Cocktails On The Cheap: $12 Bottomless Sangria At Decatur’s Calle Latina

 

calle-latina-sangria-1

From noon to 5 P.M. on Saturdays, heaven resides inside of Calle Latina, thanks to the Decatur restaurant’s bottomless sangria. For only $12 per person, you get to indulge in their homemade sangria while you nosh on empanadas, ceviche, and other Latin-inspired bites. 

I’m a big fan of the empanadas at Calle Latina, so I’ve visited the restaurant quite a few times, but I finally had the chance to check out their bottomless sangria a few weeks ago. Let’s just say, I’m already plotting my return. The sangria is tasty, and the waiters don’t hesitate in giving you fresh carafes of sangria for you and your homies when you start getting low.

In addition to their bottomless sangria on Saturdays, Calle Latina also offers bottomless mimosas on Sundays, and a variety of other boozy specials throughout the week.

You can find Calle Latina at 406 Church Street (right outside of Decatur Station).   

Continue Reading

Cocktails On The Cheap: Pour It Up In Phuket, Thailand

phuket-cheap-cocktails

While finding cheap drinks in Phuket, Thailand is no struggle, you can easily fall into the tourist trap of overpriced hotel drinks and their dreaded service charges, and weak, pricey drinks at nightclubs. If you’re planning a trip to Phuket anytime soon (which you should) here are a few, boozy tips I gathered from my time there. 

Street Vendors Are EVERYTHING – The cheapest drink I came across during my travels in Phuket was a 50 baht mojito from a street vendor near Karon Beach. 50 baht is roughly $1.50 in American dollars. $1.50 mojitos make me very, very happy, and I am forever indebted to the group of ladies making these tasty concoctions. And yes, the mojitos were very tasty.

If you pay $1.50 for a mojito, you probably expect a cheap rum paired with an even cheaper, pre-made mojito mixer. Well, that’s not how they roll in Phuket. Although there was likely cheap rum involved, they did use fresh mint and lime. There was also lots of muddling involved. 

Also, I read a lot of warnings in regards to Phuket street vendors and the quality of ice they use, and how it relates to err…gastrointestinal issues. So, I should share that I didn’t have any problems on that end.

phuket-cheap-cocktails-2

Indulge In Hotel Happy Hours – Out of the three hotels we stayed at in Phuket, two of them had daily Happy Hours. Both hotels had buy one, get one free specials for about two hours each day. One hotel in particular, Hotel Ikon, had an all-day special on Mai Tais, which was right up my alley. I may have had one every day, during our stay. I can’t remember the exact price in baht, but I do know that each Mai Tai was about four dollars and change. 

Continue Reading

Cocktails On The Cheap: Sippin’ On A Budget In Hong Kong

 

sugar-hong-kong-cocktail

Hong Kong has gained quite the reputation for being one of the costliest cities around. But if you’re looking to get your drink on, there are definitely ways to do that without breaking the bank. Following my recent trip to Hong Kong, I gathered a few tips on how you can enjoy your cocktails on the cheap while in the Pearl Of The Orient. 

ovolo-aberdeen-beer

Complimentary Happy Hour At Ovolo Hotels – Well, it doesn’t get any cheaper than free. During our stay in Hong Kong, we stayed at the Ovolo Aberdeen Harbour, and were treated to a complimentary, two-hour Happy Hour every darn day. Seriously, it was great. The staff put out a selection of wines, spirits, mixers, and snacks during those two hours, and you’re allowed to serve yourself. They also fill your FREE mini-bar with local beer. Again, it was great.

The Ovolo Aberdeen Harbour is on a pretty chill side of Hong Kong Island. I personally enjoyed it since we were able to take advantage of cheap food and less hustle and bustle. But if Aberdeen isn’t quite your style, there are several Ovolo hotels in Hong Kong to choose from. 

Continue Reading

Cocktails On The Cheap: Complimentary Happy Hour For Guests At Miami’s Hotel Croydon

Hotel Croydon Happy Hour

Due to an unfortunate Airbnb experience, my best friend and I unexpectedly found ourselves at the Hotel Croydon, during a recent visit to Miami Beach. The hotel came with a number of perks (free shuttle service to and from the airport, fruit-infused water, etc.) , but as you can imagine I was most impressed by the daily, complimentary Happy Hour. Happy Hour is already a gift from the gods, so when complimentary drinks are involved, it’s almost too much Lushworthy-ness to handle. Don’t worry though, I managed.

Hotel Croydon’s complimentary Happy Hour takes place every day for hotel guests, from 7 to 8 P.M. at the bar inside The Tavern. All you do is flash the bartender your room card and you’re good to go. Happy Hour options consist of drinks made using vodka, tequila, whiskey, or rum and a variety of fruit juices. So, don’t expect pina coladas or Manhattans. Since the complimentary Happy Hour ends at 8 P.M., it’s a nice pre-game before you head down to South Beach where you’ll likely spend an arm and a leg, and another leg on cocktails.

20160430_193248
Enjoying a cocktail or two…definitely two.

If you don’t plan on visiting the Hotel Croydon anytime soon as a guest, there’s also their regular Happy Hour, which is also pretty sweet. It takes place every day from 3 P.M. to 6 P.M. and 11 P.M. to 3 A.M., and features $3 domestic beer bottles, $5 well drinks, and more.

Continue Reading

Cocktails On The Cheap: LA’s Best Wine Happy Hour

Little Next Door Happy Hour

Me: “Excuse me, is your Happy Hour special for all wines on the menu?”

Waitress: “Yep! All wines by the glass.”

Me: “!!!!!!!!!!”

Not sure about you guys, but I don’t think I’ve ever come across a Happy Hour that features half-off an entire, and quite extensive, menu of wines. Well, I lucked out in the most Lushworthy of ways during my recent trip to Los Angeles. My friend and I were really craving French macarons, so we did some research online and came across Little Next Door. We immediately made our way to Little Next Door and soon discovered that we arrived during Happy Hour. Cha-ching! After being informed that all wines were half-off, I ordered a glass of Rose to go with my macarons. And then more Rose. And then another macaron. And then possibly more Rose…I can’t quite remember.

The Rose was delish, and in my opinion it paired well with the assortment of macarons I ordered. I absolutely loved their salted caramel-flavored macaron. I ordered a pistachio macaron, but it came straight out of the fridge or freezer, and was a little too cold to be enjoyed. The third flavor may have been vanilla. Tasty, but the salted caramel was hands down the best.

Also, in addition to boasting a stellar Happy Hour, Little Next Door is a welcoming, well-decorated establishment. Heavily French-themed with ample space outside for people-watching while you sip on your wine of choice.

Oh! Almost forgot the most important part. Happy Hour at Little Next Door takes place from 4 – 7 PM, Monday – Friday.

Cheers!

Continue Reading

Cocktails On The Cheap: $5 Pina Coladas & Punch Of The Day At Decatur’s The SOS Tiki Bar

The SOS Tiki Bar Pina Colada

It’s not often that you stumble upon a tiki bar while walking through a dimly lit alley in downtown Decatur. Okay, maybe said alley wasn’t that dimly lit, and I was familiar with The SOS Tiki Bar long before stumbling upon it, but you get the idea.

Pina coladas, daiquiris, and other tropics-inspired concoctions are high on my list of favorite cocktails, so I wanted to visit The SOS Tiki Bar as soon as I received word that the bar would be replacing Paper Plane.

Also, they have a daily Happy Hour special, which features various punches, so my enthusiasm was heightened even more. I assumed their Happy Hour punches would feature solely rum, but the punch of the day when I stopped by featured cognac as the main spirit. It was the “Beach Cobbler,” and was made using cognac, sherry, raspberry, lemon, sugar, and soda. I can’t say I was a fan. It wasn’t bad, just not my speed.

I did enjoy their pina colada, which was only $5. FIVE FRIGGIN’ DOLLARS. In case you’re wondering, I felt the need to repeat that price because A) $5 for a real pina colada is pretty insane, and B) The pina coladas at The SOS Tiki Bar were initially $10, but were brought down to $5 back in December. Let’s all go ahead and embrace that win for a moment.

With its $5 pina coladas, rotating Happy Hour, and retro, tiki bar vibe, I’m very much looking forward to my next visit to The SOS Tiki Bar.

Continue Reading