Happy hour at Lexi's

Shelley Mann, Columbus Alive

How refreshing does that glass of Stella look, eh? It tasted really good yesterday evening as I enjoyed a couple hours with friends in the stifling July heat on the patio at Lexi's on Third.

Lexi's is a nifty new happy hour spot for Downtown workers, with cheap beer and appetizers until 8 p.m.

You can still order from the main menu, and a special happy hour menu has a few extra appetizer options. We tried the Mediterranean Plate ($5), a veritable smorgasbord of veggies and dips. It comes with a humus, tzatziki, a spicy feta spread and a ton of stuff to dip into them: carrots, celery, cucumbers, marinated tomatoes and a bowl of pita chips so deliciously oily they're more like donuts in chip form.

We also ordered a side of sweet potato fries, which come with a sugar-cinnamon dipping sauce that basically turns them into dessert.

Here's a look at the rest of the Lexi's happy hour menu:

APPETIZERS Spinach Artichoke Dip, $4: Spinach and artichokes blended with cheese, served with pita chips JD Drunken Shrimp, $6.50: Lightly battered shrimp tossed with Jack Daniel's mustard-cream sauce served over Napa cabbage salad Lexi Deli Sliders, $6: Pick three tiny sandwiches (corned beef, roast beef, pastrami or turkey on mini brioche buns) Burger Sliders, $4: Three hamburger sliders on mini brioche buns Greek Quesadilla, $5: Gyro meat, caramelized onions, banana peppers, red peppers and olives with tzatziki sauce Chicken Wings, $6: Boneless or traditional wings with a choice of mild, hot, barbecue, teriyaki or Boom Boom sauce Fried Sampler, $6.50: Onion rings, fried mushrooms, cajun fries and chicken wings

BEER & WINE Draft Beer: Stella Artois, $3 Bottled Beer: $3 domestics: Bud Light or Budweiser $4 premiums: Strongbow Cider, Amstel Light, Blue Moon, Alamaza, Corona, CBC Pale Ale, Sam Adams Light, Great Lakes Dortmuder, Newcastle, Warsteiner Dunkel, Guinness White Wine: Wine Zin - Havenscourt, $5 Pinot Grigio - Stella, $5 Chardonnay - Havenscourt, $5 Chardonnay - Hoe Down, $7 Sparkling cava - Segura Viudas, $7 Red Wine: Pinot noir - Havenscourt - $5 Merlot - Havenscourt - $5 Cabernet Sauvignon - Havenscourt, $5 Red blend - KitFox Foxy Red, $7