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The 16 Best Happy Hours in Phoenix

Published On 07/27/2015 Published On 07/27/2015

Happy hour -- it’s what separates us from the animals. But not all happy hours are created equal, and in Phoenix especially, there’s a lot of competition when it comes to boozy deal time. Here are the very best in town.

St Francis

St. Francis

Central Phoenix
When to get it: Mon-Fri, 3-6pm
The deal: Cocktails, including the handcrafted specialty ones, are all $5. Bottles and cans of beer and wines by the glass are all half off. Draft beers go for $4, but cans and bottles average around $2. You can also get appetizers, like the baked goat cheese ($6) and tomato soup ($6) at a discounted price.

Postino WineCafe

Postino Wine Café

Arcadia, Central Phoenix, Gilbert, Tempe
When to get it: Mon-Tues, 8pm - close
The deal: While not your typical happy hour, Postinos is highly regarded for its bruschetta and wine deal – where you can get a house bottle of wine and one of their famous bruschettas for $20. 

Crudo

Crudo

Phoenix
When to get it: Tues-Sat, 5-7pm
The deal: Sit at the bar and you can look forward to a newly improved happy hour that offers various $3 beers, $5 wines and $7 craft cocktails.

Last Drop at the Hermosa

Last Drop

Scottsdale
When to get it: Daily, 4-7pm
The deal: The great thing about these specials is they change daily -- on Mondays look forward to specially priced mixed drinks ($8-$10), on Tuesdays specialty sliders ($3) and local beers ($5), Wednesdays half-priced wines by the glass, Thursdays featured tacos ($3), and Fridays a signature burger and local draft ($16). Every day of the week local drafts, well drinks, and happy hour glasses of wine are $6.

Salty Senorita AZ

Salty Senorita

Scottsdale, Peoria
When to get it: Daily, 3-7pm
The deal: Sangria for $5, house margaritas for $4, well drinks, wine and Pacifico drafts for $3, and domestic bottles for $2. You can also score plenty of food including the tacos mariscos ($3 each) or a carnitas flatbread ($8).

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Roaring Fork

Scottsdale
When to get it: Sun-Mon, all night and Tues-Sat, 4-7pm
The deal: Wine by the glass and cocktails are both available for only $5. You also have your choice of soups and salads for $6. Lastly, don’t forget the list of happy hour appetizers, which include pork wings ($8) and fresh guac ($7).

Salut Kitchen Bar

Salut Kitchen Bar

Tempe
When to get it: Daily, 3-6:30pm
The deal: With the purchase of one bottle of wine you can get another for free. House wines by the glass are $5, well drinks are $3.50 and most draft beers are $4. If you’re really looking for a buzz, try a $5 vodka Red Bull. You can also try the Salut fries ($4), hummus nachos ($6), or the prosciutto wrapped melon ($5).

1130 The Restaurant

1130 The Restaurant

Downtown Phoenix
When to get it: Daily, 4-7pm
The deal: Appetizers start at only $3.95, specialty drinks are $3 off, domestic drafts start at $2, and house wines are $3.95. Stop by on “Wine Down Wednesday,” and you can get any bottle of wine for 50% off.

La Bocca Urban Pizzeria + Wine Bar

La Bocca Urban Pizzeria + Wine Bar

Tempe
When to get it: Daily, 3-6:30pm
The deal: Every day you can look forward to $5 off all wines priced at $11 and higher, $2 off all draft beers, $1 off all bottled beers, and $2 off single mixer cocktails. On Sundays, from 6:30pm to close, it's buy one item get one item free with the purchase of wine bottle.

Tavern Grille

Tavern Grille

Scottsdale
When to get it: Daily, 3-7pm
The deal: You can get domestic beer longnecks ($3), drafts ($2.75), small pitchers ($4.50), and large pitchers ($9). For premium beers it’s the same lineup, with longnecks ($4), drafts ($3.75), small pitchers ($6.50), and large pitchers ($12). All well drinks are $3.50, and wine by the glass is $1 off usual prices. We also recommend checking out their selection of daily specials.

Carly's Bistro

Carly’s Bistro

Downtown Phoenix
When to get it: Daily, 4-7pm
The deal: $1 off draft beers and wines by the glass, $3.50 for well drinks and half off a selection of appetizers.

Culinary Dropout

Culinary Dropout

Tempe, Old Town Scottsdale, Central Phoenix
When to get it: Mon-Fri, 3-6pm
The deal: Sangria for $3, select wines for $5, well cocktails for $4, and beers for $3. We also advise trying out the “Double Blind” ($5) and Jarrito’s Mexican Shandies ($4). In case you’re hungry, you can also get quite a few of the menu’s light snacks and appetizers at a steeply discounted rate, like the beloved pretzels and fondue ($6) or the hummus ($5).

Taco Guild

Taco Guild

Central Phoenix
When to get it: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm, Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 2pm-close, and late night 10pm-close 
The deal: Try out the classic 1983 margarita for $5, or a draft beer or a glass of wine for the same price. “The Socializer” (a draft beer with a shot of Cabrito Reposado) is only $6. From 3-7pm (or after 10pm), you can also get the daily taco for $1.99.

Olive & Ivy

Olive & Ivy

Old Town Scottsdale
When to get it: Mon-Fri, 3-6pm
The deal: $3 bruschetta, $6 small plates (like the hummus or bacon-wrapped dates), and $9 flatbreads make this a perfect foodie happy hour destination. Featured wines by the glass, well cocktails, sangria, and local beers are also only $5.

The Vig

The Vig

Arcadia, Scottsdale, Central Phoenix
When to get it: Mon-Fri, 3-6pm
The deal: Keep this in mind before you’re disappointed: the Filmore location does not offer happy hour, but fortunately the other three do. You’ll enjoy $2 off cocktails and wine, $1.50 off draft and premium beers, and $1 off domestic beers and well cocktails. There are also a variety of food options, like the hot wings or daily flatbread -- both $5. 

Dvine Bistro Mesa

D'Vine Bistro & Wine Bar

Mesa
When to get it: Mon-Fri, 2-6pm, Sat, 11am-6pm
The deal: All well drinks are $1 off, and there are a ton of specialty cocktails, like the lavender berry martini, offered for $7. You can also get sangria for $5, wine for $5, and $1-$2 off all beers. Appetizers and starters like the kale strawberry salad ($5) and the mushroom tacos ($7) are also on special during the magical hours.

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1. St. Francis 111 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012 (Uptown Phoenix)

This modern, family-owned establishment doles out tasty New American eats such as the highly touted Chile Burger w/pickled Fresno chile, sweet and sour onions, shaved romaine, jack cheese, and chipotle aioli.

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2. Postino 3939 E Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85018 (Arcadia)

Bright, industrial-chic wine bar Postino in Arcadia is beloved for its magical combination of scrumptious bruschetta and exceptional wine. The masterminds at Upward Projects have wooed Phoenix with a handful of staples (Joyride, Federal Pizza, Churn), but if we're being honest, Postino is our favorite -- not just for the wine cafe’s hip, laid-back feel, but also for its excellent service, solid lineup of primarily European and Californian wines, and its dozen (!) varieties of bruschetta (the burrata/bacon/arugula/tomato option is always a smart decision).

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3. Crudo 3603 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018 (Arcadia)

There’s no doubt that Crudo, located off 36th St and Indian School Road, is a favorite in town for both food and cocktails. And when it’s time to brunch, Crudo is at the top of the list. Potato croquettes with poached eggs, brisket and beet hash, pork belly poutine, and sweet/savory brunch jars are all just a taste of what Chef Cullen Campbell’s menu has to offer.

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4. Last Drop at the Hermosa 5532 N Palo Cristi Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Old western decor, multiple fire pits and and an awesome patio set the scene for a visit to the Last Drop, located in the Hermosa Inn. The service is great and the happy hours are ever-changing, from Mixology Monday and Wine Wednesday to Street Taco Thursday and Beef & Brew Friday.

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5. Roaring Fork 4800 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

This place captures the spirit of bold American cuisine with their wood-fired cooking. Lamb, chicken, beef, pork and fresh seafood are all prepared by wood oven roasting, open flame grilling or wood fire rotisserie. Stop in for their famous daily happy hour which offers $5 wine and cocktails in addition to bites with slashed prices.

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6. Salut Kitchen Bar 1435 E University Dr #12, Tempe, AZ 85281

This romantically rustic neighborhood bar offers cocktails, fine wine and tapas like quinoa fritters and hummus stuffed avocado. Purchase a bottle of wine during their happy hour and get another one completely free.

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7. 1130 The Restaurant 455 N 3rd St #1130, Phoenix, AZ 85004

This American Cafe in the Arizona Center Mall has a bistro vibe and a great daily happy hour from 4-7pm. Score domestic drafts for $2, wines for $3.95 and appetizers starting at $3.95. Their unique starters like Lobster Lettuce Cups and Sweet Chili Calamari are not to be missed.

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8. La Bocca Urban Pizzeria + Wine Bar 699 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

A slightly upscale take on the traditional pizza joint, Bocca boasts a Mediterranean-inspired menu (with some real stunners on it) and a dimly lit, intimate wine bar atmosphere. We can't say enough about the Chicken Pesto, which boasts has all your favorite toppings: bacon, mozzarella & fontina cheeses, caramelized onions, and of course, chicken. And whether you order the pesto, or another pick from the hand-tossed pizza selection, an outdoor patio awaits to perfectly backdrop your wine-fueled evening.

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9. The Tavern Grille 8880 East Vía Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85258-5412

This hunting lodge of a sports bar serves up a huge menu full of American fare. They offer great daily deals on drinks and food in the daytime and during their happy hour.

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10. Carly's Bistro 128 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Admire the local art in this hip bistro while enjoying a range of soups, salads and sandwiches. Pair your eats with a simple but varied selection of wine, beer and cocktails.

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11. Culinary Dropout at the Yard 5632 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014 (North Phoenix)

This gastro-pub owns its name by hiring a team of dropouts to cook its unique menu and mix its killer drinks. With an impressive beer menu, including local brews, a colorful patio, bocce ball, ping-pong, and occasional live music, this isn't the worst place to spend an evening (in fact, it might be one of the best).

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12. Taco Guild 546 E. Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012

If you’re looking for the finest tequila in a beautiful setting, look no further than Taco Guild. Quality is king here so you can be confident your drink, whether you opt for straight tequila or a margarita, is the best The Valley has to offer. And if you want to build a base before your booze, the fantastic Mexican eats here should do the trick.

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13. Olive & Ivy 7135 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Old Town Scottsdale)

The shady trees and massive patio at this Mediterranean-inspired spot make you feel like you're in Southern France instead of Southern Scottsdale. Stop in for their happy hour, fit for foodies with $3 bruschetta, $6 small plates and $9 flatbreads.

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14. The Vig Uptown 6015 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014 (Uptown Phoenix)

The Vig, an Arizona favorite that spans multiple locations, offers more than just food and drink. For entertainment and top-notch cocktails, head to this Uptown spot to enjoy live music or a game of bocce ball.

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15. D'Vine Bistro & Wine Bar 3990 S Alma School Rd, Chandler, AZ 85248

Count on quality American bistro fare at this chic spot with over 40 wines by the glass, wine flights, craft beers and handmade cocktails. The bistro also features live music and offers events like winemaker dinners.

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