Happy Hour

Autumn Court in Arcadia: Happy Hour Report Card

If it feels like everything at Autumn Court is bathed in a warm, rosy glow, it's because it is.
If it feels like everything at Autumn Court is bathed in a warm, rosy glow, it's because it is. Melissa Campana
Each week, we venture to a new restaurant to check out what the spot has to offer during our favorite time of day — happy hour. Whether it's affordable appetizers, delicious drinks, jaw-dropping deals, or none of the above, we'll check out the situation and report back.

The Spot: Autumn Court
3752 East Indian School Road
602-234-0512

The Hours: Happy hour is Monday through Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Perfect For: Getting good and drunk. The food’s not great and the drinks are strong, so watch out.


click to enlarge Chinatown meets Swiss Chalet meets Vegas bungalow. On 36th Street and Indian School Road. It's confusing. - MELISSA CAMPANA
Chinatown meets Swiss Chalet meets Vegas bungalow. On 36th Street and Indian School Road. It's confusing.
Melissa Campana
The Interior: Autumn Court is colorful, in more ways than one. The light bulbs around the bar have been switched out for red ones, while the glittering golds and deep reds of Chinese kitsch speckle the walls. The odd little building feels like a Swiss chalet, with rock walls and sloping wood beams, while the bartender’s Hawaiian shirt and the red lights will have you ordering a Singapore Sling and humming "Roxanne." The overall effect is disorienting, no pun intended.

click to enlarge Potstickers at Autumn Court, where the presentation leaves something to be desired. - MELISSA CAMPANA
Potstickers at Autumn Court, where the presentation leaves something to be desired.
Melissa Campana
The Food: Strangely enough, most of the happy hour menu consists of sushi, which is not available on the regular menu, as far as we could tell. And only some of the pricing felt “happy” — $5 for a California roll seemed special, but $12 for a dragon roll did not. We ordered the yellowtail nigiri, which looked a little sad and tasted a little bad. Considering this is a Chinese restaurant, we tried potstickers next, hoping for a shot at redemption. At $5, they were a good value and had much better flavor than the fish, if a bit greasy. Bottom line? If Autumn Court has good Chinese food, they go out of their way to hide it during happy hour.

click to enlarge Our mai tai, which was like one you'd get on a plane, only bigger. - MELISSA CAMPANA
Our mai tai, which was like one you'd get on a plane, only bigger.
Melissa Campana
The Drinks: Happy hour at Autumn Court means $1 off bottled beer, small sake, and wines by the glass, or $5-$7 specialty cocktails (normally $8 or $9). The selection of beer and wine is decent, but we went with a mai tai ($5) because the vibe told us to. As did the woman next to us. We’ll say this for the drink: It was really big. Rum on rum on rum, plus pineapple juice and maybe seltzer water? Both from a can. Pretty sure Blue Hawaii Elvis was rolling over in his grave.

Conclusion: If you're looking for Chinese food, maybe get it to go. If you're looking for ideas for your next screenplay, pull up a chair; the cast of characters at Autumn Court is even more colorful than the light bulbs above the bar. The dimwits next to us were discussing Omega-3s, personalized cat keychains, and how they would kill their boyfriends – you know, if they had to. One patron recited a list of his current health problems to a friend — across the bar — while another simply spouted off endless Michael Jackson jokes to anyone who would listen. To be fair, these guys won’t be there when you go. Erm … probably.

Don’t Miss: Bosa Donuts drive-thru in the same parking lot.

Skip This: The sushi. The pot stickers. Staying for happy hour.

Grade: C

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Melissa Campana is a freelance writer, stay-at-home mom, and all-around decent human being. She enjoys playdates, cocktails, and playdates that involve cocktails.
Contact: Melissa Campana