I recently went to visit my friend’s new apartment in Suffolk. Soon after he’d finished giving me the tour, he said, “Let’s get a drink at Kroger.”
“Just trust me.”
So, we walked to the shopping center across the parking lot, into Kroger, and through a maze of aisles until we reached… a bar. Yes, a bar in the middle of the grocery store; smack dab in the middle of the wine and the cheese samples.
The bar was busy with what I discovered to be friendly, recurring patrons, there for the frequently rotating taps. While not technically a happy hour, Kroger makes the cut because its regular prices are as just as good. Almost all pints are $4, and they’ll pour you a half pint for half the price. Best of all… a flight of four tasters is only $5! For those who are less for hops and more about the grapes, they also have a rotating wine selection, which you can enjoy by the glass or bottle.
You can find an up-to-date list of the current wine and beer selections here.
The prices and selection weren’t the only thing I loved about Kroger’s unexpected bar scene. You can purchase anything in the store at the bar and enjoy it on the spot with your beverages. We purchased crackers, sausage, and a variety of cheeses from the $5 or less bin and had ourselves an indoor picnic. I advise you to bring your own cutlery or be ready for a workout! Parmesan and sausage logs aren’t easy to cut with plastic knives from the salad bar.
If you feel you need a better excuse than a cheap drink to drive to Suffolk, make a day out of it. For one, you’ll find yourself on the same strip as Ross, Michaels, Ulta, and DSW. But keep those receipts! I have learned that drinking and shopping can be a dangerous combination for the wallet. 😛
Hours and address here.