Bootleggers in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card
The Hours: Happy Hour is offered daily from 3 until 6 p.m.
On the outside, Bootleggers doesn't look like much more than a pit stop in a strip mall off of the 51 and Shea Boulevard. Once inside, you're instantly transported to the dimly lit speakeasies of yesteryear. With great accents like floor-length drapes, a cluster of mason jars turned into a chandelier and the wooden crate slotted wall above the bar, Bootleggers is hip, but not pretentious. Plus, there's ample bar seating for happy hour boozers.
Bootleggers offers four different options for $5 on the happy hour menu, including nachos covered in brisket hash and street tacos that change daily. We started with the wings, which have four different flavor options and the choice of twice fried or grilled. Being the bold little eaters we are, we opted for the pb&j wings twice fried (of course.) Although they had a great crunch and were perfectly fried, but still moist on the inside, the pb&j flavor wasn't as prominent as we were hoping for--mostly just sweetly glazed and garnished with crushed peanuts.
Next we tried the chips in dip, which featured in-house made, thin and crispy potato chips with a velvety gouda dipping sauce. We don't know how we've never thought of combining potato chips with cheese sauce, but thanks, Bootleggers, for showing us the crunchy, cheesy, salty and tangy light. Last of all, we ordered the daily tacos, which were short rib when we visited. Unfortunately, after waiting for over 30 minutes for them, we found out that they never actually got put in the system. Maybe next time.
Heather Hoch Potato chips and a gouda dipping sauce (with bacon!) at Bootleggers.