- Author: Wynter Holden
- Category: Happy Hour
- Issue: Jan 2014
The Valley’s pro sports teams have a passionate following in the stands – and an even bigger one on local bar stools. Make a play for bargain booze and ballpark comestibles at these three fan-worthy bars.
Coach’s Corner Grill
333 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Diamondbacks fans despaired when popular Downtown eatery Coach & Willie’s folded last year; that is, until the sports-friendly pub opened a swanky new outpost a block closer to Chase Field. Enjoy the game from the comfort of black-and-red leather banquettes, with $4 wells and wines and $3 fireballs to soothe your spirits should your team fall behind. For a true stadium experience, score a 16 oz. Miller Lite or Coors Aluminum ($4) paired with chili cheese fries, quarter-pound coneys or nachos. Dos Equis XX or Bud Light on tap are also $4. 3 p.m. to close daily.
Bambino’s Sports Grill
3860 W. Happy Valley Rd., Glendale
Legendary slugger Babe Ruth was known for his big swing, record-breaking 714 home runs and bargain-basement sale to the Yankees, which supposedly cursed the Red Sox until their World Series win in 2004. Opened in 2013, Bambino’s pays tribute to The Babe with framed baseball jerseys and 60-inch high-def flat screens for watching his superstar successors in action. Reverse the curse of a bad work week with $2.50 non-premium brews and $3 hot wings, or spring the extra pennies for $4 wines and craft drafts paired with a mouth-tingling bacon and shrimp quesadilla ($6). Rounding the bases are $3 well spirits and Weekend Warrior specials, including $5 nachos and specialty mimosas with Grand Marnier and cranberry. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. M-F. Weekend specials 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Blue 32 Sports Grill
1524 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert
Though named for an audible pass-play in American football, Blue 32 doesn’t discriminate against non-pigskinners. Walk past brick columns covered in turf into the contemporary dining area and you’ll find baseball, boxing – pretty much any sport shy of ice skating – playing on 20-plus flat screens. Blue 32 scores a happy hour touchdown with 20 oz. Guinness or house wine for $5, frozen sangria ($4) and $4.25 drafts including Blue Moon and Shiner Bock. Regional pub grub specials hit the country’s major culinary end zones: fried pickles for Southerners ($4.50), buffalo shrimp for Bills fans ($6.50) and Tito’s margaritas ($3.50) with chips & queso ($4.50) for Lone Star cowboys. Coors Lite and other select domestics cost $3.25 each. 3-7 p.m. M-F.