Cocktails On The Cheap: Half-Off Sips At Nashville’s The Sutler Saloon

Well, I can officially knock cocktails in the “Music City” (Nashville, Tennessee) off the Lushworthy bucket list. Over the weekend, myself and a couple of blogger friends took part in our first ever #LushYumBeauty press trip. We sipped and noshed our way through both Chattanooga and Nashville, and had an amazing time while doing so.

I love a good Happy Hour turn-up, so I was excited to discover that The Sutler Saloon, one of the restaurants we visited while in Nashville, offered just that. All of the cocktails on their menu are half-off from 3 to 7 P.M., Monday through Friday. 

A cocktail fav for me from The Sutler was “The Slingshot,” which is made using Gordon’s Gin, orange bitters, lemon, and sweet vermouth. I know that a lot of people tend to treat gin cocktails like a wicked step-kid because of past experiences. Trust me, a well-made gin cocktail will change your entire outlook on life. And “The Slingshot” has the ability to do just that. Taste-wise, it was like biting into a gin-infused orange. The orange flavor is heavily present thanks to the bitters, but there isn’t that tart ickyness you sometimes get from OJ. It. Is. Good!

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

 

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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).   

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

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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.

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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. 

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

 

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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. 

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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. 

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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