Tour de Corvallis, A Bar-Hoppy Half-Day

Young man in nightclub approaching camera with arms outstretchedSo, you’re hard on cash, have alcohol-induced ADD or are simply intrigued by a budgeted bar hop. Between all the taverns and breweries in our boozy city, happy hour begins for Corvallisites at 2 p.m., then rallies on for another 12 hours—except that hour-long break from 7 to 8 p.m., when no one’s cutting costs. But it’s okay, you’ll need some time to sober up if you plan to pursue this half-day marathon of reduced-priced and specialty booze and food. Now, let’s dig in.

Destination Numero Uno: Block 15, 300 SW Jefferson Ave.
Our journey begins at Block 15, where happy hour starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m. daily. There you’ll find reduced-priced brew and classic pub fare, like beer battered fries from $2 to $6, wings of three for $2.95, mini nachos for $3.95, and housemade hazelnut hummus for $2.50. Block 15 is a town favorite for its housemade beer selection and chalkboard tables inspiring creative fingertips-iness.

Raise Your Ambitions Sky High ,160 NW Jackson Ave.
Strut your stuff to Sky High Brewery, where happy hour goes from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. In nice weather, sit on the roof or deck and enjoy $1 off pints, cocktails, and ciders, or reduced priced appetizers, such as two tacos for $5.50, and chips and salsa, tots, or sweet potato fries for $3. Bring in your growler or growlita for a fill on Tuesdays, with prices reduced $4 and $2, respectively.

Next Hop: House of Brews, 140 NW 3rd St.
Only a few blocks to the relatively new House of Brews, a “casual upscale eatery” with more than 100 craft brew selections and a menu of locally sourced meat and produce. Their daily “hoppy hour” goes from 3 to 6 p.m. and offers  $1 off all draught beers, specialty cocktails, West Coast wines and starters. I recommend the brie mac and cheese, fried calamari, or Vietnamese grilled shrimp.

Spe-drunk to Les Caves, 308 SW 3rd St.
Stumble your way to Caves Bier and Kitchen, featuring weekend happy hours, Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and weekday happy hours from 4 to 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to close. Marked-down menu items include pulled pork tacos or pomme frites for only $2.50, and a rotating $5 flatbread. Purchase a Caves Saison for $3 and enjoy 75 cent discounted drafts, wine and bourbon drinks.

Class Up Your Act at Luc’s, 134 SW 4th St.
Surely, you’re getting slurry by now—so why not class up your act at Luc’s. From 4:30 to 6 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m., Luc’s offers red, white, and sparkling wines for $5, as well as $5 cocktails and reduced-priced soup and salads, along with rotating hors d’oeuvres o’ delectableness, like their polenta frites or sweet potato croquette.

Feeling Nuts Enough? Try Squirrels Tavern, 100 SW 2nd St.
Stumble on over to Squirrels Tavern for their weekday happy hour, 4 to 7 p.m. Grab a $1-off pint or wine at the bar before heading upstairs for a sloppy game of pool. Squirrels is cash-only, so don’t forget to hit the ATM when you walk in.

Fresh Air at Flat Tail, 202 SW 1st St.
Sit flat on your a*s at Flat Tail Brewing and enjoy their daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., featuring $1 off beer, wine, cider, and well drinks, as well as reduced-priced small plates such as nachos, frickles, chicken tamales, and roasted garlic and artichoke hummus. Sit outside by the riverfront for some fresh air and inebriated people-watching.

Get Jiggy at Cloud & Kelly’s, 126 SW 1st St.
You don’t have to walk far for an Irish-style happy hour at Cloud & Kelly’s Public House from 4 to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close. Specialty cocktails are available, plus a changing menu of chef specials within the $5 to $10 range. Try the wings and choose from a selection craft tap brew.

A Dip Next Door at Downward Dog, 130 SW 1st St.
Because Downward Dog shares its owner and kitchen with Cloud & Kelly’s, expect the same happy hours and specials, like $1 PBRs, $3 micros, $4 libations, and $5.50 wine. Their late night food includes $4 ahi tostadas, $2 chicken tacos, and $5 habanero-apricot wings. Drop by on a Whiskey Wednesday or Thirsty Thursday for extra special specials.

Sober Up at Suds & Suds, True Brew Paradise, 1045 NW King’s Blvd.
Located on the backside of Woodstock’s Pizza on Kings Boulevard, this destination is worth the distance. And don’t worry if you threw up all over yourself—Suds has a public laundry room available to customers. Stop by from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday for a happy hour featuring $4 pints from a selection of over 30 rotating imports, domestics, and microbrews. Sop up the spirits in your stomach with a pizza and cozy up to the big screens. Go Tuesdays for 50-cent washes or attend a Thursday promo night, where visiting breweries give away freebies and merchandise.

Can You Handle the HandleBar, 2525 NW Monroe Ave.
Feeling refreshed and ready for the final round? Kick it in gear at HandleBar, at American Dream Pizza near OSU campus. HandleBar offers the saucy aroma of oven-cooked ‘za—I know, you just ate pizza, but for comparison’s sake—and a decor of paper plate and bike part art. HandleBar has a daily happy hour from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and
9 p.m. to close, with drinks a dollar off, as well as weekday specials. Pay $2.75 per pint on Micro Mondays from 3:30 p.m. on, or $5.95 for a slice and a pint all day Saturdays. PBRs are $1 each on Sundays, with cheese slices reduced to $2. Minty mojitos made with house-infused liquor are $4.50 on Wednesdays, starting at 3:30 p.m.

You Did It, You’re Our Hero
Okay, so obviously this timeline is a tad tight, but you get the gist—anyone feeling like an all-day discounted bar hop, and possessing excellent time management skills, can easily enjoy more local bars and breweries than most people can count on both hands.

To those of you who dare brave this journey—respect. But let it be known, we take no responsibility for your behavior or BAC levels. That’s on you, broskis.

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By Stevie Beisswanger

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