3146 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Lenny Rosenberg’s hip hamburger haunt is perpetually packed, thanks to its basic but insanely tasty food, slick decor and late-night hours. Chow down on toasted, sliced demi baguettes for $3.50, bruschetta and tomato mozzarella salad for $5, roast beef sliders with rosemary au jus for $9 or the beloved slider burgers (three to a plate) for $11.50. Microbrew draft pints from Nimbus, Four Peaks and Sleepy Dog cost $4, and a signature house beer by Tucson’s Thunder Canyon Brewery is $3. Discerning drinkers will rejoice at premium wells for $4, including Dewar’s White Label Scotch whisky, Jack Daniel’s whiskey, Skyy vodka, Bombay gin, Sauza Hornitos tequila and Bacardi Superior rum. Select wines by the glass cost $4. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. daily.
4723 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix (other
locations in Arcadia and Chandler)
Snag a booth near the bar or a table on the patio for a nightcap at this folksy Ahwatukee strip mall pub. Your late-night cravings will be soothed with a cornucopia of bargain bites and beverages, including a slider duo on puffy pretzel buns for $4.50 and a slew of munchies for $4 or less, such as zesty pale ale chorizo con queso with flatbread, grilled chicken wings, and firecracker shrimp with chipotle glaze. Domestic drafts and bottles cost $3, craft beers are $4, house wine and well drinks run $3, select wines by the glass are $5, sangria is $4.50 a glass, and house margaritas, strawberry daiquiris and martinis are $4. Drink specials 8-11 p.m. daily and all day Sa-Su; food specials 8-10 p.m. daily; food and drink specials 3-6:30 p.m. M-F.
7530 W. Bell Rd., Glendale
(other locations Valleywide)
Pita Jungle started out dishing up Mediterranean-inspired cheap college eats near Arizona State University and has grown into a prosperous, multi-location chain throughout Arizona and California without losing its dedication to flavor or aesthetics – all eateries are bright, modern and artsy. Happy hour offers a host of “how do they do it?” tapas and drinks for $3 or less (you read that right), including an exceptional hummus trio, addictive tzatziki (yogurt-cucumber dip) with pita, tender dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), perfectly crisped falafel patties spiffed up with cilantro (the only fried item in the lineup), meaty garlic lemon chicken… the list goes on. Drafts, most domestic bottles and house wines by the glass are $3; Bud Light, Michelob Ultra and Miller Lite bottles cost $2. 9-10 p.m. daily and 3-6 p.m. M-F.
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