the times they are a-changin’

You’ve seen the commercials … “Remember when $1 could buy you a gallon of gas or a good cup of coffee?” Well I have my own “remember when” now … remember when $1 could buy you a margarita at Ozona?

Well, Bob Dylan had it right: the times they are a-changin’. The legend of the $1 Ozona margarita is one to be passed onto our grandchildren when they tell a story about finding a bar by campus that serves $10 margaritas and it being a steal in the year 2062.

Upon walking into the College Station outpost last night, a sign hung on the door alerting the $1-margarita-seeking clientele of SMU summer school students and laid-back 20-somethings that the price would be raised … nay, doubled.

My take: unless they have twice as much bad tequila in them, the novelty for this girl is gone and she is saving her $2 for a rainy day.

Ozona Grill & Bar | @ozona
4615 Greenville Ave | (214) 265-9105

Monday | all day | $2 house margaritas
Tuesday | all day | $1.50 domestic longnecks
Wednesday | all day | $2 domestic drafts
Thursday | all day | $2 wells and captain drinks – live music @ 9 p.m.
Friday | 4-7 p.m. | happy hour
Sunday | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. | build your own bloody mary bar

La Cubanita – CLOSED

Cuba-neat-a is more like it!!! I love this place and I strongly recommend visiting often and with zeal. The happy hour mojitos are to die for (ESPECIALLY the flavored ones – you can’t go wrong with any of them) and the margaritas are strong enough to impress a seasoned drinker like myself.

The waiters are friendly and quick (the mojitos take a bit to make but they get the order in and it to your table quickly) and they won’t look at you askew if you order two drinks at a time. The food really doesn’t leave much to be desired and the porch is fantastic for sitting and relaxing with a drink under the misters and watching Maseratis and Range Rovers tool down McKinney – and amazingly it’s not too noisy!!

Definitely one of my favorite happy hours in Dallas!

La Cubanita
4444 Mckinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75205-4212
(214) 520-0100

$3 Mojitos / Margaritas / Rum Punch – $4 Flavored Mojitos
Everyday (4:00 – 7:00 pm)
Sunday – Thursday (9:00 pm – close)
Friday – Saturday (9:30 pm – close) & Live Music
Saturday & Sunday (9am – 3pm): Bottomless Rum Punch & Mimosas $6 w/ an entrée.

Thanks for the help, Brando, Matt, and Trey 🙂


The drink sangria comes in many forms: blended, straight up, sparkling, white, red, loaded with fruit, dry … but whomever decided that Sangria the tapas restaurant should exsist is straight up a genius. The drinks are strong enough to make the night worth the somewhat expensive bill that is sure to come from too many orders of mushroom croquettes and pitchers upon pitchers of white, red, or sparkling sangria (all of which are amazing, but the sparkling takes the cake).

Late night inexpensive martinis and cosmopolitains are a little-known feature of this personable restaurant. Your exotic, curly-mopped waiter will hop-to-it and get your drinks to you quickly leaving your with another glass of heaven and a suggestive smile. You can find all types here; there are the young SMU kids out for their splurge dinner of the week sitting next to a table of young professionals next to a cute couple on a date.

Sangria Tapas Y Bar
4524 Cole Ave Dallas, TX 75205-4129 
(214) 520-4863

Monday – Friday 4 p.m.-7 p.m. | $3.00 Happy Hour on Selected Tapas & Drinks (Well drinks, House Wine, Sangrias, Martini of the Day)
Monday – Thursdsay 10 p.m.-11 p.m. & Friday – Saturday 10 p.m.-12 a.m. | $3.00 Happy Hour on Selected Tapas & Drinks (Well drinks, House Wine, Sangrias, Martini of the Day)
Monday | ½ Price Sangria Night (Pitchers Only)
Tuesday | ½ Price Bottle Wine Night
Wednesday | International Night with DJ Tony starting at 8:30pm with Tapas & Drink Specials
Thursday | Tour of Spain: Different Regional Tapas & Wine Specials of Spain Each Week
Friday Late Night | DJ Tony 10:00 pm with Reverse Happy Hour
Saturday Late Night: DJ Tony starting at 10:00 pm with Reverse Happy Hour
Saturday & Sunday Brunch $6.00 Bottomless Sangrias & Agua Valenciana (Spanish Mimosa)

I’m a Texas native with a predilection for vodka and cupcakes and an aversion to margaritas on the rocks and repeating myself.  I think that life can’t get better than a great brunch with good friends and a thick bloody mary.

I graduated from SMU in ‘08 with a marketing degree and PR minor and am starting a new career in social media (wish me luck!).  When not freelancing or drinking, I run, shop, swim, attempt to cook, shop, stoke my love for music, and play sports on occasion.

I started this blog in the beginning just to share my huge list of happy hours with friends.  After realizing I didn’t have any hobbies and I was beginning to bore myself, I decided to merge two things that I love to do:  drink and write.  I hope you enjoy reading my random machinations on how to take over the Dallas happy hour scene.  I’d love for you to join me on a review; just email me at!

Susie knows all things boozy …