By Dr. Ink
What do you get when drinks are sold inexpensively yards away from a table of complimentary chicken burritos and cheese enchiladas?
Answer: A rousing happy hour at Casa Guadalajara in Old Town and odd human behavior.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
By Dr. Ink With lengthy food and drink choices that include 130 varieties of draft beer falling into numerous style categories, Yard House seems intent on sending customers into a head spin. But nobody’s complaining; especially during happy hour when you can potentially wash down a tower of onion rings with a half-yard of craft beer for under $15 — or even less if you stick to the domestics.Read More
By Dr. Ink Comics of Disney’s Darkwing Duck and Asian superheroes frame a giant chalkboard at Whistling Duck Tavern, the newest addition to the HUB shopping center in Hillcrest. The board lists about 25 tap beers, assorted wines and eight types of sake in a playful atmosphere where East meets West.Read More