539 Bloor W, at Albany, 416-530-1331, pauperspub.com. Cousin to the Madison, this student-friendly deck on the roof of a former Annex bank takes its drinking seriously. Thursdays and Sundays cocktails go for $3.50, Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm 3-ounce martinis are $6, and Fridays and Saturdays buckets of five Coronas are $20. Bonus: day prices till 6 pm every afternoon!
2. Tortilla Flats
458 Queen W, at Augusta, 416-203-0088, tortillaflats.ca. Sometimes it doesn't pay to be sober, especially when this Tex-Mex double-decker offers $2.99 daiquiris Mondays, $2.75 domestic beer Wednesdays and $2.99 margaritas Thursdays. And Sundays, pitchers of sangria go for $14.99. Two-for-one fajitas Tuesdays, too.
492 College, at Palmerston, 416-413-0005, negronipanini.com. If the sexy pressed panini - fresh buffalo mozzarella with tomato and pesto on ciabatta - and two patios don't draw you in, the $20 bottles of Italian red sure will. And don't forget to save room for house-made peanut butter ice cream.
1249 Queen W, at Gwynne, 416-535-8089, therhino.ca. Long before the nabe was a hotbed of locavore restos and wine bars, this artsy hang was a particular neighbourhood fave, especially when pints of Ontario cask beers like Durham Triple X, Grand River and Cheshire Valley are $4.95 while they last.
229 College, at Beverley, 416-597-8346, ein-stein.ca. It's always Oktoberfest on this suds-sozzled U of T sports bar's patio. Mondays see 2-ounce martinis for $4.75, Tuesdays before 9 pm a shot of Jägermeister is two bucks, and Thursdays before 9 pm pitchers of lager are all of $8.50. The truly cash-strapped will be happy to know that Saturdays and Sundays, Canadian Tire "money" is accepted at par.