Boston's on the Beach

40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, 561-278-3364,

Boston's has been a Delray Beach hangout since before most of us hipsters were born. A few steps from beach sand, there's a good chance you'll see some girls fresh from the beach still wearing bikini tops and sarongs. The bikini show comes at a price, though. You will hear "Margaritaville," and, worse, everyone there will be really into it. It's the kind of South Florida experience that sells some serious tourist T-shirts. That being said, the bar is usually packed during the 4 to 7 p.m. happy hour Monday through Friday, when bottled domestics and drafts cost $2.75 and house wines are $4.25. Boston's also makes one hell of a truly mind-altering Boston Strangler (Bacardi 151 Rum, Hiram Walker apricot brandy, orange juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine), and when you've had too many, you can simply stumble back to the beach. Hopefully with bikini and sarong. Maggie Dove

Michael McElroy
Taco Tuesday packs T-Mex, top.
Michael McElroy
Taco Tuesday packs T-Mex, top.

The Ugly Mug

5065 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-498-0634

If you feel really bad about your crappy lot in life, go to the Ugly Mug. You will realize upon entering that your life could be a lot worse. Don't take this wrong; the patrons at the Mug are friendly people who will talk your ear off, but the conversation will probably sound like the lyrics to a Jerry Reed song. "She left and took the truck, the kids, the dog...," you know how the song goes. If you ask the bartender for a Corona, he will call you a beer snob. But if you like a salt-of-the-Earth working-class crowd, cheap beer, and tons of it, the Mug is open from 11 a.m. to 5 a.m., with happy hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. That's eight solid hours of half-priced Bud Lights, $2.75 well drinks, and pints for $2 to $2.50. You can use all that money you save to buy yourself a new liver. Maggie Dove

Mellow Mushroom

25 SE Sixth Ave., Delray Beach, 561-330-3040,

The happy hour at Mellow Mushroom runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with Sam Adams, domestic bottles, drafts, house wine, wells, and Smirnoff available for $3 each. As if that weren't enough, drafts are half off from 7 to 11 p.m. Monday, and bottles are half price from 7 p.m. to closing on Tuesday. The place even has its very own (surprisingly fantastic) signature beer, "The Bogart," for $1.50 per pint during happy hour, which is actually less expensive than a plain old iced tea. Most of the bar area is full of men watching sports, and most of the indoor dining area is full of families with children, so if you hate it when sports and babies harsh your mellow (and who doesn't?), go drink outside on the patio. And if you like a little pizza with your beer, get the Funky Q barbecued chicken pizza. Maggie Dove

Max's Grill

404 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-368-0080,

Boca Raton's opulence is in full bloom at this upscale bistro and bar in Mizner Park. During happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., the curbside tables are the place to see and be seen for power brokers donning three-piece suits and Botoxed cougars jostling for position aside the Bentleys and Lamborghinis pulling up to the valet. Drinks are remarkably well-priced for such a swanky establishment — $2.25 domestics, $2.50 Heinekens, $4 house wines, and $5 house mixed drinks. And the scrumptious mixed tapas — sesame tuna tartare, spicy duck tacos, and truffle Parmesan fries being the most delectable of the lot — are only three for $13. It's a great way to accompany your reasonably priced drink with the upper crust. Alex Rendon

MoQuila Restaurant and Tequila Bar

99 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-394-9990,

When it comes to beautiful, upscale Boca Raton dining, MoQuila takes no prisoners. You'll meet lovable conservatives who spend more on an appetizer than you do on rent, trophy wives with more plastic in their faces than flesh, and elderly tycoons who just want to dine in peace. Well, that's why MoQuila's happy hours — 5 to 7p.m. Sunday 4 to 7 p.m. and Monday through Friday, when the cheap-drink-seeking riffraff saunter in — are all the more fun. MoQuila generously (and dangerously) serves three-for-one drinks and $2 gourmet tacos. With scores of tequilas to choose from and beautiful, knowledgeable bartending babes, you can guzzle down the best margarita you'll ever have in your life, then top it off with two more (for free!). And directly after that, you will attempt to dance on the bar, which will send those WASPish old rich folks running. Tara Nieuwesteeg

O'Brien's Irish Pub

51 SE First Ave., Boca Raton, 561-338-7565

This lively spot one block east of Federal Highway on First Avenue in Boca Raton has filled the unpretentious-Irish-bar void left behind by Daniel O'Connell's (both figuratively and literally, as O'Brien's opened in the exact location of the former, defunct bar.) Every day from 4 to 8 p.m., you'll encounter an equal number of Florida Atlantic University students and middle-aged regulars sipping away at O'Brien's $2 domestic bottles and well specials. The hearty Pabst Blue Ribbon tallboys are the drink of choice for most. If you happen to be at this cozy red-brick-walled spot on a Tuesday night, stick around, because the college-night beer-pong competition can get rather intense. Alex Rendon

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