Reach new heights with stellar views and delicious deals in scenic al fresco settings.
2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
This chic open-air lounge on the third-floor pool deck at Hotel Palomar in Downtown Phoenix is all about dining in style, from the cool white tables and lime green linens to cozy banquettes perched poolside. Nearly every seat offers cityscape views or a peek at South Mountain – for those moments when twilight trendsetters aren’t people-watching or dipping a toe in the water. Happy hour nibbles are ready for coupling. Spicy queso fundido finds its soulmate in Tommy’s on-tap margarita ($6 each), while upscale chicken and figs ($8) is a natural fit beside Domaine Coupage Chardonnay. Enjoy a classy duo of tomato and mozzarella ($8) with sangria or Charles & Charles red under the stars ($6 each), then wind the night down with a $6 old-fashioned or a round of $3 drafts. 3-6 p.m. M-F.
232 S. Wall St., Chandler
A sanctuary for humans and their feathered friends, The Perch dishes up kid-friendly American comfort fare including pizza, burgers and build-your-own cheesy mac with a side of house-brewed beer. Savor the music of tropical rescue birds on the expansive brick patio while Tweeting about happy hour’s $1-off draft, well and house wine specials. Nibble on $5 “bird food” (trail mix of caramel popcorn, bacon brittle, candied nuts and fried jalapeños) and herbed goat cheese tater tots ($6) with Black Diamond Belgian Porter ($2, 5 oz./$4, 10 oz.) or design your own two-item pie ($5) to pair with the house red. At 8 percent ABV, The Perch’s Belgian Peach fruit beer will get your wings flapping ($2/$5). Soak it up with $5 hummus or pretzel bites, then grab a spot on the rooftop patio overlooking historic downtown Chandler and watch the winter migration. 2-6 p.m. M-F.
15169 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Dominick’s is old-school dining reimagined for a modern audience. Crisp white linens and tufted leather upholstery combine with quirky glass chandeliers and a rooftop pool for a setting as refined as the chef’s decadent steak plates. Filet mignon and iced lobster are date-worthy experiences, but diners can score a taste of Dominick’s at bargain prices during happy hour. Sample a lighter portion of the house tenderloin with scallops for just $10, paired with a glass of selected wines such as Ballard Lane Pinot Noir or Santa Ema Cab ($7). Other $10 plates include Maryland crab cakes, meatball grilled cheese on sourdough, and calamari with shrimp and peppers. Try the latter with a tangy lemon drop martini, double cosmo or steakhouse sangria; each are $10 on Dominick’s early bar menu. House well pours are $7; $8 for featured call brands. 4-6 p.m. daily. Bar only.
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