Last week I wrote about creating your own happy hour spread at home with DIY snack plates and cocktails using the provisions you have on hand. This week, I’m highlighting where you can pick up cocktails – in their completed forms or in components to mix yourself at home – from local businesses to keep supporting them during this truly insane time. Plenty more places are offering these things, so find your favorite local restaurants and bars on social media to see their up-to-date menus and protocols. Now, enough jabbering from me. Read on and plot your happy hour pickup route!
Disclaimer: Because things have been changing rapidly, call restaurants/bars ahead to make sure they are still open and offering these deals.
Hula’s Modern Tiki
Drink: Sealed containers of six tropical cocktails – Mai Tai, painkiller, Dr. Funk, blood orange martini, The Pink Bikini Martini and scorpion bowl – are available in 16-ounce ($22) and 32-ounce ($40) options from all locations.
Eat: A large takeout menu is available is available daily from noon-8 p.m. We’re partial to the Hawaiian ceviche ($9) and Hilo sliders ($8) with luau pork.
Drink: Enjoy half off beer and wine to go. On weekends, indulge in 64-ounce pitchers of sangria to go for $32 (serves 10).
Eat: Get 35 percent off curbside/takeout orders using the code Flower35 at checkout. We are craving the red chile glazed sweet potatoes ($4.50), sweet corn and quinoa ($4.50) and yuzu Brussels sprouts ($4.50).
The Sleepy Whale
Drink: Dip into the Valley’s best beer program at an Asian spot with $10 “crowler” (canned growler) draft beer to go.
Eat: The Made-to-Order Pandemic Respite menu features a generous smattering of maki rolls ($9-$14), noodle dishes (including a super hearty yakisoba with chicken, $19) and more. Our rec: the Exit Wound Bowl, featuring crispy shrimp, grilled chicken breast and veggies tossed with the restaurant’s sweet and spicy chile sauce over rice.
Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup
Drink: Every location is slinging the local chain’s signature Osborn Oro margaritas ($6.25) to go.
Eat: Design-your-own enchiladas (starting at $8.75 for two) and Linda’s tortilla soup ($5.75) for the win!
Drink: Get 50 percent off bottles of wine and sake with all pickup orders as a daily happy hour deal. A shmancy “White Glove Curbside Pickup” includes a $20 bonus card for dine-in service (to be used when things reopen) on pickup/curbside orders of $50 or more.
Eat: Pep things up with hamachi serrano ($21.50), baked cod with sweet miso glaze ($26) and a sushi combo with miso soup ($24).
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
Drink: Slurp a frozen margarita (starting at $5.75), beerita ($6.99) or The Shocker, Fuzzy’s house frozen mango drink with a 12-ounce Belgian White Shocktop ($7.99).
Eat: Dive into a plate of shredded brisket nachos ($7.59) and a California Heat Taco (tempura or grilled shrimp, bacon, avocado, feta, cheese, pico de gallo, sriracha-lime sauce on a flour tortilla, $3.29).
Drink: Select cocktails are available in kits with ingredients you mix yourself at home. They include beautiful garnishes and specific ice, staying true to co-owner Joshua James’ barman roots. Order for two people ($20) or four ($40).
Eat: Black bean pancakes ($11) are zippy and hearty, with celery root, Fresno chiles and avocado. And we can’t resist steamed buns (one for $5; three for $13) and dumplings (five for $13), which we definitely can’t make ourselves at home.
Drink: Same cocktail situation as Clever Koi (above), and growlers and wine (including reserve Italian reds and natural wines) are offered to go.
Eat: Snack on arancini ($11) or order a family-style spread with lasagnas that serve four ($50) and DIY pasta kids (two orders of pasta and sauce, Noble bread and olive oil; $15 each). If you place an order over the phone for takeout/curbside pickup, you get 25 percent off all orders of regular menu items.
Pigtails Cocktail Bar
Drink: Select cocktail kits are available for takeout starting today! Try a 50/50 martini, grapefruit gimlet, Old-Fashioned, Manhattan, spicy margarita or Negroni. Inquire for pricing.
Eat: Inquire for food options.
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
Drink: Bring home a Casa Margarita kit: Maestro Dobel Silver Tequila, Tres Agaves nectar, lime juice, salt, limes, recipe card and Barrio Queen wooden spoon ($40).
Eat: We’re intrigued by carnitas sopes ($7). Roasted elote ($5) and chicharrones ($7) sound great, too.
Popo’s Fiesta del Sol
Drink: Micheladas and margaritas (starting at $5.75) are available to go from this West Valley favorite.
Eat: Get some variety with the Mini Platter ($14.83): mini chimis, tacos, taquitos, tostadas and tamales with guac, sour cream, rice and beans.
Rio Mirage Café
Drink: Get an “adult Capri-Sun” (cocktail in a pouch; inquire for pricing) with your to-go orders. Margaritas (starting at $8), cervezas (mix-and-match four-pack, $12) and wine (20 percent off bottles) are also available.
Eat: Feast on a Mexican pizza ($13.45) and kick things up with jalapeño toritos, peppers stuffed with spicy cream cheese, wrapped in crisp bacon and sided with cilantro ranch ($11.50).
Drink: Batched cocktails to go include palomas, Manhattans and lemon drops ($24 for 8 ounces, which makes two cocktails). Throughout April, they’re half off – only $12.
Eat: Charred Brussels sprouts with candied bacon, slow-cooked garlic and balsamic reduction ($10); the crispy chicken sandwich with mustard-honey slaw ($12); and shoestring potatoes with parsley ($4) are our picks. Bonus: The kids’ menu is 50 percent off.
BONUS: Brunch Cocktails to Go
Prep & Pastry
Drink: P&P is offering cocktails ($6), Bloody Marys ($5.50), bottles of sangria ($10; white or red) and make-at-home mimosas ($12; one bottle of bubbles and your choice of juice). Free delivery within five miles, and all curbside orders get a free cup of coffee or tea.
Eat: Tuck into harissa shakshuka ($10.75) or a juicy, double-patty Commoner’s Burger ($13) with house-cut french fries.
Breakfast Kitchen Bar
Drink: Toast to $20 mimosas to go kits (one bottle of Champagne and one cup of fresh-squeezed orange juice). A White Claw or vodka soda is $5 with any food purchase.
Eat: The limited $8 takeout menu includes breakfast burritos, churro waffles and buttermilk pancakes.
Drink: Another $20 mimosa kit is on offering – this one with two juices.
Eat: The chilaquiles ($11) are a longtime favorite and the chicken and waffles ($12) will scratch all your brunch itches.