Feast on serious starters and low-budget libations at these meaty eateries.

Steak to the Heart

Written by Wynter Holden Category: Happy Hour Issue: August 2016
Group Free

Steak and Stone of Mesa

2613 N. Thunderbird Cir., Mesa

480-830-6100, steakandstone.com

Located a stone’s throw from Falcon Field airport, this carnivore paradise is known for choice-cut meats cooked tableside on a 500-degree slab of rock. While its name hints at a castle-like interior with granite walls and dim lighting, Steak & Stone is more country-modern than medieval: Think upcycled wood plank walls, industrial metal sheeting and funky framed ceiling tiles. Land at the secluded front bar room for drink specials including $3 off house wine and $2 off well drinks, or head to the dining room for cozy booths and runway views. Draft and bottled brews are each a buck off during happy hour. Mixed drinks and food aren’t included in the daily specials, but rotating deals make it possible to score them on the cheap. Past deals have ranged from $7 layered tropical drinks to 2-for-1 appetizers including pulled pork nachos ($7.95) and deep-fried zucchini ($5.95). 3-6 p.m. M-Sa


Osaka Japanese Steakhouse

16049 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Dr., Peoria, 623-773-9233, osaka888.com

Colorful Asian-inspired wall murals and teppanyaki tables draw focus at Osaka, but the bargain happy hour deals sneak in as quietly as a slippered geisha. Imported bottles are $3, and drafts and domestic bottles are a serious score at just two dollars each. Sip a Kirin on tap with plump pork gyoza ($3) or pair the sweet potato roll ($3) with a bottle of zingy Angry Orchard. Select cocktails cost $5, including the fruity Osaka Saketini with white cranberry juice, cherry vodka limeade and the pear-flavored Lotus with rum and pineapple. Sushi rolls range from $3-$7. Chomp a deep-fried Godzilla roll ($7) with Sho Chiku Bai sake ($8), or stay cool with lighter fare such as refreshing cucumber salad ($3) and a citrus roll with salmon and crab ($7). 4:30-6 p.m. M-Th, 2:30-6 p.m. F


Geordie’s at the Wrigley Mansion

2501 E. Telawa Trl., Phoenix

602-955-4079, wrigleymansion.com

Breathtaking city views and interior design straight out of a Spanish villa make chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.’s original winter home a place to see and be seen. Vaulted ceilings, bright paint and stacked windows create a spacious, open feel in the bar lounge, though the tree-lined patio offers the best seat in the house on cooler nights. Score select appetizers for half-off, including classic tomato bruschetta, roasted veggies with mozzarella, and pancetta mac and cheese ($5 each). Well drinks are just $4 and beers (except Duvel) are a wallet-friendly three bills, but it’s the $6 Dark and Stormy and citrusy C&A cocktail that get our attention. Wines by the glass are also half-price, from signature Wrigley Mansion brut ($5) made in New Mexico to carefully curated selections such as Oregon’s Row 503 Pinot ($7.50). 3-6 p.m. Tu-Sa. Lounge and patio only.