By Monica Alonzo
By Stephen Lemons
By Jason P. Woodbury
By Dulce Paloma Baltazar Pedraza
By Ray Stern
By Pete Kotz
By Monica Alonzo
By New Times
Lon's at the Hermosa
5532 North Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley
In a city that oozes new, Lon's has remained a heavenly hideaway since the 1930s. Originally the home of painter Alonzo (Lon) Megargee, his "Casa Hermosa" ("beautiful house") is Arizona's only remaining authentic hacienda, beckoning visitors to relax around its adobe fireplaces or stroll the candlelit patio. While Lon's Happy Hour trio invites guests to choose from seven small plates of Southwestern fare, locals and newcomers in the know opt for the free offering of cheeses while strolling the historic hand-built ranch, sipping glasses of wine or prickly-pear margaritas.
4 to 7 p.m. every day. $6 select wines; $5 select cocktails; $4 select beers: three appetizers for $15.
R Bar at Camelback Inn
5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale
Get-togethers at the Camelback Inn's lobby bar/restaurant can get comfortable in oversize sofas and chairs inside the lodge-like interior or take their conversations outside, through open French doors and onto a sprawling high-energy patio filled with fireplaces, live music, and a Camelback sunset. Ten Happy Hour food selections, all under $7, include juicy Angus beef sliders, tilapia-stuffed tacos, and the crowd-favorite guacamole. Equally delightful: R Bar's handcrafted cocktails, such as its orange pineapple mojito and the always-satisfyingly monthly feature.
3 to 6 p.m. every day. $6 featured cocktails; $5 signature margaritas, select wines and beer; $2-$6 select appetizers.
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
Olive & Ivy
7135 East Camelback Road #195, Scottsdale
Join the business set at the bar or head to the patio for a gander at the "real housewives of Scottsdale." Either way, this Waterfront spot is a Happy Hour must. Start out with a house cocktail such as the Elderflower Drop (Belvedere vodka, St. Germain, Plymouth Gin, and lemon juice) or split a pitcher of (red or white) sangria while you wait for your Mini Tuna Tartar Tacos to arrive. The entire dinner menu (sans entrées) is up for grabs, so order the wild arugula salad or the delectable asparagus and wild mushroom flatbread from one of the surprisingly friendly (because they're so good-looking) servers as well.
4 to 6 p.m. weekdays. Half-price appetizers, salads, flatbreads, wine, and house cocktails as well as beer and liquor specials.
6850 East Main Street, Scottsdale
(enter at 4040 North 69th Street)
Get your Happy Hour fix any day of the week at Trader Vic's Polynesian fusion restaurant and bar. Get there early and have your choice of seating inside the lounge or under the shade of palm trees on the outside patio. The real savings come from the $3 or less appetizer menu. The highlight of the menu is probably the six-ounce Chinese oven-roasted Maui burger, which comes with sweet potato fries and costs a mere $2. The best time to drink at Trader Vic's on the cheap is the weekend, when, in addition to the select cocktail specials, you can also get $3 Stella Artois and Kilt Lifter drafts and select $5 glasses of wine.
4 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. every day. $1, $2 and $3 appetizers and $5-$6 cocktail specials, as well as $3 select beers and $5 select wines by the glass (Sundays only).
7277 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale
Nestled cozily between the W Scottsdale's covered valet entrance and inside bar, Sushi Roku is easy to overlook — although overlooking it during Red Sun Happy Hour would be deeply regrettable. Grab a seat at the low-lit bar or one of several high-top tables and start your happy hour right with a $5 Roku Fusion cocktail, a blend of Skyy vodkas with honeydew, watermelon, cantaloupe, and pineapple that'll kick in when you least expect it. When it comes to food, the half-priced yellowtail sashimi with diced chilies is tops, and the amiable servers are happy to recommend and explain other dishes off the diverse menu as well.
5 to 7 p.m. weekdays and 12 to 7 p.m. weekends. $5 select appetizers, sushi and drinks, as well as half-off all bottles of wine and sake Sunday and Monday.
Stone Rose Lounge at Fairmont Scottsdale
7575 East Princess Drive, Scottsdale
A few things worth mentioning up-front about the Stone Rose: You don't have to be registered at the Fairmont to partake in the Happy Hour, celebrity resort guests sporadically drink here, and there's never a cover. Oh yeah, and the scenery is picturesque as all get out. The expansive indoor and outdoor digs (including a cube-shaped exterior bar) are a mix of shiny steel with a modernist appeal. The Spanish colonial architecture of the upscale auberge also take on a glow as the sun sets, as does the illuminated white marble bar top. For those without expense accounts, select wells and house wines are half-price, as is a menu of small bites and chic pub grub. We recommend the tender and flavorful crab cakes lightly drizzled with a raspberry sauce.
5:30 to 7 p.m. every day. Half-price small bites bar menu, free Goldfish pretzels, and half-price house wines and select well drinks; select bottles half off on Friday and Saturday.
4422 North 75th Street, Scottsdale
The Lodge is kind of like your dad's ski lodge mated with a sports bar — there's a homey feel to the place, but with plenty of space to drink, shoot pool, or watch the game on strategically placed plasma flat screens. Skip the weak Coors Light in favor of a sweeter sip from a pint of the Lodge's honey brown house ale. It's perfect with any of the Midwestern-style apps, including the crisply fried cheese curds. The combo of a burger or brat and a beer can also be purchased for $6.
Different drink and appetizer specials each day of the week from 3 to 7 p.m., such as $3 Lodge beer, $3 well drinks, $3 Coors Light, and $6 beer and burger/brat specials.