Three's Company

Written by Geri Koeppel Category: Happy Hour Issue: September 2012

The Arrogant Butcher
2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix

Despite its hubristic handle, The Arrogant Butcher has a cheery staff and warm, inviting ambiance. Snag a spot at the 20-seat zinc bar (happy hour is at the bar only) and dive into a hearty chef’s choice antipasti plate ($8) packed with meats, cheeses, vegetables, bread, house-made spiced mustard and raspberry-cherry marmalade. Or sink your teeth into soft pretzels with provolone fondue ($5), crispy rock shrimp with shishito peppers and spicy aioli ($8), artichoke hummus ($6), or toasts ($4) with toppings like boursin cheese and roasted peppers. Well drinks, select wines and select cocktails are $4, 12-ounce mugs of Sierra Nevada or Guinness cost $4, local brew drafts go for $3, Bud Light is $2, and shot-and-a-beer specials are $6. 3-6 p.m. M-Sa

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Copper Blues

Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen
50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix

With an alfresco dining area overlooking Downtown, energetic Copper Blues is a great place to limber up before a comedy show at adjacent Stand Up Live. Same goes for D-backs and Suns games – or you can stay put and watch them on the big screens. Better yet: All 60-plus beers on tap are on special during happy hour. Drink deals include beer shots ($1), house wines ($2), domestic and local pints ($3), craft and import drafts ($4), call cocktails ($5), “rocktails” (beer cocktails, $6) and “rocktinis” (specialty martinis, $7). The kitchen kicks out the jams, too – top picks are house-made chips with French onion dip ($4), insanely addictive pub chips with melted blue cheese and hot sauce ($5), pretzel sticks with silky cheddar beer sauce ($6) and impressive pizzas like spinach, artichoke and parmesan. 4-7 p.m. M-F

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The Strand

The Strand Urban Italian
2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix

Adjacent to Arrogant Butcher, this stylish Italian bistro – endowed with bucatini pasta-shaped light fixtures and a casual indoor/outdoor bar – serves up a classic list of apps, half-off already reasonable prices. Best bets are drunken cheesy bread ($3.50), two thick, wine-soaked slices of ciabatta slathered with a heady three-cheese blend; crunchy calamari ($4.50) with marinara and citrus aioli dips; and arancini filled with prosciutto and ricotta ($4.50). Cool down with a $4 frozen concoction like the Italian margarita or “loaded” caramel latte (made with espresso and caramel vodka). Signature martinis cost $5, well drinks and glasses of house wine are $4 and Blue Moon drafts cost $2. 2-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close M-Sa