The Roosevelt Tavern: Happy Hour Report Card

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The Spot: Roosevelt Tavern, 816 N. Third St., Phoenix, 602-254-2561.


The Hours: 5 to 7pm, weekdays (closed Monday). All night long, Sundays.

The Details: Happy hour just got even happier at this historic Downtown Phoenix destination. Choose from four options -- $3 featured beer, $4 featured bar snack, $5 select white wine, and $6 select red wine.

A "bar snack" at The Roosevelt doesn't mean a bowl of crappy trail mix. The featured $4 item on the day we went was a yummy turkey, bacon and Havarti sandwich on grilled brioche bread, easily sharable for two.

(The Roosevelt gets scored, after the jump.)  

The Interior: Located in the historic Downtown Phoenix Art District, The Roosevelt is one of our favorite cool and cozy hangouts. The interior is set up with plush couches, retro chairs and small tables, literally making you feel like a house guest of an uber cool local. The regular clientele seems to be artistic- types both young and old.  

On a Sunday night, business was slow but with the killer price points and all night offering on this happy hour deal, we assume the reason to be a cursed night in Downtown Phoenix.

The Cost: The featured bar snack, one small plate appetizer and three glasses of white wine came out to $23, before tax and tip.

The Conclusion: A recently lowered happy hour menu price point gives us even more of an incentive to make The Roosevelt a weekday destination. Considering the quality and portion size of their featured "bar snack," we were blown away by the $4 price.

The two young and unfriendly girls behind the bar were really our only complaint, especially since we were two of the four people in the place that night.

Ultimately, we were impressed by the dollar-saving HH menu and The Roosevelt's always affordable and consistent wine-bar type small plate menu (try the jumbo pretzel served with yummy whole grain and honey mustard for dipping, that's always only $4), summarizing the happy hour here to be the perfect place to grab an early evening snack and wine-buzz, solo or with a few of your favorite chill friends.

Overall Grade: B

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