When family or friends visit this winter, give the gift of old Arizona hospitality with happy hour at these three classics.
2611 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Pull open the back door, pass through the kitchen, and step into the culinary time capsule that is Durant’s. Since opening in 1950, this steakhouse hasn’t changed much – the red vinyl booths, bordello-burgundy wallpaper, dapper staff
On Cinco de Mayo or any day at happy hour, this trio of bars offers marvelous margaritas and south-of-the-border appetizers.
Canteen Modern Tequila Bar
640 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
This Mill Avenue hotspot, with its open-air bar and padded-seat patio fronting the main drag, is a fiesta any day or night, but happy hours are especially fun thanks to bargain prices. Coors Light drafts
Is recession-related stress spiking your blood pressure? Relax with a heart-healthy glass of vino at these wallet-friendly wine bars.
5th & Wine
7051 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale
The contemporary comfort food and courtyard patio at this fun, funky Old Town Scottsdale spot would be tempting enough even if it weren’t for the doozy daily deals.
Post-holiday bills cramping your budget? No need to give up gourmet dining, thanks to these thrifty happy hours with high-end dishes.
4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler
One of the East Valley’s finest dining venues offers a happy hour lineup of food and drink fit for royalty but priced for peasants. Champagne cocktails such as Kir Royales and
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