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The five best locals’ happy hours in Las Vegas

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At the Lady Silvia, hep cats can get their fix of music that doesn’t play by the rules. Jazz Happy Hour is every Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Shades of Sinatra singer Nik Mastrangelo is a regular.
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From flexible hours to tempting food and cocktail combos, Las Vegas offers a wide range of happy hours that will fit almost anyone's taste. But in a sea of options, a few stand out from the rest. Here's a look at some of the best and most unique happy hours around town:

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      Most effective happy hour: The Griffin

      Happy hour beers and mojitos are good and well, but in the middle of the week, sometimes you just need a stiff drink. Or three. Thankfully, the staff at The Griffin pours with a sympathetic hand. Get your fill with half off an already bang-for-your-buck drink menu and $1 Hamms Wednesday nights from 10 to 11 p.m.

      511 Fremont St., 382-0577.

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      Best variety hour: The Lady Silvia

      Downtown’s Lady Silvia is the total package of happy hours. Traditionalists can enjoy half-off its tempting mixology offerings and bottle service from 5 to 8 p.m. seven days a week, while night owls swoop in for reverse happy hour from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. The crown jewel, however, is its Friday night Jazz Happy Hour from 6 to 9 p.m., when some of the city’s best jazz musicians play live while you relax in TLS’ cozy-yet-classy lounge.

      900 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 300-1007.

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      Best second wind: Born & Raised

      If you want to keep the party going after hours, but don’t want the intensity of Drai’s or the sleepiness of a dive or diner, Born & Raised is the place. From 3 to 6 a.m., enjoy $4 Blue Moons, $2 domestics, $4 well drinks and half off all appetizers. They also offer similar deals from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

      7260 S. Cimarron Road, 685-0258.

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      Beefiest happy hour: Herbs & Rye

      With its low lighting, sumptuous Italian offerings and vast, authentic cocktail menu, Herbs & Rye harkens back to a Prohibition roadhouse speakeasy, and during happy hour, so do its prices. From 5 to 8 p.m. and midnight to 3 a.m. daily, indulge in menu items like filet mignon, bone-in Kansas City strip, flat iron steak, linguine and clams and more for 50 percent off. Complement your meal with buy-one-get-one bottles of wine, $3 drafts, $5 wells and other cocktail specials.

      3713 W. Sahara Ave., 982-8036.

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      Hoppiest happy hour: The Freakin' Frog

      The Freakin' Frog is arguably the craft beer mecca of Las Vegas, offering over 200 beers and an ever-changing variety of unique, seasonal and classic options. Their happy hour -- 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday -- can be tricky to fit into the work week, but the two-for-one pours at $6 and under make it well worth the effort.

      4700 S Maryland Pkwy., 597-3237

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