Best Happy Hour in Scottsdale

10 Best Happy Hour Spots in Scottsdale to Drink, Eat and Mingle

Happy hours are plentiful in Scottsdale, and the city's restaurants and bars do a good job of offering a nice mix of ambiance, food and drink. 

Citizen Public House hosts a "social hour" that happens daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The social hour menu features barrel-aged cocktails, half-price beer and wine, and gourmet bites like turkey sliders and confit chicken wings. The ambiance is lively without feeling too crowded. 

Looking for a chic place to spend the happiest hours of the day? Drop by ZuZu at the Hotel Valley Ho, downtown Scottsdale's long-standing midcentury-chic hotel, for great drinks on food and drink. 

Another chic spot with gourmet nibbles and cocktails is Second Story Liquor Bar, which offers treats like kitchen's popular WTF Biscuits with cremé fraîche butter. 

For a casual spot with good beer and wine on the happy hour menu, swing by Craft 64 in Old Town Scottsdale. Keep reading for more Scottsdale happy hour suggestions. 


The Beverly, formerly known as Mabel's on Main, is an Old Town Scottsdale gem full of old-school glamour and sophistication. The exposed brick walls, mahogany wood bar, and leather booths lend a warm and intimate feel, while the busy mixologists behind the bar satisfy thirsty customers by knowing how to pour a stiff drink. The menu is full of creative, delicious cocktails. There is also a food menu full of comfort food favorites like mac and cheese, deviled eggs, gourmet sliders, and special treats like truffle fries and flatbreads. Happy hour happens every day from 4 pm to 7 pm.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: With sleek surroundings and half-off cocktails, The Beverly offers an enticing happy hour in downtown Scottsdale.

Patricia's expert tip: Happy hour happens Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Specials include half-off cocktails and discounted bar nibbles.

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Culinary Dropout
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This hip Scottsdale eatery, another brainchild from Fox Restaurant Concepts, is described as the city's "rebel child" gastropub where the uniform-free staff is free to create bold culinary experiments in a relaxed yet professional environment. Traditional pub-style appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrees receive special treatment here, made from scratch using hard-to-find meats, cheeses, and vegetables. Sample the Antipasti Menu for lunch, one of the best in town. The rustic wood floors, comfy, overstuffed leather benches, deep purple and green chandeliers and velvet chairs, and spacious outdoor patio, all make this a great lunch spot and designated foodie haven. Don't miss the house potato chips with the house onion dip.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: Winning gastro-pub fare, live music and drink specials make the happy hour at Culinary Dropout one of the liveliest in downtown Scottsdale.

Patricia's expert tip: Happy hour happens every Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Sorso Wine Room is a stylish wine bar and cafe at the posh Scottsdale Quarter shopping center in north Scottsdale. The bar is home to a state-of-the-art WineEmotion wine dispenser, which features an eclectic selection of 32 wines. Simply grab a wine glass, insert your key card (similar to hotel key cards), and pour yourself a glass (or a sip - the dispenser lets guests selection from a sip, sample or full glass). If self-serve wine is not your thing, Sorso also has an extensive cellar list with wines from around the world. The cafe side of the bar serves gourmet charcuterie boards, bruschetta, salads, sandwiches and locally-made desserts.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: With discounts on wine and gourmet nibbles, Sorso is the place to go when you want to spend your happy hour discovering new wines.

Patricia's expert tip: The self-serve wine dispenser at Sorso is a must-try. Happy hour happens every weekday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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This elegantly hip restaurant is famous for its burgers, sandwiches, and "galettes," a crispy flat bread topped with cheese, olives, bacon, and onions. Although the fare is simple, the preparation is perfection. Expect to be impressed by fresh ingredients, plentiful sides, and hamburgers that feature over a half pound of choice ground sirloin grilled to order. Located conveniently in Old Town Scottsdale at the Civic Center Mall, AZ88 provides rich ambiance with views of fountains and green spaces. Cocktails are served until 1:30 in the morning, while late-night dining continues 12:30 am. Perfect place for a relaxing nightcap with friends.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: When you need a charming spot to enjoy a martini, glass of wine, or rustic flat bread, don't miss the happy hour at AZ88.

Patricia's expert tip: Try AZ 88's famous martini with your lunch.

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Classic American fare gets a gourmet twist at this fashionable cafe, located inside the hip Hotel Valley Ho in downtown Scottsdale. The lunch menu is extensive, with the emphasis on seasonal comfort food prepared thoughtfully with a decidedly modern and gourmet approach to a range of small dishes, sandwiches, salads, and entrees. Lunch staples include The Famous Zuzu Burger, topped with Virginia bacon, stewed onions, and Maytag blue cheese. For dinner, the filet mignon is prepared to your specifications and served with a savory mushroom ragout. There are plenty of lighter options, too, plus a formidable weekend brunch with an impressive Bloody Mary bar. Happy Hour is generally formidable as well, offering specials on wine by the glass, cocktails and select food.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: ZuZu at the Hotel Valley Ho is not only chic and stylish, it also offers great happy hour deals on food and drink.

Patricia's expert tip: Happy Hour happens from Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Citizen Public House is what the English pub concept looks like in Scottsdale: thoroughly contemporary and upscale, yet still managing to retain the homey charm of a traditional public house. Nestled comfortably in Old Town Scottsdale, Citizen Public House has made a name for iself by serving craft beers, classic and contemporary cocktails as well as a full menu of award-winning gastropub cuisine. For cool nights, there is a cozy patio, a semi-private 12-seat dining alcove and lively public space. Mahogany accents, leather booths and a stainless steel-topped bar combine old and new design elements for a sleek, modern look.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: Citizen Public House brings together great craft drinks with gourmet bites in a fun, lively pub setting.

Patricia's expert tip: The restaurant/pub's social hour happens 4 pm to 6 pm daily.

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Located in the exclusive DC Ranch neighborhood in north Scottsdale, Market Street Kitchen blends unpretentious food and lively ambiance to a tee. The restaurant has a large, friendly communal dining room and some of the best wood fired rotisserie cooking in the city. The distressed wood furniture, bent wood furniture and modern Edison bulb lighting displays lend the restaurant both a rugged, Western feel, as well as creating a thoroughly contemporary space that is warm and inviting. The eclectic menu embraces modern American, classic continental, with a dash of Southwestern flavor. The restaurant has fast become a foodie destination for happy hour and brunch.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: Happy hour at Market Street Kitchen delivers good happy hour value on food and drink.

Patricia's expert tip: This is a particularly good spot to indulge in a craft cocktail.

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Craft 64 has become one of the most popular happy hour spots in Old Town Scottsdale. And why not? The pizzeria and brew pub has an extensive list of craft beers, with at least 36 Arizona-crafted beers on tap at last count. There is also a well-curated wine list with helpful descriptions. If you get hungry, the kitchen makes great wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizzas. Executive Chef Horacia "Lachos" Hernandez worked with Chris Bianco at Pizzeria Bianco for more than 15 years, so he knows his way around a wood-fired oven. During happy hour, there are specials on small plates, including a charcuterie board, pizzette and bruschetta. The kitchen makes fresh mozzarella in-house, so you can count on a high quality caprese salad.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: With an extensive local craft beer list and thoughtful wine menu, Craft 64 offers a laid back, casual spot to enjoy Arizona-inspired happy hour drinks.

Patricia's expert tip: Happy hour happens daily from 4 p.m. to 7 pm.

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Jade Bar
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Jade Bar is the sleek, ultra-trendy restaurant and lounge bar located at Sanctuary on Camelback. The emphasis here is on the natural elements of the surrounding Sonoran Desert. The bar has one of the loveliest secluded patios in the city, offering guests unmatched views of the city. An outdoor fire bowl keeps guests warm on cool desert evenings. The extensive drink menu features exquisite, hand-crafted cocktails created from fresh herbs, juices, and vegetables. With a strong emphasis on mixology, you'll find an ever-changing menu of one-of-a-kind, fruit- and herb-infused concoctions, like the Eastern Raspberry Sidecar, Fiery Mandarin, and Blueberry Tarragon Sour.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: Great cocktails and unforgettable ambiance make Jade Bar's "The Pour" one of Scottsdale's most memorable and distinctive happy hours.

Patricia's expert tip: "The Pour," Jade Bar's signature happy hour, delivers good deals on cocktails from Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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This story-themed restaurant and bar is a unique addition to the Old Town Scottsdale nightlife scene. The restaurant and bar serves up a fun menu full of creative fusion dishes with an Asian twist. From the "Intro" appetizer meu, try the inside out caprese, featuring a creamy burrata and charred and juicy cherry tomatoes topped with a balsamic reduction, parmesan tuile, and crispy basil. For your entree (or, as its known here, the main plot), try the roasted ratatouille, served with savory white beans and cabbage rolls. The bar side of the venue features a long list of well-balanced cocktails. The head bartender, "Whiskey Man" John Christie serves cocktails with a side of storytelling.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: With a strong menu of gourmet bar bites and excellent cocktails, Second Story Liquor Bar is home to one of Scottsdale's top happy hours.

Patricia's expert tip: Happy Hour happens every day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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