401 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
With bridles and spurs perched on brick and plaster walls, Mill Avenue's iconic yellow-and-blue Irish pub pays tribute to its original incarnation as a 19th-century tack shop. Saddle up to the bar for a buck off select wines, drafts and premium well cocktails. Taps focus on such shamrock-friendly suds as Harp, Smithwick's and Guinness ($4 each), the perfect companions for tongue-in-cheek Hot Bollix potato balls ($2.50) and Irish sliders piled with corned beef and tangy cabbage ($3.75). Should you prefer a stateside combo of 20 oz. Blue Moon ($5) with chicken tenders ($3.25) and tater skins ($2.75), Rúla Búla's servers won't sneer: Hospitality is a key part of the pub's craic, an Irish term for fun and enjoyment. 2-6:30 p.m. daily. Bar and patio only.
Seamus McCaffrey's Irish Pub and Restaurant
18 W. Monroe St., Phoenix
Every major metro needs a cop bar, the kind of cozy, humble working man's hangout where cheap pints and fried fare make a day of keeping the peace go down a little easier. Judging by the endless rows of law enforcement patches decorating Seamus McCaffrey's well-stocked bar, Phoenix's finest have left a permanent stool mark. Kilt Lifter, Kilkenny, Strongbow and other imperial pints keep the boys in blue content for less green ($4.50 each). Score two bucks off tangy Reuben dip ($4.95) and pub grub standbys like fried mushrooms and chicken strips ($4.25 each), perfectly paired with a $5 Guinness. Seamus McCaffrey's also offers arresting $4.50 specials on well spirits and house wines by the glass. 4-7 p.m. M-F.
Tim Finnegan's Irish Restaurant & Bar
9201 N. 29th Ave., Phoenix
West Phoenix's little gem of an Irish pub has the dark, relaxed and cozy feel of an authentic Dublin watering hole – minus the elbow-to-elbow townies and haze of cigarette smoke. Dark wood wainscoting and white stucco walls complete the picturesque scene, interrupted by a few modern touches like touch-screen gaming machines and flat-screen TVs. At happy hour, regulars schmooze over $3.75 well drinks, and half-price corned beef taquitos and Irish potato skins ($4 each) washed down with $4 import drafts and $2.50 domestic bottles. Wax classy with bacon- and leek-studded mussels ($5.50) paired with $4.25 wines by the glass, or venture far from County Cork with lamb skewers ($5) and $3 Carlsberg Danish brews. 4-7 p.m. daily.
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