Tube, 18 NW 3rd, 241-8823, daily 5-10 pm, $2 wells, $2 Hamm's tall boys

It doesn't sound possible, but cooler-than-thou Tube just got even cooler: A new happy hour menu features $2 vegan eats, including a vegan ham-and-cheese muffin and a grilled soft taco. AH

Crow Bar, 3954 N Mississippi, 280-7099, daily 3-8 pm, $1.50 PBR, $2.50 micros

Sidle up to the wooden bar to savor cheap happy-hour eats like a brie/salami/cracker plate, salmon Caesar salad, or the smoked sausage jambalaya, washed down by a pint from the pretty impressive draught list. AH

Fifth Quadrant, 3901-B N Williams, daily 4-6 pm, plus Sat-Thurs 10 pm-close, $2.75 pints, $2 pints all day Tuesday, $2 Bloody Mary Sundays

Nothing like a cold house brew and a chill patio to shake the hot weather blues. Beat the heat at this happening NoPo Lompoc outpost. AH

Green Room, 2280 NW Thurman, 228-6178, daily 3:30-6:30 pm, $2 off bar menu

Open mic nights can be hard to stomach, and the Green Room seems to have more of them than precisely necessary, but the satisfaction to be derived from a cheap bar menu is worth the risk of caterwauling hippie bands. AH