Hot Az Happy Hours

The Dish: Hot Happy Hours
The Place: See Hot Spots Below
The Deals: Again, See Below!

By: Laura Stoddard

The Phoenix culinary scene has evolved and grown in a huge way over the past few years, really putting us on the map. Innovative and ground-breaking implementation of unique ingredient pairings and food concepts, world-class chefs and sommeliers elevating the cuisine and wine scene, and cool décor and architectural features in our restaurants make us a delicious force to be recognized with. From cozy to classy to kitschy, Phoenix literally has it all.

ROARING FORK  http://www.roaringfork.com/
Location: 4800 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Type of Cuisine:  American fare
Days/Times: Sunday – Monday, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm & Tuesday – Saturday, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
The Deals: $5 wine and cocktails, $6-10 bites
Why You Should Go:  Kind of a modern ‘lodge’ vibe, and hearty, wood-fired fare for big appetites

TACO GUILD GASTROPUB      http://tacoguild.com/
Location: 546 E Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Type of Cuisine:  Mexican fare, craft beer and tequila
Days/Times: Monday-Friday 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm to Close
The Deals: $1.99 taco of the day, $5 craft beer and margaritas, $6 wine, top shelf tequila flights
Why You Should Go: Awesome ambiance, set in an old church with stained glass windows and soaring ceilings, Voted #2 Mexican Restaurant in the USA

THE ARROGANT BUTCHER    https://www.foxrc.com/restaurants/the-arrogant-butcher/
Location: Cityscape, 2 E Jefferson St #150, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type of Cuisine:  Steakhouse
Days/Times:  Monday – Friday, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Deals: $3 local brews, $5 wine, well drinks, and cocktails, appetizers starting at $4
Why You Should Go: Great place to go before hitting up a game, show or exhibition downtown, casual, comfortable vibe, good food and large selection of spirits

ROKA AKOR   http://www.rokaakor.com/scottsdale/location-hours/
Location: 7299 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Type of Cuisine:  Steak, sushi, seafood
Days/Times:  Daily, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The Deals: 30% off select wines, 40% off bar snacks and specialty cocktails
Why You Should Go:  Beautiful presentation, extensive selection of elegant and flavorful dishes, and creative cocktails

GWIN WINE AND BEER     http://www.gwinaz.com/
Location: 7342 E Shea Blvd #109, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Type of Cuisine:  Eclectic pub fare (from beef jerky to baked brie)
Days/Times: Daily, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Closed Monday)
The Deals: $2 off all wine and beer, and daily specials like Pasty & Pint Thursdays (a cornish pasty and pint of any draft beer for $12)
Why You Should Go: Relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere, live music, small food menu, but awesome wine selection, and always-attentive service

THE REFUGE   http://therefugeaz.com/
Location: 4727 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Type of Cuisine:  Café fare and tapas
Days/Times: Daily, 3:00 pm to Close
The Deals: $4 draft beers, bottles and cans, $5 wine, $3-9 appetizers (bruschetta starting at $3.50)
Why You Should Go: Cozy and artsy (coffee house by day, wine bar by night), tasty food, and patronage here supports local refugee programs

EL CHORRO  http://elchorro.com/
Location:  5550 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Type of Cuisine: American fare
Days/Times: Monday – Saturday, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
The Deals: $3 domestic beers, $5 house wines, well drinks, and margaritas, and $6-10 appetizers
Why You Should Go: Gorgeous, historic location at base of Camelback Mountain, spacious, classy patio featuring live music

CLEVER KOI      https://www.thecleverkoi.com/
Location: 4236 N Central Ave #100, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Type of Cuisine:  Asian Fusion
Days/Times: Monday – Saturday, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Deals: $4 draft beer, $7 wine and craft cocktails, $5-8 food specials
Why You Should Go: Great central Phoenix location, modern and hipster, small menu, but each dish packs a punch

CRUDO       https://www.crudoaz.com/
Location: 3603 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Type of Cuisine: Sushi, Italian antipasti & grilled fare
Days/Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Deals: $3 beer, $5 wine and small bites, $7 specialty cocktails
Why You Should Go: Cozy, romantic ambiance in the bar, impressive choice of spirits and cocktails, and delicious small bites (the Crispy Pig Ears are amazing)

BLUE MARTINI LOUNGE         http://phoenix.bluemartinilounge.com/
Location: 5455 E High St, Phoenix, AZ 85054
Type of Cuisine: Global tapas
Days/Times: Daily, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Deals: All appetizers and drinks (except champagne) half-off
Why You Should Go:  Um, obviously, for the martinis (20+ on the menu), live music and dancing, outdoor bar, club-like vibe

POSTINO WINE CAFÉ     http://postinowinecafe.com/
Location: 3939 E. Campbell Ave, Phoenix AZ 85016 + 5 other valley locations
Type of Cuisine: Bruschetta, antipasti, global tapas  
Days/Times: Daily, Open – 5 pm
The Deals: $5 wine and beer pitchers, and Monday-Tuesday after 8 pm $20 Bottle and Bruschetta
Why You Should Go: Relaxed, eclectic, romantic ambiance, exceptional bruschetta (more than 12 varieties), amazing wine selection, great prices

STEAK 44         http://steak44.com/
Location: 5101 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Type of Cuisine: Steakhouse and seafood
Days/Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Deals: $7 wines by the glass, $9 specialty cocktails, $5-18 high-end appetizers
Why You Should Go:  Perfect place for special occasions, high-end steak and seafood in a classy, modern and sophisticated environment (good place to impress a new lady on your first date)

STINGRAY SUSHI       http://stingraysushi.com/
Location: 2502 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016 + 2 other valley locations
Type of Cuisine: Sushi and Latin-infused Japanese dishes
Days/Times: Daily, 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
The Deals: Half price appetizers, select sushi, and specialty cocktails, $3.75 seasonal wines, $2.50 tacos
Why You Should Go:  Amazing prices, delicious food, spacious, comfy patio, and relaxed indoor lounge feel

FUEGO BISTRO      http://www.fuegobistro.com/
Location: 713 E Palo Verde Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Type of Cuisine: Authentic Latin
Days/Times: Tuesday – Friday, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm & Saturday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Deals: $4 beer, $6 wine, $7 margs, mojitos and specialty cocktails, $6-12 appetizers
Why You Should Go:  The definition of “hidden gem”, small and unpretentious with powerfully flavor-packed dishes (the tacos and empanadas are beyond compare), relaxed patio with live music

HULA’S MODERN TIKI    http://www.hulasmoderntiki.com/
Location: 4700 N Central Ave # 122, Phoenix, AZ 85012 + Old Town Scottsdale location
Type of Cuisine: Polynesian
Days/Times: Monday – Friday, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm & Saturday – Sunday, Open – 6:00 pm
The Deals: $3 tacos, $4 draft beer, $1 off wine by the glass, $6 appetizers and tropical cocktails
Why You Should Go:  Relaxed ambiance, stylish and hip, relatively small indoor and outdoor seating, with old-school Polynesian-inspired entrees and drinks

FLEMING’S    https://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/locations/az/scottsdale/
Location: 6333 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 + 2 other valley locations
Type of Cuisine: Steakhouse and Wine Bar
Days/Times: Daily, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Deals: Appetizers, wine and cocktails starting at $6, $8 Prime Burger
Why You Should Go: A must for steak aficionados, exceptional filets, service and cocktails in an ambiance that oozes classy and masculinity

NORTH ITALIA             http://www.northitaliarestaurant.com/
Location: 4925 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018 + Scottsdale Kierland Commons location
Type of Cuisine: Contemporary Italian
Days/Times: Monday – Friday, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm & All day Sunday
The Deals: $4 wine, sangria and beer, $20 Bottle and Board (choice of pizza, bruschetta or chef’s board)
Why You Should Go:  cool industrial feel, comfortable and trendy, small but lively outdoor patio and bar, delicious food

PIG & PICKLE           http://pigandpickle.com/
Location: 2922 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Type of Cuisine: Eclectic, gourmet comfort food
Days/Times: Daily 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Deals: $5 wine, draft beer, specialty cocktails and appetizers (drink and food options change regularly)
Why You Should Go:  chic gastropub, fun menu with, yes, lots of pork options, extensive spirits menu, they grow their own herbs and make fresh baked bread every day to accompany their unique, savory dishes

OLIVE & IVY          https://www.foxrc.com/restaurants/olive-ivy-restaurant-marketplace/                    
Location: 7135 E Camelback Rd #195, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Type of Cuisine: Mediterranean
Days/Times: Monday – Friday, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Deals: $3 bruschetta, $5 wine, cocktails and local beers, $6 small plates
Why You Should Go:  trendy, with a Tuscan feel, massive patio/lounge area overlooking the canal, outstanding bruschetta, fantastic service, awesome for a first date

ST FRANCIS http://stfrancisaz.com/
Location: 111 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Type of Cuisine: Seasonal, wood-fired fare
Days/Times: Monday – Friday, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Deals: $4 draft beers, $5 cocktails, wine and sangria, $3-12 appetizers
Why You Should Go:  small, trendy and rustic, New Times “Best Happy Hour” winner, featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, they use local ingredients and deliver sumptuously flavored, wood-fired dishes

SALTY SENORITA         http://saltysenorita.com/                    
Location: 3748 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Type of Cuisine: Traditional Mexican
Days/Times: Daily, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Deals: $2.50 domestic bottles, $3.50 wine, well drinks and Pacifico drafts, $4 house margs, and appetizers starting at $3
Why You Should Go:  fun atmosphere, huge, colorful outdoor patio and bar, fantastic prices, delicious tamales and tacos (ask for the bacon guac), amazing margaritas

CULINARY DROPOUT       http://www.culinarydropout.com/location/phoenix/#
Location: 5632 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014 + 2 other valley locations
Type of Cuisine: American Gastropub
Days/Times: Monday – Friday, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Deals: $4 drafts, well cocktails and sangrias, $5 wine, $2-8 eats (the Pork Belly Nachos are ridiculous!)
Why You Should Go:  located in The Yard complex, offers a large, open space with multiple seating areas, yard games, quirky furnishings, great service, delicious food, and fantastic service


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