DEBC's GOURDzilla Pumpkin Beer To Be Launched at Craft & Growler Right Now

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Credit: Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Just this picture is enough to make the people of Japan shit their pants.

Deep Ellum Brewing Company, fresh off some controversy over their marketing tactics, has fallen back to two ideas we can all get on board with -- gigantic dinosaurs who terrorize Japanese cities, and pumpkins. They even have a mascot for the special occasion. Ironically, Godzilla does not go down easily, as generations of oversized moths and robots can confirm.

Their new beer, a pumpkin English-style ale called GOURDzilla (the caps are to make sure you get the joke), launches this afternoon at Craft & Growler, from 2 p.m. onwards. Go after 5 p.m., and you even get to keep your glass.

So in demand is this new beer supposed to be (because pumpkins, goddammit), that there will be spillover pourings just down the road at Meridian Room and Pizza Lounge. Even better, the State Fair is over, which means no more people waving flags at you trying to force you to park in unlikely spots for amounts that vary by how fancy your car is. The beer is 7.5 percent ABV though, so make sure someone can pick you up once you've collected enough glasses to stock your cupboards.

Keep the glass night at the Libertine, I've discovered, is actually a legitimate way to obtain copious amounts of glassware. So glass-happy are they that you can really feel like you're doing something for the family at the same time as getting absolutely smashed, and how often does that happen? Your family -- drink GOURDzilla for them.

A Steel of a Deal at Anvil Pub

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Quittin' Time brings you tips on where to spend your happy hour drinking money.

Where: Anvil Pub, 2638 Elm St.
What: $1 off all liquor, most beer. Service industry Monday, half price food Tuesday, Texas booze Wednesday.
When: 4pm-8pm Monday through Friday. Additional discounts all night Monday to Wednesday.
Why: Because the vegan-friendly, bike-friendly Anvil is helping put Deep Ellum back on the map as an after-work pit stop. While many Dallasites are migrating toward Henderson or Uptown for a drinking fix, we'll still find a good excuse to head back to the old stomping grounds. In a hardwood, exposed brick interior, it's a pub that feels like a pub: a little gritty and never pretentious. Though the full bar is at our disposal, beer and scotch selections are where it's at, with an extensive menu featuring some harder to find favorites. (Try Spaten Optimator on tap.) Most days, a row of bicycles greets us at the door, parked in the rack up front. Though the working professionals usually make an appearance, most times the crowd is young to middle-age, sometimes a little sweaty from the ride over. With a daily dollar discount off all liquor, wine and most beers, along with half-price appetizers, that's reason enough for a visit. On top of that, Monday through Wednesday nights feature their own specials. Service industry Mondays draw a (duh) younger service industry crowd, who get a 20 percent discount off tabs. Tuesdays knock half price off the entire menu, and Wednesdays feature $2 Texas drafts and $4 Texas vodkas.

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The Dallasite Happy Hour: Where the Carpet Matches the Drapes, So to Speak

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Each week, Quittin' Time gives you the lowdown on local happy hours.

Where: The Dallasite, 4822 Bryan St.
When: Every day, 4-7 p.m.
What: $2.25 domestics, $3 wells Monday-Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. $3 wells Friday.
Why: Because unlike some bars in Dallas, where ambiance doesn't really match the pricing (if it's in a can it shouldn't cost over $2), The Dallasite brings cheap beer and Southern hospitality together in a pleasantly dirty dive.


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Barbara's Pavilion: Be of Good Cheer

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Quittin' time gives you the lowdown on local happy hours.

Where: Barbara's Pavilion, 325 Centre St.
When: 4-8 p.m. Monday through Friday,
What: $3 domestics and wells
Why: Because it's just like Cheers, where everybody knows your stage name, and Ted Danson lip syncs Lady Gaga in drag. Barbara's Pavilion is the cozy neighborhood bar where, as long as you're not an ass, everybody gets along with everyone else. If you are, you may find yourself facing the firing squad of owners, patrons and very angry queens ready to kick that attitude to the curb. The clientele is almost family at this point, as it's been a tight-knit neighborhood hangout for more than 12 years. This ramshackle dive, with a tiny particle board stage and antique store knickknacks scattered about, is primarily gay oriented, but not biased. Be you straight, gay or somewhere in between, it's hard to find a cold shoulder, and no one sits long without meeting a few of the more colorful regulars (whether you want to or not). Happy hour prices are average, at $3 domestics and wells, and it's not fancy or flashy. In fact, we can think of half a dozen hotter scenes in half the time it took Ricky Martin to come out of the closet, but we love happy hour at The Pav because the main pull is karaoke night Thursday and Sunday. And there's no better way to warm up the old pipes than an hour or two of liquid courage-building with the locals. Hosted by your friendly neighborhood drag queens, it's always comfortable, there's never much of a wait, rarely a judging jeer and the show tunes never end.

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Done Up With a Buzz On At Beauty Bar

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Quittin' Time is back, bringing you tips on where to get your happy hour drink on -- or not.

Where: Beauty Bar, 1924 N. Henderson Ave.
When: 5-9 p.m. Monday through Friday
What: $10 martini and mini-manicure, $1 off most drinks
Why: Because sometimes you just want to feel pretty. Why not treat yourself to a mini-manicure and martini at a fraction of the price either would normally cost alone? In a fresh venue doused in glittery gold, pink and emerald pastels, the hipster hangout with holdings from New York to Portland brings a glamorous option to the Dallas happy hour scene. For 10 bucks we got our nails done while sipping on a specialty martini made with Beauty Bar's own house vodka. They call it a 'traditional' mani, just a buff and a paint, but if you're lucky, a mini massage might accompany your after-work escape.

In keeping with the zeitgeist of the 1950s, "The Daddi-O," "The Rat Pack" and "The Ritchie Valens" are among the tasty beverage choices, best enjoyed while lounging in vintage dryer chairs after your midday indulge. Munching on free nuts, treats and the occasional cupcakes, it's not just a stop off for the pampered ladies. Whether arriving via fixed gear or minivan, the crowd pivots from business professional to frat boy to everyone and their mom. And if the more macho haven't been frightened away just yet, everything but tip-top shelf liquors are also a dollar off. Plus, with the amount of booze crammed into these martinis, though the manly may balk at "The Red Bouffant," as their saying goes, "remember not to fly off the handle or you'll end up in the can."


Frankly, Club Dada's Hot Dog Happy Hour Sounds Like A Deal To Relish

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Each week City of Ate will give you the lowdown on a local happy hour in Quittin' Time, with the details and why you should or shouldn't take up the featured bar or restaurant on its drink specials.

Where: Club Dada, 2720 Elm St.

When: Starting today, 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, through February

What: Hot Dog Happy Hour with $2 Lone Star and free hot dogs in the back yard

Why: In case you can't tell, we're pretty excited that this Deep Ellum institution is back, under new (and apparently competent) ownership and with a long-needed renovation that moved the bar from its obtrusive central location to the side wall opposite the stage.

We don't mean to step on Happy Eating's toes, but free hot dogs are a pretty fine deal. But we'd be excited even if the $2 Lone Stars were the only draw.



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Matinee Drink Prices During Happy Hour At The Texas Theatre Bar

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The Aviation, one of the Texas Theatre bar's specialty cocktails
Each week City of Ate will give you the lowdown on a local happy hour in Quittin' Time, with the details and why you should or shouldn't take up the featured bar or restaurant on its drink specials.

Where: The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, open to close (5 p.m. to midnight) Monday

What: $1 off draft beers and specialty cocktails, $2 select canned beers, $3 house margaritas, $4 wells

Why: Because you'll probably want a drink or two before the 8 p.m. screening of 1977 horror classic Suspiria tonight. In fact, you may need one afterward too -- and the Texas Theatre's bar is one of just a few in North Oak Cliff that stays open (at least, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights) until 2 a.m.

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You Can't Beat-O The Happy Hour At El Ranchito, Unless You Want Some Quiet-O

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Each week City of Ate will give you the lowdown on a local happy hour in Quittin' Time, with the details and why you should or shouldn't take up the featured bar or restaurant on its drink specials.

Where: El Ranchito, 610 W. Jefferson Blvd., 214-946-4238

When: 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday

What: $3.50 regular and $4 large margaritas, $2 to $3 draft beers

Why or why not: Because we're on something of a North Oak Cliff neighborhood-staple, old-school Tex-Mex kick lately. And if you arrive during that sweet spot between 2 and 3 p.m. when the lunch specials and happy hour overlap, you can score a full meal with a drink for under $10. But if you're looking for a quiet place for a serious conversation or some deep thinking, this is not the place for you.
 
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Cheap Margaritas Make It A Very Happy Hour At Tejano

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Jesse Hughey
Each week City of Ate will give you the lowdown on a local happy hour in Quittin' Time, with the details and why you should or shouldn't take up the featured bar or restaurant on its drink specials.

Where: Tejano Mexican Restaurant, 110 W. Davis St., 214-943-8610

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

What: $1.25 margaritas (regularly $2), $3.50 piña coladas (regularly $6.25), $3 Coors Light or Bud Light (regularly $3.59), $3.49 Dos Equis (regularly $4.79)

Why or why not: North Oak Cliff has become a hip, trendy dining destination thanks to an influx of new restaurants offering interesting new creations using seasonal, artisan, locally produced ingredients. This is not one of those restaurants. Tejano offers old-school throwback Tex-Mex where the cheese is orange, the beans are brown and the chips are greasy enough to fuel a biodiesel truck halfway to Austin.

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Brackets Gets Into The Happy Hour Racket

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Each week City of Ate will give you the lowdown on a local happy hour in Quittin' Time, with the details and why you should or shouldn't take up the featured bar or restaurant on its drink specials.

Where: Brackets, 5300 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 100 (at the Palomar, Mockingbird and U.S. 75)

When: Noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday

What: Half-price draft pints noon to 5 p.m.; half-price wells, domestic longnecks and pizza 5 to 7 p.m.

Why or why not: Because beer prices at Brackets went down this week, with drops of $1 to $1.50 each across the board, and happy hour prices make them downright reasonable. During an editorial lunch party last week, they ranged from $5 to $10, with Corona Light at $6.50 in one particularly galling example of price gouging. But that particular brew is down to $5 now, and several bottles are $4 apiece before happy hour discounts, with drafts at $5 per pint or $8 for a 24-oz. mug.

But it's sort of like a Dave and Buster's in that regard. If you're at this establishment, it's not for the cheap drinks...or the food or sports on TV, for that matter. The primary attraction is the games. Ping-pong, pool, shuffleboard and even Wii videogames are available to rent for $10 an hour--or free with food or drink purchase, on a first-come-first-served basis.

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