Patriot Acts

Written by Wynter Holden Category: Happy Hour Issue: July 2015
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Assert your independence with liberating libations and star-spangled starters at these three all-American eateries.

Red, White & Brew
6740 E. McDowell Rd., Mesa
480-807-9393, rwbaz.com
Known for 22 oz. suds, rotating daily specials and addictive garlic bread sticks, this popular Mesa haunt does justice to modern American food. Though cheeseburgers and New York-style pies are on the menu, there are plenty of regional and international dishes to satisfy global palates – with vino options to match. A shaded wraparound patio offers a casual place to enjoy $6 happy hour appetizers including cheesy chicken empanadas and white truffle fries, while the cozy, red-walled dining area is a classy spot to down a glass or two of house wine ($4.50). Draft brews, well drinks and domestic bottles are $1 off. Pair a large Thunder Canyon amber ($4.50) with gooey mini stromboli or chug a cheap Redbridge ($2.25) to tame the heat of tangy jalapeño ravioli that set off fireworks on the palate. 2-6 p.m. M-F.

Red, White & Brew
Red, White & Brew

 

Paul Martin’s American Grill
6186 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
480-991-9342, paulmartinsamericangrill.com
Sleek and chic as a luxury car, Paul Martin’s is a refined spot to wine down after a hard day. Dim lighting and curtain partitions in the bar area accommodate private chats, while a gorgeous community table with pendant lighting is a fun place to meet new people while enjoying the restaurant’s made-from-scratch cuisine. Look for all-natural meats and seasonal produce in $5 happy hour starters such as maple-cider chicken skewers and lettuce cups with creamed salmon and sliced apples. Try a glass of Parducci Sustainable Red with a shareable cheese and fruit plate ($9), or keep it light with ahi tuna poke and a seasonal Fresh Berry Cooler made with vodka, Cointreau and muddled blackberries ($9). Paul Martin’s $13 burger, beer and fries combo is an all-American treat, with hearty all-natural beef and regular or sweet potato fries served with a 12 oz. draft brew. 3-8 p.m. daily. Bar only.

Paul Martin’s American Grill
Paul Martin’s American Grill

    

Charr, An American Burger Bar
777 E. Thunderbird Rd., Ste. 107, Phoenix
602-993-2427, charrburgerbar.com
Opened by Manhattan transplants Joe and Myrah Aiello, stylishly lower-case charr is one in a trio of casual Aiello eateries in North Phoenix’s rapidly expanding Moon Valley ‘hood. Not your typical burger joint, charr boasts a full bar and open-kitchen concept, and an all-American menu featuring timeless classics from oysters to wings to Angus sliders. Nab a stool at the counter bar for $4.50 well drinks, $7 martinis and $3 import/craft bottled brews during happy hour. Wines by the glass and appetizers (excluding calamari) are $3 off; nosh garlic knot sliders ($6.50) with a $5 glass of Urbans Riesling or order a $7 martini to accompany a dirt-cheap wedge salad ($3.50), spinach dip ($5.50) or beer-battered fried pickle chips ($3.50). 11 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F. Bar and patio only.

Charr, An American Burger Bar
Charr, An American Burger Bar

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