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Desperate times call for desperate promotions -- and dumb promotions -- and even desperate and dumb promotions within desperate and dumb promotions.

Starting tonight, the Mayfair Hotel Lobby Bar begins its' Mad Men Mondays promo. From 5:30 pm. to 7:30 p.m., guests can partake of drinks for just $3.50 each; until 8:30 p.m. they can have a three-course dinner for $20.99. Plus 9% tax and service charge. Plus tip. At 6:30 p.m. customers can watch the latest episode of Mad Men on the flat screen.

Just one question: Why would anyone want to eat dinner at the Mayfair Lobby Bar?

And here's another dumb idea: The new Waxy O'Connor's Irish Pub will launch its' weekly Wednesday evening Bubbles N' Barbecue Ladies Night with a special night within the special night that they're calling To the Nines. You see, this coming Wednesday is 9/9/09, so "In an effort to pay tribute to the ninth day, of the ninth month, of the ninth year (of the new millennium) the fun new eatery will kick-off their weekly backyard style barbecue with a discounted price of $9.99 for a piping plate of fresh 'que and choice of drink/cocktail for all guests." I'm not certain, but I think this evening is being sponsored by Sesame Street -- and next year they'll be teaming up with Waxy's to "pay tribute" to the number 10! (and to teach them how to properly write Bubbles'N Barbecue).

Think of this as being like the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's BubbleQ, except without the authentic Q and without the Bubbles -- the deal includes a "drink/cocktail', but champagne enters the equation only in that "gals will receive half priced bubbly throughout the festivities". 

Sooo...if you're looking to meet the sort of sassy yet classy "gal" who appreciates some sips of discounted champagne alongside her booze and barbecue, this might be an event to mark down on your calendar:To The Nines takes place this Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The regular Bubbles N' Barbecue Ladies Night will continue every Wednesday during the same hours, but price goes from $9.99 to $12. Barbecued items change weekly, and will include stuff such as "shrimp and pineapple skewers, grilled cedar plank salmon, burgers, hot dogs, steaks, veggies, sides, etc."  

Mayfair Lobby Bar @ Mayfair Hotel & Spa, 3000 Florida Avenue  Coconut Grove; 305 445 8177.
Waxy's on the River, 690 SW 1st Court in downtown Miami;786-871-7660.  

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