Drexyl Modern American
8877 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
When 3 p.m. rolls around, Drexyl starts getting into the swing of things. Partially because Sinatra dominates the playlist, but also because inspired vintage cocktails – e.g. Nolet’s gin French 75s – begin dancing across the bar at a discounted $7. Not exactly Roaring ‘20s prices, but with geometric tiles overhead, a marble backsplash framing the liquor selection, and black and white photos dotting the walls, Drexyl does a fair approximation of that fabled decade. The bargain bites are pretty fable-worthy, too. House-cut “Salt & Vinegar” chips ($4) and soft pretzel sticks ($6), with Creole mustard for dipping, are fine carb-forward snacks, while the spicy, crunchy ahi tuna taco trio ($8) and house-smoked salmon ($9) served with fried capers and sourdough are sure to hook the seafood set. Both pair nicely with a zesty glass of Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc ($7). 3-6 p.m. M-F
Nico Heirloom Kitchen
366 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert
Don’t look now, but downtown Gilbert is sporting one heckuva restaurant row. With no shortage of happy hour options amongst the bunch, you could do far worse than the Italian comforts of Nico, Gio Osso’s family-style follow up to Old Town Scottsdale’s hushed and reserved Virtù. But keep in mind, we’re not talking about basic spaghetti here. Begin with an apéritif in cocktail form: the NICO Spritz ($6) – gin, bright and bitter Aperol, and bubbly prosecco – will do the trick, preparing your stomach for rich antipasti. Spiced Nonna’s Meatballs ($5.50) with focaccia are a good start, but don’t miss the indulgent grilled asparagus ($6.50), served with chewy bits of bacon candy, smothered in foie gras hollandaise and topped with a fried duck egg. Pairing tip: Wash it all down with a crisp, Belgian-style Matilda brew ($7) from Goose Island. 3-5 p.m. M-F
Joe’s Midnight Run
6101 N. Seventh St., Phoenix
“Whose world is this? The world is yours,” rapped hip hop artist Nas. So don’t be intimidated by Joe’s brash, mic-grabbing hip-hop motif, from the music selection down to the graffiti-tagged branding and Biggie Smalls-stamped menus – it’s all bourgeoisie theater. During happy hour, everything is $2 off, save for paper-bagged 40s of Bud Light and King Cobra. For $6, you’ll want to get a refreshingly boozy “Pie” Tai – essentially a classic Mai Tai, but made with Tempe-based CaskWerks Distilling Co.’s Apple Pie Liqueur – spinning ASAP. You could get wild with currant-studded curried cauliflower ($5), or blistered shishito peppers ($7), or play it perfectly safe, but no less flavorfully, with an Argentina-style skirt steak ($8), accompanied by chunky, herbaceous chimichurri. 3-6 p.m. M-F; 11 p.m.-2 a.m. Su-Th
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