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Chris Kornelis
How should you be spending the $13 a week Obama supposedly put in your pocket? Voracious has some ideas.
What: Happy Hour Lunch

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$13: Happy Hour Lunch at The Alibi Room

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Chris Kornelis
How should you be spending the $13 a week Obama supposedly put in your pocket? Voracious has some ideas.
What: Happy Hour Lunch at The Alibi Room

When: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What does $13 Get You? A beer and two items from the menu (PIZZA!)

Some of my favorite happy hours are those that can take the place of dinner. That is the point, no? A chance to experience the good life at a fraction of the price, and skip the Chef Boyardee for another night. But it's not often that I get a chance to experience one that overtakes lunch. On a school day, this can present a challenge for workers of any collar.

Enter The Alibi Room, the oft-overlooked nook outside the entrance to the Market Theater in Post Alley, now serving up its happy hour menu from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. That's seven days a week. If there's one characteristic of a good happy hour, it's seven-day consistency. How nice to know that there is forever a place to find a $3 glass of hops and a plate of apple, brie, and honey, one of my favorite servings between breakfast and lunch.

The Alibi makes the $13 equation pretty simple. Beers are $3, and every item on the happy hour menu is $5. I recommend classing up the situation taking your meal in courses. Start with one of their local brews (Elysian's IPA's got me hooked), and for your first course, grab some of the snackier items on the menu -- the above-mentioned apples & brie or spicy mac & cheese. To cap off the meal, grab one of the mini pizzas ($.50 extra per topping) or veer off the happy hour menu to the "small" chop salad ($6). The thin-crust pizzas are passable for $5, but not as good as the meat-heavy chop.

Then again, it feels a whole lot like business lunch staring at a bowl of lettuce and garbanzo beans. If the escapist, mid-day happy hour is what you're after, the salami pizza is a better way to forget wherever it is you just came from.

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