Looking for something to do this weekend?"Night Owl" is a quick guide to special nights at bars and clubs around town. We'll give you a few hints re: cover, dress code, music and atmosphere. Every Wednesday marks The Ho Wine Experience at Cafe ZuZu.
The Ho Wine Experience can leave you feeling a bit, um, inexperienced. The weekly Wednesday wine special features $5 glasses of signature wines and the swanky as always style of Cafe ZuZu and the Hotel Valley Ho. However, the best beverages and bargains came courtesy of the Cool Redux happy hour.
The Ho Wine Experience at Cafe ZuZu.
The Place: 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 The Time: Every Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m. The Cover: None. The Parking: Lot.
Cafe ZuZu embodies lounge in every way. The warmly-lit laid-back bar is all about clean lines and retro modern design. The Ho Wine Experience features $5 glasses of each week's specialty wine.
This week's selection was a sweet and smooth splash of Villa Maria's Sauvignon Blanc. The Cool Redux happy hour sweetens the evening even more with $3 beer, wine and signature cocktail specials.
The Music: Barely-there jazz.
The Style: A fun and funky young crowd offset by older groups there for business and pleasure. All together they fit right in with the bar's retro modern design.
The People: A mix of those out for early cocktails and those in for late meetings. What we loved: The busy bar had a swanky modern decor but still managed to maintain a causal laid-back lounge vibe. We also loved the patio's fire pit, which made more than a few couple's night complete.
What we didn't love: The overall lack of an experience. The event promised free samples, but there was no one manning the wine booth and there were no samples to be found.
Are we going back? We'll definitely redo the Cool Redux happy hour.