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By Daniela Andrea, NewsCastic

If you’re one of those college students tired of waking up the next morning to the sight of your bank account frowning at you (followed by a phone call from your parents because you spent too much money on drinks for a night you half remember), then lucky for you we were able to search and stumble around the Dallas area for the greatest happy hour deals in town that won’t make your wallet (or parents) cry. Here are the 10 of the best happy hour deals for every broke college student (that is of legal age to drink).

1. The Rusty Taco

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More of a restaurant than bar, this underrated yet awesome place offers great deals not only on their unique and incredibly appetizing handmade tacos but on beers as well.

Located on Greenville, The Rusty Taco’s “Loco Hour” offers half-off beer, margaritas and $2 chips and queso. On a regular day, their import beers are $4, regular beer is $3 and margaritas are $5. However, come during their happy hour (which is Monday through Friday from 3-7 pm) and you can enjoy $2 import beers such as Corona, $1.50 for regular beer and $2.50 margaritas!

And if that isn’t loco enough, their delicious tacos are all under $3. This place is a must if you’re looking to enjoy a cheap meal with great drinks, sitting in a large outdoor pet-friendly patio along with good music.


2. Milo Butterfingers

A well-recognized bar for SMU students, Milo Butterfingers has been around for 40 years and their popularity never fades, for good reason.

This sports bar offers $1 off beer pitchers and $.50 cents off liquor during their Happy Hour. Besides that, you can enjoy $10 Bud Light/Miller Lite pitchers and $11 Shiner Bock/Dos Equis pitchers on Milo’s Monday Night Pitchers. On Tuesdays, they offer $3 well drinks and $3 pints on Wednesdays.

3. The Grapevine Bar

Located on Oak Lawn, this funky dive bar is everything you need if you’re looking to kick back with friends in a laid-back, casual environment. Besides offering a large outdoor patio, rooftop deck, basketball court, PlaySation and one of the best jukebox’s in the city, The Grapevine Bar’s Happy Hour deals shouldn’t be overlooked.

Open 7 days a week, the bar has two Happy Hours: Sunday to Tuesday from 1 pm until close and Wednesday through Saturday from 3-7 pm. Their deals include $3 PBR, house wine and liquor; $3.50 for domestic beer, drafts and imports; and $4 for frozen drinks.

You also don’t want to miss out on their signature drinks such as the Bellini, Tangarita and the PomPom.


4. The Quarter Bar

Located in the heart of Uptown Dallas, the Quarter Bar features French-Quarter-themed decorations, hence the name. For those who don’t know, the French Quarter is a staple of New Orleans and the atmosphere inside this bar feels just like it.

Besides having nightly specials and being associated with Bread Winners Bakery & Bistro, Quarter Bar’s Happy Hour includes $2 wells and domestic beers, and $4 select wines — Monday through Friday from 11 am until 7 pm. If you’re looking to experience a little bit of the Big Easy, this is the place to go.


5. The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

If you are a beer aficionado, look no further. Located in Addison, The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium has over 200 beers to choose from with 90 plus beers on tap. By paying $18 you can become a “beerknurd” and join the U.F.O Club, where you will receive a personal magnetic card you can swipe every time you enter the bar to keep track of the beers you’ve tried.

Once you’ve made it to 200, you can join The Ring of Honor, the highest achievement. Here you can find $3 pints on Mondays and and $1 off draft wall every Thursday from 4-7 pm. Not so much a “happy hour” but if you’re living in Dallas, it would be a crime to say you’ve never checked this place out.


6. Katy Trail Ice House

This newly popularized place has been the talk of the town recently and there’s no doubt as to why. Located right next to the Katy Trail and extremely pet friendly, people from all over Dallas gather at the Ice House to enjoy an evening out with their dogs and friends — and if you happen to be running on the trail, it’s the perfect place to stop for a quick drink, be it water or alcohol. Katy Trail Ice House’s Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from 4-7 pm and features $1 off wells and domestics.


7. Adair’s Saloon

For those who love country music and dancing then this is the place to be. Located in Deep Ellum, Adair’s is an authentic and very unique dive bar that knows how to keep the fun going at all times. Not only can you listen to free live music on the weekends but their Happy Hour specials are something to dance for. From Sunday to Friday starting at 2pm and ending at 8pm, Adair’s offers $3.75 for wells, $1 off cans and drafts and finally $2 off pitchers of domestic and premium beers and for the price of free, you can have a grand old time.


8. Sneaky Pete’s

The perfect place to feel like a summer getaway. Sneaky Pete’s offers a giant pool deck, sand volleyball court, paddle boards and a great happy hour. Besides getting a tan, you can also get $1 off wells, wines and bottled beer from Monday to Friday starting at 11am until 7pm, all day on Tuesday’s and $4 house margaritas on Thursdays. This is the perfect place for you if you’re looking to cool off, relax and feel as if you were on vacation.


9. Sushi Axiom

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Kind of like a hidden gem, Sushi Axiom located on Belt Line in Addison is a quiet, relaxed restaurant that offers mouth-watering sushi and Happy Hour. This this a great place to come to if you want to sit back and talk with a couple of friends, have a delicious meal and chat over drinks. Their Happy Hour special, which is from 3 to 7pm Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday includes $2 beers, $4 wells, $5 wines, $7 signature martinis and $5 sake.


10. Barley House

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Last but not least, The Barley House is a vivacious pub located on SMU Blvd and is something you definitely don’t want to miss out on any day of the week. This cool bar features a fairly large outdoor patio, live band/music and arcade games towards the back, and besides having delicious food specials, their happy hour deals are fantastic. The Barely House sells draft and bottled beers, along with wine and mixed drinks. From Monday through Friday they offer $3 wells, domestic drafts, $4 house wine, $3 pints and $8 pitchers of Miller Lite and Bud Light starting from 4 to 8pm. If you’re also looking for food specials, Wednesday’s they have half price mouth-watering wings and $1 off Texas drafts and Friday’s tasty half price pizza from 11am to 8pm that features a $4 cocktail.

However it doesn’t stop there! During the weekend, the bar offers $8 pitchers and $4 Bloody Marys from 11am to 6pm on Saturday’s and $8 pitchers along with $4 deep eddy vodka on Sundays.