Besotted on a Budget

A hunt for low-cost liquor in Broward County

The workweek shackles come off on Fridays, and after licking your ankle wounds, you can sterilize your tongue with devil's brew at a nice price. During Ladies Night at All Stars (2201 W. Sample Rd.), women drink wells and domestics free. Want to call your liquor? Lay two bucks down on the counter. They'll understand. Fat Cat's (320 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) has 2-4-1 on everything every day until 10 p.m, so it's a good place to start off the weekend. When I was there, I pointed to the Sapphire Bombay on a shelf way up high and asked the bartender, "Is that 2-4-1?" The kindly woman smiled patiently as I started to point to another bottle, and said, "Everything."

Come the weekend, you're more or less on your own. Sloppy Joe's (17 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.) has $5 buckets of five domestics, $10 for imports. But it's probably a good idea to get a good buzz going at Max's or Fat Cat's before heading to your party destination, 'cause remember, a penny saved is a penny you'll never have the painful experience of handing over to someone else.

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