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Upscale happy hours

Patrons enjoy drinks by the bar at Rare650

(Credit: Yana Paskova)

Truth be told, finding a "happy hour" is about as easy as it gets -- virtually every bar, lounge, restaurant and club that is open for business around 5 p.m. features one. For some people, however, just getting a deal on drinks isn't enough; after work many want an upscale experience to match their beverage bargains. For those more interested in sipping complicated cocktails than tugging on beers and looking for classy rooms filled with well-dressed crowds ready to mingle, here are a few suggestions on where to start.

-- Compiled by Ian J. Stark

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