Cafe Solstice Happy Hour

For anyone wanting to escape the drunken frat boys hanging outside Earl's on the Ave., Cafe Solstice offers a retreat with plenty of hookup potential—for those digging artsy girls or vintage-clad guys pouring over chemistry notes, that is. Just like its name suggests, Solstice is a rarity: a cross between an art gallery and lofty lounge, with those manning the counter serving as both baristas and bartenders. And there’s no better time to show off your glamorous nerdy style than during one of Solstice’s happy hour stretches from 4-6 p.m. or 9-11 p.m., featuring $1 off drafts such as Stella or Elysian ESB. Even on a busy weekend, you won’t have to worry about fighting the crowds for your pint, although you might coax a raised eyebrow from last year’s professor sitting nearby, because his latte cost more than your brew. LAUREN LYNCH

Starts: Sept. 2. Daily, 4-6 & 9-11 p.m., 2010

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