The Short North's DeepWood restaurant is well-known for serving hearty, home-style meals with panache, but its happy hour is also quite remarkable, with great deals on premium beer, wine, liquors and cocktails.
During happy hour all wine and beer bottles are served at retail prices, meaning you can savor nearly two dozen red, white and sparkling wines and the same number of brews without worrying too much about your cash situation.
Most wine bottles are $12-$25, and beers are anywhere from a couple of bucks to $12 for top-rated fare.
Some of the more stellar beer choices include a 22 oz. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid ($6), Founders Red's Rye ($3) and J.W. Lees Lagavulin Harvest Ale barley wine ($12).
Six taps are reserved for the finest crafts. The standout is Ommegang's Three Philosophers, a full-bodied Belgian quad with a malty chocolate flavor.
If you're in the mood for a cocktail, DeepWood has you covered. There are five signature ($4) and six specialty drinks ($5) that are as inexpensive as they are well-executed.
The Ginger Bulleit with Bulleit bourbon, house-made ginger syrup and ginger ale is the most popular, and for good reason - it's delicious.
The best drink I tried was the Pimm's Cup - Pimm's No. 1, Bluecoat gin and an orange, ginger-spiced syrup. The slightly wintry variation on the traditional cocktail is perfect for fighting the colder months in DeepWood's cozy tavern.
Finally, let's not forget about the Scotch flights. DeepWood has quite possibly the best selection in the city. All of the option are less than $20, and each would please even the pickiest of Scotch drinkers.
Don't be daunted by the prices on DeepWood's by-all-accounts impressive dinner menu. You'll find a number of tasty and affordable treats on the Tavern Plates menu, available in the bar area.
The braised short rib sandwich ($5) topped with cheddar cheese and a horseradish emulsion is highly recommended.
Other small plates include oysters with a citrus cocktail sauce ($3 each), duck atop fried jasmine rice ($7) and brandade fritters ($6).