26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
Cozy up to the bar for $4 pretzels with beer cheese or the house hot dog washed down with a cool Blue Moon, Deschutes IPA or other brew from the rotating tap ($3 each). Other appetizer deals include hummus with pita bread ($5), cheddar-slathered nachos ($6) and $5 fried pickles, a Southern staple that pairs nicely with the house Burger & Beer special, offered for $9 anytime. On cool winter nights, head out onto the patio to warm your burger buns by the wood-burning fireplace. 3-6 p.m. M-F
9868 W. Northern Ave., Peoria
Once a Mexican joint with sand volleyball and beachy cabanas, the patio eatery next to Peoria’s Park West shopping district is now home to a cool country bar that’s big on sports, hunting and manly liquors. Pine accents, life-size tree decals and an indoor fireplace almost make The Cabin feel like a high-elevation escape. Wines by the glass and $3 wells entice guests to extend their stay, with select half-price appetizers to fill up hungry bellies on a dime. Pair $2 Kilt Lifters and other domestic drafts with brisket-topped potato skins ($4.50) or $5 avocado egg rolls. While stuffed jalapeños are always a crowd-pleaser, the restaurant’s “famous” Cabin torpedoes make a bigger impact on the palate – and the gut – with pepper-jack cream cheese and smoked brisket in a crisp bacon wrapper ($4.50). 3-7p.m. M-F
6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix
It’s hard to avoid comparisons to a spelunking adventure when venturing into this subterranean sibling of Richardson’s next door. The Rokerij – which means “smokehouse” in Dutch – is dark and mysterious, with copper bar tops and dark wood beams. Venture down a steep stone-walled staircase to find an underground bar with plush booths and a fireplace that burns year-round. Technically there aren’t any appetizer discounts, but a new lower-priced menu rolled out this past fall means carne adovada sliders, chipotle ribs and Mexico City ceviche can be found for as little as $7 a plate. Enjoy a $5 house margarita with $5 bacon-wrapped jalapeños or sample one of The Rokerij’s $5 glasses of select vino with crispy fried calamari or creamy artichoke dip ($8 each). Drafts are also $2 off, making happy hour a great time to experiment with some new suds on tap. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sa-Su
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