Take your mouth on a Southeast Asian tour while getting more Bangkok for your buck at these flavorful happy hours.
66 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa
The world’s largest solid gold statue – a 10-foot-high seated Buddha – is one of Bangkok’s greatest treasures. Thai Spices captures the deity’s magic with gold-leafed walls, Buddha plaques and metallic statues. The theme continues during happy hour in the rich golden hue of Chang, Phuket and Singha beers ($3 each), as well as the crisp exterior of crab puffs and Thai veggie rolls ($1.50 each). Relax to the soothing trickle of a stone fountain while enjoying curried chicken satay ($2.75) paired with a steaming hot cup of Osaki sake ($2). Selected wines by the glass cost $3 and cocktails are $4. 3-7 p.m. daily.
Sa Bai Modern Thai
4121 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix
First-time restaurateurs Eric and Atchara “Holly” Willis bucked convention when they transformed a cookie-cutter fast food building into a chic Asian bistro. Happy hour brings soft candlelight and $2 off all appetizers, including crab wontons and crispy Thai rolls stuffed with glass noodles, veggies and pumpkin ($4 each).
The chill wine bar vibe continues with rock tunes and $20 bottles/$5 glasses of vino, with selections ranging from Lucky Star pinot noir to Chile’s Montes Twin Blend. For the ultimate in zen dining, pair the lip-smacking Asian Pear Ginger Saketini ($5) with soi sliders, miniature marinated pork burgers crowned with pepper jack and curry sauce ($6). $1 off all beers and spirits. 3-7 p.m. M-F; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sa-Su.
2631 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
While the purple stucco digs of Chef Olashawn “Ola” Hasadinratana-Weaver’s ethnic eatery are decidedly desert-chic, the pungent aromas of lemongrass and fish sauce wafting from her open kitchen hint at the worldly flavors found here. Imbibe Box O’ Birds Sauvignon Blanc, Sur de los Andes Malbec and other wines for just $5 a glass during happy hour.
Food specials include half-price chicken or veggie rolls in fried wonton wrappers ($2.98) and spicy-sweet corn fritters ($3.98) served with cool cucumber chutney to mitigate the burn. Speaking of which, the shaded outdoor patio is the best spot in the house and well worth braving the summer heat. $1 off craft beers. 4-7 p.m. M-F.