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A few months ago, I found myself venturing up to the town that shall not be named, the home of the Rams — myself included — for a close friend’s graduation.

Now before I lose you at the sheer mention of CSU, let me assure you this isn’t a promotion of my alma mater.

Still there? Good. Moving on.

While waiting for what we knew would be a painful, seemingly never-ending litany of random names and dull speeches, we ventured out knowing a beer or two would only help in surviving the next three hours of fighting back the semi-comatose state graduations create.

And lo and behold, a few blocks away, we discovered it’s happy hour.

For $1 beers.

So an hour later, we — along with our delightfully under-used credit cards — headed back to the arena, a skip in our step and a slur in our speech that led to a rather amusing ceremony.

Moral of the story?

Happy hour, especially for the 21- to 26-year-old group, is a necessity, a blessing, if you will, from the libation gods that allows for youthful indiscretion without the pesky debt the next day.

I’m afraid I can’t help you with the other ailments you may endure. At least you got there inexpensively.

So here’s a few weekend deals that are sure to soothe your weary souls in desperate need of a night (or two) out. We’ll call this part one in what I imagine will be an occasional offering of cheap drink deals.

First stop: Walnut Brewery . Nestled a short walk from the Pearl Street pub crawl, Walnut’s got your smart start to the night with a happy hour menu full of discounted food — always a smart call before a bar night, despite the always-enticing idea of going it on an empty stomach (cheaper, but far more risky) — and $3 beers or wells.

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill Bud or Coors cup. These are their brews full of frothy flavors far more fulfilling. (And yes, all that alliteration was necessary.)

Head in at 10 p.m. — starting time for discounts — and fuel up for night you’ll be starting off right.

Info: Walnut Brewery, 1123 Walnut St. Happy hour runs from 10 p.m. to close.

From there, I’m sure you’ll wander, but as most of us seem to, you may find your way back to the Walrus Saloon , a staple for a quintessential college bar experience.

It seems to pull us all in by 1 or 2 a.m., full to the brim with what most describe the next morning as bad decisions, ready to dance it off to the radio’s top 40 hip-hop list.

And no matter the insistence that you don’t need any more — you shouldn’t, you won’t — the bar is sure to get you. Let’s face it. The last-minute shot is always a good idea … in the moment.

Well, the Walrus is happy to oblige, with FishBowls and $3 Stoke and Cokes from 10 p.m. to close Friday and Saturday.

I’ve got my first fish bowl — experienced a few weeks ago — sitting in my cupboards as we speak, because yes, you get to take those home. And hey, what else is Sunday for, but to be your literal day of rest?

Info: The Walrus Saloon, 1173 Walnut St. Happy hour runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Armed with your Walnut Street stops, just be careful. A cheap drink is a fickle friend, and while you’re not spending as much, the drink isn’t as watered down as the price.

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