Going to happy hour at any of Blue Sushi Sake Grill’s three metro locations means you’ll probably be waiting for a seat, hovering near the host desk for your chance to sit down. But you’ll stay anyway because you know it’ll be worth it. Blue offers $4.50 sushi rolls, $5.50 martinis, $3 margaritas and reduced-price appetizers, presenting diners with a great deal that’s different than your average beer-battered pub grub. “I definitely think it’s the energy that comes out of Sake Bombers Lounge (that makes happy hour so popular),” says media relations director Megan Longo. “You walk in and you think you’re in a different city.” Blue makes some of its most popular sushi rolls available on its daily happy hour menu, including the crunchy blue, crunchy L.A., spicy tekka and California rolls. The rolls are the exact same size and quality for happy hour as they are all the time. “We also offer our 20-plus signature martinis at happy hour, and those are pretty cool in terms of options,” says Longo. “We infuse our vodkas in-house. We have this great herb-infused vodka that goes in our perfect Bloody Mary. We have a marshmallow vodka and an apple. Each of those are used in our martinis.” Blue has locations in the Old Market, at 168th and Center and at 144th and Maple, all of which have happy hour Monday-Saturday, 4-6:30 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 10:30 p.m.-midnight and Sundays, noon-8 p.m. Says Longo, “There’s usually a wait on Sundays in the Old Market by 12:15. It’s out of control.” Appetizers such as edamame, calamari, ceviche and crab cakes are all part of the happy-hour offerings as well. Blue’s regular menu is extensive, featuring loads of creative sushi rolls, nigiri and sashimi, as well as a fusion-style grill menu. Presentation is everything at Blue; diners can expect the plating to match the hip décor. Anthony Hitchcock, co-owner, wants people to come to Blue for the experience. And it’s there, especially during happy hour.

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