7215 S. Power Rd., Ste. B-107, Queen Creek
Mounted sheep and stuffed bears have given way to glittering chandeliers and burgundy drapes at this east side eatery that was once home to a wild game grill. During afternoon happy hour, the mood lightens as patrons take advantage of $7 flatbread specials and a $2 discount on all drafts, bottled microbrews, tap wines and well cocktails. Pair creamy risotto balls with Foppiano Petite Sirah ($4/glass) or sit under the shade of Bar Viñedo’s life-size tree centerpiece and down Abita Turbodog Brown Ale with $2.50 fries and lamb sliders with garlic aioli ($8.50). Cheesier options include gooey $5 pepper jack macaroni bites and a fromage plate featuring Manchego and Boucheron ($10.50), both of which work well with Italian A-22 Pinot Grigio ($4/glass) or a California Chardonnay. 3-6 p.m. M-Sa; all day Su.
The Pig’s Meow
3730 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
Games are afoot at The Pig’s Meow, where guests sip suds while pulling Jenga sticks or head-butting Super Mario Bros. bricks via classic grey Nintendo consoles. The sister location to uptown’s tiny Whining Pig pub, this little piggy offers a bit more elbow room plus 20 taps and a few dozen wine options. Beer and vino are 25 percent off during happy hour, with just a few offerings excluded. Break out a board game to accompany $6 glasses of Gen 5 Merlot and Zen of Zin, or drown your Rubik’s Cube-based frustrations in a sweet pint of Wells Banana Bread brew ($7). Grub is limited here, but $5 grilled cheese and inexpensive chocolate desserts help to soak up the bar’s 60-plus bottled beer offerings. 3-8 p.m. M-Sa; all day Su.
18835 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy.,
Scottsdale, 480-685-3884, ciaograzie.us
Vino takes center stage inside Ciao Grazie’s north Scottsdale location, where a sleek wine cooler in the lounge area highlights dozens of vintages. Grab a leather stool or snag a seat at one of the wine barrel high-tops to take advantage of half-off appetizers during happy hour. Salmon bruschetta ($6.50) and prosciutto-topped crostini ($7.50) make for a refreshing start when paired with one of five available house wines ($5/glass), while heartier eaters can nosh on gooey, delizioso skillet-cooked mozzarella with prosciutto or mushrooms ($7.50-$8). Also look for $5 well drinks and select $3 domestic brews, plus discounted classic margherita and pepperoni pizzas ($6.50-$7). 3-6 p.m. daily. Bar and lounge only.
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