- Brynne Chandler
Epic Happy Hour Spots!
Happy Hour is not a new thing – its origins can be traced back to the US Navy in 1913 – but even the oldest traditions can feel fresh and new in troubled times. Becoming popular in the 1950s and 1950s and reaching is bar-food best and unrivaled unlimited drinks peak in the 1970s and 1980s, Happy Hour is actually banned in 11 states. Arizona is not one of them, so go forth and be happy!
Buck & Rider
Buck & Riders overlooks gorgeous Camelback Mountain in the heart of Arcadia, offering views as sumptuous as any item on their menu. Happy Hour is available in Abby’s Oyster Bar and on the patio every day. Choose from their selection of fresh, flown-in-daily oysters and shrimp or tuck in to some Voodoo Fried Rice, a Crab Macadamia Roll or Dixie Picnic Chicken. Highballs, Wine and Beer are $7/glass while Specialty Cocktails are $9.
Happy Hour is Monday – Friday 3:00 to 7:00 Saturday & Sunday 11:00 to 7:00
4225 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Scottsdale’s Japanese steakhouse Roka Akor offers steak, seafood and sushi dishes which are chef-driven and designed to share. Roka Bar’s Happy Hour features smaller portions of their main menu as well as special prices on beer, wine, sake and cocktails. Try the shochu, which is a Japanese distilled liquor similar to vodka. Along with traditional shochu, Roka Bar creates its own house-made infusions in flavors such as chili, Fuji apple, honeycomb, mango and pineapple. Also enjoy one of the more unique aspects of Roka Bar’s attention to detail, which is the ice used in all cold drinks. Frozen slowly over a period of days, Roka Bar’s ice is made from purified water and carved into individual little icebergs to perfectly chill each drink without affecting the flavor. Happy Hour is Daily 4:30 to 7:00
7299 North Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Located in Old Town Scottsdale, Evo is a smart and casual eatery offering fresh takes on traditional American and classic Italian cuisine made with locally-sourced ingredients. Happy Hour Beer and Well Spirits are $5, while Wine and Sangria are $6. Menu items range from a cool Chopped Salad, crisp Frito Misto with calamari and shrimp or creamy Aroncini to spicy Grilled Drumsticks with sweet, hot Italian chilies, preserved lemons and pickled shallots with fresh arugula.
Happy Hour is Monday – Sunday 4:00 to 7:00
4175 N. Goldwater Blvd.
Bernie Kantak’s Biltmore neighborhood kitchen is renowned for its hip, contemporary new-American cuisine and extensive whiskey bar. Happy Hour features Red, Rose, White and Sparkling Wines at $6/ glass as well as Craft Cocktails for $8. Pair your deliciously discounted drinks with Super Yummy Nuts, a mixture of smoked and spicy almonds, cashews and peanuts; Brussels Sprouts with grits and truffle oil; a Sausage & Pretzel or splurge on fresh, raw Oysters.
Happy Hour is Daily 3:00 to 6:00
2201 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85016
World-renowned sushi restaurant Nobu is nearly as well-known for its extravagant prices as it is for its exquisite offerings. Happy Hour – known at Nobu as Tanoshi Hour – is an excellent opportunity to sample their magnificent menu at more modest prices. Japanese Beer is $6, all varieties of Wine are $9/glass and Saki is $10 as are a small but perfect selection of craft cocktails. Settle in with the sublime Peruvian Caipirinha, which is a concoction of Caravedo pisco, lime, muscovado sugar, shiso and ginger beer or beat the heat with a refreshing Cucumber Martini made with grapefruit vodka, cucumber, lychee and lemon juice. The Tanoshi Hour menu offers Salmon Sashimi and Octopus Wasabi, Whitefish Tempura Tacos, Smoked Wagyu Dumplings and a petite array of sushi maki.
Tanoshi Hour is Wednesday – Sunday 5:00 to 6:00
7014 E. Camelback Rd. #1170
Scottsdale AZ 85251
Flint by Baltaire boasts an elegantly textured mid-century dining room with signature folding glass doors leading to the gorgeous Patio. The American cuisine features wood-fired cooking flavored by both Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Flavors.
Happy Hour in the Bar and the Lounge features $5 Beer, $8 cocktails such as the Melon Mint Gimlet and Prickly Pear Margarita, and $8 Red or Rose Sangria.
Bar fare includes Za’Atar Fries, Wood Fired Artichoke, Hummus and either Pepperoni or Margarita Pizza.
Happy Hour is Monday – Saturday 4:00 to 6:00
2425 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Locally owned by Rebecca Golden and Ryan Castillo, Lovecraft lives up to its name as a culinary homage to all things creative. The ambience is a celebration of art and life and their cuisine is a happy marriage of spicy, slow-cooked New Mexican recipes and traditionally smoked Texas meats.
Happy Hour offers Canned Beer at $4 and Pints of Draft at $5 with a weekly rotating selection. Chardonnay and Rose are $5/glass, Malbec and Pino Grigio are $6 and Pinot Noir is $8. Ask about their Happy Hour cocktails as well.
For an extra $3 you can add brisket, chicken, pork or ‘shrooms to $5 appetizers such as green or white chile Mac-n-Cheese, Traditional Tacos or Queso Fries. Six dollars will get you 4 Bacon-wrapped Jalapenos, 2 Mini Hawaiian Bun Sliders or Broken Chip Nachos.
Happy Hour is Tuesday – Friday 3:00 to 6:00
3128 E. Cactus Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Steak 44 is an old-school sophisticated steakhouse offering the finest in all cuts of steak, including domestically-raised Wagyu beef as well as a superb selection of seafood. Their appetizers and side dishes are both classic in their creation and unexpected in their execution.
Happy Hour dishes are smaller bites of the main menu, featuring appetizers such as Fried Devilled Eggs, Fresh Burrata or Shishito Peppers and slightly heartier fare including an amazing Lobster Grilled Cheese. Steak 44 has a reasonable but gently enforced dress code so ditch the workout gear and get a little summer glam on.
Happy Hour is Sunday – Thursday 5:00 to 6:00
Friday & Saturday – 4:00 to 6:00
5101 N 44th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85018