Goodwood Tavern: Happy Hour Report Card

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Evie Carpenter
Well drinks are only $4 during happy hour at Goodwood Tavern.
The Spot: Goodwood Tavern
7330 East Stetson Drive
480-990-2388
www.goodwoodscottsdale.com

The Hours: Happy Hour is daily 3 to 7 p.m.

Perfect for: Satisfying that bar food craving while indulging in some Old Town people watching.

Interior: Without a doubt, Aaron May has turned the old Shotgun Betty's into the coziest, most comfortable spot that area of Old Town Scottsdale has to offer in Goodwood Tavern. Though "tavern" does carry certain connotations that don't exactly jive with an entirely open front and patio, the wood-covered surfaces, dim lighting, cushy booths, and woodland animals hiding in the design here and there definitely make guests forget they are sitting just a stone's throw away from nightclubs like Cake and INTL. On a midweek evening at sunset, we dare say it even felt peaceful.

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The Upton: Happy Hour Report Card

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Evie Carpenter
The Refresher was one of the hightlights of The Upton's happy hour.
The Spot: The Upton
7216 East Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale
480-991-6887
www.theuptonaz.com

The Hours: Happy Hour is Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Perfect for: Happy Hour for one -- you know, if people actually did that.

Interior: Sitting on The Upton's beautifully renovated, shady patio feels nothing like sitting in Petite Maison, James Porter's beloved French restaurant that filled the same space until last November. But it would be unfair to expect the same feel from this hip, graffiti mural-decorated spot. What is completely fair is expecting the same quality of service and overall positive dining experience we received from Petite Maison, and, unfortunately, we were let down in that regard.


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Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour: Happy Hour Report Card

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Evie Carpenter
The pear mojito from Bitter & Twisted was bright and refreshing but lacked pear flavor.
The Spot: Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour
1 West Jefferson
602-340-1924
www.bitterandtwsitedaz.com

The Hours: Happy Hour Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 7 p.m.

Perfect for: Showing both locals and out-of-towners that downtown Phoenix is worth a look.

Interior:From the lofted ceilings, stained concrete floor, exposed brick walls, dark wood finishes, and relatively nondescript exterior to the fact that we were asked if we had a reservation (we did) for happy hour on a Wednesday evening, it would be hard to argue that this spot housed inside the historic Luhrs Building isn't one of the coolest places downtown has to offer. It's unlike anything else in the Valley and probably the closest thing to something you would find in any of the country's other large cities. Also, the check will arrive in an old cigar box. Just saying.


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The Beverly in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card

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Evie Carpenter
Mac & Cheese at The Beverly: plenty to share.
The Spot: The Beverly
7018 East Main Street, Scottsdale
480-889-5580
www.thebeverly.us

The Hours: Happy Hour Monday through Friday 4 to 7 p.m.

Perfect for: A quiet happy hour with someone who's really hungry but doesn't have much knowledge of craft cocktails

Interior: If you're familiar with the space that used to house Mabel's on Main in Scottsdale, once inside you may not even notice that the restaurant and bar has changed names. Now branded The Beverly, it's still dark and cozy with brick walls, wood features, and an intricate tin ceiling. We chose to sit on the open patio to enjoy the little natural light left on a Wednesday evening. The staff was initially inattentive but ultimately friendly and accommodating.


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Happy Hour at The Main Ingredient in Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
East Coast versus West Coast cocktails during Main Ingredient's happy hour.
The Main Ingredient is a neighborhood hang out in all the best ways. It's not frilly and it's definitely not upscale, but it is a nice, casual spot in a cozy old house. The big patio is perfect this time of year to sit and sip happy hour drinks with your pooch or some friend or both. On Mondays you can do happy hour all day from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. and the rest of the week the bar/restaurant offers discounts from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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Happy Hour at The Beverly in Scottsdale

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Heather Hoch
Craft cocktails at The Beverly served up super-cheap.
We'll admit some skepticism when the people behind The Vig took over Mabel's on Main. After all, they had big shoes to fill with the former Aaron May concept being known as an Old Town hotspot for craft cocktails for years. However, with some modest upgrades, the already moody, luxe, vintage-inspired lounge is looking more inviting. Jorge Gomez took over the kitchen's bar menu, while Rich Heider handled the drink offerings.

Stopping in for happy hour at The Beverly Monday through Friday from 4 until 7 p.m. is a good opportunity to try a handful of each without spending a lot of money.

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Happy Hour at Second Story Liquor Bar in Scottsdale

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Heather Hoch
Come for the chicken katsu slider, stay for another chicken katsu slider at Second Story.
Second Story Liquor Bar sits above Old Town Scottsdale's Gelato Spot off of Scottsdale Road just north of Indian School. Tommy Plato owns both restaurants, but SSLB is clearly a labor of love. Pulling in the talents of Josh Bracher, a relatively young and very up-and-coming chef, in the kitchen and John Christie, a seasoned bartender with an encyclopedic cocktail knowledge behind the bar, his cast of players is spot on. However, not all of the elements translate from the regular menu to the happy hour menu, which is served from 4 until 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

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Happy Hour Report Card: Sushi Brokers in Phoenix

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Kate Crowley
Surprise surprise, sushi wins out at Sushi Brokers.

The Spot: Sushi Brokers in the Arcadia area of Phoenix
4419 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix
602-515-5000
http://www.sushibrokers.com

The Hours:Happy hour is everyday from 3 to 6 p.m.

See also: Earnest: Happy Hour Report Card

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Twenty Highland Tavern: Happy Hour Report Card

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Hayden Harrison
The green chili beer cheese dip cost $8.

The Spot: 20 Highland Tavern
4701 N. 20th St. Phoenix
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/service/20-highland-tavern

The Hours: Happy hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. daily.

See also:FEZ in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card


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The District in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

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Kate Crowley
Local ingredient drumsticks at the District.

The Spot: The District at the Downtown Sheraton
320 N. 3rd St. Phoenix
602-817-5400
http://www.districtrestaurant.com

The Hours: Happy hour is from 3 to 7 p.m. daily in the bar and lounge.

See also: Rokerij: Happy Hour Report Card


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