The Kettle Black Kitchen & Pub
1 N. First St., Phoenix
Kettle Black was opened by Tom Montgomery of Tim Finnegan’s Irish Restaurant & Pub, so it’s no surprise the pub has a wee bit o’ the Dublin bar feel to it. Past the flower-covered patio and red door you’ll find a dimly lit dining room with rich wood paneling, community tables and a wall-to-wall bar. Join the raucous afternoon crowds for a buck-off draft pint or spend some green on $4 wells paired with chicken wings or battered tenders ($6-$7). Chips – aka “fries” in the good ol’ USA – are just $4-$7, with toppings ranging from truffle oil and curry to Philly cheese steak and spicy buffalo chicken with blue cheese. The garlic and rosemary version makes a perfect partner for $5 glasses of house vino. 4-7 p.m. daily.
The Glass House Bar & Grill
5160 W. Northern Ave., Glendale
No one’s throwing stones from inside this Glass House, a cozy neighborhood pub that’s home to pool tables, flat-screen TVs and occasional live music. Think sports bar meets old-school dive: leather swivel stools, beer signs and a swanky VIP section with striped banquettes. Happy hour steals include $2.50 wells, domestic pints and bottles, plus $3.50 import pints. Grub deals change daily. Beeline for 55-cent wings on Monday and hang around Wednesdays to score $2.50 beef sliders teamed with a mug of domestic beer such as Four Peaks Kilt Lifter ($3.50). Wine down with a glass of house vino ($3) or spice up your Tuesday with $2.50 hard or soft shell tacos. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. M-F.
The Beer Research Institute
1641 S. Stapley Dr., Mesa
Brewers Matt Tretheway and Greg Sorrels put their blood, sweat and beers into this pint-size microbrewery. A crafty guy with more than just suds and hops, Sorrels did much of the woodworking himself. B.R.I.’s interior is fairly bare-bones, featuring contemporary furnishings, wooden barrels and white walls. The brew list, on the other hand, is anything but sparse. Score a buck off 16 oz. house beers such as B.R.I.’s Vanilla Porter, Morning Sex and Intergalactic Saison ($5 each) during happy hour, or try the rotating selection of outsiders like Huss Ro Sham Beaux ($5.50). Cider, wine and mixed drinks are also $1 off. Though B.R.I. lacks dedicated food deals, bar bites including pretzel nuggets ($6.99) and Sriracha-coated bacon “candy” ($7.49) are wallet-friendly enough to leave room in the budget for an ale or two. 3-6 p.m. M-F, all day Su.
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