happy hour Archives

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If you’ve ever cohabitated with another human, you know how difficult it is to decide on dinner. You feel like sushi, your beloved feels like Chinese. You feel like fried chicken, your roommate feels like gyros. In my house, my fella and I agree on some cuisines – Thai and Vietnamese are weekly takeout treats for us, even before the pandemic – but he never feels like Indian, and I rarely feel like pizza. Our particular dinner dilemma is complicated by the fact that I will drive anywhere for good...

Ladera Taverna y Cocina may be temporarily closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a tipple or two from its award-winning mixologist, Colton Brock. He won Arizona Cocktail Weekend’s Last Slinger Standing competition in February, but lately he’s been slinging simple mezcal drinks at home. We caught up with Brock and asked him to share a couple of recipes for us to try.   What have you been mixing up at home? I predominantly drink mezcal and other agave spirits,...

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The first time I heard someone talk about tiki drinks in a positive light was at a “lunch and learn” with famed mixologist Jason Asher at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa six or seven years ago. I was new to professional journalism and new to drinking – green in every sense of the word. Instead of partying, I’d spent my high school and college years studying, working and being a designated driver for my “wild” friends (in retrospect: not wild at all). At 25 or so, I was playing major catch-up, trying to educate myself...

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It’s that time of week again. Time to plan your weekend and the beers you’re going to enjoy at home while social distancing. Here are the new releases from breweries across Arizona for the week of April 23rd. FATE BREWING ALL TOGETHER IPA. 6.5% ABV. $16 for a 4-pack. GOLDWATER BREWING MOON ROCKS triple hazy IPA. 9.5% ABV. $24 for a 4-pack. DYNAMITE IPA. 6.4% ABV. $16 for a 4-pack. SIMPLE MACHINE BREWING CAMPER RED American...

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While the COVID-19 pandemic in many ways has us feeling like we’re living in the Middle Ages (Black Death vibes abound), there are bits of happiness and hope to be found. For drinkers, there are many. We’re learning how to make our own drinks! We can order cocktails to go! We don’t have to worry about getting home safely because we’re already home!   For appreciators of agave spirits and “support local” devotees such as moi, there’s a huge burst of happiness: We are at the beginning of a Golden Age for locally...

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Arizona breweries are busy cranking out new brews all the time. Here’s what’s new this week and releasing this weekend. GOLDWATER BREWING  CRIMSON CLOUDS NO. 4 southwest hazy IPA. Pre-orders open Friday, April 17. $22 per four-pack. HAZY GATES lite hazy IPA back in stock. $16 per four-pack. SIX FOOT CHEERS saison. $16 per four-pack. WREN HOUSE BREWING LAS FRESCAS MANDERINI fruited sour.  $20 four a four-pack. TOGETHER pale ale.  Limited amount available in crowlers....

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“I have respect for beer!” Russell Crowe shouts, thrusting his arms skyward, in his portrayal of mathematician John Nash in 2001’s A Beautiful Mind.   I can relate. While beer has never been my thing, I have interviewed many talented, thoughtful brewers and written quite a bit about local breweries. Beermaking is a beautiful mix of art and science that never ceases to amaze me. The craft beer community has my utmost respect, especially in how it has pivoted during the pandemic to reach customers in new and innovative ways.   Not...

Over the past couple of quarantined weeks, I’ve written about making your own happy hour spread at home and I’ve rounded up some great takeout happy hour options so you can #supportlocal while you #stayhome. Now, I suppose I’ll start making my own way through said takeout options. (Though if you have questions or suggestions on DIY happy hours at home, I’m all ears! Email me at leah.lemoine@phoenixmag.com.)  I should have taken this week’s Happy Hour To Go blog as an opportunity to try a new restaurant. I haven’t encountered one of those in a...

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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...

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Good lord, what a week. I don’t know about you, but I need a drink.   Normally for this recurring blog, I’d visit a local restaurant during happy hour and report back to you with all of the details – the vibe, the discounted drinks, the most delicious dishes and any “insider secrets” I can scrounge up. This week, of course, nothing is normal. Some restaurants are closing – some for the time being, some potentially for good – while many more have transitioned...

THE SCENE You can see Agave del Scottsdale from the street at the corner of North Hayden Road and East Via de Ventura – it has a lovely patio looking out onto North Scottsdale – but once you turn into the labyrinthine Mercado on Hayden plaza, it can be challenging to locate. Tip: It’s between Village Coffee Roastery and Mail and Parcel Express, on the ground floor – don’t be distracted by the elevator. Inside,...

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Agave Del Scottsdale On February 22, the Mango, Spicy Cucumber and Tamarindo margaritas will be served at $8. Agave Del Scottsdale offers eight different types of tacos for lunch including pork tacos, seafood tacos, and a vegetarian taco option. Ghost Ranch From 1-6 p.m. on National Margarita Day, Ghost Ranch will have $5 margaritas including its classic Ghost Ranch Margarita, spicy Pina Picante or fruity Chilton. Choose one of their taco platters that is served...

To quote the great Happy Gilmore, “Sorry, ladies, I’m not the golfing type.” I like my birdies fried and my bogeys Lowenstein, thank you. Occasionally, though, the promise of good food lures me to restaurants that just happen to be at golf courses. Take Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar, which is a property of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort but lives across the street on the 18th hole of the TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course, with...

THE SCENE I must admit my bias at the start: The Hermosa Inn is one of my happy places. I’ve covered political fundraisers there, enjoyed romantic staycations with my beloved there (we even brought our firstborn fur son one year, since the hotel is dog-friendly) and feasted on countless media dinners and happy hours with friends and colleagues there. I even wrote a profile of owner Ron Allred (and his lovely wife, Joyce) a couple...

THE SCENE There’s a very “young Scottsdale” vibe at Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse at Scottsdale Waterfront. The décor is polished, but energetic – shiny wood floors and tables, white subway tiles, bright yellow high-top stools perched on squares of faux grass, a green wall festooned with golden cow heads, a white tile bar with cushy black leather stools. It’s fun and eye-popping, with splashes of emerald and daffodil everywhere. The staff and clientele are...

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