Watch out Madison Park Café, we riffraff who like to put down pints over at the Attic are about to head your way.

Tuesdays through Friday from 5–6 pm, the fancy café has (perhaps unwisely) decided to take half off all beer (Fat Tire, Mothership Wit, and 1554 beers are $2.25), house wines (as low as $3.50), and the appetizers of chef Richard Coffey—$4 fries they claim are “the tastiest pomme frites in town,” (I will report back on that one), Penn Cove Clams in white wine for $6.

Meanwhile in a slightly less white tablecloth part of town, KneeHigh (do I have to call it KneeHigh Stocking Co now?) is rolling out Punch Bowl Happy Hour from 6-8pm Tuesday thru Friday, offering a revolving set of punches for $3 a glass. If you don’t read men’s magazines, you might not be aware that punch is the new…I don’t know…absinthe? Infused vodka? rye-whiskey cocktail?…punch is a recession-chic trend right now. Get on board. Also, anyone know what happened to bartendress Delilah Rambo formerly of McLeod and now formerly of KneeHigh? I wonder if she moved on to a new spot.

Finally, I was only recently made aware of La Spiga’s “aperitivo hour.” (Monday–Friday, 5–6:30 pm. Friday – Saturday, 11 pm–12 am) Chef Sabrina Tinsley’s huge house of hanging beams now serves up cocktails and stuzzicchini, or small bites. The menu revolves, but it seems like drinks run around $6-$9, and apps run from $3 (for a salad) to lasagna verde for $10. Well drinks are $4, white/reds are $5 and draft Peroni (yum) is $3 a pint.

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