$5 Movies on Tuesdays

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What: $5 Movie Tickets
When: All Day Tuesdays
Where: Cinemark in Newport News City Center (11810 Fountain Way Suite J, Newport News, VA 23606) and AMC in Hampton (1 Towne Centre Way, Hampton, VA 23666)

 

Every Tuesday, Cinemark Movie Theater in Newport News’ City Center and AMC Movie Theater in Hampton offer $5 standard movie tickets all day and night (3D, IMAX, and other special theaters have upcharges).

Both offer reserved seating, luxury recliners, and bars with drinks you can take into the theater. However, I prefer Cinemark for two reasons:

  1. Cinemark doesn’t require you to be a member to buy $5 tickets. For AMC, you’ll need to be an “AMC Stubs Insider” member; it’s free, but still an extra step.
  2. Cinemark allows you to bring food and drinks from its two neighboring restaurants (MyPi Pizza and Neo Kitchen & Bar) into the theater to enjoy during your movie, which allows for a better variety of options and pricing. Depending on your show time, you can get any specialty pizza at MyPi for just $6! If you’re in the mood for drinks, the theater lobby shares a space with Neo. You’ll always find moviegoers killing time before their showing at the bar. My favorite Neo combo is a beer flight and calamari, although it’s not the easiest thing to transport.

Now, one thing that AMC does have going for it is its close proximity to Dollar Tree in the same plaza. You know what I’m getting at here, people.

No matter which theater you choose, it’s a great deal given that evening movie ticket prices have reached doubled digits.  So the next time you see a good movie trailer and want an affordable date night, family night, or night out with friends, plan for Tuesday!

Park Lane – Martini Fridays

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What: $5 Martinis
When: All day Fridays
Where: 4200 Kilgore Ave, Hampton, VA 23666 (Peninsula Town Center)

You want to know one of my favorite characteristics in a happy hour? No time limit. That’s why I’m a big big fan of $5 martinis, all day and all night on Fridays at Park Lane in Hampton.

The martini menu hosts a good variety, and all the martinis we tried were good. I personally will be staying loyal to the Smores-Tini: whipped cream vodka and white crème de cacao. Yum! Not only do I find it to be the tastiest, but it also unarguably wins best in show. Look at that chocolate swirl! It even has marshmallows and a graham cracker crust. If you’re a peach lover, the Bellini-Tini is also worth trying.

Disclaimer: If you want to take advantage of this deal, be prepared to wait for it. My friends and I went around 7, and it was about a 40-minute wait. It took around 20 minutes before we were even able to grab seats in the waiting area.   The good news is we were able to order our first round of martinis at the bar and sip them as we waited.

Once seated, we ordered their Fried Brie & Fruit appetizer for the table. I love brie, but it left something to be desired. We ended up asking for a baguette and turned it into a spread. I’ll stick to mozzarella for my deep fry fix.

For dinner, I got their $10 rotating “Panini of the Day”, which that day was Turkey, Cranberry, and Goat Cheese on a baguette. Who knew Thanksgiving tasted so good in the middle of Summer? It came with chips, which I opted to swap for a Caesar Salad for just $1. The meal was delicious, nicely sized, and one of the more affordable entrees on the menu, so I’ll definitely check the daily Panini again on my next visit.

Park Lane has a happy hour special every week day, and most of them last all day. Check out my post for their half-off fish and chips on Tuesdays. You can find Park Lane’s other daily specials here.

Park Lane – Fish and Chips Tuesdays

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What: 1/2 Priced Fish and Chips
When: All day Tuesday
Where: 4200 Kilgore Ave, Hampton, VA 23666 (Peninsula Town Center)

All day on Tuesday, European-tavern inspired Park Lane offers half off the price of its most popular dish: Fish and Chips. My British colleague Gary was in town for the week, so I decided it was a great time to try it so he could gauge its authenticity. His verdict: Park Lane is doing it right. He was especially impressed by the availability of malt vinegar. According to Gary, to really enjoy your “chips” properly, you need to cover them in the malt vinegar and then add salt.

I was unprepared for the size of the fish. I ended up bringing half home with me (This is not a complaint… I’m always happy to have lunch for the next day). After the discount, the price came to $7.50, which I would say is well worth it since the portion was generous and it tasted great, too!

Park Lane Hampton Fish Chips Happy Hour

You can check out Park Lane’s other daily specials here.

P.S. If you have room for dessert, the Irish Whiskey Bread Pudding was delicious.

PF Changs – The Secret’s in the Seating

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What: $6 Cocktails, Wine, and Sake; $4 Craft Beer; $5 and $6 Apps
When: 3pm to 7pm Mon-Fri at the Bar
Where: 12090 Jefferson Ave Ste 1600, Newport News, VA 23606 (Tech Center)

Fun fact: While PF Chang’s happy hour menu clearly states that it is 3pm to 6pm, their happy hour prices are actually good until 7 so long as you’re sitting at the bar.   I don’t know about you, but this makes all the difference for me as someone working the typical 9 to 5 grind.

Everything on PF Chang’s happy hour menu is $6 or less. Drink wise, it offers something for everyone; it includes cocktails, wine, craft beer, and even sake. I personally am a cocktail girl, and so far I haven’t had one here I didn’t like.   My favorites from the current menu are the Blackberry Spice Martini and the Honey Thyme G&T.

If you’re an Asian food lover like me, I recommend the Chang’s Lettuce Wraps.  According to the menu, it’s “a secret Chiang family recipe and our signature dish.”  The flavor is unique, and the portion is generous. For me, it was large enough to call my dinner. I’m also a big fan of the Tempura Calamari and Vegetables: lightly breaded and again, great flavor.

For fellow sushi connoisseurs, I must warn you that the California Roll is pre-made (thus, in my mind… hard, refrigerated rice, although I didn’t test this). I discovered this when I was told I couldn’t have mine without cucumber. Luckily, the same isn’t true for the Spicy Tuna Roll, which I ordered instead and turned out to be pretty good.

Overall, I enjoy PF Chang’s wide selection and distinctive twists on their drinks and eats.

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