The Duce in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card
The Hours: Happy Hour is offered daily from 4 until 6 p.m.
If you're not a fan of mason jars and you're over the whole kitschy vintage scene, you probably shouldn't go to The Duce. The '50s farm vibe of the outside patio and bar, with picnic tables for the main seating, switches to that of a more contemporary tavern at the larger inside bar. The indoor portion of The Duce also features goods from several local boutiques and a boxing ring. It's likely a lot of people will be turned off by The Duce's concept, which is quality over quantity, so let us warn you of all the things that you need to get over before you stop in.
Here's your first roadblock: You have to order your diner-centric food separate from drinks, and neither features table service. We know -- it's a lot of work. But trust us, it's worth it. During happy hour, you can get a basket of two hefty sliders for $5 from the retro trailer stand and kitchen. Though that's the only offer for deal seekers, you can mix and match sliders in your duo, choosing from cheeseburger with Gruyere and basil mayo, fried egg, brisket, short rib, tuna salad, and chicken sausage simmered in PBR. Plus, the items on the "shared delights" portion of the menu, like chicken pot pie in a jar and mac and cheese muffins, are all regularly priced under $10.
Another warning about the food: They might ask you to make up a silly nickname for yourself (so have one prepared), and the food will almost always take over 20 minutes to get to you. If you can sit patiently with a cocktail in hand, you'll most assuredly enjoy what you waited for.
Heather Hoch The chicken sausage slider from The Duce gets a PBR bath before grilling.