Getting School-ed

Nikki BuchananAugust 1, 2018
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Treat yourself to an Arcadian happy hour with these after-work winners on Indian School Road.

The Attic Ale House
4247 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
This second-story ale house is beloved for three things – its brews, burgers and views of Camelback Mountain – but you wouldn’t be crazy for paying a visit strictly for happy hour. The beer selection skews heavily toward crafts from Arizona and California, all reduced by $1.50 during happy hour. If you’re bargain-hunting, skip the burgers and zero in on appetizers ($2 off at happy hour) – particularly the charcuterie meat platter for two, offering a rotating selection of Italian meats and cheeses, and pickled things ($9). Bruschetta, topped with creamy Brie, black pepper-candied pancetta, tomatoes and “crack sauce” is a sweet deal ($7), while Attic Ale wings, char-grilled and ultra-moist, bathed in spicy-sweet Louisiana-style sauce, are signatures for a reason ($5.50). 4-6:30 p.m. Tu-F, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sa-Su.

The Porch
4017 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
Although the name conjures a quiet place to relax, this oft-crowded, generally deafening sports bar/gastropub – outfitted with dozens of TVs – is anything but chill, particularly during Friday happy hour when finding a table requires serious jockeying skills. Admittedly, the dog-friendly patio is hella fun, thanks to myriad bar games including giant Jenga and ring-on-a-string. During The Porch’s “happiest hours,” score $4 pints, $5 well drinks, $5 wines or a half-off Big Trouble in Little Shanghai (a cocktail homage to the former Chinese restaurant at this address, with TY KU Soju, lemon vodka and tropical Red Bull, garnished with a fortune cookie, $6). Six-buck happy hour food specials include surprisingly good green chile pork tacos, crispy hand-cut potato chips sided with house-made onion dip and twice-cooked wings in five different flavors. Check out the $20 giant mule cocktail offered on Fridays. 3-6:15 p.m. M-F.

Photography by Angela Adams; The Porch

The Nook
3623 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
Narrow, dim and remarkably low-key, this friendly spot really is a cozy neighborhood nook, offering bruschetta and pizza as well as Italian-inspired appetizers and entrées. During happy hour, adult beverages are a true bargain: Draft beers are half-off, select red and white wines cost $6 and basic Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails ring in at just $4. Best of all, all food except entrées and desserts is $3 off, which allows you to explore the classic but creative menu without making a big commitment. Gooey arancini, stuffed with house-made mozzarella, will set you back $4, while Brussels “chips” (crispy sprout leaves) dunked in salty-sweet maple-bacon aioli, seem like a steal at $7. Thin-crust pizzas (five red, five white), exude a craft pizza vibe without the hefty price. The Calabrese teams Calabrian chiles with sweet sausage, house-pulled mozzarella, Parmesan, Taleggio, caramelized onions and basil for $14. 4-6 p.m. daily.

Photography by Angela Adams; The Nook

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