Each week City of Ate will give you the lowdown on a local happy hour in Quittin' Time, with the details and why you should or shouldn't take up the featured bar or restaurant on its drink specials.
Where: The Ginger Man, 2718 Boll St., 214-754-8771
When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday
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What: 50 cents off pints, $2 off pitchers. Additionally, Sunday is Service Industry Night, with all-day happy hour prices for service employees, and Mystery Beer Day, in which customers draw a number and get the corresponding beer for $4.
Why or why not: The beer discount could be better, honestly. But hey, it's better than nothing, and the prices on craft and domestic brews aren't too bad to begin with. If you're in Uptown and feel like a beer-centric bar a bit more homey and welcoming than the Common Table or the nearby Meddlesome Moth, the well-worn (established in 1992) Ginger Man fits the bill.
If you're in the mood for Oktoberfest beers (and with the temps finally settling under 100, it's now or never), the Ginger Man offers them from Spaten, Magic Hat (Hophead recommended) and Brooklyn -- and next week, Shiner's Oktoberfest will be the featured keep-the-glass pint for the weekly Tuesday Pint Night.
The big, shaded patio is a fine place to enjoy your pint, as is the bar, where you can window-shop for your next pint or talk with one of the knowledgeable bartenders. The warm wood tones, dartboards, vintage signs, picnic benches in the back yard and spacious upstairs seating area all give this versatile bar a neighborhood pub feel.