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.
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. ;-)
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.
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:
R T O'Sullivans
5830 W Bell Rd, Glendale, AZ
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.
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. :-)
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.