- Author: Wynter Holden
- Category: Happy Hour
- Issue: Nov 2013
Whether you’re touring town on a cruiser or freewheeling corners with fellow fixies, these bike-themed eateries can help you refuel for the road.
Spoke & Wheel
8525 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
From the owners of Downtown’s Brick Pizzeria and Ken’s Creekside in Sedona, Spoke & Wheel encourages eco-friendly commuting with all-day happy hour deals – if you pedal in on two wheels. The bar area is tricked out with rims and cycle parts, plus flat-screens for watching the big race. At happy hour, bartenders pour $5 pitchers of craft beer that go down easy with street tacos ($6.95) and Sonoran dogs with beans and jalapeño cream ($6.50). Sangria, craft cocktails and wines on tap also cost five bucks each. Try the Gotham Project Merlot with house-made guacamole and chips, or pair A22 Pinot Grigio with garlicky mussels ($6.95) for an upscale nosh. Rest your glutes at the butcher-block bar to nab burgers and piggy wings for $6.95 each. 2-6 p.m. food; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. drinks.
4900 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
If craft beer is O.H.S.O.’s main squeeze (the acronym does stand for Outrageous Homebrewers Social Outpost, after all), then cycling is its mistress. Between chalkboard fermentation charts and brewing kettles is a virtual bread-crumb-trail of steel rims, sprockets and slick cruisers with whitewall tires. Happy hour pitchers cost $6 each, with O.H.S.O.’s extensive suds selection featuring four in-house drafts and locals like Papago’s Orange Blossom and Four Peaks Peach Ale. Salted olives, Thai hummus and cheesy pretzels ($3 each) provide just enough nourishment to soak up $6 vino and signature cocktails like the tart and sunny 48th Street Fizz with Smirnoff Orange, St. Germain, Framboise and citrus juice. Prefer the hard stuff? Slap a headlight on your fixed-gear and cruise in between 10 p.m. and close for $4 flavored vodka. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. drinks; 3-6 p.m. food, M-F.
Spokes on Southern
1470 E. Southern Ave., Tempe
Spokes’ lodge-like interior is home to all manner of two-wheelers, from the sturdy blue street bike mounted above the paneled wood bar to quirky pedal-and-gear robot sculptures that could’ve crawled out of a Transformers flick. The bike-to-brew ratio here is nearly one to one, and that’s saying something. Spokes’ 24 taps rotate through a sweet selection of $3.50 craft drafts like Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout and San Tan’s uber-popular seasonal, Mr. Pineapple. Well drinks and wines by the glass are a buck off. Arido Malbec ($5) complements meaty breakfast tacos stuffed with IPA-soaked sausage ($3.99), while savory turkey tacos with cranberries and sweet potato crisps ($3.99) taste like Thanksgiving in a tortilla. 3-7 p.m. M-F; all day Sa.