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Carly's Bistro: Happy Hour Report Card

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The Spot: Carly's Bistro, 128 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, 602-262-2759.
www.carlysbistro.com

The Hours: 4pm - 7pm, and the reverse, 10pm - 12am, daily.

The Details: Carly's daily happy hour includes 1/2 off all of their delicious bistro-style appetizers, $1 off beer and wine, $3.50 wells, and all day every day $2 PBR and Session Lager (duh).

Reverse doesn't include 1/2 off apps but does offer a $2.50 quesadilla and happy hour hummus (regular and roasted red pepper).

We opted for the Cheese Dip Sampler, which includes Carly's artichoke spread and Feta Rosa dip, served with potato chips and warm pita bread, and the Brie Wedge, a fat Brie wedge, served with walnuts, dried cranberries, fresh apple slices and a side of sweet onion relish with toasted baguette slices.

Get the full happy hour rundown, after the jump.


The Interior: Carly's Bistro is the quintessential downtown Phoenix hip-kid haven, with daily specials, weekly live music, local art, and a convienient location on Roosevelt and 2nd street.

Honestly, service here is hit or miss. However, our enthusiastic bartender, Joe, was attentive, fun and knowledgeable, winning us over with music trivia from the restaurant's Pandora station and sense of humor.

The Cost: Two appetizers and three beers came out to $19, before tax and tip.

The Conclusion: This convenient and generous happy hour hang out is one we can always count on for delicious food (no fryer or freezers here, folks -- that would be totally unhip) and cheap drinks, and one helluva urban good time. Though the crowd is fairly young, this doesn't mean it's the bistro environment isn't appealing to all age ranges.

Carly's Brie Wedge appetizer is the perfect happy hour snack, whether it's a post work day (eh, if the hipster has a job) accompaniment to your $3.50 well drink, or a late night snack.

With great prices, a fun ambiance, and conveinient hours, it's safe to say Carly's has won our hip hearts and late-night hungry bellies.

Overall grade: A-

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