"Happy hour" is a bit of a misnomer -- not the "happy" part (who doesn't love inexpensive drinks?), but the "hour" part. Why? Because Dallas' bars are wise and just and know that the glory of discounted drinks and unhealthy foods should last much longer than just an hour. Here are 10 geographically diverse Dallas happy hours you'd have to be a sad, sad person not to enjoy:
Uptown The special: $2 wells & domestics; $4 select wine, Monday-Friday, 4-7pm It’s pretty much always happy hour in New Orleans, so it makes perfect sense that The Quarter Bar would have a happy hour that would fit in just fine on Bourbon St. The patio boasts a fine view of the world's greatest skyline, and the interior courtyard is perfect for all seasons. Watch out for the Uptown Trolley on the way out!
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Deep Ellum The special: $2 wells & domestics; $3 drafts, Monday-Friday, 5-9pm. Happy hour extends all night Monday & Tuesday! Would your mom ever mix you chocolate milk after a long day at school? Well, take that chocolate milk, put it into a margarita machine with whiskey, and slap some tattoos on your mom and we have a Yoohoo Yeehaw at the Double Wide. Their "CHEAP A$$ Happy Hour" is a favorite among local musicians and anyone else who needs to forget about their day-job.
Downtown The special: $1 off all drinks, Monday-Friday, 4-7pm Dallas may have a reputation for being a "tear down" city, but an exception was made for this historic building built in the late 1800s. Instead of tearing it down, it was moved, brick-by-brick, a few blocks South, and is now home to Green Door Public House. Every window is filled with views of the skyline and the patio is spacious for Downtown.
Oak Cliff The special: $5 cocktails, Monday-Friday, 4-7pm, and all day Tuesday & Wednesday! The dream of the 1890s is alive in Oak Cliff. Yes, they brew beer at Small Brewpub, but for happy hour, the focus is on their historically inspired cocktails. Each week, the bartenders pick five cocktails to reinterpret from Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide, first published in 1862. Gin Fizz, anyone?
Lakewood The special: Cheap house margaritas ($3 small, $4 large, $1.50 off drafts and half-off apps), Monday-Friday, 2-6pm. If you grew up in east Dallas, chances are, you ate at Matt’s quite a bit. Though Shirley Temples may no longer be part of your repertoire, Matt’s is still there for you with more adult beverage options. Their new-ish location has a much-upgraded bar area, and they still don't mind if you insist on having queso for dinner.
Highland Park / SMU The special: $3 wells; $3 domestic drafts; $4 house wines, Monday-Friday, 4-8pm A staple for any SMU student, Barley House is that standard-yet-necessary bar for any college area. Plus, walking to and from the bar comes in handy when the deals are this good.
West Dallas The special: $2.50 domestic; $3.50 house margaritas, 11am-7pm daily It’s a party every time you walk into Stratos Taverna; napkins are flying, belly-dancers are jingling, and most importantly, the drinks are being served as fast as they can be poured. The double-decker patio fills up in the warmer months, and (super-bonus!) the entire food menu is 1/2 off on Monday and Tuesday nights.
Addison/Richardson The special: $3 pints on Mondays; $1 off draft wall, Thursday 4-7pm Before the craft beer explosion of recent years, finding somewhere pouring more than the standard mix of domestics and imports was an arduous task. The Flying Saucer has been catering to "Beer Knurds" since before chocolate stouts and pumpkin-spiced dunkels were part of the regular lexicon. For the truly dedicated, there is a spot on the "Ring of Fame." for your personally engraved plate, commemorating your love of brew.
Plano The special: $2 cocktails; $3 off drafts, Monday-Friday, 4-7pm As the saying goes, "You can have your cake and whiskey too"... or something like that. There are 100 different whiskeys, bourbons, and Scotches to choose from. There are, unfortunately, not 100 different cakes. But there IS a cake made with whiskey.
Frisco The special: $5 house pours; $2 off wines by the glass, Monday-Friday, 4-7pm As it turns out, the suburbs aren’t all bad. Bars like Eight 11 stand as proof that you can find a warm, homespun atmosphere in the outer reaches of Dallas. This house has been converted into a bar, Austin-style, offering a nice respite from the cookie-cutter subdivisions and generic storefronts of suburbia hell.
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