Just in time for the State Fair, the DART Green Line's opened up five shiny new stations, including Victory, Deep Ellum, Fair Park, and beyond. Here are some stop-offs to get your drink on before the Midway sucks you drier than a Brit-com about geriatric actuaries:
Victory: The Boardroom (2990 Olive): Despite the ultra-lounge trappings, Board's specials're stout, with half-price pitchers all week 'til 7p, $2 tequila/25-cent wings on Wednesdays, and "Beat the Clock" light beer on Thursdays: 50 cents at 7p, $1 at 7:30, and so on, until you're actually beating the clock, because it looked at your girlfriend.
West End: West End Pub (1801 N Lamar, Suite 100); Dick's Last Resort (2211 N Lamar): The relocated Pub does a free Mon-Fri 4-7p buffet, plus slashes half off select mixed drinks on Tuesdays and serves $3 Amber Bocks/mojitos on Wednesdays. Meanwhile, Dick's offers a slew of weekday 4-7p deals ($2.50 domestic pints, $3.75 wine, $3.50 margs, $3 wells, half-off apps); flash your DART Pass/mention Thrillist, and they'll knock 15% off your food bill anytime throughout the Fair, provided you don't pull the red-in-Crips-country move of wearing a Big Johnson T-shirt.
Akard Street/St. Paul Street: City Tavern (1402 Main St); Swirll Wine Bar (1311 Main St): Through Sunday, flash Pass and drop Thrillist at the saloon-y Tavern for $2 wells or a $4 PBR/Jack "Dirty Dusty" combo; hit Swirll on Tuesdays for $4 house wine, or Mon-Fri 'til 7p for $2 off any glass, a deal that'll cause you to slur the end of words too.
Pearl Street: Draft Media Sports Lounge (In the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 400 N Olive): Through the Fair's run, whip out some Pass and say "Thrillist" to receive any drink for half price at the Sheraton's brand-new multi-mil sports bar/resto, tricked out with a 103-inch plasma, free Wii & pool, and, for those more interested in DeBarge than DeMarcus, private karaoke rooms.
Deep Ellum: Trees (2709 Elm); Lizard Lounge (2424 Swiss): Hit the Lizard Saturday before 10p and get free cover for their "Invasion of the Naughty School Girls" bash; on Sundays, stroll to just-resurrected Trees for $3.50 pitchers/$3 you-call-its, plus awesome-haired tribute act Metäl Shöp, self-described masters of "umlaut and pout".
Baylor University Medical Center: Elbow Room (3010 Gaston); Reno's Chop Shop Saloon (210 N Crowdus): Hit cozy dive Elbow for great pizza & jukebox tunes and an off-Ellum mix of hipsters, doctors, and nurses; amble over to Reno's to catch rear-garage-bay gigs by bands like Holy Hell Rod, Sever Display, and the Valentine Failures -- the only heavy band ever formed after making Feb. 14 reservations at Olive Garden.
Fair Park: Amsterdam Bar (831 S Exposition): Through the Fair's opening weekend, mention Thrillist/flash your pass for $3 wells & drafts (including Texans Franconia, Real Ale, St. Arnold's, & Live Oak) at the vaunted beer shrine that proved Amsterdam's about more than just...Vincent Van Gogh!