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Sweet Relief for Sour Tax Time

Here are some budget-minded suggestions for knocking back a few after filing your taxes tonight.

Just when you thought the trend of tacking "-tini" onto every customized cocktail name was over, it shows up again on tax day. But Taste on Melrose's $1 (yes, that's one dollar) "taxtinis" served all day from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. is one such drink that many reeling taxpayers will gladly accept.

8454 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (323) 852-6888 or www.ilovetaste.com.

Rush Street in Culver City adds on a few extra hours to happy hour with $5 premium cocktails and draft beer and $3 well drinks, bottled beer and wine from 3-10 p.m., and it hosts The Quarry Men's Beatles live karaoke at 9.

9546 Washington Blvd., Culver City, (310) 837-9546 or www.ruststreetculvercity.com.

Bluebird Café gives you a day to recover when it hosts the "Recession Fighting/Tax-Day-Is-Over" wine tasting on Thursday from 6:30-9 p.m. The whole shebang costs $29 total and includes the wines, food, live music, tax and gratuity. The only extra money you'll spend is on vintages to bring home, should you decide to take advantage of Bluebird's discounts that night. Wine expert Peter D. Kerr will guide guests through sampling a bunch of affordable bottles that will be paired with appetizers and desserts. RSVP to winetasting@bluebirdcafela.com.

8572 National Blvd., Culver City, (310) 841-0939 or www.bluebirdcafela.com.

Last but not least, Wally's is picking up the sales tax tab for customers on all Wednesday purchases. Technically, the offer is online only, but we're told that if you place your order ahead and collect it at the store, then you don't have to pay the tax. Given all those newly arrived Williams Selyem bottles mentioned on the home page, it's a tiny bit tempting to splurge today.

2107 Westwood Blvd., Westwood, (310) 475-0606 or www.wallyswine.com.


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