Wine Down

Written by Geri Koeppel Category: Happy Hour Issue: April 2012

Wines are $5 a glass until 6 p.m., and during happy hour, drafts and well drinks are $4, specialty cocktails are $7, and noshes are $3 to $6. Try puckery fried pickles, a mini-me Caesar or spicy chicken wings, among others. 3-6 p.m. daily; $5 wines 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

phm0412 ebhh3 lgDown Under Wines
1422 W. Warner Rd., Gilbert

Hey mate, where else can you find crocodile pot stickers for $5 (or at any price, for that matter)? Only at this lively Aussie-centric watering hole, we’re pretty sure. So belly up to the bar – or table, or patio – for small plates that run $4 to $6 and drink specials, including $3 off glasses of wine (except house wine), $6 martinis, $4 bottled craft beers, mixed drinks or “bartender’s special,” and $3 pints. The litany of happy hour dishes includes less exotic but still luscious offerings such as chicken or beef satay, wings, garlic fries and flatbread. 4 p.m.-close Su-M, 4-6 p.m. Tu-F, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sa.

phm0412 ebhh5 lgFleming’s Prime Steakhouse
& Wine Bar

9712 W. Northern Ave., Peoria

If you crave an upscale, elegant experience without the steep price tag, visit Fleming’s bar for its “5 for $6 ’til 7” menu, featuring five full-sized appetizers, five premium cocktails and five select wines by the glass, each priced at $6. Classy bartenders mix a keen drink, whether it’s a flirty limoncello martini, a refreshing white Cosmo or a 99-calorie “skinny” Stoli Bombshell. Wines are always top of the line and pair expertly with exquisite starters such as melt-in-your-mouth tenderloin carpaccio, wicked Cajun barbecue shrimp or the juicy half-pound Fleming’s prime burger with cheese and bacon. 5-7 p.m. daily.