The Place: The Tavern
1340 West Gray St.
The Hours: Seven days a week 3-8 p.m.
The Deals: Domestic pints for $3; pitchers for $6; frozen margaritas and Bellinis are $3.
The Scene: The inside of The Tavern on West Gray is so big and sprawling that even when the place is mildly crowded, it feels empty. On Wednesday afternoon, there were a couple large groups here, along with a few guys drinking at the bar and some others playing Golden Tee, but sitting at one corner of the bar, we almost felt isolated.
The patio was a different scene.
It was so packed outside at The Tavern that it was near impossible to find a seat. They've even set up a chain link fence around picnic tables to make more seats.
The crowd was mainly 30-somethings -- a few younger, some older -- men and women, not dressed in after-work business clothes but shorts and sandals.
And a lot of the outside crowd wasn't here for the beautiful weather or the cheap booze, but for The Tavern's steak night. It seems the bar has one of the more popular steak nights in town, and you can get a big piece of beef and a baked potato for $15.
Back inside, as the evening wore on, a few more single guys sat at the bar for some steak, and an older couple appeared to be doing the same thing.
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The Tavern has a great location, right at the intersection of West Gray and Waugh, and even though you might need a 4x4 Jeep to get out of some sides of the parking lot, the lot is huge and parking is rarely a problem.
The place has about a billion TVs, but if you need something else to do besides watch a game while you drink, it's decked out with Golden Tee, Big Buck Safari, pool tables, ping pong, foozball and air hockey. And the place is so big, we probably missed something.
The Conclusion: Even when it's not steak night, The Tavern is a fun place during happy hour to grab some cheap beers.