By Amanda Morgan Fann—Asst. Photo Editor
The first weeks back to school can be stressful, and sometimes one just needs a cool (or strong) drink and good company. However, as college students, we often have little funds for a fun time. The solution? Utilize local Happy Hour deals.
Here is my own list of favorite hotspots for that after-class load off, all within walking distance from campus, so there is no need to bother with atrocious downtown parking. Whether your class ends at 2:50 p.m. or 8 p.m., there is definitely a place you can roll into.
The Bitter Alibi
Down the road sits The Bitter Alibi on Houston St. The townhouse exterior leads to a three-level interior. Each floor reveals a different look, from cozy café to traditional pub. They are renovating the upstairs cocktail bar, The Fix, in the coming weeks, but it is still open for business (save for Mondays and Tuesdays for private events). The communal atmosphere is perfect for a quick after-class group gathering; they even have an immense stack of old board games.
Happy hour at “Bitter” occurs on weeknights from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m. to close: $1 off drafts, $3.50 well liquor, and $4 wine by the glass. They offer a special deal each week day, so your taste may determine when you pay Bitter Alibi a visit. A typical week looks like $10 carafes of champagne on Mondays, $5 margaritas on Tuesdays, $3 wine Wednesday, $3 select beer cans, and $2 Narragansett Fridays. Catch me at Bitter on Wednesdays.
Tupelo Honey Café
Located on Warehouse Row and a 10 to 15-minute walk from campus is Tupelo Honey Café. This restaurant has a southern rustic style and comforting feel. My favorite spot for a drink is the spacious yet inviting patio. Happy Hour is from Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: $5 snacks, $4 cocktails, $5 draft beers, and $5 wines. I go for the Cider-Mosa, an orange juice and hard cider mix; 10/10, would recommend.
Minutes from campus on Patten Parkway sits The Honest Pint. This place embodies the meaning of a neighborhood Irish pub, a place of fun and camaraderie. A step through the door transports you to another time and place away from 21st-century America. It’s a great spot to be among friends, play pool, throw darts, devour Irish dishes, and relax with a pint. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: $1 off Premium Irish liquors, and half-price Irish draughts, wings, and cheese dip.
Just a five-minute walk from campus on Georgia Ave, Jefferson’s is a hotspot for college students. Jefferson’s, a mix between a dinner joint and bar, offers reasonably priced food with a fun-loving atmosphere and great friendly service. Jefferson’s Happy Hour is 3 p.m. until close and offers the biggest bang for your buck: $2.50 domestic pints, $2.50 domestic bottles, $3.50 premium and import bottles, $3.50 LITs, $3.99 margaritas, $4 Wells, $4 fireball shots, $4.50 Jack and Cokes, $4 house wines, and $10 LIT & margarita pitchers.
Located in the Dwell Hotel, Matilda Midnight gives patrons a blast from the past with major 70s vibes. The dark bar is lit by little twinkling lights, and it feels as though you are having a sip under the stars. The décor provides a great photo opportunity, so bring that friend that knows how to work your angles. Happy Hour is daily from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.: $6 well drinks and discounts on house wines.
Whether you had a hard day or week of classes and work, or if you just want an exciting, relaxing, and deal-breaking drink to take the edge off, these are just a few of the many spots downtown to give you, whatever your tastes for drinks and environments, exactly what you are looking for.