Beta Lounge is one of the few places downtown for people looking for something more sophisticated than beer and fried food. Located on the bottom level of a mixed-use apartment building near the UC campus, Beta Lounge is celebrating a year in business with Fan Appreciation week starting today.
Simply show them proof that you are a fan on Facebook or twitter (this is where your smartphone becomes handy), and you will get happy hour prices on drinks all night. That means $3 beers (draft and bottle) and $5 glasses of wine and Nigori cosmos. They also have $5 cocktails all night Mondays, and $20 bottles of wine all night Wednesdays.
Beta is a low-key place with a chill ambience. Dimly lit with stained windows and gray walls, Beta can almost double as a club, which may be why there's live music on Fridays and the weekends. Since it is near campus, groups of students are a common sight, but it doesn't reach obnoxiously drunk levels like it can at bars. The bartenders are friendly, chatting you up on slow nights, and cocktails good with a heavy Asian influence, like lychee and Soju.
2129 Durant Ave., Berkeley