In the October chapter of Where to Drink, Mondays are big, very big, with Monday-night specials dominating the field. There's also one venue doing the "graduated" theme where the earlier you show up, the cheaper it is.
Money isn't everything, but it sure is nice to get a drink at a discount.
Here are the best new happy hours for October.
Downtown restaurant from chef Bruno Davaillon is joining the tiki party on Mondays with a twist called French West Indies Tiki Monday. The French West Indies is the home to Agricole Rhum, which is made from local sugarcane that is cut, ground, and pressed into fresh juice. The result is an intensely grassy, earthy spirit, different from the rums made from molasses. The lineup includes authentic drinks such as Ti Punch, Planter Punch, Agricole Daiquiri, and Green Swizzle, from $9 to $12. Mondays 5:30-10 pm.
Neighborhood restaurant in the heart of Lakewood does it all: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a nice happy hour on weeknights. Everything's $5: well drinks, craft beer on tap, and Mono Martinis. You can also get $5 off wine carafes. If that's not enough, the kitchen stays open until midnight Friday and Saturday nights. Hours: Monday-Friday 5-7 pm.
Plano's "gourmet backyard" restaurant is here for the ladies big-time. They host a "Ladies Night Out" every Wednesday, with half-off on a menu of food and cocktail specials all evening. Dishes include wood-fired oysters and buffalo meatballs, and drinks include a pineapple martini. Mondays are "uncorked" night with 1/2-off bottles of wine with the purchase of any entrée.
Paul Martin's American Grill
Shmoozy restaurant on Oak Lawn Avenue recently debuted a happy hour menu with small plates, sandwich pairings, and select drinks starting at $6. Happy hour cocktails include favorites like the Raspberry Martini and Sparkling Lemonade plus new drinks such as the Whiskey Buck with Evan Williams Black Label Bourbon, strawberries, lemon, Q Ginger Beer. Daily from 3-7 pm in the lounge.
Fun outdoor Uptown Dallas venue just started a new "graduated" happy hour that bumps up a dollar as every hour passes. It starts at 3 pm, when beer, house wine, and frozé are $3. From 4-5 pm, the price is $4. From 5-6 pm, it's $5. By beer, they mean draft, bottles, and cans, all at happy hour prices.