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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que serves up great happy hour

For anyone on lookout for a good downtown happy hour joint, we offer Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. The excellent combination of beer, booze and barbecue make it a sure hit. Happy hour runs all day on Sunday, too.

The concept is simple for those who like easy math: $4 draft beers, $5 cocktails, $6 apps and $7 wines. Notably, DBBQ doesn’t cut corners on its offerings.

Cocktail drinkers will find $5 deals on specialty drinks like bloody marys, margaritas and interesting concoctions with names like Donkey Punch, the Hemmingway and Raspberry Lemondrop. A good one is White Lightning – a vodka, lemonade and fresh berry drink served in a fun canning jar.

Wines are $7, with nice choices like Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay, Avviato Pinot Grigio and Natura Malbec.

DBBQ draft beer choices are the best bargain at $4. Enjoy Flying Bison Lager, Blue Moon, Sam Adams or one of DBBQ’s special beers – Ape Hanger (an American Pale Ale) or Smoked Porter (an American Porter). Both are from Middle Ages Brewing Co. of Syracuse, where the restaurant first opened in 1988.

Beer buckets are a deal, too. Five beers (bottles or cans) to a bucket. Prices depend on what you’re drinking. A bucket of Bud Light is only $13, while a bucket of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is $23. The cheap “get it right” special – a can of Genny and a shot of Jim Beam – is $6.

Deals don’t stop with drinks. The $6 app choices are perfect. How about a three-piece plate of Fancy Fried Green Tomatoes, topped with melted homemade pimento cheese and house-cured chow-chow or two sliders (pulled pork, brisket or cheeseburger)? DBBQ poutine is topped with gravy, pimento cheese and pulled pork. DBBQ’s famous Creole spiced deviled eggs (6), one of the most popular menu items, makes the happy hour list too.

The best are the juicy, meaty jumbo barbecue chicken wings that are spice-rubbed, smoked and finished on the grill with a choice of one of DBBQ’s famous sauces (honey barbecue, Hoisin Sesame, Wango Tango, garlic chipotle or Devil’s Duel).

For the undecided, there’s a Solo Sampler (drunken spicy shrimp, wings, fried green tomatoes and deviled eggs). Extra barbecue sauces, napkins and Wet-Naps come with all orders to keep folks clean.

DBBQ’s wide-open bar is perfect for mixing and mingling. The only questionable aspect is the mini Godzilla (complete with atomic laser breath shooting from his mouth) who sits behind the bar. Is he or isn’t he a dinosaur? Something to debate with Bob from your company’s IT department.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Where: 301 Franklin St. (880-1677,

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Happy Hour: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day Sunday.

Scene: Relaxing, juke-joint feel with good music.

Décor notes: The antique Beerador from Buffalo’s Jewett Refrigerator Co. cooler is fantastic. Whimsical metal chickens, roosters and flying pigs scattered about.

Biker beer note: Ape Hangers describe motorcycle handlebars. DBBQ started as a mobile concession business catering to biker events. One of the craft beers is called Ape Hanger.

Yum: Fried Green Tomatoes

Live music: 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Accessible: Yes.

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