Friday, May 22, 2015

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Is recession-related stress spiking your blood pressure? Relax with a heart-healthy glass of vino at these wallet-friendly wine bars.

5th & Wine
7051 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale

The contemporary comfort food and courtyard patio at this fun, funky Old Town Scottsdale spot would be tempting enough even if it weren’t for the doozy daily deals.

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.