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When Bloody Marys Bleed into Happy Hour

A guide to inexpensive early morning and late afternoon drinking

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Day drinking can be dangerous. Nothing takes the edge off a grumbling hangover headache like a little liquid dehydration. But after you've thrown back that first flute and are staring into the bottom of a pulp-flecked empty mimosa glass, it's time for the truly hard decision: Do you get another?

If your answer is a resounding "Fuck, yeah," but your budget is like, "Oh, fuck," here are a few spots to score some daytime sauce on the cheap.

Quinn's (1005 S. Vista Ave.) For every two meals off the Sunday breakfast menu, you receive a free bottle of champagne. Though the term "champagne" should be interpreted loosely, what you're given is bubbly and boozy. But there is one catch: If you want a mimosa, you have to pay a hefty up-charge for a glass of OJ.

State Street institution The Lift (4091 W. State St.) serves up sinfully cheap mimosas ($1) and bloody marys ($3) on the weekends. The brunch will also help lift your spirits with biscuits and gravy and breakfast burritos served Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. And don't forget, there is primo patio seating out back.

If you wanna get your day-drunk on closer to downtown, Cafe de Paris (204 N. Capitol Blvd.) offers $5 bottomless mimosas on Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., in addition to its assortment of French pastries and fresh-baked bread.

Though Red Feather Lounge (246 N. Eighth St.) doesn't have bottomless mimosas anymore, it has the next best thing: mimosa carafes for $6.50. There's nothing like topping off your glass periodically to create an illusion of alco-bundance. Not to mention, the spot has an eclectic bloody menu with options like heirloom tomato, verde or La Rojita, which includes tequila, bloody mary mix and smoked salt, served up.

If you'd rather stick with suds, Parilla Grill in Hyde Park (1512 N. 13th St.) serves any microbrew (excluding Guinness) for the insanely cheap price of $1 from 10 a.m. to noon on both Saturday and Sunday.

Now that you've whiled away the daylight, you can continue your bleary bender well into the evening at any of these happy hour hotspots:

Mai Thai (750 W. Idaho St.) shakes it up with both an early evening and late-night happy hour featuring two-for-one drinks and cheap Izakaya plates. The happy hours run Monday-Thursday, 5-6:30 p.m. and 9-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5-6:30 p.m. and 9:30-11 p.m.; and Sunday from 5-9:30 p.m.

If you want another double two-for-oner, head to Solid (405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 100) for happy hours that run Monday-Sunday from 4-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight. You can also snag a snack from the happy hour menu.

And continuing on the two-fer beat, the normally spendy Barbacoa (276 W. Bobwhite Court) offers a two-for-one happy hour from 4-6 p.m. seven days a week and a late-night happy hour from 10 p.m. to close with discounted drinks in its elaborate Parkcenter digs.

If you want to kick up your heels and tip back a brew on a patio with a killer view, march up the escalator to Piper Pub and Grill (150 N. Eighth St.) for a happy hour that runs Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. and features two-for-one drinks.

Or for a stiff margarita, twirl into Cafe Ole (404 S. Eighth St., Ste. 206) for half-off drinks in the cantina Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close.

And if you want to wash back a cold one with some fried spuds, bike down to the Boise Fry Company (111 Broadway Ave., Ste. 111), for two-for-one small baskets of fries and draft beers from 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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