Happy Hour: Taco Tuesday roundup

  • Photo by Meghan Ralston
    El Camino Inn
From the July 24, 2014 edition

School’s out, and summer is (finally) in full swing. Warmer temperatures, longer days and looser rules mean partying is no longer relegated to the weekend. In fact, the best way to get rid of a case of the Mondays is to start the weekend on Tuesday.  In honor of tacos, tequila and clever alliteration, we rounded up our favorite spots to go hard on the grub and booze on Taco Tuesday — without blowing your budget.

Local Cantina

Tucked neatly away in Grandview, Local Cantina offers skeeball, blues-rock and a solid list of craft beers. Taco Tuesday at this joint means every taco on the menu goes for $2 all day long, in addition to their complementary chips and salsa. If you happen to get your taco fix between 3-7 p.m., add a happy hour price “Mustache Ride” (Local Cantina’s signature margarita) for $5, or a draft beer for $3. Chips, dinner and drinks for around $10 will make your belly and bank account coexist in harmony.

El Camino Inn

The atmosphere at this kitschy Downtown haunt will draw you in, and the tacos and tequila cocktails will keep you coming back for more. Fish Tacos, served on soft corn tortillas, go for $3 on Tuesdays until the kitchen runs out. If you’re not a fan of seafood, snatch up a beef or chicken taco for $2. Pro-tip: Skip the margarita (this time) and go for the Paloma ($4 at happy hour from 4-7 p.m.). Made with Sauza Silver tequila and Jarritos Grapefruit soda, the Paloma will get you that warm tequila buzz without the lime-juice-laden heartburn. If you can’t get out of your Tuesday meeting in time, don’t fret; well tequila shots go for $2 at happy hour all week. Chase it with a Modelo, Tecate, Corona or Lone Star brew if you’re feeling sassy.


Olde Towne East’s favorite dive is better known for raucous shows than righteous food, but Carabar owns the s--- out of Taco Tuesday. For couch change, you can enjoy some of the coldest brews and most delicious tacos in the city. Beef falafel tacos and the vegetarian-friendly bean and rice taco go for $1, while Buffalo chicken, chorizo and fish tacos go for $2 all night long. If it’s busy (and it will be) bide your time with some happy hour (4-8 p.m.) domestic bottles ($1.50), well cocktails ($2) or a half-priced draft beer. Whichever you choose, you can’t go wrong.