West Side Story

Written by Wynter Holden Category: Happy Hour Issue: April 2015
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Phoenix doesn’t have the Jets and Sharks, but when it comes to neighborhood pride, there’s a definite east-west divide. Score drink discounts and noteworthy nibbles at these westerly happy hours.

 

Cucina Tagliani

Cucina Tagliani
8349 W. Bell Rd., Peoria
623-412-2670, cucinatagliani.com
Locally owned for more than two decades, Cucina Tagliani is a homey Italian joint that welcomes every member of la famiglia – including Fido, who you can park on the pooch-friendly patio. The faux brick and plaster walls of the rustic interior make for intimate dining, while the bar room is a more casual mashup of high-tops and counter stools. Pop a squat during happy hour and mangia $3.50 chicken wings, Vegas shrimp cocktail or bruschetta washed down with $2.50 domestics and $3.50 premium drafts, or specialty drinks like the house double martini and Italian Dream with coconut rum and amaretto. Bottled beer and drafts including Blue Moon and Peroni are also just $3.50. Heartier eaters can take advantage of bottom-dollar meatball sliders ($5.50), fried calamari ($6.50) or a full pound of mussels ($6.50), the latter of which slides down well with a $4.50 glass of house wine. 2:30-6:30 p.m. daily.

The Haymaker

The Haymaker
1800 N. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear
623-536-9000, haymakeraz.com
Restaurateur Joe Lucidi’s bar and grill is as all-American as they come. Star-spangled flags and stenciled Pledge of Allegiance wall art welcome guests to a rustic, cabin-like dining room with wood-beam ceilings and stone accents. The stars of happy hour are $2 domestics and $3.50 craft pints including Left Hand Milk Stout and San Tan Devil’s Ale. Pair a brewski with wings, sliders or fried pickles ($5 each), or go whole hog with chili chicken nachos ($7.50) and mini riblets ($6). Rounding out the discount rodeo are moonshine-based Apple Ale, Hillbilly Lemonade and a “Freedom” Mary with Salute Vodka ($6 each), well-suited cocktail compatriots for ballpark deals like $6 mini chili dogs and cheese fries. Well drinks and glasses of house wine are just $3 each; $4 for select premium spirits. 2-7 p.m. daily.

The Haymaker

The Haymaker

 

 

Litchfield Taproom

Litchfield Taproom
107 W. Honeysuckle St., Litchfield Park
623-536-4804, peoriaartisanbrewing.com
The pint-size dining area at Litchfield Taproom is just big enough to showcase brewer Neal Farrell’s handcrafted malts. A chalkboard with the daily tap list is essentially the only décor here, reminding locals that when it comes to breweries, substance trumps style. Enjoy $1 off every beer during happy hour, from the cleverly named Haboob Black IPA ($5) to Angus Boy Scottish Ale ($4.50) and the light, malty 4.8 ABV Paul’s Pale Ale ($4.50). The microbrew selection changes often to incorporate fun seasonal offerings like Peanut Butter Porter and strawberry-laced wheat beer. Noshes aren’t included in the happy hour deals, but tasty brats ($5) and grilled cheese with Amber Ale-caramelized onions ($6) help to soak up the suds on the cheap. 3-7 p.m. M-F, noon-7 p.m. Sa-Su

Litchfield Taproom

Litchfield Taproom

 

 

 

 

 

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