Having a night out on the town is a great idea, however, the costs can really add up. Going cashless is convenient, but we don’t realize how much we end up spending. I decided to test the 40 dollar challenge on the streets of downtown St. Catharines. Also note, this was done on a per person basis. If you do decide to undertake this challenge with friends you can also split bills to stretch your dollars further. Here are some ideas of what your night would look like should you decide to undertake this challenge.
First, transportation. On this budget, taxis are not an option. So using the bus to get to downtown St. Catharines would be your best bet or if you can score a ride with a friend, even better. To start off the night, we headed to Krav bar and grill, located on the corner of Carlisle and St. Paul Street. It is a quick walk from the bus terminal. Their cocktails are $8 and are made with fresh ingredients, which makes all the difference. For a generous serving, good music and ambience, you definitely get your monies worth at this restaurant. After enjoying your cocktail (I recommend the wildberry margarita) with tip and tax, our budget was reduced by $10.04.
Next, walking down to James Street we headed to Gord’s Place where we would enjoy two draft beers at $5.25 each. Also note that the restaurant changes to a nightlife hotspot after 10:00 p.m. so to avoid a cover charge plan to get their early. Our bill here would be around $12.00 leaving us with a reasonable $17.96 for the rest of the night. Gord’s provides a great setting for conversation paired this with affordable beers, it will always guarantee time and money well spent.
At this point in the night, we worked up an appetite so we went to Kully’s Sports Bar on St. Paul Street for their stadium nachos. Priced at $6.99, this treat surely satisfies with tax and tip our bill lands at around $8.90. Kully’s menu offers freshly made pub grub and a wide selection of craft beers. Depending on the time of your visit, there are open mics from local performers, the dart board for your use or take in a game on one of their 11 big screens.
Our last stop of the night is the Merchant Ale House. Here their house brews are a must-try and with $9.06 left within our budget we can enjoy a half pint ($5.25) to end off the night. Tax and tip brings us to $6.95 leaving our budget at $2.11. Merchant offers a cozy yet lively atmosphere which is suited for any occasion, an after work drink, or catching up with friends. At this point, if you still want to grab a snack. you can pool your change with your friends you can split a snack size poutine or Bella Noella’s on St. Paul Street offers half price on their slices Tuesday – Thursday from 9:30— 10:00p.m,
No matter where you decide to spend your money, always remember to designate a driver, drink and act responsibly.