Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Buzz on a budget: 8 awesome drinks and deals in Dallas
We're drinking our way through Dallas. We start with some favorites east of 75.
DALLAS Boozing can be an expensive hobby, so when you only have a few bills in your wallet, it’s importantly to get the most for your money. We're scouting out where you can catch a buzz on a budget in Dallas.
We did some "serious research" in east of 75 in Dallas to find the best drink deals and specials that will quench your thirst without breaking your wallet. Let us know if you’ve heard of any others.
If you’re looking for something straight-forward, it doesn’t get any more simple than Wednesdays at OT Tavern on Greenville. The bar serves up $1.50 domestic drafts alongside $2 pepperonis pizzas for the quintessential cheap bastard. If there’s a sports game on, you’ll find this is probably the best deal around. Plus they have couches, so it’s like you never left your living room.
You’ll be pressed to find a good shot-and-beer combo deal, but we recommend taking a good friend to Goodfriend Beer Garden and ordering the Good Friend, a shot of Jameson 12 that comes with a 5 oz. draft beer chaser of your choice for $7. The restaurant also has two off-the-menu specials to satisfy your dual liquor and beer craving. Try the Bad Friend, a shot of Cutty Sark scotch with a Gennessee Cream Ale chaser, or the S&S, a shot of Jim Beam Red Stag with a Session Lager to finish, both for $7.
Sunset Lounge changed its happy hour deal July 1, but it still has a cheap and unique beverage for the hot summer days. Weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m., the bar offers $3 frozen caiphirinhas, a Brazilian cocktail with limes. For an extra kick, get a test tube of flavored Cruzan rum for an additional $2. Flavors include pineapple, mango, raspberry, coconut, passion fruit, and key lime. Select food is also $3 during happy hour.
When considering drink deals, it's imperative to think about brunch. Located in the Lakewood Village, Penne Pomodoro offers an array of sweet and savory dishes alongside $1 mimosas, bellinis, and Bloody Marys. Now that sounds like a good way to start the day.
New to the East Dallas foodie scene is Greenville Avenue’s HG Sply Co., and if you haven’t been there yet, you want to just for the beer special. The restaurant serves a full liter of draft beer in authentic Hofbräuhaus steins for $10. Thirsty patrons can fill it with Peticolas Royal Scandal or Golden Opportunity, Revolver Bock or Blood and Honey, Live Oak Hefeweisen, (512) IPA, or Lakewood Lager. As of June 19, you can snag this deal during lunch hours, too.
For seven years, The Libertine Bar has run a quirky deal that allows patrons to buy a friend a drink, in advance. The Libertine will charge your tab and then write your name on a chalkboard that hangs high above the bar, going as far to list the specific drink in waiting. Your absentee compadre then has 30 days to claim his or her beverage.
If craft cocktails are more your forte, you’ll want to make Tuesday nights at The Dram a mainstay. All evening, the lounge serves $5 classic cocktails like Manhattans, Old Fashions, mojitos, and gimlets. The Dram also has a rotating “Cocktail of the Week,” which is subject to the $5 deal. Did we mention they have an in-house photo booth? A word of warning: If you order a drink not listed on the menu, you will be charged full price.
Beloved dive bar Milo Butterfingers on SMU Boulevard has a deal for almost every day of the week. Our favorites, though, are on Mondays, when pitchers are discounted to $7 for light drafts and $8 for Shiner, and Sundays when you can buy $4 Fireball whiskey shots. Happy hour on Sunday also lasts from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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