Need a Bar in Phoenix
Trying to coordinate a Happy Hour gathering and need some help from the PHX hound community. Here's the criteria:
1. Ideally the location will be between Downtown Phx (think 15th Ave and Adams) and downtown Tempe (Broadway & Priest).
2. Group could be as many as 20 people - so would like somewhere that there is a good ability to circulate and visit without feeling like you are encroaching on other patrons.
3. Would be better if the drinks were economical (this is a beer drinking crowd that likes a good deal) - even a couple of HH specials would help out.
4. Can be a neighborhood type place if the set up and location are good. Fancy or in demand are not a requirement.
5. They need to serve food - this group likes to nosh while they drink and catch up with one another.
Thanks for the help!
My workplace is currently on a run of heading to Turf Associate for happy hour. Good beer selection, easy atmosphere, fair prices. Food is standard bar food, very average. Located downtown, on 1st St between Filmore and Roosevelt. Parking can be an issue.
I also enjoy Carly's Bistro, at 2nd and Roosevelt. More funky, less pub-ish. Again, good beer selection, and good HH prices. Food is above average, non-bar food. Salads, and sandwiches and dips.
128 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Local Breeze (4th Ave & Filmore) has what they call "Low Tide", which is their version of happy hour with drink and food deals. They have a nice open layout with comfortable seating and nice fans overhead.
We were there for brunch on Sunday and they're building a bar and deck under the existing ramada area.
Is the Low Tide special still in effect? I ate there a couple of weeks ago during the Low Tide period but didn't get a discount on my food. I chalked it up to the discount no longer being offered, but I suppose it could have been due to an oversight by my server. Just curious.
Another vote for Four Peaks or Casey's. Four Peaks has quite good food of the bar-snack variety I think, and good beer. It can get very crowded though, try to send someone early to save space; circulating may be a little harder there. Casey Moore's has fairly good bar food, and they may be able to reserve space on their back patio for you if you call ahead.
Papago Brewery would be my first choice if beer is a higher priority than food-- they have an amazing selection. Their food is edible, but nothing great. It's also *much* easier to park there. Unless it's crowded for some TV sporting event, it should be pretty easy for a group to take over an area of several tables-- the room there is divided up into a few sections (all indoors).
Kincaid's in downtown Phoenix has a great Happy Hour with ALL appetizers half price and - if I recall correctly - special prices on tap beers. The Kobe Meatloaf sliders wrapped in bacon are terrific but each appetizer we've tried has been good. It's a large lounge with plenty of seating although it does fill up when the Diamondbacks are at home. McCormick & Schmick at 24th and Camelback also has a nice bar/lounge with a good Happy Hour that includes a $2.95 half pound burger and several $1.95 noshes.
District at the Downtown Sheraton has very good prices on draft beer and wine -- not sure about cocktails. The food is quite good, too.
I've been to happy hour functions hosted by my college alumni club at District, and we've gotten a private area separate from the rest of the bar. I don't know how many guests you'd need in order to qualify.
Though neither is particularly chow-ish, I would think that Casey Moore's or Four Peaks would work--plenty of space, HH specials, and lots of snacking options. Of course, this assumes that the group is willing to go a couple of miles east of Priest and can handle sitting outside.
Strict adherence to the geographic constraints will probably limit you to somewhere in downtown Phx, which oddly, given where I live, I know less well.
Four Peaks Brewing Co
1340 E 8th St, Tempe, AZ 85281
Casey Moore's Oyster House
850 S Ash Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281