Turn 3

23032 Sandalfoot Plaza Drive, Boca Raton, 561-483-1964, turn3sportsbar.com

A stock-car-enthusiast bar nestled in a west Boca Raton strip mall that's anchored by a Western Beef supermarket: paints a pretty accurate picture of what you'll discover inside this smoke-filled drinking den located in the Sandalfoot Plaza (this is not the typical BMW-driving, Prada-purse-carrying Boca Raton we all know). This extremely smoker-friendly locals' joint with spinning rubber tires affixed to ceiling fans attracts an older clientele of blue-collar types — a large percentage of whom seem to wear bandannas and know one another on a first-name basis. The $1.75 domestic drafts and $2.25 well drinks are the specials. There is also a crock pot filled with mystery soup in the front of the place for those hungry (or inebriated) enough to try. Alex Rendon

Tarpon Bend's happy hour is the best kind: It starts early and runs late.
Michael McElroy
Tarpon Bend's happy hour is the best kind: It starts early and runs late.
Michael McElroy

Chops Lobster Bar

101 Plaza Real S., Boca Raton, 561-395-2675, chopslobsterbar.com

An upscale steak and lobster joint is probably not the first place that comes to mind as an after-work stress reliever. But make it to this exquisitely decorated restaurant, located in a prime sector of downtown Boca Raton, during its happy hour (5 to 8 p.m. Sunday through Friday), and enjoy discriminating pleasures like succulent pan-fried baby lobster tails and supple baked blue oysters at nearly half off. Washing them down with Chops' chilled-to-perfection, hand-shaken martinis is a luxurious treat that can cure just about any work-related malaise. Alex Rendon

Baja Café

201 NW First Ave., Boca Raton, 561-394-5449, bajacafe.com

Located on the wrong side of the tracks in downtown Boca Raton, this hidden Cali-Mex gem makes the best proper margaritas this side of the Rio Grande. Its rustic, Mexicali-style interior — with stained-glass windows depicting cacti and rancheros, and clothes hanging from laundry lines — oozes character as well. The colossal salted-top libations are on special every day, like two for one all day Wednesday. Although not on special, the aptly named "kick ass"(Milagro Silver tequila, triple sec, and orange liqueur served in a 17-ounce glass shaped like a ranchero boot) will be a swift kick in the rear to get you rightly sloshed. If straight up is more your style, the deep selection of tequilas gets the specialty treatment as well. Alex Rendon

American Rock Bar

1600 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954-428-4539

The name American Rock Bar should probably give you an idea of what type of music will be blaring from the sound system in this sparkling new bar in Deerfield Beach's Cove Shopping Plaza. But besides hard-rocking tunes amid posters of rock 'n' roll legends such as the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, what really brings the 20- and 30-somethings here is the chance to party Jim Morrison style: a three-for-one happy hour. That's three well, call, premium liquors, martinis, house wines, or domestic drafts for the price of one — the stuff alcoholic dreams are made of. Keep an eye out for the stripper pole in the back bar room too; it's put to good use by patrons as they become more and more uninhibited. Alex Rendon

The Cove

1754 SE Third Court, Deerfield Beach, 954-421-9272, thecoverestaurant.com

For 30-plus years, this massive Deerfield Beach waterfront restaurant, with three separate bars, has been the most consistent spot for after-work libations. Its idyllic, picturesque location, right on the Intracoastal, only adds to the convivial vibe, which can get downright raucous on its legendary Friday nights. That vibe makes this one of Broward County's most notorious meat markets. An eclectic crowd — ranging from businessmen, barflies, and frat guys to beach bunnies and boater types — pack the bar from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. It keeps the specials pretty simple: half off all drinks. Get there early enough and you'll also enjoy tasty, free appetizers such as chicken wings and corn fritters. Alex Rendon

Crabby Jack's

1015 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach, 954-429-3770, crabbyjacks.biz

Exactly what kind of crabs you are going to get when walking into this working-class version of Hooters on Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach remains to be seen, but what's guaranteed every night of the week are cheap drinks — mainly $1.25 Icehouse drafts and $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon tallboys during happy hour until 7 p.m. You'll also get 69 (classy!) percent off everything from 9 to 10 p.m. — that works out to $1 Miller Lights and $1.32 Heinekens. Dress casually here, because the staff surely will be, most wearing short shorts that barely cover their posteriors. Alex Rendon

Big Bear Brewing Co.

1800 N. University Drive, Coral Springs, 954-341-5545, bigbearbrewingco.com

The two-for-one specials on well drinks and house wines offered are nice, but let's cut to the chase: Everyone comes to this Coral Springs brewpub for happy hour to savor some deliciously crafted microbrews. Although one dollar off its five regularly-on-tap beers and three seasonals isn't a whole heck of a lot, be grateful for any discount offered on these freshly concocted drafts of beauty. The headliner here is the Kodiak Belgian Dubbel, a sweeping, full-bodied Belgian-style abbey ale brewed with authentic Belgian ingredients — it could be mistaken for the nectar of the gods. Alex Rendon

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