bar for $60. It includes a 6-ounce filet mignon paired with a glass of Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon. 4322 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa. 813-874-9463.
Grassroots Kava House: Grassroots offers a different special each day.
- Monday: 25% off kava and kratom for hospitality workers. Also, get a free shot of espresso with the purchase of any coffee drink.
- Tuesday: $2 traditional kava single or $3.50 specialty kava single.
- Wednesday: $4 8-ounce kratom or $1 any size drip coffee.
- Thursday: Free size upgrade on cold brew coffee.
- Friday: Make it a chai latte at no extra charge. Also, get $1 off kava or an 8-ounce kratom for $4 from 4 p.m. to close.
- Saturday: Add a free flavoring to any coffee drink. Or, get $1 off kava or an 8-ounce kratom for $4 from 4 p.m. to close.
- Sunday: From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., bring your own coffee mug for bottomless drip coffee. Also, get $1 off kava cocktails all day.
Mattison’s City Grill: Happy hour has been extended to 3 to 7 p.m. daily offering $4 house wines, draft beers and well cocktails. 1 N Lemon Ave., Sarasota. 941-330-0440.
Mattison’s Riverwalk Grill: Happy hour has been extended to 3 to 7 p.m. daily offering a $5 martini of the day, $5 boat drink of the day, $2 off spirits and wines and a light bites menu. 101 Riverfront Blvd., Bradenton. 941-896-9660.
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Mattison’s Forty One: Happy hour has been extended to 3 to 7 p.m. daily offering $5 house wines, $5 draft beers, $6 spirits and a new bar menu. 7275 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-921-3400.
Earth Fare: Earth Fare tries to make things cheaper with “Make It Easy Mondays” featuring $6 whole roasted non-GMO chickens and 10% discounts for seniors on everything but gift cards and liquor. Mondays only. 7774 113th St. N, Seminole. 727-369-6767.
Capital Tacos: Specials and deals are sent out regularly to Capital Rewards members. Those deals range from weekly Taco Tuesday deals to free pinball days and secret one-day menu items only available for Capital Rewards members. To join the rewards club or find a location near you, go to CapitalTacos.com.
BurgerFi: Make Tuesday the day to take the family out to eat and you can save a lot. Every Tuesday, kids eat free at BurgerFi in Sparkman Wharf and Westchase. 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 813-515-0706; and 10647 Sheldon Road, Tampa, 813-336-1208.
Duffy’s Sports Grill: Kids eat free all day on Wednesday with the purchase of an adult entree. Thursday is Rib Fix Night. Get a half rack of ribs and one side for $12.99 after 5 p.m. Duffy’s celebrates happy hour with two-for-one drinks all day, every day. If you’d rather eat at home, go to DuffysMVP.com and use promo code “5Dollars” to get $5 off any DoorDash delivery order of $35 or more. 1580 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. 813-875-7340.
David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts: If you’re an educator, student, senior, active or retired military personnel or first responder, you can “Rush! The Straz” for discounted, last-minute tickets to select shows. Discounts must be redeemed in person at the ticket sales office window. For information on specific deals, go to strazcenter.org/tickets-events/discounts. Also, if you need a room for a holiday party, the Straz is offering 50% off room rentals when you book using the catering team. 1010 N Macinnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.
Hooters: It’s Bunday Monday at all area Hooters. Get a burger and fries deal starting at $7.99. Wednesday is Wingsday with 10 boneless wings and fries for $9.99. Craving shrimp for lunch? Get 10 Buffalo shrimp and fries for $8.99 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. For a location near you, go to hooters.com.
Hoots: Tuesday is Boneless Tuesday with 10 boneless wings, fries and a drink for $8.99 all day. There’s also a rotating lunch menu available with five items for $8.99 each. 204 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-220-4607.
Bonefish Grill: At Bonefish Grill, Happy Hour starts at 3 p.m. daily and features $1 off draft beers, $5 house wines, $7 select spirits and $6 hand-crafted martinis and cocktails. Bonefish has also started a new Dine and Discover deal. Get two salads, two entrees and a shareable dessert for $45. For locations and specific happy hour end times, go to bonefishgrill.com.
Willa’s: Happy Hour is from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. You’ll find $7 martinis and $2 off snacks, tap drinks and house wines. On Sundays, snag a bottle of wine for half price. Sunday is also Industry Night. Industry workers get 50% off food with proof of industry employment. 1700 W Fig St., Tampa. 813-519-4552.
Maggiano’s Little Italy: Double up for only five additional dollars at Maggiano’s. Purchase a select entree at full price and take home a second select heat-and-serve pasta meal for $5. 203 WestShore Plaza, Tampa. 813-288-9000.
River’s Edge Restaurant: At Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel, it’s happy hour every day from 4 to 7 p.m. You’ll find $5 draft beers, $8 house wines and $8 well drinks. Cure the munchies with $8 flatbreads, $10 calamari and $11 wings. 200 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-226-4400.
Off SHOR American Seafood Grill: Florida residents score big at Off SHOR. Get 20% off all food purchases with proof of residency. Also, happy hour is from 3 to 5 p.m. daily and includes $5 drafts, $6 well drinks, $7 house wines and $2 off specialty cocktails. In addition, you get free parking when you spend $50 or more. 301 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. 727-373-4780.
Tropico Rooftop Cantina: Similar to Off SHOR, Florida residents get 20% off all food purchases with proof of residency. Happy hour is from 4 to 5 p.m. daily and includes $3 off house wines, $3 off specialty margaritas, half-price draft beers, $25 domestic beer buckets, $30 imported beer buckets and $3.50 chips and salsa. 301 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. 727-373-1234.
Vantage Rooftop Bar and K Club: Both Karol Hotel bars offer $2 off craft beer drafts, specialty cocktails and wines from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. 727-273-7850.
Elevage SoHo Kitchen and Bar: The Epicurean Hotel offers happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The menu features light bites ($8-$15), beer ($3-$5), wine ($6-$11) and cocktails ($8-$10). Wednesday is “Wine Wednesday” from 4 to 10 p.m. with $15 flights and $5 cheese pairings. 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa. 813-999-8726.
Outback Steakhouse: Outback Steakhouse tries to help you save money with everyday deals including the “7, 7, 7″ all-day happy hour with $7 cocktails all day, every day. There’s also a 10% off heroes discount for nurses, doctors, medical staff, veterans, active duty, police, firefighters and other first responders. AARP members also save 10% on all food and non-alcoholic drinks. For a location near you, go to outback.com.
Aussie Grill: Inspired by Outback Steakhouse, Aussie Grill is offering the “13/12/11″ deal. That’s 13 items (nearly the entire menu) for under $12 starting at 11 a.m. daily. Add a regular drink to that for $1. 2540 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. 727-254-4645.
Rumfish Grill: Happy hour at Rumfish runs from 4 to 5 p.m. daily except Tuesday. Tuesday is “Get Tanked Tuesday” with hours extending from 4 to 7 p.m. Specials (available in the bar only) include $3 domestic drafts, $5 IPA drafts, $4 hard seltzer cans, $5 house wines and half-price small plates. 6000 Gulf Blvd., St Pete Beach. 727-329-1428.
Firehouse Subs: Firehouse Subs is battling inflation with the summer-long “Italian Favorites” special. For $6.99 get your choice of medium meatball or hearty Italian sub. For a location near you, go to firehousesubs.com.
Forbici Modern Italian: Forbici’s happy hour specials are available from 3 to 6 p.m. daily and include $5 wines, $4-$5.50 beers, $8 cocktails and $4-$10 Spuntini or snacks. 1633 W Snow Ave., Tampa. 813-251-8001.
Bartaco: Bartaco dives in to happy hour with a “High Tide Menu” from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Items include $7 classic cocktails, $6.50 sangria and wines and $4 beers. 1601 W Snow Ave., Tampa. 813-258-8226.