A Happy Hour With Pours So Generous They Must Be Loon-y
Where: The Loon, 3531 McKinney Ave. (at the corner of McKinney and Lemmon), 214- 559-3059
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day
What: Varies from 25 cents to $1.00 off liquor.
Why: The drinks aren't especially cheap, even after a happy hour discount, but you won't be needing too many of them. And the pork sandwich is awesome.
|This is what you get when you order a Jameson on the rocks. We're almost scared to find out what a double would look like.|
But even a stiff drink isn't reason enough to make just any old bar a destination. Fortunately, The Loon's clean, homey feel, completely unpretentious clientele and great food make it all the more rewarding a happy hour destination.
Just as diverse as the menu is the crowd. During a weekday afternoon visit, it consisted almost entirely of 60-something men, with a scattering of younger folks of all persuasions--black, white, hipster and squared-away. According to our server--a very sweet, slightly flirtatious young woman working with a bleached, faux-hawked female bartender--the crowd gets younger later in the evening, attracting mostly SMU kids and professionals on weekends and service-industry types early in the week.
That was a bit of a surprise; the well-worn, no-frills dive atmosphere with minimal decorations, dim lighting and distressed old hardwood booths doesn't seem like the place that would attract yuppies and SMU students. Guess they're willing to slum it for such enormous drinks. And those same drinks would make it a hell of a lot more tolerable to spend an evening with them.