By Amy Silverman
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
By Chris Parker
By Michael Lacey
By Weston Phippen
20004 North 67th Avenue #500, Glendale
NoRTH is unlike any other restaurant/bar combo in the Northwest Valley, with its chrome-and-teak décor and its high-ceilinged, big-city ambiance. We love that there's a separate food-and-cocktail menu for Happy Hour here, and we've made a habit of enjoying a tall, chilly Succo di Bacca (light rum, fresh strawberries, lemon juice, and fennel syrup topped with Moscato d'Asti) and a Chopped Chicken Salad, in part because we haven't seen either of these items on a single other Happy Hour menu anywhere in town —except, of course, for NoRTH's Scottsdale location (15024 North Scottsdale Road, 480-948-2055).
3 until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. $4.50-$5.50 bar plates; reduced wine, beer and cocktail prices.
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
Westgate City Center
6751 North Sunset Boulevard, Glendale
Okay. We tried to make a Pamajito at home. We'd had one at a recent Bice's Happy Hour, and we figured we could save a few bucks by making our own. We were wrong. Something about the way the mixologists at Bice Bistro blend Pama pomegranate liqueur and Bacardi with fresh lime, club soda, and raw sugar eludes us. And we'd never dream of trying to duplicate Bice's Prosciutto di Parma con Melone Dolce; we can't even pronounce it! We're also sort of mad for the fried green beans and the calamari, both available for a wee fee of $5 from the bar's small plate menu.
4 to 7 p.m. weekdays; $4 domestic and imported beers; $3 off all signature drinks, well drinks, and wines by the glass; $5 small plates.