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Place for drinks and and (light) food north Phx/Glendale area?

I'm trying to think of a place where 10-12 people can gather for drinks and maybe some snacks/heavy appetizers on Friday afternoon.

The default location for this group is Rock Bottom Brewery on Bell @ 75th Ave, but it would be nice to break that habit. Some place farther east would be best, but if there are especially good options to the west, I'm open to considering them too.

Of course, happy hour pricing is a plus. :-)

Let me know if you have any ideas.

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  1. that's an easy one!!!!
    Rokerij on 16st between Bethany Home and Glendale. The "small plates" are $5 between 4-6. We have gone several times and had 5 or 6 of then in place of our whole meal.

    Let them know you are coming and they can accommodate a large party.

    We LOVE this place!!

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    1. Never been there, but Oggi's on 67th Ave / Beardsley has some interesting beers on tap and a huge menu.

      http://www.oggis.com/Menus/Glendale/M...

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      Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co
      6681 W Beardsley Rd, Glendale, AZ 85308

      1. Thank you both for the suggestions. Oggi's might have the edge because it's closer to where most of the people in the party live, and because the guest of honor likes her beers hoppy.

        But you never know. Maybe those Glendalians are itchin' to have a night on the town down here in the big city. ;-)

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        1. Jug & Barrel, for goodness' sake. I'm not sure if they have full liquor licensing, but if the group will do wine & sangria, they will definitely not be disappointed by the food or ambiance. I mean, how many wine bars employ a pastry chef? This one does. Love their small plates.

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          1. re: themis

            I seriously considered them, but then there's the (lack of) beer thing. They have a decent selection, but nothing that the birthday girl would get very excited about. We'll probably check them out some other time when it's not all about her.

            1. re: themis

              I thought of Jug n Barrel too, though they don't have a full liquor license. They do, however, have a nice selection of beer in addition to wine. BTW, believe it or not, they don't have a separate pastry chef, the chef made all the delicious desserts too.

              I should add on a very sad note, that Chef Richard Strobel, a young, immensely talented chef who we were huge fans of, passed away suddenly a few weeks ago. Tragic, he's very much missed. His sous-chef, John, however, is capably manning the helm as Jug goes through this transition period. I had a very nice seafood special last week - orange roughy with basil risotto and roasted tomato salsa.

            2. I've always wanted to try Oggi's. If you end up going there, please report back!

              Another alternative is R.T. O'Sullivan's. It really a huge sportsbar / restaurant combo. The food is pretty decent, they have happy hour specials, and there's definitely beer. Plenty of seating, but it can be loud, with all the TVs they have.

              Here's their site:
              http://www.rtosullivans.com/

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              R T O'Sullivans
              5830 W Bell Rd, Glendale, AZ

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              1. re: grrlscout

                I highly recommend AGAINST Oggi's. The food and service are an abomination. There has to be someplace better. If you don't mind going a little farther west, I highly recommend Bar Louie at Westgate. They have a great menu and lots of different beers on tap. Ask for Mark or Bev, the two owners. You can call ahead and reserve some space. Both the inside and outside patio are great.

                1. re: danieli10

                  Hmm...no on Oggi's, eh? Bar Louie looks promising, especially in the drinks department, but the location might make it problematic.

                  My ignorance of the far west side is profound, so even though BL might not work for this event, I appreciate the info. It could come in handy when/if I'm out that way. :-)

                  1. re: hohokam

                    I totally understand, I'm out in N. Scottsdale and its a hike. I go there when I see my west side friends for golf or going out.

                    1. re: hohokam

                      Yeah, Oggi's is a chain, isn't it -- kind of gross, when I went.

                      If you were fine with Rock Bottom then Firebird's is comparable, if slightly more upscale, at Arrowhead, that's as far as you will go.

                      Danieli10 is also doing well by steering you towards Bar Louie at Westgate; the owners there are close with the family who runs the Grazies all over town. Also, Westgate is a great place to pub crawl, for a birthday girl. There's a dueling honkytonk, and the straight-up working man's bar Hell's Half Acre, and Sweet O if she's in the mood for single-origin artisan chocolates, wine, and small plates. Yard House, also a chain, has never disappointed me for beer or food. It's all right there.

                      I don't get why people won't drive eight freeway miles for a good time. It's like $.79 all told.