Ten happy hours where the bar tab won't ruin your day

Scene: clubs, bars, nightlife

March 25, 2004|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

Ah, the post-work fete.

The combination of a little nosh, a few tasty beverages and a lot of socializing may seem an appealing way to end another hard day on the job.

But the expensive reality - rounds of $4 beers and a few plates of overpriced appetizers - can daunt even the most hard-core happy-hour partier.

These weekday events don't have to break the bank, however. Lower-priced options are now offered in many of Baltimore's bars and clubs.

The following is a LIVE guide to 10 local spots where you can eat and drink on the cheap.

McFadden's Restaurant and Bar

Stop by the Power Plant Live on Friday for McFadden's all-you-can-drink night.

From 5 p.m.-10 p.m., sip house wine, draft beers, domestic bottles or rail mixed drinks for one $10 cover charge.

McFadden's Restaurant and Bar is at 10 Market Place, in the Power Plant Live complex. For more information, call 410-779-7101.

Ropewalk Tavern

This Federal Hill spot is hopping on Tuesday nights, when wings are 25 cents apiece from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Blue Moon beer is also specially priced - pints are $2 until the bar closes for the evening.

The Ropewalk Tavern is at 1209 S. Charles St. Call 410-727-1298 or visit www.rope walktavern.com.

Bull's Eye Bar & Grille

Savor a variety of Mexican fare for just a few bucks Mondays at the Bull's Eye Bar & Grille.

Mexican pizzas, soft-shell tacos and burritos are $2 at the bar.

If you prefer American cuisine, the 12 oz. strip steak and baked potato dinner will set you back $8.99.

The Bull's Eye Bar & Grille is at 7653 Harford Road. Call 410-426-1944.

Little Havana

Staff at this waterside location say the bar's best deals are on Monday nights, when selected sandwiches are half-price.

The discounted dinners, including beef and veggie burgers, are available between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., when you can pair your meal with a selection from the $1.75 draft list.

Little Havana is at 1325 Key Highway. Call 410-837-9903 or visit www.littlehavanas.com.

Frazier's on the Avenue

Specials abound most nights at this Hampden spot, but one of its best bargains is offered every Monday.

From 5 p.m. to closing time, you can wash down $6 cheese pizzas with $1.50 pints of Yuengling lager.

Frazier's on the Avenue is at 919 W. 36th St. Call 410-662-4914.

Duda's Tavern

This Fells Point watering hole offers a Thursday night steak special that'll give you a heap of meat and potatoes for under $10 ($9.99 to be exact).

Duda's Tavern is at 1600 Thames St. Call 410-276-9719.

Kooper's Tavern

Kooper's Tavern starts the work week with Monday specials that include crab cake sandwiches for $7.99, Sam Adams products for $2 and half-priced nachos.

The deals begin at 8 p.m. and run until closing time.

Kooper's Tavern is at 1702 Thames St. Call 410-563-5423 or visit www.koopers.com.

Mother's Federal Hill Grille

Like Frazier's, this spot has a variety of regular specials. But the most notable deal at this Charles Street grill is offered on Wednesday nights.

After 5 p.m., chow down on any entree (except the filet and two-crab-cake platter) and pay with a Hamilton (that's a $10 bill for those of you who never look at your money before you spend it).

Mother's is at 1113 S. Charles St. Call 410-244-8686 or visit www.mothersgrille.com.

Admiral's Cup

The Admiral's Cup offers a wide variety of cheap eats during happy hour.

Every day from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., bar customers can order wings for a quarter each, oysters for 50 cents apiece and a half pound of shrimp for $6.95.

Happy hour microbrews and selected imports are $3.

The Admiral's Cup Cafe is at 1645 Thames St. Call 410-522-6731.

Kisling's Tavern

Fill up on wings Sunday at Kisling's Tavern.

The little chicken parts are only 20 cents apiece, so you can eat until you're stuffed for a handful of bucks.

Rolling Rock beer is also on special - bottles are $1.50 every night of the week.

Kisling's Tavern is at 2100 Fleet St. Call 410-327-5477.

For more club events, see Page 34.

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