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Bars & Happy Hours

Going pink

Posted: November 17th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink Red is my preferred color for wine and roses. I never compromise when buying the latter although after a protracted bout of drinking petite syrah, cabernet sauvignon and jammy zinfandels (my three favorite varietals), I’ll succumb to something crimson, like a semi-dry trollinger blend from Wurttemberg, Germany.

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Five-dollar everything

Posted: October 20th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink

For those with a tight wallet, happy hour at Dunedin New Zealand Eats in North Park is the equivalent of finding a rare blackjack table in Las Vegas that welcomes $5-minimum bets.

The exquisitely designed establishment opens up its entire 20-tap beer system for an easy five spot per glass during daily happy hour, and also includes a couple of select wines and several appetizers for the same price.

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Suds, spuds and little people

Posted: September 8th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink

I started going to bars at around age 6. My grandfathers on both sides would take me for neighborhood walks that always included a few tavern stops. They’d show me off to their drinking buddies, buy me a 7UP, and give me a few dimes to play Skee-ball.

But the thrill was short-lived because I was usually the lone child in these places — a playful soul who preferred hanging outdoors with my peers.

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‘Project’ complete

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink

A redesign plus new beers and a revised menu have turned The Brew Project into the kind of establishment it was probably meant to be for nearly the last two years.

Until recently it operated under a dual concept, as a full-service restaurant and drinking joint. Now you order at the bar and then hang out wherever you want – inside or outside the multi-level structure, which was built in 1902 as a Craftsman house.

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In gin we trust

Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink

Various media outlets recently reported that Queen Elizabeth throws down four alcoholic drinks a day. Good for her. I would, too, if I lived within walking distance of Trust Restaurant or had the budget for daily car or carriage service.

Like the queen, I’m a fan of gin. She supposedly prefers hers straight up. I dig mine in a classic Bee’s Knees, a Prohibition-era elixir containing fresh lemon juice and a touch of honey — exactly how Trust makes them. It’s one of a dozen cocktails on the happy hour list that are reasonably priced at $7 each.

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Mulitas and margaritas

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink Named after the owner, who is not related to the former president, Jimmy Carter’s has been around since 1991 and offers some of the best green salsa and carnitas dishes in town. It also has a daily happy hour, which features those consumables plus more along with cocktails, wines and craft beers priced slightly below their regular prices. The salsa and chips are free.

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Hard lemonade dilemma

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink For those who eschew chain restaurants, Wood Ranch Grill offers a little more style and plenty of breathing space, at least when dropping in for happy hour held on weekdays in the roomy bar lounge. In addition, the drink and food deals cover all bases, starting with a decent craft beer list. All of them — either drafts or by the bottle — are $2 off their regular prices.

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Time-tested sangrias

Posted: June 30th, 2017 | Bars & Happy Hours, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink Although you can score reliably good wines from South America, Spain, California and even Hungary and Slovenia, the fortified sangrias at Wet Stone Wine Bar & Café are show stealers, especially when summer days parch your palate. Owner Christian Gomez, a seasoned traveler, wine connoisseur and self-taught chef, opened Wet Stone nearly 10 years ago in the front, ground-level section of a residential Victorian built in 1896.

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