After a tough day at work, a familiar face and stiff drink can be the perfect prescription to take the edge off. If you want to avoid the networking crowd and just belly-up to a bar filled with friendly people, fair prices and amazing food, Hey Hey Bar & Grill in German Village has what you need. This no-frills neighborhood hangout, with the added bonus of gastropub-worthy fare, will have you loosening your belt buckle as well as your tie.

After a tough day at work, a familiar face and stiff drink can be the perfect prescription to take the edge off. If you want to avoid the networking crowd and just belly-up to a bar filled with friendly people, fair prices and amazing food, Hey Hey Bar & Grill in German Village has what you need. This no-frills neighborhood hangout, with the added bonus of gastropub-worthy fare, will have you loosening your belt buckle as well as your tie.

Food/Drink Specials: 3

For happy hour, Hey Hey keeps it straightforward, offering $1 off bottled beer and liquor from 3-7 p.m. on weekdays. Domestic bottles go for around $1.75, and craft brews range from $4-$6, while well liquor starts at $3, and top shelf spirits go for $4-$7. Though the happy hour discount is pretty standard, the food is not. From 5-7 p.m., Bebe (the pop-up restaurant within Hey Hey, helmed by Chef Matthew Heaggans) offers a half-pound serving of chef-inspired wings and hormone-free beef cheeseburger sliders for only $5. With a frequently changing menu of small plates and dirt-cheap pricing for quality grub even after happy hour, there's no doubt you'll find something delicious to nosh on while hanging out. The small plate portions make for the perfect snack to soak up the discounted booze. If all else fails, dive into Hey Hey's signature Sauerkraut balls - they're always on the menu.

Atmosphere: 4.5

What Hey Hey may lack in over-stylized design, it more than makes up for with authentic personality. From the toddler riding his big wheel around the pool table, to the young couple who just decided Hey Hey was their new "regular hangout spot," to the white bearded men cracking jokes at the end of the bar, everybody is truly welcome. The kitsch on the walls ranged from a Dalmatian-spotted flamingo figurine to works by inspired local artists. The bartender treated every patron like a regular, and had their drinks ready almost before they ordered. By 6 p.m. most of the bar stools were filled with people drinking whiskey and devouring sauerkraut balls. Pretension free and full of life, the bar was humming with conversations and laughter.

Overall: 3.75

Hey Hey's strength lies both in the kitchen and the company. Though the happy hour pricing is extremely fair (and it's nice the discount doesn't just apply to well liquor and PBR tall boys), it's the expertly crafted comfort food and the friendly people that make Hey Hey Bar & Grill a neighborhood favorite.