Nothing improves a stressful day at the office like an irresistible waterfront cocktail hour. From budget-friendly apps to boozy beverages, weekday evenings don’t get any better than happy hour at Valley Smoke. If you’re craving the warmer weather and cocktails with some friends, look no further than our food and drink specials with a view. 

De-Stress with Beer, Wine or a Cocktail

The only thing better than a glass of something strong after a long day is when it’s on special. From 4-6:30 pm on Mondays through Thursdays, it’s your opportunity to try something new on our drink menu. Our happy hour drink offerings includes many delicious options:

  • Old Soul Wine: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Petite Syrah, Pure Red Blend
  • Bud Light and Miller Lite
  • Yuengling Draft
  • “Well Made” Single Mix Drink
  • Drink Of The Day

All of these drinks are between $4 and $7, which makes it a no-brainer to order a couple over great conversation with friends. 

Snack on Something Good this Evening

Some places only offer discounts of drinks during happy hour. After a busy day, the Valley Smoke crew knows you need something to eat, too. While plenty of our customers drop by for the countless options at our whiskey bar, most know you can’t leave without ordering some irresistible BBQ. 

In addition to your drink order, indulge in one of our happy hour appetizers this season. All of these classic southern snacks get a much-appreciated modern twist at Valley Smoke. Sample one or all of them with prices between $5 and $7. 

  • Farm House Mini Ham Sandwiches
  • Cocktail Pimento Cheese w/ Benne Crackers
  • Deviled Farm Eggs w/ crispy Buffalo Chicken Skins
  • BBQ House Potato Chips w/ Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dip
  • Fresh Milled Corn Bread w/ Whipped Honey Butter

Relax with Us at Valley Smoke’s Weekly Happy Hour

Valley Smoke offers one of the best happy hours in Jacksonville for many reasons. Anywhere can pour you an affordable beer, but not many spots can do it with a breathtaking view. From our mini putt putt course and Intracoastal views to our delicious southern meals, there’s something for everyone at Valley Smoke. 

Are you ready to enjoy the spring weather in Ponte Vedra? We don’t blame you! This short winter has us all craving the great Florida outdoors. Stop by for Valley Smoke’s happy hour Monday through Thursday from 4-6:30 pm. We can’t wait to see you!

If you have the lucky job of writing, blogging or posting about the food you eat or restaurants you visit, it’s worth putting in the effort to get A+ pics of your plate. Even though there may be a bit of a learning curve to master the lighting, you certainly don’t want to spend more time staring at your food through your phone than actually enjoying it. You know what they say, phone eats first. Here are a few tips for the perfect food photo opportunity:

Natural Lighting is Key

One of the most critical pieces of advice we can give you is to use natural light when taking a picture of your meal. Let’s be real; bright yellow lighting doesn’t do any favors for perfectly cooked fish and sauteed collards. Whatever you do, don’t use the flash! You’ll end up with a washed out picture that entirely doesn’t capture the meal how you want it to look on Instagram or your blog.

Close-up Frame

That beautiful piece of fish on your plate is just dying to be featured on your Facebook, and Valley Smoke would love a shout-out, too! In today’s day and age, it’s pretty standard to see our guests try to get the perfect shot of their delicious broiled oysters before taking that first bite. If you’re trying to show off the size of the meal instead of snapping a close-up, take a step back and maybe even fit in some of the pretty scenery!

Food Focus

We know it can be hard when you’ve got a great meal in front of you, but don’t lose focus. By this, we mean that your camera shot should focus solely on your food and none of the surrounding distractions. If you have a nice camera, try to get everything out of focus in the background, so the viewer’s eye draws right to the meal in the foreground of your snap. This will make your primary object, that delicious meal, really stand out.

Experience Exposure

Don’t just snap a photo and leave it at that. When you share your image on your social networks, tell your followers why! Was it the best meal you’ve ever had, was that salmon something special or was the soup just like your mom used to make? Tell everyone why the meal deserved a post, and don’t forget to tell your followers where you had that excellent meal!

Taking a picture of your food for social media can be a tough task, especially when your stomach is rumbling. If you spend this much time focusing on how to take the perfect picture, imagine how much time we spend perfecting the taste and quality of our food. Come to Valley Smoke, take some pictures, have a great meal and share your experience with your friends. We can’t wait to see you!