Compass Lounge: Happy Hour Report Card
The Hours: 9 to 11 p.m. daily
The Details: This nightly reverse happy hour features $5 house wine (Merlot, Chardonnay, or Cabernet), $5 well drinks, a nightly cocktail special for $7, and a dessert special for only $5. On a recent Saturday night, the cocktail is the Sweet Tart (Van Gogh Grape, cranberry juice, lemonade, and Sierra Mist) and the dessert is the Molten Chocolate Cake (with vanilla ice cream and Chili de Arbol sugar), both $2 off their usual prices. The website lists the happy hour as only available in the lounge, but a hostess told me that it's available throughout the restaurant -- and the Compass Restaurant is one of those places where it's impossible to get a bad table.
The Interior: It's all about the view at Compass -- so much so that even the elevator that takes you to the top is an award-winning experience. This slowly spinning restaurant (after a bet, we clocked one rotation at about an hour, with the loser buying drinks) on top of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix is a classic attraction for tourists and locals alike, providing expansive views of the city's twinkling lights.
As the restaurant turns, you'll be treated to gold-plated fun facts on the window beams: We're about halfway through our drinks when we learn that Compass opened in 1976 as a Playboy Bunny lounge, converting to a restaurant three years later. The décor is all warm oranges and patterns, creating a nice contrast against the dark night sky, and the seating is very comfortable -- perfect for sitting back and enjoying the ride.