Use your noodle to find after-work drinks and bites at these Valley ramen spots.

Slurp N’ Save

Written by Shelby Moore Category: Happy Hour Issue: April 2017
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SoSoBa
214 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
602-795-1005, nonstopnoodleshop.com
A dorm-room folk remedy for hangovers, ramen is also an effective prophylactic – which is to say, a good way to finish off a night of excess. To that end, SoSoBa , a Flagstaff upstart which opened its first Valley location in the Roosevelt Arts District in late 2016, leans into its role as the only ramen spot on this list with a “reverse” (read: late night) happy hour. Several tasty apps are discounted: Balls of Fire ($1), breaded, deep-fried balls of mac and cheese with a dot of hot sauce; a braised pork and kimchi tostada ($3) drizzled with chili paste aioli and strewn with peanuts; and the deep-fried General Tso Tso cauliflower ($5) with caramelized edges and fresh Thai chili heat. If you’re not in the hangover zone yet, belly up to a two-rum Mai Thai ($6), muddled with Thai basil and sweetened with cherry syrup. M-Su 3-6 p.m.; Th-Sa. 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
 

 

Noodle Bar
114 W. Adams St., Phoenix
480-454-7905, noodlebarphx.com
Downtown Phoenix was lacking a proper noodle bar until, well, Noodle Bar broke onto the scene and started offering everything from ramen and soba (buckwheat noodles) to pomodoro and Bolognese. Neither these nor Noodle Bar’s appetizers enjoy slashed prices for happy hour, so you’ll have to lean on the drinks to earn your savings. Beers – including local brews on tap, like the delicately hopped Raj IPA from Four Peaks Brewing Company and the floral, slightly sweet Orange Blossom Wheat beer from Papago Brewing Co.; and bottled Japanese imports, like Echigo’s light and crisp Koshihikari rice lager – are $1 off across the board. Favor a slightly sweet white wine to pair with your spicy bowl of noodles? Opt for a glass of Urban Reisling ($8) from Germany’s Mosel Valley, with its refreshing notes of pear and lychee. M-Su. 3-7 p.m.
 


 

Clever Koi
Two locations
thecleverkoi.com
One of CenPho’s most innovative eateries has exported its Far East-inspired cuisine to the East Valley, opening its second location in Gilbert’s booming Main Street area last fall. Thankfully, CK’s generous happy hour program tagged along for the ride. Snack on thin and airy spicy tuna chips ($7), layered with yellowfin and loaded with wasabi-spiked guacamole, while sipping on a vaguely tropical cocktail called The Avenue ($7), a variation of the classic Blood and Sand made with passionfruit, bourbon and orange juice. For round two: Another cocktail and a bowl o’ ramen. The Dark and Stormy, made with locally-sourced Iconic Cocktail Co. Ginga Syrup, is one of the best in town – and the spice from the ginger and tartness from the lime pairs perfectly with a robust bowl of pork ramen ($9). M-Sa. 3-6 p.m.
 


 

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