1. Mini Martini Flight
Find It At: Houlihan’s; 2431 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-862-7777; 2110 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, 417-883-3434; houlihans.com
Why It’s Great: These petite cocktails are tiny and adorable. The cocktail options for this flight are all fruity, and they offer clever combos. We tried the sweet-tart key lime pie mini, the tropical-tasting mandarin mini and the zippy hibiscus mini with an edible flower rim.
What to Order on the Side: Fries! The Parmesan Frites offer maximum crispiness with three sauces: chipotle ketchup, garlic-Parmesan and truffle mayo.
2. Scotch Flight
Find It At: Scotch & Soda, 310 South Ave, Springfield, 417-719-4224, thescotchandsoda.com
Why It’s Great: Whiskey fans will love the handful of options for Scotch flights. Each one features six ¾-ounce portions. For beginners, there’s an Introduction to Scotch flight. If you’re a true connoisseur, the $250 Quarter Centurion flight offers rare sips.
What to Order on the Side: Anything off of the late-night waffle menu. There are even a couple of fun combos like bacon and chocolate chip.
3. Wine Flight
Find It At: Ophelia’s, 216 E. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-368-9970
Why It’s Great: You get three 3-ounce pours of wine for $16, and the selections change from day to day. So today’s flight might be different than next week’s flight. We just gave you a reason to schedule multiple happy hours. (You’re welcome.)
What to Order on the Side: We especially love the salmon skewers—rare salmon with crispy breading and luscious mustard sauce.
4. Coffee Flight
Find It At: Brick & Mortar Coffee, 1666 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-812-6539,
Why It’s Great: Delicious coffee, perfectly prepared. That’s how they do it at Brick & Mortar Coffee. And if you want to taste the flavor nuances in the company’s yummy brews, you can order a $9 flight that includes three coffee or espresso tastings. It’s barista’s choice, with input from the customer.
What to Order on the Side: Order some coffee beans to go so you can enjoy a perfect cup at home.
5. Beer Flight
Find It At: Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., Springfield, 417-832-8277,
Why It’s Great: We love supporting tasty homegrown 417-land brews, and the beer flight at Brew Co. lets us taste six 4-ounce glasses of ales and lagers—all at once! Make sure to try Paul’s Pale Ale while you’re sampling; it’s delicious.
What to Order on the Side: The Artisan Pretzels are soft, warm and the perfect partner to a cool beer.