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danieli10 Dec 14, 2010 12:41 PM

I have been to some great HHs over the past few years, but I'm looking for something new or a place I haven't been to before.

How is Bourbon Steak's HH? It looks killer.
Is Fleming's worthwhile, I've heard good things and actually have a gift card (go figure)?
Phoenix City Grille?
Vig?

I love Roka Akor and Roaring Fork, but as I said need something different. Prefer to stay in Scottsdale or East-North Phoenix.

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Phoenix City Grille
5816 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Roaring Fork
4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Roka Akor Restaurant
7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

  1. Dapuma Dec 14, 2010 06:53 PM

    If you are looking for a good drink and solid food, nothing fancy go to Daily Dose, 4-8 happy hour, right in the area you are looking at

    Get a Dr Hendricks if you are drinking, i think i have improved upon their recipe but if you like that and want to make something similar at home i will share :)

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    Daily Dose
    4020 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

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      hungryinaz Dec 15, 2010 05:36 AM

      Agree with Daily Dose rec although we've struck out on mixed drinks at Dose (haven't tried Dr. Hendricks though). DD also has an amazing burger that's half off during HH on Fridays.

      BLT Steakhouse has a great HH and a nice patio with views of Camelback. Cocktails are well crafted but on the smaller side. Food is excellent and they offer free, addictive bar snacks. Jade Bar at Sanctuary has a nice HH as well, especially if you give bonus points for setting/view.

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      Daily Dose
      4020 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

    2. azhotdish Dec 15, 2010 07:11 AM

      BLT Steak is my favorite happy hour in Phoenix.

      Other good spots...
      Cafe ZuZu @ Valley Ho
      Trader Vics
      Christopher's / Crush

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      BLT Steak
      5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

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      1. re: azhotdish
        Dapuma Dec 15, 2010 10:45 AM

        trader vic's only has their best happy hour prices (for all the premium mixed drinks) Monday Tuesday and Wednesday FYI - mmm Navy Grog

        The food is so-soon the happy hour menu at Trader Vic's i think i have tried about everything, they do have a few items half off on the regular menu during tiki time aka happy hour which is where i would head for if i was going to eat there during happy hour versus just drinks or stick with the regular menu, the seafood wonton soup is pretty awesome and i dont even care for wonton soup

        1. re: Dapuma
          JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Dec 15, 2010 10:59 AM

          Standard full disclosure: I work at Vic's.

          Since we had quite a few guests who were getting confused over which days we did what happy hour specials, we changed the happy hour so that it's the same specials every day. Sadly, no Navy Grog on the happy hour list anymore. And we never had a seafood wonton soup; we have had a wonton soup, and a seafood tom kha, neither of which are on the menu anymore. Personally, I keep pulling for them to put Bongo Bongo soup back on the menu.

          http://www.hotelvalleyho.com/scottsda...

          1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
            Dapuma Dec 16, 2010 03:26 PM

            Oh wow that is disappointing about the specialty drinks happy hour going away but onto a more important topic - I am in dire need of the real tv grog mix (not the stuff they sell online that is yuk) I have tried to make it at home...used st elizabeth all spice dram...can't get anything to taste like that syrup or like a navy grog...if any or a case becomes avaliable dapumaaz@gmail.com - I would be etenally greatful as my mixology sessions will improve greatly :) is christian still bartending there?

            1. re: Dapuma
              JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Dec 16, 2010 10:25 PM

              Yes, Christian is still behind the stick.

              Not all of the 14 specialty drinks we had on the Monday-Wednesday Tiki Time happy hour are gone. We now have the Mai Tai, Vodka Mai Tai, Suffering Bastard, Bahia (our piña colada), Gun Club Punch, and Zombie for $6 during happy hour.

              The Navy Grog Concentrate (the one we use behind the bar) is one thing we don't sell at retail. Sorry. At home, I use the St. Elizabeth and find it works very well; the Navy Grog Concentrate is more or less a non-alcoholic version of allspice dram, so the two should be interchangeable. And just to make sure you have the recipe right:

              Juice of half a lime
              3/4 ounce white grapefruit juice
              1/4 ounce Rock Candy Syrup (double-strength simple syrup)
              1/4 ounce allspice dram
              1 ounce light rum (I prefer Cruzan)
              1 ounce gold rum (I prefer Appleton Estate V/X; Puerto Rican or USVI rum would be good too)
              1 ounce dark rum (I prefer Myers's)
              Shake very well with crushed ice. Serve in a double old-fashioned glass, garnished with the spent lime shell, a sprig of mint, and a rock candy stick.

              Oh, as I'm apt to do, a bit of trivia regarding your favorite drink: It's one of the drinks that originated from our long-time competitor, Don the Beachcomber. The original recipe uses 1 ounce of honey syrup (equal parts honey and water, heated until dissolved) in place of the Rock Candy Syrup and allspice dram, and adds 3/4 ounce club soda after shaking.

              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
                Dapuma Dec 17, 2010 08:05 AM

                Drink Trivia is fun :)

                Hmm, i use Cruzan and V/X however i dont have Myers Dark have been using Appleton Extra for my dark rum for the most part...is Myers Dark a lot sweeter?

                I have beachbum's Sippin Safari and Remixed books, have made a lot of the drinks in there

                I have made the original reciepe one and i like the TV's one much better, i have modifed that recipe a bunch of times as well to try to make it more like TV's - i curse that syrup for being declicious and unobtainable!

                If you have a chance to make a Skin Diver in the Remix book...it is pretty amazing, if you are making the honey syrup for the Skin Diver the trick is to boil the water (or right below boiling) then add the honey while stirring and it will disolve easily - the cream in the drink gives it a nice consistancy and thickens it up

      2. Rubee Dec 15, 2010 10:59 AM

        I'm a fan of BLT Steak's HH also. Another spot we like is T. Cook's. 5-7 with Reverse Happy Hour 10- 12 Sunday through Thursday.

        http://www.royalpalmshotel.com/pdfs-t...

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        T Cooks At the Royal Palms
        5200 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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          azhotdish Dec 15, 2010 01:09 PM

          Yes, T. Cooks is very good for happy hour, though we had a recent experience there that had me scratching my head.

          Went in for the $2 taco tuesdays and ordered six of the tacos and a couple b-t-g wines. Not only were the tortillas practically raw, the steak in the tacos was black and blue. The bartender apologized profusely and took them off the bill and offered to comp us something else from the bar menu for our troubles. Out comes the Hobbs burger, which was completely overcooked and under-seasoned. The mushrooms, which were of great quality, had barely been cooked. Even the side of asparagus was undercooked and unsalted. I'm really hoping that night was just a fluke, because I love the place, we but left universally disappointed.

          1. re: azhotdish
            Rubee Dec 16, 2010 10:00 AM

            Oh, that is disappointing. I really hope it was a fluke.

            (BTW, thought I'd mention that I just read tonight's Taco Thursday is actually a pollo verde chimichanga with tomatillo salsa, also $2).

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            AnonymousWaitress Dec 21, 2010 08:07 AM

            Went to BLT Steak's happy hour last night and although good I felt it didn't live up to expectations...

            The wine and cocktail options for $5 were great, absolutely no complaints there. The happy hour menu for food was very limited though - 5 items for $5 each, one being a dessert panna cotta.

            We ordered the daily bruschetta with bacon, mushrooms, shallots and avocado which was incredibly salty and on more of a crostini than true bruschetta. The mini sirloin cheese steaks were OK - two small rolls to hold the cheese steak ingredients but I found the cheese and caramelized onions overpowering and got very little sirloin taste. The mussels were in a ham broth with chorizo and after the bruschetta was again just a little overpowering for the mussels - although I'm not sure if I would have felt this way if I hadn't just had the overly salty bruschetta.

            The escargot though was awesome though in a bacon jus (seeing a trend of bacon/ham dishes on the HH menu?) and I typically do not like escargot. Overall i thought the drink deals were great, service was very attentive and they were nice enough to change the channel on the big screen tv to a different sporting event and some of the food was good, the bruschetta was just a big miss.

            I will try BLT Steak's happy hour again once again as the experience overall was positive enough to give it another try - just maybe a little too much bacon type items - and I love bacon so that's saying something.

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            BLT Steak
            5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

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              danieli10 Dec 21, 2010 11:47 AM

              Thank you for the feedback. I think I am set on trying Bourbon Steak. They have 7 options plus 3 burgers. I saw some good reviews from Yelp, but nothing here yet.

          3. Rubee Dec 16, 2010 01:09 PM

            Piggybacking on this thread, but which places have Saturday Happy Hours? I know of a few at resorts; would love to know of others:

            BLT Steak - 5-7 and R Bar 3-6 at JW Marriott Camelback Inn
            Jade Bar at Sanctuary 4-6
            Roy's (Desert Ridge) Aloha Hour 4-6
            Cantina Due at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale 4-6
            Trader Vic's at Hotel Valley Ho 4-6 and 9-11
            Frank & Albert's at the Arizona Biltmore 5-7

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            Roy's
            5350 E Marriott Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85054

            Jade Bar
            5700 E McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

            BLT Steak
            5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

            Frank & Alberts - The Arizona Biltmore
            2400 E. Missouri, Phoenix, AZ 85016

            Cantina Due
            7500 E Doubletree Ranch Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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              Rubee Dec 19, 2010 09:55 AM

              Adding one more I just read about at the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort, Ahnala Lounge
              4pm – 7 pm ($2 Drafts, $5 Specialty Martinis, 1/2 off Appetizers)
              http://www.ahnala.com/Ahnala_html.html

              Last night we checked out Frank & Albert's for the first time and really liked it. http://www.frankandalberts.com/HI-FIV...

              Excellent service from Tim and Jason. I started with the delicious "Lavender and Lemons" cocktail which I asked for without the simple syrup, then a white meritage with fried calamari and 4 small plates for $5 (8 choices). Left to right in picture: pulled pork slider, veal meatloaf slider (especially good with the chipotle ketchup they have in bottles at the bar), cumin-roasted lamb on flatbread, and smoked trout with poblano pesto on flatbread. My favorites were the lamb and the veal meatloaf slider.

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              Frank & Alberts - The Arizona Biltmore
              2400 E. Missouri, Phoenix, AZ 85016

               
               
              1. re: Rubee
                Rubee Jan 28, 2011 10:05 AM

                Another weekend Happy Hour spot - Onyx at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. 3-6 on Saturday, 3-7 on Sunday. Had a great time yesterday afternoon, with excellent service from Ian. Comfortable indoor bar and an outside patio with view.

                $5 small plates include carne asada nachos, goat cheese fritters, tacos (spicy tuna wonton tacos, lengua tacos, or crab jicama tacos) sliders (Kobe with Vermont white cheddar, crabcake with chipotle mayo, or pork belly with avocado).

                Tuna tacos, sliders, carne asada nachos, tinga sopes, and pretzel rolls with jalapeno cheese:

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                Onyx
                10600 E Crescent Moon Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
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                  hungryinaz Jan 31, 2011 04:59 PM

                  Rubee - Thanks for the great photos! Hadn't heard of Onyx and it looks/sounds great. Which were your faves? I'm a sucker for a soft, buttery, salty homemade pretzel and I never come across them so I'm leaning toward trying that!

                  1. re: hungryinaz
                    Rubee Feb 2, 2011 10:34 AM

                    I love Onyx! Had never been to the Four Seasons until a couple of months ago and we've been back several times since. I love the feel of this resort. It's tucked away in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak and I feel like I'm on a vacation every time we drive up. The staff are so nice too. It's one of the few places where I love the coziness of the inside bar as much as the beautiful patio with a sunset view. And being able to relax at the luxurious Four Seasons with a $5 Happy Hour is a nice bonus!

                    Favorites include the pretzel rolls. There's a hint of sweetness from honey in the soft pretzels which is delicious dipped in the melted jalapeno cheddar sauce. Other faves (not all on HH) are tuna tacos, chicken tinga sopes, carne asada nachos, mussels with chorizo in a tequila-smoked paprika broth (with grilled bread brushed with cilantro oil), and lump crab tacos with pink grapefruit on jicama 'shells'. We were told that they're looking into making small telera rolls so instead of sliders, they'll be creating mini-tortas, great idea! Looking forward to trying the lengua tacos and adobo quesadillas on the next visit.

                    I should also mention that we've eaten a couple of times at the all-day casual restaurant called Crescent Moon, which is becoming more Mexican-inspired (Executive Chef Mecinas is from Oaxaca). Loved it. Some favorites to start with: Camarones al mojo - big juicy shrimp flavored with tequila with a mango-habanero sauce nestled against a flaky empanada stuffed with huitlacoche and cheese (manchego, asadero, and queso Oaxaca), snapper escabeche with snapper carpaccio, and one of the best tortilla soups I've had. Entrees: Lengua with salsa verde, kobe flat iron with foie gras and mole, Barbacoa de Borrego (lamb shank) with arroz verde and warm tortillas, and the Mar y Tierra (strip steak with scallop and shrimp, a unique Oaxacan-style ball-shaped chorizo, and folded tortillas dipped in mole). Desserts are great too - chocolate diablo with chipotle cake and jamaica sorbet, horchata creme brulee, fried ice cream with coconut sauce and candied pineapple, and my favorite - sopapillas drizzled with Argentinean honey and lime and dipped in dulce de leche. Be sure to ask about some of the cocktails the servers have come up with - Lance's "Spiced Rice" with horchata, cinnamon, and rum, and Manny's "Mango en Fuego" with tequila and habanero. We lucked out last week when we happened to be there on a Thursday, when they have complimentary tequila tastings on the patio at Crescent Moon.

                    Can you tell I love the Four Seasons? And I haven't even been to Talavera yet. We're so lucky to have such beautiful resorts right in our backyard. In fact, we just made reservations for their couple's cooking class next week ($50 pp). http://www.talaverarestaurant.com/Vie...

                    Mussels, crab and jicama tacos, barbacoa, cocktails:

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                    Crescent Moon
                    10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                2. re: Rubee
                  Rubee Apr 20, 2011 03:40 PM

                  Just updating - BLT Steak's Happy Hour is now one hour - 5-6 instead of 5-7. We were there on Monday and this is the latest menu (flatbread and ceviche were my favorites):

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                  BLT Steak
                  5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                3. drewb123 Dec 20, 2010 08:42 AM

                  Try Fuego Bistro. They have an extensive food HH and drinks as well. 4-6 Tue-Fri.

                  It's a really cute with mainly outside seating. Take in mind I have only dined there for dinner but really enjoyed it.

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                  Fuego Bistro
                  713 E Palo Verde Dr Ste D, Phoenix, AZ 85014

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                  1. re: drewb123
                    Veggie Liv Dec 20, 2010 10:41 AM

                    I've been to Fuego for happy hour, and I wasn't that impressed. I really wanted to like it because the bartender that was working at the time was so sweet and friendly and the space is so cute, but I just was not impressed. I got the spinach quesadilla and some sangria, and I found that neither were worth it. I would be willing to go back and try it again, but it certainly wouldn't be my first choice.

                    1. re: Veggie Liv
                      drewb123 Dec 22, 2010 09:42 AM

                      I had the sangria as well and thought it was eh...I think their food is definetly more powerful than the drinks there.

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                      mwest9 Jan 31, 2011 01:22 PM

                      I went to Fuego for Happy Hour (now they have it on weekends, too). The white sangria was definitely stronger (and tastier, I thought) than the red. The margarita was fine. Portions are large for appetizers. The pork sliders and fish tacos were pretty good, but the chile relleno was excellent with a nice stuffing and a mildly spicy red sauce. They had the same cole slaw on every dish we ordered, though. Key Lime pie was quite good. The food is not bad and the atmosphere is charming in a funky way. Service was very friendly. I'd go back to try a few more things to see if there are any more winners like the chile relleno.

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                      Fuego Bistro
                      713 E Palo Verde Dr Ste D, Phoenix, AZ 85014

                      1. re: mwest9
                        drewb123 Apr 21, 2011 01:35 PM

                        I had a seafood chile relleno for dinner when I was there, AWESOME! you need to try the jalapeno cornbread side dish. It is pretty amazing. I had the white sangria didn't love it.

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                      mwest9 May 24, 2011 03:21 PM

                      We just went to Bourbon Steak's Happy Hour and we were disappointed. They had just changed their happy hour menu a few days before and they have greatly reduced the selection. There is only one cocktail and one wine at happy hour prices. Only about 5 menu items, too. They used to do $10 burgers at happy hour, but they've done away with that. We had the cheesesteak eggrolls which were not very good, just a too-cheesey mess and overcooked. The mini BLT with tomato soup was nothing special (the egg bread did not work for me and the bacon was ordinary) and it was tiny. Oysters on the half shell were fine. I also enjoyed my Pomegranite Margarita, but only one cocktail choice is pretty lame. I'd say the Happy Hour at BLT Steak is better food, more variety, and larger portions. The only thing at Bourbon Steak that I really liked was the duck fat fries (three flavors and three dipping sauces). Its not on the Happy Hour menu, but its $5.

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                      Bourbon Steak
                      7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

                      BLT Steak
                      5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

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                        danieli10 May 25, 2011 12:35 PM

                        Ugh, what a mess. Bourbon Steak was great when we went there around the time of the OP. Burgers were excellent, lots of great drinks and drink specials. Oh well, we can cross them off the list as I know there are plenty of other spots that can pick up the slack. Thanks for the feedback.

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                        marcb71a May 25, 2011 07:22 AM

                        We like Cove Trattoria in the Seville Center Scottsdale Road and Indian Bend, and it lasts untill 7.

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                        The Cove Trattoria
                        7001 N Scottsdale Rd Ste 127, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

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