Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen
6114 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-214-4622, scottsdale.andaz.hyatt.com
Part of Hyatt’s hip lifestyle resort line, the Andaz Scotts-dale Resort & Spa is dotted with adobe bodegas and has mid-century design flourishes throughout, including in its stylish onsite restaurant, Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen. Basically, it’s performing a flattering Palm Springs impersonation. We recommend tabling the typical Moscow mule and celebrating happy hour with a $4-off Scotch-drenched Penicillin cocktail ($10), a compact and modern classic imbued with ginger, lemon and honey, and served on the rocks. Pair it with blistered shishito peppers ($4, discounted from $7), coated in crumbly, salty cotija cheese. Cool the palate with ethereal, membrane-thin, house-made potato chips ($3) served with a cooling buttermilk dip, before getting funky with crusty toast smeared with chicken liver pâté ($5, unique to happy hour) and topped with layers of tomato jam, arugula and crushed pistachio. 3-6 p.m. M-Su
3623 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-651-1390, nookkitchen.com
Compared to bigger, more boisterous Gaslight Square neighbors Beckett’s Table and Zipps, Nook is a veritable cranny – a narrow, dark space that feels very hush-hush, perfect for clinking wineglasses with friends and crowding around a spread of snacky Italian-American fare. During happy hour, all appetizers, salads, bruschetta and pizzas get trimmed by $3. Beautifully charred artichoke ($10) – sprinkled with olive oil and salty Parmesan, with lemon aioli for dipping – should be on your shortlist. So should the arancini ($9) – breaded, golf-ball-size orbs of gooey risotto held together by house-made mozzarella and saucy pomodoro, joined by a balsamic reduction. Easier to share than salads are the pizzas. Our favorite is the porco e funghi, topped with sweet sausage, mushrooms sautéed in nutty sherry, mozzarella and fresh basil. Cut through it all with a fizzy, discounted $5 Tito’s vodka and soda. 5-6 p.m. M-Th, 4-6 p.m. F
The Dressing Room
220 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, 602-777-0763, conceptuallysocial.com
Tacked onto the side of Be Coffee and Monorchid in the heart of Downtown’s Roosevelt Row, this bite-size restaurant specializes in fun and fresh Latin-American inspired street foods. If that doesn’t pull you in from the sidewalk, the seven-hour happy hour – which lasts until 6 p.m. every day – will. Seven hours is plenty of time to explore a drink menu filled with wine, beer and cocktails at half price (food prices stay steady). Nab a cold glass of Spiked Chai ($4.50) made with coconut milk, Puerto Rican rum and the house-made chai mix from Be Coffee – it pairs nicely with a breakfast-style All-Day Burrito ($8) loaded with eggs and peppery Tender Belly brand bacon. But a crunchy, cool Peruvian ceviche salad ($10.50) is the dish you’ll want to pair with the Cold Weather ($5), a mix of bourbon, citrusy Aperol and a tart house-made apple and vanilla shrub. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Su
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