Each week City of Ate will give you the lowdown on a local happy hour in Quittin' Time, with the details on why you should or shouldn't take up the featured bar or restaurant on its drink specials.
Where: Beckley BrewHouse, 1111 N. Beckley Ave., 214-943-8977
When: 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
What: $1 off bottled beers, drafts and wells.
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Why or why not: The happy hour itself isn't the best in town. A buck off drinks isn't anything too drastic, and it ends before many of us have even made it out of the office parking garage.
But whether you make it in time for happy hour or not, the relaxed neighborhood vibe at Beckley BrewHouse--located next door to Spiral Diner in North Oak Cliff--makes it worth a visit--even if it's just for a game of Connect 4.
Diners, coffee drinkers and boozers alike can help themselves to games of the video and board variety, watch games of the professional or collegiate variety on plasma TVs or just sit back and enjoy tunes over the house soundsystem, with bartenders doubling as DJs. The homey vibe is no accident, as the bar, grill and coffeehouse was originally a residence--if a crack house can be called a residence. But there's no longer anything menacing about the place or its clientele--a diverse bunch of North Oak Cliff types from neighborhoods including but not limited to the relatively ritzy Kessler Heights.
Drinks include coffee/booze combos such as the Mochatini and Lattetini, girly shots like the Blowpop (Three-O Bubble Vodka and raspberry shnapps) and the Brewhouse Brown, a brown ale brewed exclusively for Beckley BrewHouse. Food includes slightly upscale takes on typical bar grub such as teriyaki burgers, paninis, great sweet-potato fries and gourmet pizzas.