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Busch's Grove

Your soul-sucking job isn't glamorous — but that's all the more reason for your happy hour to be. Park your Saturn next to a Lexus in the Busch's Grove parking lot (or pay $3 for valet) and pull open the heavy wooden doors to find a posh, largely white-collar crowd drinking drinkies at surprisingly blue-collar prices between 4 and 6:30 p.m. The specialty martinis — some of which come with fresh fruit and dry ice, which combine for a hip, bubbling concoction — drop in price from $9.50 to $6. Well drinks and house chardonnay and cabernet are just $5 a pop, and all domestic bottles are $2.50. Plus, when the inevitable happens, instead of hovering over a questionable toilet seat you can enjoy the elegance and privacy that comes with huge, wooden stall doors that stretch nearly to the floor and paper towels that, though disposable, are nicer than the fanciest napkins you've got at home. Add Mark Maher (who plays piano on Wednesday and Thursday night), the top-notch service and the tony atmosphere, and you'll leave feeling like you've bounded up a tax bracket or two. Drive that Saturn home carefully.

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