Just about every person I know enjoys eating and drinking out. I love exploring new pubs/restaurants in the area and supporting local businesses. What I don't love is paying the bill after my visit. How can one combat this conflict of interest? Two words: weekly specials.
For example, every Tuesday night my friends and I venture out to a local pub for 1/2 price appetizers and $3 micro-brews. I suggested we try another pub and some friends knew another local place with 1/2 price appetizers, $1 off micro-brews, 75 cent PBR beer. I said, sounds like a winner already!
Lots of restaurants and pubs have weekly food and drink specials. You've heard of them: all you can eat wings, 1/2 price appetizers, $1 off beer/wine, and other special deals on certain days and certain times. It may seem like a simple peice of advice, but if you want to check out a new place, why not go when food and drink is cheaper? So, when embarking on a journey to explore your city, first pop on locations' website. Find out which days and times you can get the best bang for your buck, and enjoy the new spot without dreading the bill.
In case you're you're a regular reader of my blog and you're keeping count, you might realize I blog about saving money on liquids a lot. I just realized this myself. I have 2 previous posts on beer, 2 posts on water, and 4 on coffee drinks. Check 'em out by clicking on any of their links below.
Boston & Beyond: Get free beer
Get free beer (part 2)
Thrifty alternative to restaurant beverages
Kick the habit: bottled water
How to save money at coffee shops
The lure of buying iced coffee
Beware: Keurig single-cup coffee maker
Starbucks Rewards program review