Basement Pub, 1028 SE 12th, 231-6068, $3.25 micros & $1.75 PBR Monday all night. Same special 3-8 pm the rest of the week Tasty dollar plates of food go great with huge glasses of beer, a pack of cigarettes, and a mellow crowd.

Bridgeport Ale House, 3632 SE Hawthorne, 233-6540, happy hour food Mon-Fri 3-6 pm Cheap food that isn't deep-fried including a smoked salmon salad, spinach and artichoke dip, a cheese quesadilla, and a hummus plate. Daily beer specials, too.

Gil's Speakeasy, 609 1/2 SE Taylor, 234-8991, $1.50 domestics 10-midnight weekdays One of the cutest little bars in town, complete with a shuffleboard table. Take note: next week this former tavern will have the liquor flowing.

Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 239-7639, $1 well drinks Holocene has created the poor drunk's ultimate happy hour. You'll be passed out early tonight!

Italian Joint, 3145 SE Hawthorne, 234-3004, $4 pasta bowl Tues-Thurs 4-6 pm, Fri-Sat 10-11 pm Beyond the cheap food (which isn't much more expensive when it's not happy hour) the Joint offers a carafe of wine for a pittance.

Interstate Bar & Grill, 4234 N Interstate Ave, specials daily 11 am-6 pm $2.25 wells, $2 domestic beer, $3 imported, and $1 PBRs open to close. Plus, don't forget to try the infamous chicken wings.

Kesone Thai Cuisine, SW 1231 SW Washington, 228-5775, $2-4 food daily 5-6:30, Fri-Sat 9-11 pm Try Kesone's delicious spring rolls, calamari, chicken wings, fried tofu, pork, and chicken satay.

Squeez, 1403 SE Belmont, 239-5144, $1.50 PBR, $2.75 micros & cheap food Mon-Sat 5-8 pm. This neighborhood Belmont haunt is a great place to play pool and offers it for free 5-8 pm Sat-Sun.

Voleur, 111 SW Ash, 227-3764, $3 food Mon-Sat 3-6 pm, Sunday all day Tons of cheap food options, including whiskey chicken satay, Korean-style BBQ short ribs, mac & cheese, a half pound buffalo burger, fries, hummus, and more. Check 'em out.