Bitter & Twisted’s mojitos are a refreshing $6.50 treat along with the $6 hurricane popcorn during happy hour. (Photo: Lauren Potter)
It’s happy hour somewhere in Downtown Phoenix. With deals starting at 1 p.m., find comfort in knowing you can save several dollars on quality drinks & eats throughout the city. Here are some of my favorite places to stop in for a craft cocktail, cold beer, glass of wine or bite to eat during happy hour:
The Monroe Bar and Lounge offers $8 craft cocktails and a shady patio. (Photo: Taylor Bishop)
The Arrogant Butcher Happy hour in the bar Monday-Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.: Get a refreshing “Mule” or “Maid” (tequila, cucumber, mint and lime) for only $5. Plus, you’ll save $4 on appetizers like the smoked salmon or crispy buffalo chicken thighs.
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour Happy hour Tuesday-Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.: Recognized as one of the best cocktail bars in the country, Bitter & Twisted is my favorite spot to splurge on a drink. Visit the Central Avenue and Jefferson Street parlor early for $6.50 Collins, margaritas or mojitos, and a discount on the hurricane popcorn (a must!). The Dressing Room Happy hour Monday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Half off on all beer, wine and cocktails. My top-pick to sip while on their comfortable patio is the spiked chai (rum, chai tea, coconut milk). The Monroe Bar and Lounge Happy hour Saturday-Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. / Friday 3 to 6 p.m.: You’ve got to try one of the signature cocktails — just $8 during happy hour — at one of downtown’s newest bars.
The Whining Pig rotates 125 craft beers on their menu. (Photo: Taylor Bishop)
Match Restaurant & Lounge Happy hour Monday-Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.: Draught and bottled beers are a cool $3 daily during happy hour. Stop in after a swim at the FOUND:RE pool and enjoy some chicken bites or deviled eggs for $5 as well. Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Happy hour Monday-Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.: Do we have any Guinness fans out there? You can get the dark stout in a pint for $4.50 or any other pint for $5. Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery Happy hour Monday-Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m.: Where a cold beer never looked so good. Get $5 Domestic 32oz half pitchers, $5 craft beers, $2 chicken or beef tacos and $4 Irish nachos at the sports bar. The Whining Pig Happy hour Monday-Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m.: Save $2 on dozens of craft beers all afternoon and into the evening at The Whining Pig Downtown Phoenix. They also serve non-alcoholic Lagunitas for those that need a hoppy refresher.
Mancuso’s Italian-American menu is a match made in heaven with their expansive wine menu. (Photo: Taylor Bishop)
GenuWine Happy hour Monday-Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.: Grab a local pour from the self-serve wine bar for $2 less than the usual price (full glasses only, range from $6-$14). Small plates of cheeses and meats are also discounted. Mancuso’s Restaurant Happy hour Monday-Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.: Where I go if I’m feeling a bit fancy — but still on a budget. Mancuso’s takes $3 off a large variety of white and red wine as well as an $8 baked meat lasagna to die for. Rott n’ Grapes Happy hour Sunday-Monday from open to 6:30 p.m.: 45 wines by the glass, a stylish interior and a dog-friendly patio are just a few of the reasons Rott n’ Grapes is a new community hotspot. Visit the Roosevelt Row location anytime before 6:30 p.m. and get $2 off any glass of wine.
Discover your new favorite local musician while chowing down on nachos at Copper Blues. (Photo: Taylor Bishop)
Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen Happy hour Monday-Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.: Of course, this rock pub has a solid offering of discounts on brews and cocktails. But the nine happy hour food specials and daily live music are what draw me and other hungry downtowners in. Copper blues knocks off a couple of bucks on these gargantuan nachos — which come with a choice of chicken or beef. The Kettle Black Happy hour Monday-Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.:Philly cheese steak fries and buffalo wings are seven bucks. Pair the savory eats with an Irish whiskey for $5.50 while meeting old friends or making new ones in the laid-back pub. Chico Malo Happy hour Monday-Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.: Inspired by Mexican street food, Chico Malo’s menu boasts bold plates and signature mixed drinks. Try the doraditos (potato taco, escabeche, Oaxaca, fondue de queso and other tasty toppings) or shrimp ceviche for $6. Or, get a $5 elote paired with the $6 house margarita.