Down with ‘Town

Nikki BuchananOctober 2018
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$30,000 millionaires, take note: Old Town Scottsdale is rife with wallet-friendly happy hour deals.

Bourbon & Bones  
4200 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
480-629-4922, bourbonandbonesaz.com
Never mind the good ol’ boy name – this rustic but upscale steakhouse rolls classy come happy hour. Tender chophouse meatballs, fashioned from prime rib and perched on mushroom caps with a marrow-rich swirl of hunter’s sauce, taste like they cost a million bucks, not six. Meanwhile, crisp-tender, hand-cut calamari, brightened with blistered shishitos, are served with a lemon half wrapped in mesh and tied with a festive green ribbon – lest plates and fingers be mussed with errant juices and seeds ($8). It’s all so very civilized. And delicious. That also goes for the trio of prime rib sliders topped with melted Swiss and a sweet tangle of caramelized onions. The one whimsical hillbilly touch? A subzero whiskey and Coke (think slushy), flavored with Madagascar vanilla bean syrup or Marasca cherry syrup for an additional two bucks. 4-6 p.m. M-F.

Citizen Public House  
7111 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale
480-398-4208, citizenpublichouse.com
There’s lots to like at Bernie Kantak’s hail-fellow-well-met gastropub, not the least of which is “social hour” at the oversize, center-stage bar. A forerunner of the Valley’s cocktail renaissance, CPH whets the whistles of sophisticated drinkers with barrel-aged cocktails (the first to do so in the Valley) and a creative cocktail of the day (both $6) as well as half-price craft beers and select $5 wines by the glass. Socializing snackers may content themselves with imported olives ($3) and addictive bacon fat-scented popcorn ($3) but why pass on satisfying options such as the built-for-two charcuterie board (meats, cheeses and dandy house-made pickles, $18) succulent chorizo-glazed wings (sided with creamy, basil-flecked dipping sauce, $9) or the endearingly retro Kilt Lifter fondue, offered with chunks of coarsely ground hunter’s sausage, fresh pear and toasted country bread for dunking ($6)? 4-6 p.m. daily.

Photography by Angela Adams; Citizen Public House

Olive & Ivy  
7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
480-751-2200, foxrc.com
In cooler months, tourists camp out on the patio of Sam Fox’s Mod-Med restaurant, ogling the waterfront views. But it’s a great hot-weather haunt, too – specifically at the bar, where it’s cool, dark and noisy, and locals can grab inexpensive bevvies ($5 sangria, beer, wine and well cocktails) and noshes that bear a whiff of trendiness. Crowd-pleasing bruschetta – three sturdy slices for $10 – come with seven different topping options, including prosciutto with creamy port salut and fig preserve; and mashed avocado with crunchy sweet corn, charred scallion and feta. Meanwhile, bacon-wrapped dates are sweet and melty at their centers, made piquant with coral-colored swishes of mild piquillo pepper sauce ($8). Best of the lot may be lamb meatballs, sprinkled with salty feta and set over a schmear of bright, tart tzatziki strewn with pickled red onions. 3-6 p.m. M-F.

Photography by Angela Adams; Olive & Ivy

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