New Deals

Nikki BuchananDecember 2018
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Thirsting for some happy hour bargains after reading our critic’s picks for the best new restaurants of 2018? Find them at these also-new, food-forward bars.

The Collins Small Batch Kitchen
3160 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
602-730-3533, thecollinsaz.com
This rebrand was a Twisted Grove before chef-owner Christopher Collins blew it up in favor of a concept that better reflected its upscale (read: slightly uptight) neighborhood. Now it’s a gastropub with a shaded front patio, extensive wine list and craft cocktails that go for $7 during happy hour. The sugar-rimmed Champagne + Berries is floral and feminine, but there are plenty of options for more masculine cravings: draft brews ($4), everyday well cocktails ($5) and wines by the glass ($6). Happy hour eats include a New York strip and Brie slider, sweetened with onion marmalade ($4); oozy grilled cheese triangles, with spicy-sweet tomato jam and bacon ($5); and blistered, coconut-flecked shishitos, tossed in soy caramel for umami richness ($6). Major bang for the buck. 3-6 p.m. daily.

 

The Larry  
515 E. Grant St., Phoenix
602-432-0752, thelarryphx.com
Set inside the historic Lawrence Building in Downtown’s Warehouse District, The Larry is as casual and irreverent as its name suggests, offering breakfast, lunch and happy hour before an 8 p.m. close. The happy hour menu is limited to $5 craft cocktails, $2-off draft beers, $2-off wines by the glass and a short list of half-price pizzas ($5-$6). A crisp-bottomed pie, topped with cups of pepperoni from Buffalo, New York, will probably fill you up, but if not, consider greasy but crunchy hash brown fries ($5) or bangin’ Bang Bang Broccoli – crisp-fried florets, sprinkled with salty bonito flakes and sided with sweet chile sauce ($5). Three more things to love: the B’s Please cocktail (with fennel pollen-infused gin and honey); the restaurant’s ’90s soundtrack; and a giant, chewy chocolate chip cookie. 3-6 p.m. M-F.

The Larry; Photography by Isabella Castillo

Social Hall  
715 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe
480-747-3851, azsocialhall.com
Housed in the barn-like former home of Minder Binders, Social Hall is a far cry from that raucous college bar of yore – cozier and quieter. Draft beer, well drinks and house wines (one Chard, one Cab) are all $5 during happy hour, and food portions are so generous you’ll likely have plenty for leftovers. Borracho nachos, with green chile queso, black beans and guacamole, make a crunchy feast for two ($5). Crisp-edged pork belly tacos, enfolded in flour tortillas with pickled onion, are more expensive (and less filling) at $8, but you won’t care. There are roasted Brussels sprouts with peppered bacon, goat cheese and balsamic ($4) for the health-inclined and creamy green chile mac and cheese ($4) for those who swing the other way. All in all, a great option for grown-ups in Tempe. 4-6 p.m. M-F.

Social Hall; Photography by Isabella Castillo

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