Five Best Bars for Boozing on a Budget

Where to go for great cocktails that won’t break the bank!


Being a booze enthusiast isn’t easy. Sure, you find yourself hopping from one bar to the next, sipping cocktails and spirits along the way and ending your night on a generally jolly note, and this lifestyle certainly garners a lot of envious followers. However, the expense of going to all of those bars and drinking all of those cocktails can add up after a while, leaving us in a bit of a rough situation. How is it possible to get our good old fashioned drink on without spending every dollar we’ve got? This, my friends, is simple. Budget-friendly boozing.

Chances are your favorite cocktail bar, regardless of what city you live in, charges you a pretty penny to partakein their top-notch libations. That’s all well and good, and there’s no problem with treating yourself to that handcrafted cocktail every now and then. However, it’s important to keep watch on your boozy spending, which is where the budget-friendly bars come into play. These are places that will offer you that same excellent drinking experience, but in a more reasonable price range. You may not be getting five-star cocktails at every place, but if all you’re in the mood for is a cold beer and a good conversation, are five stars really all that necessary?

If you happen to be in one of these cities, be sure to stop into any of these bars and have yourself a drink. Your bank account will thank you. Cheers!

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Evelyn Drinkery

Evelyn Drinkery is a craft cocktail bar in the heart of Alphabet City that caters to the cocktail enthusiasts who may also have a taste for boozy science experiments. The average price for a cocktail is about $10, which is far less than most bars in this neighborhood would ever even think to charge, and the quality is far and away some of the highest of the local bar scene.

Evelyn Drinkery - East Village, New York City
171 Avenue C (between 10th and 11th)

Green Street

Every time I visit Boston, I make sure to head over to Cambridge and stop into Green Street, undoubtedly one of the best bars in the area. The cocktails are made impeccably, the beer and wine lists are virtually incomparable, the food is truly incredible, and all for a price that is well below expectations. The De La Louisiane, one of my favorite drinks on the menu made with Old Overholt Rye, Benedictine, Italian Vermouth, Ricard and Peychaud’s Bitters runs for $8.50, which is a bargain by any and all industry standards.

Green Street - Cambridge, Massachusetts
280 Green Street

Red Derby

Over the past five years, D.C. has turned from mainstream city to one of the top destinations for foodies and cocktail enthusiasts of all ages. If a solid beer list is on your list of sights to see while in our nation’s capitol, Red Derby should be your next destination. With over 50 different beers available on draught and by the bottle, there is certainly a beer that will fit just about anybody’s taste, especially the taste of someone trying not to spend an arm and a leg on a good brew. The average price for a beer is about $5, and that includes their heavier and higher quality IPAs and Belgian beers.

Red Derby - Columbia Heights, Washington D.C.
3718 14th Street NW

Revolution Brewery

The brewpub is probably one of the most culturally magnificent inventions to ever grace this great land of ours, and for many reasons. First, they make their beer on premises, meaning they spend less time ordering in kegs of beer from out of town, and more time making high quality beers inside their own building. Second, where one finds good beer, one probably will find equally good food, and when on a budget, nothing is better than a good burger and a pint of freshly brewed beer for the right price. Revolution Brewery fits this description to a tee; making all of their beers right before your eyes, and for a whopping $5 - $6 a pint. Pair that with a Workingman Burger topped with aged cheddar, beer onions and bacon for a quality taste of the midwest.

Revolution Brewery - Logan Square, Chicago
2323 N Milwaukee Ave

Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern

Brooklyn pretty much defines budget-friendly drinking these days, but it also has some of the most remarkable and brilliant bars that New York City has to offer. Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern is one of Williamsburg’s most loved drinking establishments, mostly because of their no muss, no fuss attitude, as well as their shockingly low beer prices. If you’re really trying to pinch those pennies but still hoping to drink a cold brew any day of the week, a 32 oz Budweiser or Bud Lite can be yours for the epically low price of $4. For the same price as one and a half drinks at any high-end cocktail establishment, you can have three cold and delicious king size beers in this cozy spot, right in the heart of trendy Brooklyn. Mission accomplished.

Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern - Williamsburg, Brooklyn
188 Bedford (between N. 6th and N. 7th)
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  • Snooth User: Mobuddy
    1448670 29

    Hi Sara Kay, Next time you're in Boston and want a funky drink, try BOND. It's located in the Langham Hotel on Franklin St. They have unique drinks, great lounge food, and I really like the atmosphere. It use to be the Federal Reserve Bank, thus the name BOND. The Executive Chef Mark Sapienza is very creative. I think you'll enjoy both food and drink. John (Andover, Ma.)

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:14 PM

  • Snooth User: Gamelorn
    689561 70

    I guess there are no budget bars on the West Coast?

    Mar 26, 2014 at 5:45 PM

  • Snooth User: Brenda M
    1440912 17

    Are there any budget bars In Atlanta, GA?

    Apr 07, 2014 at 11:09 PM

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