(or, why Red Bull is sometimes a good idea, amazingly enough)
Given the personas we here at the Better Imbibers Bureau cultivate in public, it may come as a surprise that we sometimes have to stretch a short dollar out a little further. We're not made of money; we just prefer to train for when we do, so we'll know how to live well when we get there, which better be sometime soon, dammit.
The very excellent Japanese book Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips And Tricks from Japan contains a little trick if you're in the mood for intoxication, you don't have a ton of dough, and you don't want to brave the knuckleheads at the local shithole saloon for a couple of quick two-fifty-Pabst-&-a-shots to take the edge off.
Get yourself a caffeinated energy drink at the beginning of the night; it'll dilate your blood vessels enough that the expertly mixed sidecars you order at Angel's Share will leave you flush with the pleasure of a full evening's hijinks, without destroying either your palate or your wallet. And it brings the added bonus of leaving you with enough evening left over that you can get home in decent time and shoehorn in a full night's sleep, so you can go back to work in relatively decent condition and earn a few extra bucks, thus enabling you to live large all night long, next time.
Which, let's face it, is why we're all here.