By Amy Silverman
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
By Chris Parker
By Michael Lacey
By Weston Phippen
4041 North 40th Street
If we have been spotted posing near the outdoor fireplace during certain hours (say, 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays) at the Vig, we want you to know it's because the Happy Hour is so full of fun and yummy cocktails. It has nothing at all to do with the comely waitstaff or the frankly ready-for-the-runway clientele we often see here. (And at the Vig's brand new uptown location, 6015 North 16th Street, 602-633-1187.) Seriously! If we have a crush, it's on the better-than-bar-food bar food here. After imbibing and filling up on Not So Nachos, we always stumble over to the Astroturf bocce ball court for a quick round of Italo-sport, then back to the bar for a nightcap.
3 to 6 p.m. weekdays. Half off all appetizers; $2 off all cocktails and glasses of wine, and $1 off bottled beer. On Saturday, Happy Hour lasts all day with half off all draft beer, and again on Sunday with half off all bottled wine.
2502 East Camelback Road
Surrounded by sleek, contemporary décor bathed in natural light, the Kitchen Bar is the white-tiled centerpiece of Christopher's happy hour, inviting its mixed crowd of business travelers, hipsters, romantics, and regulars to pull up a stool and get comfortable in its lively environment. Ten half-price menu items, from Christopher's classic red-bell-pepper soup to the juicy burger with melted Gruyère to the crusty-good wood-fired pizzas, indulge the taste buds, leaving dollars to spare for Happy Hour consumption of house martinis, wines by the glass, premium well drinks, and beer, all half off.
3 to 6 p.m. every day. Well drinks, wines by the glass, beers, and select appetizers half off.
Mbar at Prado Restaurant
4949 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley
Tequila and tapas are just two of the temptations awaiting Happy Hour patrons at Mbar, the cozy lounge fronting the Prado Restaurant at the InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa. High ceilings and pattern-tiled floors contribute Old World ambiance weaving through Mbar's warmly lit lounge, around the oversize bar and into the outdoor courtyard, where Spanish and Moroccan beats mix with the lively chatter of locals and hotel guests. Nosh-worthy tastes await, from fresh salumi and cheeses to Hawaiian blue prawns with Argentina's cacho de cabre chile to spicy merguez Schreiner's sausage with cumin. Spirit-seekers can choose the refreshing Amante Picante (a blend of Chinaco Blanco tequila, fresh cucumber, and cilantro with agave nectar, fresh lime, and a touch of spice), the Montelucia (a fruity concoction of Beefeater gin, Grand Marnier, red grapes, lemon juice, bitters and a trace of champagne), or one of seven others.
5 to 7 p.m. weekday. $5 house wines, spirits, and imported and domestic beers; $5 select tapas.
Technology has improved nearly every aspect of our life and now, at long last, it's been applied to mankind's greatest venture: the search for cheap drinks. Village Voice Media Holdings LLC, the parent company of this paper, and GoTime.com have partnered to bring you Happy Hours, the premier smart-phone application for finding drink specials wherever you are and whenever you're looking.
Your phone tells the app where you are, you specify any happy hour needs you might have, and voilá, you've got a detailed list of every happy hour around, including what's being offered and when the specials expire. The list is sorted by distance from your current location, and you can turn your phone sideways for a Google map of the nearest picks. Can't decide which one to try? Give the phone a good shake and the app will randomly select a happy hour for you.
Almost 20,000 happy hours in more than 30 cities are covered. The data comes from GoTime's extensive database, business owners and users, creating the most comprehensive and up-to-date listings possible. It's like having a native guide to the best spots in town, wherever you go. And in the 14 cities with Village Voice Media papers, it's not like having a native guide, it is having a native guide: recommendations from our editorial staff, the people who live and breathe the city's nightlife, are integrated into the app.
Native apps are available for iPhone, Droid, and BlackBerry users, but you can still get in on the fun even if you don't have a smart phone. Just point your phone's web browser to www.gotime.com and you can get the same info (albeit without the slick functionality offered by the apps). And no matter what platform you use, it's all free — so you can save your money for that last half-price mojito or two-for-one beer special of the night. -- Cory Casciato
Frank & Albert's
2400 East Missouri Avenue
With its contemporary take on the Arts & Crafts movement — a vigorous nod to its home, the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa — Frank & Albert's welcomes guests to sip an organic mojito or refreshing Lavender and Lemons Martini while mingling amid geometric patterns or gazing onto the hotel's lush surroundings. Featuring Southwest-inspired comfort food and using an array of ingredients from local growers, hungry Happy Hour-goers can dine on house smoked salmon with Biltmore-grown lemon-garlic aioli or choose from eight savory nibbles, like the pulled pork empanada or smoked tomato soup shooter. These bite-size packages are big on taste and, at $1.25, easy on the wallet.
4 to 7 p.m. every day. $5 house wines, featured cocktails, and domestic beers; select appetizers half off; $1.25 savory nibbles.
5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale
Why let a spectacular view of a Camelback sunset go to waste? That's what the management at BLT Steak thought. A contemporary, earthy interior sets the stage for BLT Steak's modern lighting to glow golden on guests lounging on one of several comfy sofas, unwinding at the long, dark-wood bar while noshing on gratis spiced popcorn, olives, and salted almonds, or venturing outside to the landscaped patio for a spectacular view. Try the delicious duo of BBQ pork sliders with apple slaw and Ménage cheddar, or sensational spring country pâté, while friendly barkeeps entice with custom cocktails of berry-good Tequila Bramble and Desert Gin & Sin.
5 to 7 p.m. every day. $5 select wines, spirits, and imported and domestic draft beers; $5 appetizers.
El Chorro Lodge
5550 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley
The stone entrance to the recently renovated El Chorro Lodge, situated on 11 acres in the heart of Paradise Valley, opens to a bubbling fountain at the center of a sprawling outdoor patio accented with lush foliage, fireplaces, and a backyard herb and vegetable garden. Happy Hour scenery seekers can look outward from the open-air bar or lounge under one of many blue-canopied tables to enjoy breathtaking views of Mummy and Camelback mountains. The menu's old-school, like the patrons. Sip wise-like on a classic Cosmo while deciding on peel and eat shrimp, the chef's cheese plate, or a beef brisket sandwich.
3 to 6 p.m. weekdays. $6 house wines and spirits; $8 house martinis; $6-$8 appetizers.