Derby Public House in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card
|Cocktails have top shelf spirits like Nolet's Gin, but don't wow on flavor.|
Derby generously offers $2 off any and every drink they offer during happy hour, including beer, cocktails, and wine. There are around 15 different specialty cocktails on the menu, most being an homage to a classic. Cocktails like the Derby Bramble, which offers your choice of spirit and includes cinnamon syrup, often end up tasting like a down graded version of the drink they hailed from, rather than offering a modern update. Even the cocktails that had fresh ingredients in them visibly, like the strawberries in the Red Bottom, didn't have that brightness that you'd look for in a craft cocktail. Overall, the drinks were heavy handed on the sweet side with a $10 price tag that just wasn't worth it.
While Derby offers a lot of options, almost all of them were a little too clever for their own good. We enjoy playful takes on classics, but only if the execution backs it up. Sadly, Derby's wasn't all there for us this time. Plus the service was painfully slow, with the servers seeming to know almost nothing about the dishes and drinks they served.