It’s not always fun to admit, but it must be said: Not everyone wants to spend upwards of $12 on a cocktail.
Listen, I get it. You get what you pay for, especially when it comes to cocktails. But sometimes, you just want to go out and escape from the bar without breaking the bank.
When I started this quest, I actually had a $7 limit, but I felt like it didn’t really offer a variety I was looking for, so I bumped up the limit to $9. I could have included happy hours or special days, but let’s be real. Sometimes your plans are late at night or on a weekend and drink specials are few and far between.
So for the budget-conscious individuals out there, here are 9 delicious cocktails you can get around Columbus for $9 or less.
Condado Tacos | House Made Margarita | $7
Get back to the simpler things in life. Nothing fancy here, just a delicious and dependable margarita.
Oddfellows Liquor Bar | Cincinnati Sling | $8
The perfect blend of Tito’s Vodka, Cynar, Honey, Lemon, and Stiegl Radler. This isn’t a photo of it, but just trust me.
Hadley’s Bar + Kitchen | Cosmopolitan | $8
Embrace your inner diva and order a delicious, house draft Cosmo. Made with Absolute Citron, triple sec, cranberry, and lime.
Short North Julep | Mint Julep | $8
Who says classy drinks have to cost an arm and a leg? This Mint Julep will bring out the southern belle in us all.
Dirty Franks Hot Dog Palace | “Reign in Blood” Bloody Mary | $6
Get a little spicy for just a little cash. What a steal!
El Camino Inn | Paloma | $6
It’s like a margarita, except it has grapefruit juice in it, which we all know makes everything better.
Antiques on High | Higher Grounds | $8
OYO Vodka, Branca Menta, Fernet Branca and Mission Nitro Cold Brew Coffee. Enough said.
Tip Top | Bottoms Up | $3
The Bottom’s Up is the cheapest drink on our list, and also one of the most simple. Old Crow Whiskey, RC Cola, and a cherry are all you’ll need to cure your Wednesday blues. Or any day blues.
Denmark on High | Moscow Mule | $9
Everyone likes to feel special now and then, and Moscow Mules are the perfect drink for that occasion. No one does them better than Denmark on High.
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