Thursday nights are not meant to be expensive. Barflies typically pinch pennies until Friday's payday -- or, worse, they try to figure out how the hell that cash is going to stretch through next week. The problem: People drink to relieve money-related stress, but martinis can wreak havoc on budgets. The nasty cycle leaves revelers hungover and broke as a joke. The solution: Mike's Tavern. On Thursdays, the bartenders here serve 22-ounce Miller High Lifes for only $1.25 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The beers arrive in popcorn buckets, encouraging drinkers to get to the bottom before the beer gets warm -- no small feat. And regulars aren't surprised when the bedbug they wake up with Friday morning isn't quite the score they expected to brag about at work.