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Where to drink in Dallas right now: 5 bars with best new happy hours

Where to drink in Dallas right now: 5 bars with best new happy hours

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September is here, and a new month means it's time for another episode of Where to Drink: the happy hour edition. A cocktail, beer, or glass of wine tastes nice at any price, but there's no denying it tastes a little sweeter when it's a deal.

Here's the latest new happy hours being served up at Dallas bars:

Acclaimed chef-driven Deep Ellum eatery has launched its first happy hour, which is unique because it runs not only on the usual weekdays you expect a happy hour, but Saturday, too. It include light bites such as spring pea guacamole, turnovers, flatbreads, and a "Bottle & Board" special for $25 featuring charcuterie and a bottle of red or white wine. Short rib sandwiches on Texas toast with fingerling potato chips are $10. Tempura broccolini with spicy dipping sauce is $8. And a cheese plate with goat cheese, fig & pear chutney, and crostini is $8. Tuesday-Saturday 5-7 pm.

Ocean Prime Dallas
Upscale restaurant in Uptown Dallas has a new menu in its lounge with smoked Gouda tater tots, King crab legs, hamachi crudo sushi roll, pear-grapefruit fizz cocktail, and more. During the Lounge Happy Hour, you get $5 off snacks plus special pricing on beer, wine, and cocktails. Monday-Friday 4-7 pm. There's also a special deal on Thursdays featuring oysters topped with frozen granita and glasses of Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs or Rosé: half price.

Paul Martin's Grill
Shmoozy Park Cities hangout has a new menu for its happy hour with dishes such as: Southwest veggie street tacos with sweet potato, corn, onion, and poblano; Buffalo cauliflower bites with celery and Danish blue cheese dressing; mushroom flatbread with roasted garlic, red peppers, white cheddar, and arugula; and steakhouse poutine with smashed potatoes, provolone, parmesan, gruyère, and gravy. Come on, those all sound pretty good, and they're all priced from $7-$10. New wines by the glass inclue Belle Glos La Alturas Pinot Noir, Rombaur Chardonnay, and The Prisoner Red Blend. Monday-Friday, 3-7 pm.

Sidecar Social
Newest concept by North Texas restaurateur Brent Tipps at Addison's Village on the Parkway has a "social hour" Monday-Friday until 6 pm with $4 call drinks, half-off house wine by the glass, and half-off flatbreads. They also have daily specials including half-price wine bottles on Mondays; $3 domestic draft on Tuesdays; $5 martinis on Wednesdays; $5 draft cocktails on Thursdays; and a late-night special of half-price flatbreads from 10 pm to close.

Toller Patio Kitchen + Bar
Newly opened Ross Avenue bar has unveiled a happy hour following its recent opening. Signature tapped cocktails are $6 and include the Pink Drink with vodka, strawberry and lemon; and Basil Smash with gin, lime, yuzu and Thai basil. Dos Equis and Miller Lite on draft are $3, and well drinks are $5. Discounted snacks and shareable bites include chips & queso, pimento cheese, Buffalo dip, hummus, and wings.