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Best Happy Hour, North Phoenix: Cafe Bink
A food lover's dream is being able to afford just one six-course tasting from top Arizona restaurant Binkley's. At $96 per person, it probably won't happen for us anytime soon, but now that Binkley's sister restaurant, Café Bink, has a happy hour, we can try a little bit of Bink for just a little bit of cash. From 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, you can experience creative tastes from James Beard Award finalist Kevin Binkley without a Binkley price tag. See the full Best of Phoenix 2012 entry and download the app here.
Best Happy Hour, South Phoenix: Hillside Spot
As far as we're concerned, the only spot to go for happy hour in Ahwatukee is chef Doug Robson's Hillside Spot for a bowl of crispy chips served with his nearly famous extra-hot red sauce for just $1. There's other stuff on the menu, like the absolutely horrible-for-you-but-tastes-so-good fried cheese crisp and an open-face grilled cheese sandwich -- but the real draw is that hot sauce. See the full Best of Phoenix 2012 entry and download the app here.
Best Happy Hour, Downtown Phoenix: The Main Ingredient Ale House & Cafe
After a long day at our 9 to 5, there is nothing we want more than to be drinking a pint of cold craft beer and listening to our favorite old-school jams on the patio of The Main Ingredient. The renovated 1920s Coronado neighborhood bungalow turned restaurant always has an enticing selection of local and craft beers on tap and a glass of wine for as little as $4, as well as cocktail specials. See the full Best of Phoenix 2012 entry and download the app here.
Best Happy Hour, Central Phoenix: Christopher's Restaurant & Crush Lounge
When we need more than just a cheap plate of nachos and a room-temperature Coors Light, we call up our favorite happy hour buddies and head over to James Beard Award-winning chef Christopher Gross' restaurant at the Biltmore. See the full Best of Phoenix 2012 entry and download the app here.
Best Happy Hour, Tempe: Canteen Modern Tequila Bar
Tacos, tacos, and more tacos -- that's what's on the menu at this popular Tempe hangout. Snag a seat on the restaurant/tequila bar's wrap-around patio for prime people-watching and killer margaritas. From 4 to 6:30 p.m., the appropriately named "Halfy Hour" offers everything on the beer and tequila menus for half price, as well as house margaritas, well drinks, and a decent-size selection of food. See the full Best of Phoenix 2012 entry and download the app here.
Best Happy Hour, West Valley: Johnny Fox's Public House
Robbie Fox's little brother Johnny is just as much as a happy hour troublemaker as his older Tempe sib. Half off the entire menu from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday means $3 Jameson shots, $6 shots of Macallan 15-year, and $7 bowls of lamb stew. See the full Best of Phoenix 2012 entry and download the app here.
Best Happy Hour, Scottsdale: Mabel's on Main
If you look up the word "swanky" in a dictionary (a big book of word definitions), there is a good chance that a picture of Mabel's on Main's sleek and inviting interior will be front and center. The lounge pays homage to its classic gentlemen's club roots with heavy chandeliers, leather wingback chairs, wood-paneled walls, and roomy booths. From 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, the lounge offers its whole menu at half-price. See the full Best of Phoenix 2012 entry and download the app here.
Best Happy Hour, Southeast Valley: Vintage 95
The baby of the Boston Street block of eating and drinking hot spots, Vintage 95 gets our business when we want to relax with a couple of friends. The dimly lit wine bar reminds us of wintertime, with its plush leather couches and crackling fireplace -- a welcome escape from the searing sun during the summer months. Read the full Best of Phoenix 2012 story here.
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