Happy hours: Monday and Tuesday Open to Close; Wednesday through Friday 5-8 p.m.

Lakewood Landing

5818 Live Oak St. • 214-823-2410 • lakewood-landing.com

The self-professed "Upscale Dive" offers cheap, strong drinks and cheap, strong burgers. Wood paneling, beer signs and a well-worn pool table make it like the rumpus room you always wanted. And, while there's no live music, it's a popular hangout for East Dallas musicians and their friends because of the homey atmosphere and the jukebox. One of the best in town, it's heavy on indie and classic rock and country. CDs by Big Star, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, The Pixies, The Clash and more are represented. And, as our Girl Drink Drunk reported on our food blog, City of Ate, it takes priority over sports on TV: During a power outage last year, the first thing plugged into an emergency generator wasn't a television, but the jukebox.

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

Renfield's Corner

2603A Routh St. • 214-397-0300 • renfieldscorner.com

Come Wednesday for happy hour and stay for the free live music. And not the usual Uptown cover bands sleepwalking through '80s covers—recent bookings include Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees and winners like RTB2 and The Beaten Sea. Happy hour includes $2.75 domestic longnecks or $1 off all drafts (and the draft selection shows an emphasis on American craft beers), wells, calls and house drinks—like the house-made sangria or the Purple Jesus, a chilled concoction of Tito's vodka infused with grapefruit, cherry and orange.

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

Dives and Dirt-Cheap Drinks

The Old Crow

1911 Greenville Ave. • 214-828-2769

Great anytime for cheap drinks, and with its extensive happy hours (including all day on Sunday), they're even cheaper most of the time, when a dollar discount on drinks gives you $2.75 domestics, $3.75 imports and $3.50 wells. With its motley assortment of yard-sale decor and plentiful dirt-cheap suds like Busch Light, the Crow is a refreshing contrast to the upscale aspirations of its Lower Greenville neighbors.

Happy hours: Sunday noon-2 a.m., Monday through Saturday noon-9 p.m.

The Quarter Bar

3301 McKinney Ave. • 214-754-4940 • breadwinnerscafe.com

The "Quarter" in the name refers not to drink prices but to New Orleans' French Quarter, which inspires this intricately designed bar adjacent to Bread Winners Cafe. Located in an Uptown building dating back to the 19th century and expanded room-by-room over its 10 years, it has the same deceptive quality of some historic Bourbon Street bars where it looks small on the outside but seems to contain so many nooks and crannies on the inside that you suspect some kind of architectural hoodoo. Decorated with antique furniture and signs (sample: "Ladies, please do your soliciting discreetly"), it's a close enough N'Awlins imitation that after a few $2 wells or drafts during happy hour you'll think you're there.

Happy hours: Every day 4-7 p.m.

Ships Lounge

1613 Greenville Ave. • 214-823-0418

The quintessential Dallas dive, Ships is always a cheap option, but even more so during happy hour when domestics drop to $2 apiece. For that price, surely you won't mind acting like a grown-up while you're there: Cussing and other rowdiness will get your ass—beg pardon, get your butt tossed out. Along with having no potty-mouths, the bar also has no food, no credit card machine (so bring cash) and no liquor, though you can bring your own.

Happy hours: Every day 4-7 p.m.

Shuck N Jive

5315 Greenville Ave. • 214-369-9471 • shucknjive.com

A friendly, eclectic mix of service industry types, older neighborhood regulars, SMU students and young professionals make for a hoppin' happy hour on the covered patio and at the bar as they mingle over $1 drafts of Bud and Miller Lite or take $1 off well drinks. The fried seafood specialties, particularly the oysters, aren't too shabby either at this casual Gulf-style seafood joint.

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

Patio Pleasure

The Amsterdam Bar

831 Exposition Ave. • 214-827-3433 • amsterdambar.blogspot.com

Depending on your mindset, this feature of The Amsterdam Bar will either put it to the top of your must-visit list or eliminate it completely: There are no TVs. That's right, you have to actually talk to people—which is expedited by $3 wells and $4 drafts during happy hour every day (and $3 drafts all day Tuesdays). Conversation topics could include the great selection of craft brews and imports, barbecue techniques if you're using one of the two grills on the enormous patio, or the cool decor inside the cozy old building.

Happy hours: Every day 2:30-7 p.m.

BarBelmont

901 Fort Worth Ave. • 866-870-8010 • belmontdallas.com

A beautiful poolside view of the Dallas skyline is reason enough to spend a very contented happy hour outside the bar. Seen enough? Then head inside and check out the art installation in the lobby and bar area, where the exhibit changes every six weeks. Stick around after happy hour on Thursdays for "Dive In" movie screenings (which alternate with live music performances), and bands and DJs on weekends.

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