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TGI Fridays Launches All-Day Happy Hour Specials To Challenge Applebee’s Dollaritas

Applebee’s strategy of getting the masses to return through cheap cocktails and affordable bites has been working. According to Business Insider, the chain restaurant’s sales went up 3.3% in the last quarter, with increased traffic playing a major factor.

Seems like others in the casual dining space are taking note, as TGI Fridays just launched their own discounted booze deal to draw in more customers. Instead of dollar-priced drinks, though, they’re going with an all-day happy hour menu priced at just five bucks per item.

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This includes a lineup of four cocktails, draft beers, and wine options all priced at $5 each. New cocktails within the all-day happy hour menu include a frozen Blue Hawaiian, a Long Island Iced Tea, and margaritas. Margaritas and LITs, interestingly, are two of the drinks that performed well at Applebee’s dollar price. There were some questions about the quality of the “Dollaritas,” so hopefully, TGI’s $5 versions are more boozy and have less water.

There’s also food options priced at $5 each, including warm pretzels, chicken quesadillas, cheeseburger sliders, boneless wings, and giant onion rings.

Friday’s new deal isn’t as inexpensive as their rival’s, and a couple of drinks and two appetizers from TGI’s menu will set you back as much as the 2 for $20 entree deal at Applebee’s (which also comes with starters). However, if you’re just looking for a quick happy hour run, TGI Friday’s new option is pretty well priced.

The new all-day happy hour menu starts this week, and is a permanent, not limited, addition to the menu. It’s available whenever participating restaurants are open.

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Fast Food What's New

Taco Bell’s Now Loading Up Their Slushies With POP ROCKS

If you thought Taco Bell went off the rails when it introduced a burrito that essentially had Pop Rocks on top, it turns out they’re not stopping there.

Out of nowhere, Taco Bell released a Strawberry Poppin’ Candy Freeze, or as you’ll probably refer to it, a Pop Rocks slushy.

You’re gonna have to hear it to believe it. New Strawberry #PoppinCandyFreeze is here.

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It sounds like a big hoopla of a drink, but it’s just a berry slush with strawberry popping candy mixed in for your oral pleasure.

We got our hands on a couple to see what the fuss was about. Unfortunately, while we could hear some popping, there wasn’t much of a party going on in our mouths when we took our sips. I MAYBE felt one pop rock go off in my mouth, but even that was probably just me really wanting it to happen.

I was expecting the popping to sound more like this:

It seems that Taco Bell has a sudden infatuation with popping candy, as just last month they unveiled a Firecracker Burrito with Pop Rocks included.

Maybe you guys will have a more poppin’ experience than we did. It is very possible that our Taco Bell sucks, and they skimped on the Pop Rocks, even though I asked for extra.

The whimsical new drink is available nationwide, and is scheduled to run until the first week of October, or until supplies last.

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DC Bar Selling ‘You’re Fired’ Happy Hour Drinks Every Time Trump Fires Someone

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Regardless of how you may feel about our current political situation, you can still drink to celebrate or gripe over recent events. One bar aims to help you out there with its “You’re Fired” happy hour special.

The Bird, a bar in Washington D.C. that has some legit fried chicken, recently started offering the drink special. Every time the President fires a White House official, happy hour drinks will be available for $4 each. This marks a 50% slash in prices from their normal happy hour, which occurs weekdays from 4-7 pm and weekends 3-6 pm. The bar’s first “You’re Fired” happy hour occurred this past Friday, when white nationalist adviser Stephen Bannon was shown the door. Judging from Twitter photos of the event, the happy hour is going to be a success for ages to come.

Of course, Twitter had several questions for The Bird following their first rendition of the happy hour. What would happen if two officials were canned on the same day? Furthermore, what if the President himself resigned?

While we don’t know answers to those questions, we can definitely get behind this hilarious drinking deal.

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Fast Food

Chipotle’s Testing An Official Happy Hour With Free Margaritas And Half-Off Beer

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Somehow, Chipotle has been serving up margaritas and beer at its stores without ever having an official Happy Hour. Sure, when you think about Chipotle, you think about burritos, not booze, but that might all change as the Mexican-ish restaurant is now testing an official Happy Hour at 300 Midwest locations — and even dishing out free beer.

Customers in Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin have been able to take advantage of a “Buy one margarita, get one free” deal between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., while in Kansas and Ohio, they serve half-off drinks, according to Business Insider.

While the promotion will only run through September, that shouldn’t stop you from creating your own “Happy Hour” like we did.  All you need is a few homies and a Chipotle location that’s chill and won’t cut you off at two drinks.

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The Etiquette Of Drinking With Your Boss

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by Adam Teeter, VinePair.com

At some point in your career, you’re going to get invited out by your boss for happy hour drinks, and regardless of whether or not you like him or her, you’re going to have to go, because let’s be honest, you’d like to receive that raise or promotion that you rightfully deserve. But heading out to the bar with the boss is a delicate dance in etiquette. This isn’t simply drinks with friends, you need to have your game face on and be prepared, because nothing is ever “casual” when you’re out drinking with the person who’s responsible for you receiving your paycheck. These are the rules:

#1 Let Your Boss Pick The Bar

You might hate sports, or craft cocktails, but if that’s where your boss wants to grab a drink, don’t fight it. Letting your boss pick the location also prevents you from any blow-back should your boss not enjoy him or herself at the venue you’ve chosen.

#2 Offer To Pay

You know what will get you brownie points with the boss? Offering to pay. Sure your boss probably isn’t going to accept your offer, but the gesture will most certainly be noted. When you first get to the bar, say you’d like to treat your boss to the first round. When he or she brushes off the gesture and insists on paying, you’ll have made a great impression. And if in fact your boss does allow you to pay, don’t sweat it, you’ll look even better. Now just remember to tip.

#3 Go Easy On The Booze

If your boss is drinking hard liquor, that’s his or her prerogative. After all, you’re the one hanging out with a superior, not them, and that means you need to try and limit your booze consumption. If your boss insists on both of you drinking a glass of whiskey, sip it slowly and then absolutely do not order another, switch to a glass of wine or a beer instead. Alcohol has a way of making us much more loose with our words, and in these types of situations, it’s best you make sure you don’t say anything you might regret.

#4 Don’t Gossip About Work

After a few drinks, it can be very easy to slip into talking about the office, and that conversation can veer in the direction of gossip when there isn’t much to talk about besides the actual work the two of you do together. But as easy as it seems to just start talking about the coworkers you both don’t like or think are bad at their jobs, avoid it. Even if your boss is engaging with you in this dialogue it is very likely she or he is making a judgement about your character.

#5 Know When To Go Home

It can be hard to head home if your boss is covering the tab, but since this is after work drinks, and not a meal, there are only so many drinks one can consume without eating. You also aren’t trying to become best friends and the longer you stay, the more likely you are to talk about things you will regret when you get back to the office. After having a few drinks, politely excuse yourself and head home. You will be very glad you did.

Written by Adam Teeter, VinePair.com

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All Drinks At SONIC Half-Priced For Cinco De Mayo

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Who: Sonic Drive-In

What: Half-priced drinks all day. Applies to all limeades, slushes, Splash drinks, energy drinks and sodas.

When: May 5, 2015

Where: All participating Sonic Drive-In locations across the country.

Why: Because Cinco de Mayo.

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Restaurants

We Ate Everything on Fleming’s New Late Happy Hour Menu

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The more I talk to restaurant professionals, the more it confirms the lengths fine dining restaurants are willing to go to bring in the heavily coveted millennial consumer. Gone are the days of the $150 floor prices for a full bottle of wine. You can thank the recession. And with Americans having more fast food, QSR, mobile delivery and casual dining options than ever before, the competition is fierce. Even within the fine dining industry, the National Restaurant Association reports that eight out of 10 tableservice operators say: Competing with other tableservice restaurants poses a significant or moderate challenge for their business. And to top off that sentiment, nine of 10 believe that the competition will only become more challenging or stay the same.

Since 82 percent of all adults list good value as a top priority at a tableservice restaurant, the puzzle pieces start coming together about why fine dining establishments, like the 66-US-location Fleming’s Steakhouse, has been placing more attention on value menus. Case in point, the new 8-9-10 Fashionably Late Happy Hour menu features eight shareable plates and eight cocktails/wines for $9 from 8-10pm, including the pictured Deconstructed Balvenie S’more. Yeah, that’s laced with Balvenie DoubleWood scotch and an entire mound of house-made marshmallow. But this menu is in addition to the other numerical alliteral 5-6-7 happy hour menu available from 5-7pm.

But why multiple menus? At first this tactic comes off as a bit desperate. I mean, there’s only an hour per evening from 5-10pm when you can’t order something under 10 bucks (a la you blew it showing up at 7pm). But I don’t think it’s desperation, rather a hedging of bets. These restaurants need us to walk through that door to build the future generation of patrons. Because old money dies. And to grab two cocktails and a shareable plate, then walk out the door circa $30 later, I think we’re going to walk through that door. And their hope is that the next time you’re making a reservation, it will be for the main dining room to grab their deconstructed porterhouse for two ($99, not on the regular menu).

Pictured below are a few of the items we sampled from the 8-9-10 Fashionably Late Happy Hour Menu. Not shown are the Savory Ahi Tuna Tacos, The Prime Burger and the rest of the wines/cocktails, including a Bourbon Peach Martini, Winter Chai Mule and Spiced Mango Smash, among others.

With the seemingly endless S’more dessert options available now at restaurants across the country, the S’more option from Fleming’s stands out. First, there’s alcohol involved. We like that. Second, they give you a heaping mound of charred, house-made ‘mallow at the table. Probably smart too, since restaurants that give patrons an open flame to char the ‘mallows seems real risky (we’ve seen it).

Dessert seems to take the cake since the other standout was the Chocolate Lava Milkshake with Maker’s Mark Bourbon. Imagine that lava cake you already order but in a frosty, boozier form. For those looking for a savory option, the best shareable seems to be the Filet Mignon Flatbread. You also can’t be mad at restaurant burger of that quality for under 10 bucks.

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Warm Cinnamon Crusted Donuts

Housemade Burratta flemings

House-made Burrata. I could take a bath in Burrata. 

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Filet Mignon Flatbread with Danish Blue/Monterey Jack cheeses and red onion confit

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Chocolate Lava Milkshake

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Lobster Lettuce Wraps with bacon, onion strings, radish jicama slaw and soy lime aioli

short rib empenadas flemingsShort Rib Empanadas with roasted poblano sauce

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McDonald’s Testing Horchata Frappes in Southern California

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Horchata is a kind of cinnamon-flavored almond-rice milk, popular throughout Spain and Latin America, that tastes pretty much like drinking liquid churros. Now, just about two and a half hours north of the border, it seems a Los Angeles McDonald’s wants to make the sweet-sweet-nothing even more addictive, by loading it up with coffee and whipped cream.

GrubGrade reports a new Horchata Frappe was spotted in Los Angeles as part of McDonald’s McCafe Social Hour for buy-one-get-one McCafé Beverages, everyday from 2 – 5 p.m. Funnily enough, Starbucks just wrapped its own half-price happy hour, with at least one location in Santa Ana also offering a Horchata-flavored Frap. No offense SBux, but I think I would rather have fries with that.

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