Iruna: Happy Hour Report Card

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Erica O'Neil
The spread at Iruna's happy hour.
The Spot: Iruña, 7217 E First Street, Scottsdale, 480-398-3020 http://www.irunaaz.com/

The Hours: La Hora Feliz is celebrated every day of the week at Iruña, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

The Details: Sangria or a Smirnoff-based beverage will run you 3 bucks, while wine, specialty cocktails, and martinis are priced at 5 to 6 dollars. Ten tapas are available for nibbling at a discounted price of 4 to 5 bucks.

(the happy hour break down after the jump)

The Interior: Iruña is almost like two different restaurants, the indoor dining area full of old world Spanish charm, and the sleek, modern patio area. The bar chairs looked a little uncomfortable, so we opted for the patio, which had an urban, mid-century modern vibe. The aged tile patio framed (classy) astroturf cut-outs and plenty of bench seating in bright colors warmed the room. If you decide to sit inside, plenty of tables, horseshoe booths and a long communal high-top table are available in addition to bar seating. Just make sure to test those funky bar stools out before making your decision!

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Erica O'Neil
The gazpacho at Iruna.
The Cost: Three tapas, a mojito and a blueberry vodka bevvy rang in at $21 before tax and tip.

The Conclusion: Iruña has all the delicious tapas that Sol y Sombra was known for, but in a much more central location. The décor is spot on with a modern, Spanish vibe, and the drinks and happy hour nibbles are priced right for the after work crowd to unwind.

The gazpacho ($4), goat cheese croquettes ($4), and clams with artichokes ($5) were the perfect size for sharing between two people. The croquettes were the fanciest fried cheese sticks we've ever seen on a happy hour menu, and the clams were surprisingly ample for the price point. They were fresh, juicy and accompanied by a delicious broth for lapping up with the crusty bread pieces. The gazpacho was a little bit on the spicy side, but the vegetables tasted incredibly fresh and were blended until silky smooth.

Awesome tapas aside, the drink specials offered were also a big winner. That is, provided you aren't looking for a cold beer after work. Mojitos, martinis, flavored vodka and specialty cocktails were available at reduced prices, and they helpfully provided the up-charge ($2) in case you wanted to make one of your flavored vodka choices into a fancy martini. The sangria was also delicious, and at $3 a glass, we could easily waste away the afternoon at Iruña!

Overall Grade: A-


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5 comments
Rhiannon
Rhiannon

I think it's important to note that you must sit at the bar area for happy hour, which no one told us. I also thought it was very overpriced compared to Tapas Papa Fritas.

Jay
Jay

We tried Iruna last week for happy hour and loved it (except for those amazingly uncomfortable bar stools)! You missed out on the pan con tomate--delicious! Also, those are clams in the picture (and the dish), not mussels.

Andrew Kno
Andrew Kno

seconded. happy hour is served at the bar or on the patio only, fyi.

Erica O'Neil
Erica O'Neil

You are so right. Too much sangria can cloud a memory! Thanks, Jay!

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