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$20 Can Get You This Lit Around The USA!

$20 Can Get You This Lit Around The USA!

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Post Date: January 01, 2018

So let’s say you’re headed out either here in our headquarters city of Washington, DC or elsewhere in the United States and you have $20 to spend. Does this seem crazy? Sure. But, if you go out as much as we like going out, the occasional “ballin’ on a budget” night just makes sense. That’s why we took a look at what nightlife drink prices are like right now not just in the Nation’s Capital, but in New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New Orleans, just as a public service. As the year picks up and the nights get longer, the desire to head to the bar, wherever you are, is certain to increase. Here’s more than a few suggestions for getting “the most bang for your buck,” “having a quality night on the town,” or “needing to hit the ATM!” Wherever you decide to go, we’re certain to see you soon! Names of establishments are hyperlinked!





WASHINGTON, DC

MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
BARCODE’S HAPPY HOUR
FOUR SWEET HEAT MARGARITAS

Located in the heart of office buildings and corporations in downtown DC, Barcode’s Happy Hour is a long popular post-work destination. If looking for a way to drink away the stress of a long day, the half-off combination of jalapeno tequila, agave nectar, fresh lime, and cucumber water definitely does the trick.

A QUALITY NIGHT ON THE TOWN
THE HEIGHTS TAPROOM
THE POUR MY BEER SELF SERVICE BAR

In the midst of the upper 14th Street Columbia Heights neighborhood lies The Heights Taproom, an award-winning bar that has automated its beer service via the “Pour My Beer” system. Started in Chicago and now making its way to DC, the electronic service uses a swipe card that lets patrons pour their own beer and wine from the tap, with the exact dollar amount stored on the card. Swipe the card and pay at the end of the night!

NEED TO HIT THE ATM
JACK ROSE DINING SALOON

At the base of NW DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood is upscale whiskey drinker destination location Jack Rose Dining Saloon. Of its many premium beverages, the Blood & Sand (Jack Rose Kilchoman 5-year Scotch plus Luxardo Sangue Morlacco, house vermouth, and OJ) and the Old Fashioned featuring Jack Rose Maker’s Mark 6-year bourbon with house barrel-aged bitters and sugar both sound very appealing.


NEW YORK

MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
BEAUTY BAR
A COCKTAIL, MANICURE, AND TWO DOMESTIC BEERS?!?!?!

The Beauty Bar concept blends classic kitsch with modern fun, and there are five locations nationwide. Beauty Bar’s NYC concept is located in Brooklyn, and one of its most entertaining features is the “manicure and cocktail for $10” offering. Headed out to BK with a lady friend? Get her the manicure and cocktail and you get two craft beers, and it’s a unique night on the town.

A QUALITY NIGHT ON THE TOWN
DUTCH KILLS
COCKTAIL AND A DOMESTIC BEER

Dutch Kills is one of NYC’s newest bars and features craft cocktails with hand-cut ice served a dark, throwback-style space. Yelp reviewers note that they “have fantastic cocktails with even a selection of hot cocktails to choose from that provide a great vibe.”

NEED TO HIT THE ATM
AIR’S CHAMPAGNE PARLOR
A GLASS OF VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE

Located in Manhattan’s West Village, this champagne bar offers quality sparkling wines at everything from store prices to far more expensive offerings.


MIAMI

MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
LIONESSE WETLAB
SIX MOJITOS

Yelp notes that this popular hangout near the University of Miami campus is an “essential” South Florida dive bar. Located right alongside the West side of South Beach, there’s amazing people-watching as well as the aforementioned quite inexpensive beverages. Miami always delivers much more than expected and this picturesque “not-so-hole-in-the-wall” fits that standard.

A QUALITY NIGHT ON THE TOWN
BLACKBIRD ORDINARY
TWO SPECIALTY BOTTLED COCKTAILS

The Miami New Times voted this upstart establishment as having the city’s “Best Ladies Night.” However, there’s also the house-made “bottled” cocktails that come in Mason jar-sized containers that are worth the trip, too. This hotspot is best described as “almost a full-on craft cocktail bar” where it’s “fun when packed.” A sweet tea vodka, blackberries and lemonade-based drink. Right?!?!? Wow!

NEED TO HIT THE ATM
THE REGENT COCKTAIL CLUB
THE REGENT PUNCH

How many beverages do you know are immortalized in the pages of multiple magazines worldwide? The Regent’s Punch is worth putting down more than a few dollars to sample as its blend of green tea, champagne, citrus fruits, brandy, arrack, rum, and sherry is a more than regal treat.


LOS ANGELES

MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
MANDRAKE BAR
FOUR SHOTS AND FOUR BEERS AT HAPPY HOUR!

Inglewood is still up to no good as Mandrake Bar shows all sorts of “California Love” at happy hour. Four shots and four beers? An amazing deal, and with a taco truck located right down the street, plus foosball and quality indie-to-mainstream pop spinning DJs inside, there’s ideally something for everyone.

A QUALITY NIGHT ON THE TOWN
RHYTHM ROOM
COLD BREW COFFEE AND WHISKEY COCKTAIL + A BEER

Pool tables, ping pong tables, darts, board games, and live music in an underground night spot? Yes, that’s the case at LA’s Rhythm Room. An eclectic craft cocktail menu includes the blend of cold brew coffee and rye whiskey, which to this journalist could be the 21st century’s answer to the Red Bull and vodka cocktail!

NEED TO HIT THE ATM
LA DOLCE VITA, BEVERLY HILLS
THE GENTLEMEN’S DRINK

Frank Sinatra was an early investor in this Beverly Hills restaurant where the “Gentlemen’s Drink” is by request only.  Made with Jack Daniel’s rare Sinatra Select Fair-trade, European sugar cubes, Angostura bitters, and a dash of water, it’s the perfect drink for, as Sinatra once sang about, a “quiet night under quiet stars.”


LAS VEGAS

MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
CASINO ROYALE
TEN FROZEN MARGARITAS

Okay. So you’ve never EVER been gambling before. So that whole, “if you keep spending then the house keeps buying” thing is flying over your head. If this is the case then the Best Western Casino Royale’s very inexpensive, yet high quality frozen margaritas are certain to do the trick. The hotel’s casino features blackjack, craps, and roulette tables aplenty as well?!?! This sounds like quite the evening for certain!

A QUALITY NIGHT ON THE TOWN
OMNIA NIGHTCLUB

The Heart of Omnia Lounge has a beautiful view overlooking the Las Vegas strip. All brass, mirrors, and velvet everything, it’s just as opulent looking as the nightclub where Calvin Harris is a resident DJ. Described as “a haven amidst the club’s otherwise chaotic atmosphere,” if you’re on the list to get into the club, it’s definitely worth hanging in here and enjoying a cocktail.

NEED TO HIT THE ATM
XS NIGHTCLUB
THE FIVE STAR

Take that $20 spot to the blackjack table at the Wynn Nightclub’s casino, get REALLY lucky, cash in your chips, head into XS Nightclub, then place your order. The Five Star includes Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 Year, Louis XIII Rare Cask 42.6, Martini Gran Lusso 150th Anniversary Vermouth, and Benedictine “Black Monk” 500th Anniversary Edition. On any level, that’s quite the impressive mouthful.


NEW ORLEANS

MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
ROYAL STREET BAR AND INN
TEN DOMESTIC BEERS?!?!?!

One of New Orleans’ most iconic out of the way bars, their shot and beer specials are the best in the city. Lookinfg for something a little crazier and a bit more punk rock than usual? The R Bar projects “B movie” horror films on its big screen and has hotel rooms available upstairs!

A QUALITY NIGHT ON THE TOWN
PAT O’BRIEN’S
THE HURRICANE

The world famous and arguably signature drink of the French Quarter district is the “Hurricane,” which is legendarily found at Pat O’Brien’s. Made with a sweet “hurricane mix,” gold rum, and garnished with a fresh orange slice and cherry, it’s a delicious delight. As the story goes, the drink was “created during World War II when liquor such as whiskey was in low supply. In order to purchase just one case of these liquors, liquor salesmen forced bar owners to purchase as much as 50 cases of rum, which was plentiful. In an effort to use the abundance of rum that Pat O’Brien’s acquired, the recipe for the Hurricane evolved with the help of an eager liquor salesman. The name came soon after when a glass shaped like a hurricane lamp was used to serve the fruity rum cocktail.”

NEED TO HIT THE ATM
CURE
AWARD-WINNING CRAFT COCKTAILS

A one-time firehouse that’s now an eclectic lounge, New Orleans’ Cure is a relatively recently-opened locale that specializes in premium and trend-setting craft cocktails. The mixologists here are among the nation’s best, leading to the lounge winning numerous American cocktail competitions. As New Orleans Online notes, Cure “[hearkens] back to a time when bars were bastions of civility and sophistication.”