Happy hours: Monday through Friday 4-7 p.m.

The Old Monk

2847 N. Henderson Ave. • 214-821-1881 • oldmonkdallas.com

One of Dallas' most beloved European-style pubs, the Monk is sure to give you wood, one way or another: dark wood paneling salvaged from confessional booths, bar tables fashioned from barrels and cheese boards. Fine fromage is a perfect accompaniment to discounted drinks during happy hour when you can take $1 off drafts, domestic longnecks, wells and calls—including about 20 single-malt Scotches and premium Irish and bourbon whiskies. Or choose from more than a dozen craft and import brews on tap, including seasonals and new brews and a rotator tap dedicated to the yeasty greatness of Belgian beers.

Happy hours: Monday through Thursday 4-7 p.m.; Friday 3-7 p.m.

Vickery Park

2810 N. Henderson Ave. • 214-827-1433 • vickeryparkbar.com

A buck off wells, domestics and drafts makes this spot even more relaxing—a good thing in the Henderson area. It's a refreshingly authentic watering hole, nearly free of gymbots, though you'll see the occasional Michelob Ultra drinker. Shame, considering the number of good beers available—covered by happy hour and otherwise. Though they are wonderfully inviting against the dark hardwood, the seductive and strong Belgian blondes aren't discounted.

Happy hours: Monday through Friday 4-7 p.m.

Unwind With Wine

Arcodoro & Pomodoro

100 Crescent Court Ste. 140 • 214-824-1924 • arcodoro.com

There's more to Italian food and wine than Macaroni Grill's Chianti jugs and peppery bread. Sitting at the Doro bar or on the patio at this upscale Sardinian Italian ristorante, munch on complimentary finger foods and enjoy house red, white and Pinot Grigio at $7 a glass. For your non-wino friends, bellinis are $5, specialty cocktails are $6 or $7 and draft beers are $4 or $6.

Happy hours: Monday through Friday 4-7 p.m.

Bolsa

614 W. Davis St. • 214-367-9367 • bolsadallas.com

You probably know that Bolsa has been on the leading edge of the locavore food movement, using fresh, locally produced ingredients whenever possible in its unique culinary creations. But did you know you can get bottles from its carefully curated wine list—a well-rounded selection of reds and whites from South America, Italy, Napa Valley and Australia, organized by price and body—for half price on Tuesdays? Also, try any of the bar's specialty cocktails for $5 each during the daily happy hour.

Happy hours: Every Day open to 7 p.m.

Veritas Wine Room

2323 N. Henderson Ave. • 214-841-9463 • veritaswinedallas.com

With a creative but not overwhelming selection, Veritas favors small-production and hard-to-find labels (co-owner Brooks Anderson says Veritas nabbed three of only 18 bottles of the 2007 Evening Land Occidental Vineyard coastal Pinot available in the state). Pair wine with plates of locally produced meats and cheeses. Go for Monday's half-price wine by the glass, or during happy hour for $1 off all $8-and-under glasses of wine and all beers (except the already dirt-cheap Pabst Blue Ribbon [yes, a wine bar with PBR]), or $2 off all glasses priced at $8.50 and up.

Happy hours: Tuesday through Friday 3-7 p.m.

All Liquored Up

Absinthe Lounge

1409 S. Lamar St. • 214-941-9338 • absinthelounge.net

The bar specializes in absinthe cocktails, complete with the ceremonial presentation from an absinthe fountain with the Moulin Rouge-inspired touch of igniting the absinthe-soaked sugar cube. Even after you're over the allure of sipping the once-illicit anise-flavored liquor, it's a pleasantly dim, sultry spot with generous pours, competently executed cocktails, ambient electronic music and, during happy hour, $2 drafts, $3 wells, $4 calls and $5 martinis. Also, because it's also a cigar bar, it's one of the few bars in Dallas where you can legally smoke.

Happy hours: Every day 4-9 p.m.

Dubliner

2818 Greenville Ave. • 214-818-0911 • dallasdubliner.com

Laid-back, authentic and welcoming, this Irish pub is pretty much the exact opposite of most Lower Greenville bars and dance clubs. A dollar off domestics, drafts, wells and calls is a great way to acquaint yourself with some of the fine Irish whiskies (and Scotches too, if you must) on the menu. Wash them down with a discounted yet perfectly pulled pint of Guinness.

Happy hours: Monday through Friday 4-7 p.m.

The Loon

3531 McKinney Ave. • 214-559-3059 • theloonbarandgrill.com

The atmosphere is just like your Midwestern great-uncle's dank basement bar, complete with retirees and tatted-up artists who appear to be bonding at the well-worn bar over lovingly house-made sandwiches, Italian, Tex-Mex and bar grub. But they're really there for the four-finger pours. During happy hour, those troubles-easing drinks are even a better value, with discounts ranging from 25 cents to $1 off all liquor drinks. Discounts aren't available for those who miss entirely the point of The Loon and order beer or wine.

Happy hours: Every day 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Windmill Lounge

5320 Maple Ave. • 214-265-9105 • windmill-lounge.com

With an emphasis on classic cocktails made the right way, the Windmill Lounge is a great place to get a martini—and not one of those fruity abominations served in a cocktail glass (though they'd probably make you an appletini, cosmotini or whatever bimbotini you require without judging you too much). Take a dollar off drinks during happy hour, or take a chance on one of the daily $3 "Lucky Buck" specials. And check out the Best of Dallas™-winning jukebox, which sports an awesome selection of jazz, soul, country and rock.

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