- Author: Geri Koeppel
- Category: Happy Hour
- Issue: Dec 2012
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
and famous martinis are still here. By the end of November and through the New Year, the vibrant interior is even more impressive, decked out with pine boughs and thousands of twinkling lights. Get festive at happy hour with $4.25 domestic bottled beer, $4.50 well drinks, $1.75 barbecued chicken or beef sliders, $4.50 fried mushrooms and $6 clams or mussels in white wine. Food specials, 3-6 p.m. M-F; drink specials, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. M-F.
5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley
El Chorro, one of the Valley’s most charming and iconic restaurants, is housed in a building dating to 1934 and has hosted celebs such as Clark Gable, John Wayne and Barry Goldwater. You and your guests will feel like superstars, too, thanks to the cozy outdoor fireplaces, knockout views of Camelback and Mummy mountains, and an outstanding seasonal happy hour with daily drink specials, a complimentary buffet that changes daily and gourmet small plate specials. Deals from December 1-February 28 include a Monday Night Football buffet with Schreiner’s hot dogs and chips, $5 margaritas and free tacos on Thursday, free pasta on Fridays, and $8 buffalo burgers or $6 crispy chicken livers with bacon onion marmalade every day. (Buffets may vary depending on what the chef gets in fresh.) Food and drink specials, 4-6 p.m. M-Sa; buffet, 5-6 p.m. M-Sa.
300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park
Arizona’s early years were defined by the five Cs: copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate. The Wigwam Resort (now simply The Wigwam) bloomed out of two – cotton and climate. The area was originally a 16,000-acre cotton ranch owned by Goodyear Tire & Rubber, which used the fluffy stuff to prolong tire life. Visiting ranch suppliers and Goodyear executives and their wives suggested it would be a prime place for a winter getaway, and the Wigwam opened on Thanksgiving Day, 1929. Celebrate its 83rd birthday and bask in holiday decor at the decked-out indoor/outdoor Wigwam Bar. Happy hour includes $4 draft beer and house wine, Manchego fries, Zona grilled wings, carnitas quesadillas, and chips and salsa. 4-6 p.m. daily.