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Happy hours: Monday through Friday 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and 10-11 p.m.
Lakewood's 1st & 10
6465 E. Mockingbird Lane • 214-826-0110 • 1stand10dallas.com
The 1st & 10 has been cleaned up from its dive-bar days, and now offers Barbie-doll cocktail waitresses, fried bar foodstuffs, plenty of enormous flat screen TVs and an eclectic neighborhood crowd that's enthusiastic about whatever game happens to be on. Take $1 off wells, drafts and wine during happy hour.
Happy hours: Sunday through Wednesday 4-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Londoner Addison
14930 Midway Road, Addison • 972-458-2444 • londoneraddison.com
If you watch soccer more often than every four years, you need to put this pub in your regular rotation. But futbol fanaticism aside, the menu features authentic British pub grub including and beyond fish and chips, such as steak, mushroom and ale pie and chicken curry. The beer list features authentic English ales like Fullers ESB and Old Speckled Hen. And it's owned by a real, live soccer-mad Londoner, Barry Tate, who opened the first outpost in Addison in 1995, following with locations in McKinney (now closed), Uptown and, just last month, Frisco. Come on Tuesdays for pint nights if you need to stock up on glassware at home, or happy hour any time for $1 off drinks.
Happy hours: Tuesday through Friday 4-7 p.m.; Sunday and Monday open-close
Gay Ol' Time
325 Centre St. • 214-941-2145 • barbaraspavillion.com
Part tiki lounge, part gay club, part karaoke destination and all fun, Barbara's Pavillion (yes, there's an extra L) is as fun and homey as it is hard to find. During happy hour (and all day Tuesday), the bar offers $3 domestic longnecks and wells, plus a special martini menu on Mondays.
Happy hours: Monday and Wednesday through Friday 4-8 p.m.; Open to Close Tuesday
Chan Thai Club
312 W. Seventh St. • 214-948-9956 • chanthaidallas.com
A friendly, diverse and gay-friendly crowd from the surrounding Bishop Arts neighborhood makes the club side of Chan Thai like a little version of Cheers—if Cheers served free Thai appetizers during happy hour and had a clientele that wasn't exclusively straight white people. Drink specials include $1.75 to $2.75 draft beers, $2.50 wells and $3 house wine.
Happy hours: Every day 4:30-7 p.m.
The Grapevine Bar
3902 Maple Road • 214-522-8466 • thegrapevinebar.com
The Grapevine Bar might just be the most garishly decorated dive in Dallas, but the shrieking barrage of kitsch has nothing on the colorful clientele. Artists, stylists, musicians and professionals of every color and sexual orientation find the cheap drinks, black-and-neon pool table, basketball half-court and rooftop patio a cheerfully eccentric place to relax. During happy hour, most drinks are just $2, and Sundays and Mondays extend fun time with $3 drinks until closing time.
Happy hours: Sunday through Tuesday 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Wednesday through Saturday 4-7 p.m.
2303 Pittman St. • 214-741-3131 • jacksbackyarddallas.com
The name refers to the spacious yard outside the bar and restaurant areas, a green space that probably has amenities that your own backyard doesn't: a stage with live music two or three nights a week, plenty of patio furniture and fire pits to huddle around during cooler times. Hidden off Fort Worth Avenue where it meets Commerce Street in northeast Oak Cliff, this bar and grill is worth the couple of U-turns a newbie is likely to make trying to find it. The crowd is usually equally split between lesbians and gays and their straight friends. Happy hour offers $3.25 domestics and wells, and $3 calls all night on Thursdays.
Happy hours: Monday through Friday 4-7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Drink Up And Rock Out
2624 Commerce St. • 214-939-9900 • adairssaloon.com
Just like a great honky-tonk should, Adair's offers original live, local country and roots-rock every night of the week and dirt-cheap drafts that are even cheaper ($1.50!) during happy hour. As if you needed more reason to go, this Deep Ellum dive offers legendary hamburgers and additional food and drink deals most days of the week. Happy hour is rounded out by $7 beer pitchers, 75 cents off $3.50 wells.
Happy hours: Every day 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Bryan Street Tavern
4315 Bryan St. • 214-821-4447 • bryanstreettavern.com
As you'd expect from the crew that brought you the Barley House, the booking tends to favor friends and former band members of Sorta, but recent shows have also included British punk legend Wreckless Eric. Surely he appreciated the competent soundman and interesting use of garage-sale decorative pillows for dampening. Bryan Street offers daily drink specials, but happy hour in this case is a discount on pizza, with a 16-inch one-topping pie available for $10. And that's a deal we wholeheartedly endorse, as the crispy pizza gives Campisi's a run for its money as far as thin-crusts go.
Happy hours: Every day 4-7 p.m. and 9 p.m.-midnight
3510 Commerce St. • 214-887-6510 • double-wide.com
Call it the Double-Wide dilemma: It's never easy to choose where to drink. Hang out in the bar to be closer to the booze, velvet Elvis paintings and Big Buck Hunter game? Have a seat outside on the cheap patio furniture or one of the (disconnected) toilets? Pay a cover to listen to whatever rawk band Chelsea Callahan has booked for the night? Arrive early (or any time Monday or Tuesday) and have a $2 domestic or well while you think it over. Other specials include half-price drafts Wednesdays and $3 calls Sundays.