When: Every day from 3-6 pm
The deal: Brewing beer from an inauspicious storefront on historic W. Jefferson Blvd, Small Brewpub serves rustic American fare and offers $3 beers and $5 drinks, wines, and snacks on the daily. Pair their Black Pepper Pils with One Giant Smoked Wing, while you giggle like a grade school kid at the name of the latter.
Ten Bells Tavern
When: Monday-Friday from 3-7 pm
The deal: One of the best bar kitchens in town, Ten Bells offers consistently amazing dishes (short rib frites, duck confit hash, ginger beef spring rolls, etc.) that threaten to undermine its cozy, casual atmosphere. Equally casual is the seemingly spontaneous selection of drink and appetizer happy hour specials, ostensibly spun up on the fly with little regard for local writers attempting to compile details about said happy hour (ahem). $10 on a Tuesday night will get you a pint and small plate special, but beyond that it’s best to just swing into Ten Bells for an immensely rewarding game of chance. With no weak spots on the menu and a seasonal cocktail program yielding fantastic concoctions on the regular, the odds are in your favor.
When: Wednesday - Friday, from 4-8 pm
The deal: Part jukebox joint, part tiki bar, and all divine dive, Barbara’s is known for its convivial vibe, renowned karaoke nights, and backyard hot box. You’ll come for the $3 domestic longnecks and well drinks (and, if it’s Monday night, the martini specials). You’ll stay because they’re throwing a party for a dear friend and have offered you a slice of sheet cake.