Teatime, shmeatime. Get the royal treatment with budget booze and more bangers for your buck at these three U.K.-inspired eateries.
4420 N. Saddlebag Tr., Ste. 100, Scottsdale
Billed as an upscale gastropub, Bevvy carries the Sport of Kings into the modern age with off-track betting and pony races aired on flat-screens above the center bar. Gone are the dark wood paneling and cigar smoke of traditional Brit pubs, replaced by a bright, modern hodgepodge of high-top tables, Union Jack-covered couches and arcade games to keep guests occupied between races. Happy hour takes off with half-price appetizers and salads including $3 black pepper shoestring fries and decadent flat iron steak with avocado and pickled grapes atop crisp greens ($7). Round the corner with $3 wells and U.K. favorites such as Boddingtons pale lager and Newcastle Brown Ale, hearty companions for Bevvy’s signature burger ($5). Finish the final stretch with $5 red wine and tangy chorizo croquettes ($4.50) or go big with a 22 oz. mug o’ Kilt Lifter ($6) with baked pretzel sticks and beer cheese fondue ($4). 3-7 p.m. M-F.
The Rose & Crown Pub
628 E. Adams St., Phoenix
With its creaky wooden floors and quaint Victorian bungalow architecture, Heritage Square’s circa-1900 Silva House is the ideal site for a British pub. Rose & Crown drives the theme home via pool tables, classic pub grub and cheeky portraits of Churchill and the Queen Mum that cast a wary eyeball on downtown’s raucous after-hours crowd. Nab $3 off appetizers including crispy pub wings ($8) and Scotch eggs ($5), washed down with $4 draft pints and wells. Embrace the Brit craze for poutine with gravy-soaked fries ($7) paired with creamy Belhaven Scottish Ale or forgo the Buckingham Palace salute and chow down on an all-American combo of cheddar fries ($8) and Four Peaks hefeweizen. 3-7 p.m. M-F.
1618 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix
Opened by a pair of British expatriates, this popular North Phoenix haunt is part casual eatery and part U.K. grocery, with a full bar to boot. Naturally, happy hour brings drink deals that locals can’t refuse. Brits consume more than 4 billion liters of beer a year, so it’s no surprise the focus here is on brews, with $2 domestic bottles and $1 off drafts including Blackthorn, London Pride and Murphy’s Irish Stout. While specials are limited to booze, inexpensive yet authentic à la carte items like sage-and onion-flavored pork sausage rolls ($3.95), Scotch eggs ($4.95) and Cornish pasties ($5.95) ensure that budget-minded Anglophiles can get their foodie fix – perhaps with a $3.95 bloody Mary or a few pints of ale. 3-7 p.m. daily.
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