Resorting to Love

Nikki BuchananApril 1, 2018
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High season, low cost. Find that winning combination with happy hour deals at the Valley’s top resorts.

The Last Drop
The Hermosa Inn
5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley
There’s no better place to bask in the great outdoors than the recently expanded patio bar at The Last Drop, which boasts native plants, splendid views of Camelback Mountain and five outdoor fireplaces to take off early evening’s chill. Even better: executive chef Jeremy Pacheco’s delicious bar snacks ($3 each during happy hour) including bright-tasting (and only slightly spicy) jalapeño hummus with house-made pita strips, and silky goat cheese curds marinated in olive oil and rosemary. Don’t you dare miss the beef sliders topped with caramelized onion, crispy Nueske’s bacon, Arizona cheddar and chipotle aioli on brioche buns (3 for $9) or savory beef and pork tacos, tucked inside house-made corn tortillas with garnishes of cabbage, pickled onion and cotija cheese (3 for $9). 4-7 p.m. daily.

The Mix Up Bar
Royal Palms Resort & Spa
5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Come spring, the charming, semi-secluded courtyard that fronts The Mix Up becomes damn near irresistible – as do Chef Todd Allison’s delicious, upscale and 100 percent dinner-worthy happy hour eats, including filet-tip poutine, featuring generous chunks of tender steak over house-cut fries with globs of creamy Boursin cheese. Also great: a cocktail of six plump, sweet prawns presiding over a small mountain of cucumber salad with tomato remoulade; and corn chips and chunky guacamole, jazzed up with cilantro and lime (all $7 each). Special food and drink deals happen nightly, but the star of the bunch is Monday, when freshly shucked Fanny Bay oysters go for a buck apiece. Cocktail hounds should ask about the handcrafted “sip of the day” ($9); others can sip on a discounted craft beer ($5) or decent wine by the glass ($7). 3-6 p.m. Su-Th.

The Mix Up Bar; Photography by Isabella Castillo

The Canal Club  
The Scott Resort & Spa
4925 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
At the far end of The Scott’s sleek new jungalow-inspired lobby waits a small bar – and just beyond it, a wicker- and rattan-furnished patio so lush and tropical you could almost believe you’re in Havana. To be sure, the Cuba-themed happy hour is different and decidedly fun. Signature cocktails such as the Harold & Maude (a coconutty homage to the mojito) are $2 off at happy hour, as is everything on the tapas menu, including crisp-edged plantain fritters, served alongside smoky black bean purée dusted with cotija ($4). Crispy fish tacos, garnished with cabbage, pico de gallo and a drizzle of crema, are excellent ($11), but nothing tops the dreamy Cubano, combining braised pork, ham, baby Swiss, sweet and spicy pickles and chipotle aioli on a pressed and crunchy bolillo roll ($9). 4-7 p.m. daily.

The Canal Club; Photography by Isabella Castillo

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