Best place to eat when your parents are paying: The Earle
121 W Washington St
If the parents (or anyone else) are picking up the tab, gently steer them to The Earle for one of Ann Arbor's finest fine-dining experiences: dark and dimly lit, with jazz tones hanging in the air, it offers can’t-miss options like beef tenderloin with Roquefort, as well as sautéed duck breasts, and has the kind of wine list anyone… err, OK probably just your parents, will appreciate. There is a dress code, so ditch the hoodie (or better yet, throw it in the wash) and grab something with a collar.
Best happy hour: Ashley’s
388 S State St
It’s not that it has a head-turning happy hour, rather, Ashley’s delivers everything perfectly. The prices hit for average here -- $3 select Founders pints, $4 well drinks, discounted appetizers (some, not all) and $1 off wine -- but with 60-plus taps representing the elite of Michigan brewers, and a cunning menu (spicy waffle fries topped with Stilton, anyone?), the 3-6pm slot on your calendar now has a considerably nicer look.