Happy Hour: Mad Mex

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

When an Ohio State graduate now living in New York e-mailed me saying Mad Mex had the best happy hour in Columbus, I was skeptical. I usually associate Campus drinking with, at best, "multiple, cold and domestic" or, at worst, case races of Natty Light.

Well, I'm a big enough man to admit when I'm wrong. The Gateway hangout does have a truly kick-ass happy hour on weekdays, plus a daily late-night special with half-off most food.

The booze:

With a south-of-the-border theme, there are obviously margaritas at Mad Mex, but you'll be surprised by the comprehensive tequila selection. More than 30 varieties range from premium (Don Julio 1942) to more standard mixers (Cuervo Gold). During happy hour the 22 oz. Big Azz Margarita is $7 and available in a number of flavors.

While Mad Mex's tequila selection is robust, it's the 24 draft options that deserve commendation. Kudos to Mad Mex for introducing students to more flavorful beer at prices they can afford.

All pints are half-off during happy hour, and you can expect to see selections from Founders, Dogfish Head and Flying Dog. But the standout is Southern Tier's Krampus Imperial Helles Lager - a winter seasonal that puts the popular Great Lakes Christmas Ale to shame.

The best part is that half the taps change regularly, with new beers each week. Check out Mad Mex's website to see the weekly offerings.

The food:

The Tex-Mex menu is filled with burritos, tacos, quesadillas and other favorites. But it'd behoove your taste buds to try the wings, which come slathered in four sauces and are half-off during happy hour.

Another top-notch menu item that's not discounted, but also not too expensive, is the Shrimp & Fun Guy Taquitos. Two tortillas filled with shrimp, portobello mushrooms and red peppers make for a slightly spicy treat at only $6.50.

And then there's the late-night special, during which everything (except tacos, chimis and fajitas) is half-off. College students can get the same deal from 2-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a valid student ID.

Mad Mex

1542 N. High St., Campus



Happy hour:

4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday

$7 Big Azz Margaritas

Half-off drafts

Half-off wings

Late-night special:

Half-off most food

10 p.m.-12 a.m. daily