Reverse Drive

Written by Wynter Holden Category: Happy Hour Issue: October 2014
Group Mid-Level
Character count 2500

photos by Blake Bonillas; Sushiyaphotos by Blake Bonillas; Sushiya

2531 S. Gilbert Rd. #109, Gilbert
Gilbert’s family-centric Sushiya is a chill haven of modern design with neutral tiled floors, interpretive kanji paintings and accent walls of green bamboo. Blissful décor aside, the focus here is on beautiful food that presents as miniature works of art. Stop in on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights for $3.50 large-pour Japanese beers paired with discounted mushroom balls and gyoza ($4 each). Rolls are also a wallet-friendly four bucks, with selections from shrimp tempura and spicy salmon to the Tootsy roll with crab sticks, cucumber, shrimp and crunchy topping. Craving drama? Spring the extra 50 cents to upgrade your brew with a bomber shot of sake and shout “Kanpai!” as the two drinks combine to make a frothy geyser. 7:30 p.m.-close Th-Sa.


Carlsbad Tavern
3313 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale
Night owls have gone batty for Carlsbad Tavern since restaurateur Michael P. Capriola first opened his eclectic New Mexican bar and grill in 1995. The eatery has since changed locations and passed down to a new generation of Capriolas, but the late hours, quirky bat theme and “Daily Guano” newspaper menu remain. Take a load off with $5 chile cheese crisps, quesadillas and New Mexican-style potstickers with sweet corn dipping sauce, washed down with a $5 Milagro margarita. Dim lighting and faux flying mammals hanging from the rafters like creepy chandeliers make the interior “bat cave” a cozy spot for noshing spicy crab cakes and habanero sliders ($8 each) – especially since no one will see you cry should the latter sear your taste buds. Also look for $5 glasses of wine, $3.25 domestics and funky $3.75 craft drafts like Bat Brew or Magic Hat #9. $3.25 wells. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. daily.



Garage Wine & Tap
1534 E. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix
Oil slicks and hydraulic lifts gave way to beer-battered brew fries and brick walls at Garage, a repurposed auto body shop with red brick walls, a dramatically lit front patio and live music on weekends. The energy here is revved up, with hipsters chatting about tunes on vinyl and sports fans eyeing the game on Garage’s flat screens. Tune up your body with well drinks and an antipasto plate ($5 each), or chow down on the eatery’s decadent deviled eggs with crisp apple cider bacon and truffle oil drizzle ($5). Score $2 off red and white wines by the glass, or refill your tank with craft drafts ($1 off) and hearty starters like lamb and shrimp kebabs ($5 each). 10 p.m.-close daily.