Longing for an exotic getaway? From colorful Cuban fare to relaxing rum punch, get a taste of paradise at these island-themed happy hours.
Rum Bar at The Breadfruit
108 E. Pierce St., Phoenix
Owner Dwayne Allen and Ripe Award-winning chef Danielle Leoni bring Jamaica’s laid-back island sensibility to The Breadfruit, a cozy dinner-only hideaway boasting candlelit tables and walls splashed in Caribbean colors. Happy hour specials are limited because, as Allen puts it, “we want you to stay a while and enjoy dinner.” But budget options are no problem, mon.
Start with a $5 glass of rum punch, a sweet yet potent fruit-based concoction with flavors that change daily (our favorite is strawberry-cherry). At $6 each, daily appetizer and mini entrée plates are also a score. Selections such as spicy jerk chicken roti, mango-studded shrimp ceviche and “sinful” deviled eggs with smoked red herring pair perfectly with half-off rum flights ($5) or a $6 glass of Arizona wine. 5-7 p.m. M-F.
Hula’s Modern Tiki
4700 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
If Mad Men’s Don Draper were to embrace the tiki fad, no doubt he’d be tossing back Mai Tais at a place like Hula’s. Sleek white tables, bamboo accents and banquettes covered in groovy multicolored fabric combine for a look that’s part tacky tiki shack, part retro lounge. Discounted cocktails ($2 off) are appropriately swank, ranging from a ginger-beer-infused Shirley Temple knockoff called the Tiki Bastard ($5) to the Joan Harris-worthy Tropical Itch with passion fruit and rum ($7).
Get an eyeful of Hula’s signature hexagon-shaped window while imbibing $4 drafts and $2 Bud Lights, or order vintage-priced nibbles including slow-roasted pulled pork or spicy tofu tacos ($3 each) for your table. 3:30-6 p.m. M-Tu and Th-F, 3:30-11 p.m. W, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sa-Su.
Mimita’s Cuban Cafe
1950 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler
Family is the heart of Mimita’s Cuban Café, where Cuban native Al Dominguez and wife Barbara (whose family also hails from the island) prepare traditional recipes passed down through generations. Framed tropical-print fabrics and rustic wall murals of a Cuban village provide a comfortable, unpretentious environment to enjoy $2.25 domestics and $3 border-hoppers like Corona and Negra Modelo paired with homey, Havana-inspired fare.
Though Mimita’s offers occasional happy hour food specials, there’s really no need. Appetizers are already cheaper than an hour of Cuban broadband, with ham croquetas ($3.75) and beef-filled papas rellenas ($3.99 for two) – the ideal companions for $5.50 mojitos and margaritas. $1 off wine by the glass. 3-7 p.m. Tu-F.
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