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Happy hours: Monday through Friday 3-7 p.m.; Monday through Saturday 9-11 p.m.
1807 Gould St. • 214-428-1555 • leeharveys.com
In just a few years, Lee Harvey's has gone from being a somewhat prefabricated dive to the genuine article, thanks to the inimitable mixture of artists, musicians and colorful characters from the sketchy surrounding neighborhood. Tacos are just a buck on Mondays, the burgers (half-price on Tuesdays) and the onion rings are widely acclaimed, the patio enormous and the music usually top-notch. Go during happy hour when domestics and wells are $2.50, and stay till someone burns something noxious in the fire pit.
Happy hours: Sunday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Monday and Tuesday 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Wednesday through Friday 3-7 p.m.
8687 N. Central Expressway (inside NorthPark Center mall)
214-692-0001 • cibusdallas.com
Crispy thin-crust pizzas and select appetizers are half-price during this classy Italian ristorante's happy and reverse happy hours, as long as you're willing to sit outside or at the bar. Drink specials include $3 a glass for the slightly better-than-Franzia house wine and $4 for all beers (except for Chimay, drat). And at $5.50 to $6.50 apiece during the specials, the pizzas beat the hell out of Sbarro.
Happy hours: Monday through Friday 4-7 p.m.; Monday through Thursday 9-10 p.m.; Friday 9-11 p.m.
The Meridian Room
3611 Parry Ave. • 214-826-8383 • themeridianroom.com
Being a beer snob is a little bit easier during happy hours at this Exposition Park staple, when you can take $1 off drafts, so that Maredsous 8, Hoegaarden or Maudite can do the same amount of damage to your liver while lessoning the blow to your wallet. Wells and calls get the same discount, and domestic bottles are just $2.50. Though it predates the rise of the term "gastro-pub" in these parts, the food menu—featuring Guinness steak sandwiches, crab cakes, jalapeño hummus and house-made bread pudding—makes this Meridian prime.
Happy hours: Monday 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Tuesday through Friday 4-7 p.m.
2525 Wycliff Ave. • 214-599-9448 • dallasoishii.com
Its dull strip mall location doesn't look promising from the outside, and it doesn't look much better on the inside, either: In a half-assed effort to make Oishii look like an upscale lounge with club music nts-nts-ing away in the background, they forgot to tear up the linoleum and update the bathroom. Fresh, creative sushi makes up for the confusing atmosphere. On Tuesday, pick up to six sushi pieces for $1 each. See something you like on the dinner menu? Come back the next day for it, and take 50 percent off hot sake or a wine bottle.
Happy hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 5-10 p.m.
901 Fort Worth Ave. • 214-393-4141 • smokerestaurant.com
We didn't know how much we needed an upscale barbecue joint until the crew that brought us Bolsa created Smoke, where scratch-made, Southern comfort-food sides and four different house-made sauces complement juicy, thickly smoked slabs of serious 'cue. It's expensive, and it's worth it, but during happy hour you can lessen the blow to your wallet (if not your arteries) with $1.50 off beer, wine and select liquors.
Happy hours: Monday through Saturday 3-8 p.m.
2926 Maple Ave. • 214-871-2346
No drink specials here during happy hour, but the food's the real star at this historic (as in, dating back to 1973, which qualifies as ancient in this town) Maple Avenue hangout. Beat the dinner crowd and you'll get half-price appetizers, which include the meal-worthy smoked chicken nachos and the simple but satisfying queso verde. The crowd ranges from lawyers to people in dire need of a good lawyer to journalists (though sometimes the three are one and the same).
Happy hours: Monday through Friday 4-7 p.m.
For the Sporting Crowd
Frankie's Sports Bar and Grill
3227 McKinney Ave. • 214-999-8932 • frankiesbar.com
More is more at Frankie's. The TVs are huge and plentiful (seriously, they'd probably put them in the floor if it were possible), the serving sizes are massive and the attitude is outsized as well, with fries still referred to, apparently without irony, as "Freedom Fries" amidst corny jokes on the menu, such as referring to wraps as "Rapper'z" and stating "All Rapper'z served with subpoenas." But while the menu isn't serious, the dedication to sports—including UFC and World Cup action—is. In addition to daily drink specials, take a dollar off drinks during happy hour.
Happy hours: Monday through Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
2208 W. Northwest Highway • 214-358-4159 • humperdinks.com
An all-purpose bar with karaoke and decent bar food, Humperdink's is also a popular game-day destination with big enough TV screens to see from anywhere. It also excels in the beer department, with house-brewed lagers, bocks, stouts and seasonal brews that are far better than the prices would lead you to believe—especially during happy hour, when 16-oz. pints are $1.99, 23-oz. mugs are $2.99 and 32-oz. goblets are $3.99. Not feeling ale adventurous? Generic domestic 12-oz. bottles are $2.99. Wells are $2.99, and house wine glasses are $3.99.