Now that the rain and cold weather is behind us and the sun is shining bright, it’s time to get out from under our warm blankets and out on the town. And with only 16 more days until taxes are due and the hindering recession emptying our wallets, we could all use an economical, yet sophisticated, happy hour! Here are our top choices in posh Scottsdale:
10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Parkway, Scottsdale
Sip incredible wine in the midst of Pinnacle Peak’s breathtaking view and experience Sassi’s old-world architecture, inspired by the Tuscan villas of Southern Italy. From now until May 31, Sassi is offering $25 off any bottle from their tasty wine menu, $7 wine by the glass, $7 cocktails and half-price antipasti and spuntini from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Benvenuto!
The W Scottsdale Hotel and Residences
7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale
Where better to enjoy top-quality sushi at half price than at The W Scottsdale’s Sushi Roku? Every night of the week, this new East Valley hotspot is delivering an amazing $5 happy hour menu from 5 to 7 p.m. which includes Sushi Roku’s hot sake, white and red wine, spicy tuna and yellowtail scallion rolls.
Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale
Ladies, Trader Vic’s at Hotel Valley Ho is the place to be on Thursday nights because starting at 8 p.m., this award-winning eatery transforms into an energetic Brazilian bistro. The “ladies night” party comes alive with music by singer and guitarist Caji, discounted appetizers and two-for-the-price-of-one Flor de Cana Rum cocktails!
7167 E. Rancho Vista Drive, Suite 111, Scottsdale
If you haven’t tried Posh, the new favorite restaurant in Optima Camelview village, here’s your chance. From 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, guests can enjoy complimentary snacks, along with wine, beer and cocktails at a discounted price! If you would like a real taste of what everyone’s talking about, delight in Posh’s three-course dinner with wine pairings for $50 (without wine: $35).
14344 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
There really is no happy hour like Sapporo’s. If you’re looking for an energetic, social crowd, this is your kind of place. The swanky Japanese eatery offers a happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. every night as well as a reverse happy hour from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
Asia de Cuba
Mondrian Scottsdale Hotel
7353 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale
Mondrian’s Asia de Cuba combines elements of Asian and Cuban cuisine served sharing-style in an upbeat atmosphere and features a convenient happy hour every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. This happy hour serves up select Asia de Cuba cocktails for only $4 to $5. However, Tuesday nights is when the fun really begins. The chic fusion restaurant has become famous for their authentic Havana Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m., where guests can enjoy (and dance to) Cuban music, unmatched Cuban food and $10 Cuban cocktails including mojitos and calpirinhas!
7144 E. Stetson Drive, Suite 250, Scottsdale
Come taste Canal’s new “Liquid Fashion” happy hour going on every night from 4 to 7 p.m. Guests can sip “fashionable” wine and martinis for half the usual price and munch on delicious appetizers including $6 Thai marinated chicken summer rolls, $5 sweet corn cakes and $6 Canal ceviche.
Armitage Wine Lounge and Café
20751 N. Pima Road, Suite 120, Scottsdale
Now you can indulge in some of the best wine in the Valley for a discounted price at Scottsdale’s Armitage Wine Lounge. Guests will be given half-price well drinks, bottled beer, specialty martinis and select wine by the glass from 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays, reverse happy hour from 10 p.m. to closing Mondays through Thursdays and 11 p.m. to closing on Friday and Saturdays. Also, take part in Armitage’s exclusive wine tasting events on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. or Ladie’s Night on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to closing.