Kelsie and I have set out on a super important and profound project: establishing the best happy hour spots around town.
It’ll involve a lot of hands-on research and in-depth analysis. What restaurant has the best drink specials? Who is serving up delicious deals on appetizers? Where can you extend your happy “hour” into an after-work party? It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.
Part of grown-up world is planning weekly (maybe daily) happy hours to help get us through the 8-5. Personally, I think every hour should be happy hour, but I guess that sort of defeats the purpose. As we get settled into our new neighborhood, we’ve found there are almost (dare I say) too many exceptional bars and restaurants in the area to choose from. This leads us to The Happy Hour Chronicles- a way to keep track of our favorite places to wind down after work. This week we’re talking about Cru Wine Bar. Cru is a personal favorite of mine because A) it’s walking distance from our apartment and B) their specials involve wine, pizza and champagne (YAS). Cru is the perfect place to split a bottle of wine with your girlfriends, or serves as a chic date spot to grab drinks. Considering most of my go-to happy hours include margaritas, chips and queso, Cru offers an opportunity to “class” it up a bit while still scoring some good deals.
We decided to go on National Pizza Day (best day EV-ER) because it landed on a Monday and that means…PIZZA MONDAY at Cru. Every Monday from 4:00-6:30 p.m., if you purchase a bottle of wine you get one of their six stone-fired pizzas for free. And the ‘za is amazing.
Daily happy hour specials also include small plates ranging in price from $3-$5 and $3 off glasses or flights of wine. All of the appetizers are delicious, but the steamed mussels and the goat cheese beignets top my list.
Arguably the best day to stop by Cru is Thursday for “Champagne Charm” night. Every Thursday, all bottles of champagne are 50% off all evening. Girls’ night is calling.
Dallas Locations | West Village- 3699 Mckinney Ave., Dallas TX 75204; Shops at Legacy- 7201 Bishop Rd., Plano TX 75024; Watters Creek- 842 Market St., Allen TX 75013
Happy Hour | Monday-Friday 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.; small plate specials, $3 off glasses or flights of wine
Daily Deals | Monday- 4:00 – 6:30 p.m., buy a bottle of wine & get a pizza for free; Thursday- all evening, 50% off champagne by the bottle