Happy Hour in W. Valley of Phoenix
I'm looking for a fun place for happy hour on the west side. Something with some good food/drink specials. I seem to only be able to find info on the East Valley. We would probably prefer something a little low key (dives are okay) over one of the "be seen here" types of places.
I've HHed at Shabang's (5740 W Peoria Ave) before. The specials are plentiful, the crowd friendly, but the food is meh at best. Also, I don't know if you're a beer snob or not, but the tap selection was rather slim. I quaffed loads of bottled Fat Tire instead.
I've also stumbled into the Q Bar & Grill on the NW corner of Olive @ 67th. It was late, so I don't remember much. I do remember that it was cavernous, and have lots of junk all around on the walls, big TVs, and the staff were super friendly. My fried shrimp were pretty tasty too.
One place I have wanted to try is the Rogue west. I've been to the East one, but apparently the west one is more true to its punk roots. And I hear they have LOADS of HH specials.
Ahh, happy hour. One of the finer things in life. I am right with you on the low-key, but the food & drink specials are a little harder for me to hit. I'm so thrilled if I can even get people to go out for happy hour that I don't much care what I'm paying.
The corner of Union Hills and -- might be 83rd, something like that; the corner with Cocono's Mexican Island Kitchen -- has a number of patio spots with happy hour specials. Also Firebird's; it's a chain, but nice patio and great food.
If you want to venture further west there's Park Wines next to the Wigwam. Very low key, good noshes, nice atmosphere. There is another wine place opening next month at Indian School & Litchfield, too. *Way* out west at Verrado is Grazie, twin to the one in old town Scottsdale. Wonderful wine list, pizzas, salads, spiedini, all at crazy prices for what you're getting.
grrlscout, what's this Rogue place you mentioned?
I've been to the Rogue in Scottsdale (near the Tempe line) a couple of times, and enjoyed it. Kinda funky, without trying to be. Lots of tatted up girls, old punk show flyers embedded in the bar top, and a pretty good juke box.
I've never been during a show. But I can say, that on the off hours, it's very low key and friendly.
According to the bartender, they sold Rogue West, and are no longer associated with it, but don't care about sharing the name.
I came across this review that dissects the differences between the two, and to me, it sound like West would be more my speed. Plus, it's way closer!
And here's their actual site, though rather uninformative: