Burned out on $14 cocktails? Me too, so I set out to find us some interesting budget-friendlier adult beverages that won’t break the bank.
Sure, you can find cheap well drinks, happy hour specials and daily drink deals at most bars, but I wanted to find true mixed cocktails (not just a shot or a cheap well + Coke) with an everyday, non-discounted price below $7.
Turns out it’s easier said than done in a town where fancy artisan craft cocktails are having a moment. In fact, I started this story at a $6 cap and ended up rolling it up a dollar because pickings were so slim.
But all hope is not lost. Here are my top picks for Charlotte cocktails priced $7 or less every day of the week. When all else fails, it’s vodka soda with a splash of pineapple for me. #basic
Sabor’s Paloma, $5.95
A simple and refreshing mix of house tequila, grapefruit soda and fresh lime juice. Not your thing? House margaritas and mojitos are also $5.95. Website
Pinky’s Westside Grill’s entire “Only 5 Bones” cocktail menu, $5
Pinky’s has an abundance of affordable cocktails at the $6 and under price point, including an entire $5 menu section. Website
Viva Chicken’s sangria, $5.75
The classic wine punch gets a tropical twist with a float over pureed mango. Website
Miguel’s small house margarita, $4
And that’s the standard everyday price. They’ve got even cheaper margarita specials Friday – Monday. Website
Cabo Fish Taco’s Caborita, $6
Cabo’s house margarita is made with Jose Cuervo Especial, triple sec, OJ and fresh house mix. Website
Vida Vida’s Brain Freeze Swirl, $6.95
A layered drink with half frozen sangria and half frozen margarita. Website
NoDa Company Store’s daily sangria, $7
They’re always mixing up unique featured red and white sangria flavors, often utilizing local, in-season produce. Only $5 on Mondays. Website