The Lodge in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card
Courtesy of Craig Cummins The Lodge's wings aren't for those afraid of a little spice, but they are far superior to standard bar wings.
The interior of the Lodge approximates a ski lodge at a mountain resort, including a fireplace complete with a television screen showing a fake fire and mounted animals on the walls. The bar and a handful of booths line the long side of the L-shaped dining area, while the other side is filled with tables. A pool table and other bar games are tucked away near the bar but out of the way of anyone not using them. Overall, the Lodge has a friendly, casual vibe. For outdoor seating, there's a large patio with plenty of seats and standing room.
Courtesy of Craig Cummins Despite a relatively large bar and dining area, it can be tough to find a seat due to large crowds.
The Lodge is one of the few bars in Scottsdale (or anywhere for that matter) where the food is worth eating regardless of sobriety and happy hour pricing. During happy hour, a good portion of the appetizers are half-off, which works well because the size of the appetizers can either be shared among the table or used as an entire meal for one person. Many of the half-priced items are perfect for sharing, as they're each plentiful in both size and flavor.
One of the items the Lodge is known for is the pretzels, which are served two per order and come with a side of the signature cheese sauce for dipping. We're not sure, but we think it's the same cheese sauce used in the nachos and potato skins, and it's equally delightful in each dish.
The wings are nice and crisp without being dried out and provide just enough punch to feel the burn on your tongue without frantically searching for an internal fire extinguisher, while both the aforementioned nachos and potato skins offer complex flavors not usually found in standard bar food. We like the waffle fries as well, but that's more because we really like waffle fries.
Courtesy of Craig Cummins We think the pretzels come in pairs so you can share the pure joy of dipping them in cheese sauce... Or just double it for yourself.