Last modified on December 1st, 2016 at 10:51 am
Oh the joy of cheaper early evening drinks (a.k.a. happy hour).
If you find yourself wanting to quench your thirst at a value while enjoying some delicious eats, check out our picks for killer happy hour specials all week long.
With the lovely outdoor seating, classy but modest interior, creative cocktails, and top notch local ingredients, AK’s happy hour is a force to be reckoned with. Happy hour bites range from $3 to $12, cocktail specials are $6, and house wines are $5. Happy hour runs daily from 3 to 6 p.m.
Barrio Brewing has become a local favorite for helping put Tucson beer on the map. They also offer really tasty food as well to pair with a great happy hour. Monday through Friday 3 to 7 p.m., Barrio features half priced appetizers and $1 off wine glasses, cocktails and draft beers.
For more on Barrio’s happy hour, please visit barriobrewing.com.
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Blanco Tacos + Tequila is a modern taco stop serving up a unique twist on Mexican dining. From their crispy shrimp tacos and red chile chicken enchiladas to grilled salmon and green chile burritos, Blanco brings the heat, especially for happy hour. From 3 to 6 p.m. daily, Blanco features $5 margaritas and wine glasses, $4 sangrias, beers, and tortas, $3 tacos, nachos, and quesadillas.
For more information regarding Blanco, visit foxrc.com/blanco-tacos-tequila.
The name tells you all you need to know. Owner and Chef Maria Mazon offers an assortment of tacos paired with delicious homemade salsas that make it a prime option if you’re nearby and craving Mexican. From 3 to 6 p.m. daily, Boca offers $1 chicken tacos, $1.50 Carne Asada tacos, $2 tequila shots and $5 margs. They feature a rotating margarita menu with fruit mixes and a number of tequilas, while carrying 30 varieties of craft beer.
For more on Boca’s happy hour, visit bocatacos.com.
Cafe a La C’Art is a French-American bistro located Downtown with a delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on weekends. They also have a great happy hour should you be in the mood. From 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, the cafe features an entire menu with $5 appetizers, $3 select beers, $4 wine glasses, and $5 select cocktails. From seared duck breast to braised lamb shank, happy hour isn’t the only reason to stop by.
For more information, please visit cafealacarttucson.com.
A British-style restaurant and bar with an extensive list of burgers, sandwiches and classic pub fare offering something for everyone. From Irish nachos and pub footballs to fish tacos and a classic Reuben, this spot leaves little to be desired. The Canyon’s Crown has happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. daily and features $1 off all beer, wine glasses, cocktails and snacks, and $2 off starters.
For more regarding The Canyon’s Crown, visit canyonscrown.com.
Chef Ginny Wooters is exemplary for her talent at balancing refined cuisine with fun, which is easier said than done. Her southern roots provide a base for playful comfort food, while her background as an executive chef at various upscale Tucson classics helped refine her technique. Select menu items are $2 off. Happy hour runs 2 – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 4 – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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Dante’s is known for taking classic dishes and added its own unique twist. Happy hour is no different. From 4 to 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. to close daily, they offer $1 off specialty cocktails, $3 bottled beers, $4 drafts, $5 house wines and $7 premium beer selections. In addition, 7 menu items are $7 until 7 p.m. Dante’s also serves happy hour all day Sunday.
For more on Dante’s drink and dining specials, please visit dantesfireaz.com.
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Downtown is another popular restaurant with fusion tastes from around the globe. North African braised lamb shank and Seared Cod Veracruzana are just two dishes sure to make you stop by even when it isn’t happy hour. Their happy hour is offered daily from 4 to 6 p.m. with $3 drafts, $5 house red and white wines, $5 select cocktails and an entire menu to boot.
Visit downtownkitchen.com‘s happy hour menu for more information.
On the corner of Congress and Sixth, Elliott’s has become a happy hour hotspot. An assortment of drinks and eats come together for their afternoon and evening lineups. Elliott’s has happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, with $3 house infused vodkas, $3 for all beer selections, $2 cocktails and $1 off all wines.
For more about Elliott’s On Congress, visit elliottsoncongress.com.
This Foothills steakhouse is an upscale option if you’d like to treat yourself after an exhausting day. Their 5 for $6 ’til 7 and 8 for $9 ’til 10 menus are cool ways to switch things up. The 5 cocktails, 5 wines and 5 appetizers at $6 each is a great option if you’re with friends, or just want to sample some offerings.
For more on Fleming’s happy hour specials, visit flemingssteakhouse.com.
This French eatery is famous for its Eggs Provençal, extensive rosé collection, and awesome hugs from owner and chef Coralie Satta. The $3-4-5 happy hour menu is also awesome with $3 beer, $4 cocktails, and $5 appetizers. Happy hour runs 4 – 6 p.m. daily.
For more on Ghini’s happy hour specials, visit ghiniscafe.com.
With a focus on fresh, Harvest has lunch and dinner menus chalk full of delicious dishes. Happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to close daily, with half priced cocktails, $6 appetizers, $2 off beers and $2 off wine glasses. Their BBQ Pulled Pork sliders and variety of burgers and sandwiches are just a couple of reasons to visit if you haven’t already.
To learn more about Harvest’s happy hour, visit harvestov.com.
Though you’ll find steakhouse and barbecue staples such as burgers, ribs, and brisket, their twists on other dishes are what help them stand out. They have cherries aging in barrels with Templeton Rye, their bacon is smoked in house, and the beans are soaked for two days before cooking. For things outside of their kitchen, they keep it local. For example, their burger buns are made fresh daily a few doors down at La Baguette Parisienne. Happy hour runs 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily.
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Though Jonathan’s Cork identifies as a southwestern steakhouse and seafood restaurant, close inspection of the menu reveals strong Louisiana influence with various blackened items. Their happy hour includes bites ranging from $4 to $7 and draft beer at $1 off. Well drinks and house wines (chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon) are $5. Happy hour runs weekdays from 3-6:30 p.m. and weekends all day in the designated bar area.
Do you remember that Brady Bunch episode where the gang goes to Hawaii, and attracts the fancy of a tiki idol? Well we may have found all the tropical mystique with a serious dose of fun, right here in Tucson. Kon Tiki offers an extensive menu of drinks including Rum Punch and Pina Colada. Make sure to try the Scorpion Bowl, considered to be the “largest drink in the world.” Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, please visit Kon Tiki.
La Botana isn’t appealing from the street, but holy guacamole it’s a gem with the eats. Happy hour, which runs weekdays from 2 – 5 p.m. and 8 – 10 p.m., will leave you with a sizable food baby. Bites range from $5 to $10, while drink specials range from $3.50 to $15. However, keep in mind that the items at the higher end of the price range are for multiple people.
Walk past the fountain and gorgeous oasis of a courtyard and you’ll find the restaurant, which was a starting point for some of Tucson’s current notable chefs. Walk into the bar area and you’ll find the happy hour, where appetizers are $2 off the bar menu price, local draft beer is $3, and classic or prickly pear margaritas are $5. Happy hour runs 4 – 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
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I don’t need to say much to get you through the doors at Maynards. What’s a bit more unknown about the Downtown eatery is how great Maynard’s happy hour is. From 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, they feature a menu full of appetizers, pizzettes, cocktails, wines, and craft beer selections.
Happy hour favorites include:
For more information, visit their happy hour menu at maynardstucson.com.
1335 W. Lambert Ln., Oro Valley, AZ 85737
With over 175 different beers, including 28 draft beers, deciding what’s the perfect drink for your meal can be intimidating. If you enjoy beer but don’t have the beer knowledge yet, don’t worry — the online menu has suggested pairings and the staff is happy to provide pairings and personal picks. Happy hour runs 2 – 6 p.m. daily.
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North Italia, or simply North, is a classic Italian eatery with delicious pizza, pasta, salads, appetizers and drinks. Their happy hour, from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day Sunday, consists of $4 wine glasses, $16 sangria pitchers, $4 pints, $5 bruschettas, $8 daily or margherita pizzas, $10 Chef’s Boards and a $20 Bottle and Board special. They also offer half off wine bottles on Sunday as well.
For more on North’s happy hour, visit northitaliarestaurant.com.
With no shortage of bacon and Louisiana flair, the Parish is a fun place to eat. The dark wood furniture, pink and black walls, dainty chandeliers, quirky paintings adorning the walls, and occasional live music maintain the lively vibe. From 3 – 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, Parish’s happy hour has $5 noshes, $3 wells and drafts, $4 glasses of house wine, and $6 specialty cocktails.
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Located on University, Pasco is a go-to spot when you’re near UA’s campus and want a different experience. Pasco’s happy hour happens daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and features made to order specialty drinks and starters that will leave you wanting seconds.
To find more regarding Pasco’s happy hour deals, visit pascokitchen.com.
Located on Congress, Playground hosts its fair share of happy hour seekers. From 4 – 7 p.m. daily, Playground features $3 cocktails, $3 for all draft selections, and $3 off appetizers.
Several happy hour items include:
For more information, please visit playgroundtucson.com.
Available only in the lounge, PY’s happy hour offers half-off house cocktails, select whiskeys, and oysters. Shared plates such as the jumbo lump crab cakes and AZ grass-fed beef tartare are $4 off. Happy runs 4 – 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. – close Tuesday through Friday.
Special happy hour selections include:
For more information, visit casinodelsol.com.
If you haven’t been to Reforma yet, you should be kicking yourself. But wait, there’s hope. This south of the border cuisine features plenty of Mexican classics, while hosting a pretty sweet happy hour menu. Everyday from 3 to 6 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m., Reforma has their “Hora Feliz” with beers, margs, snacks, tacos, and more.
For more information on happy hour at Reforma, visit reformatucson.com.
Reilly’s has a menu full of delicious entrees from their Pappardelle, an oxtail pasta dish, to their Cavatelli with fennel sausage and braised kale. They also house terrific happy hour specials. From 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, they offer $1 off all beers, $5 house wines and $6 mini pizzas (which they clearly known).
For more regarding Reilly’s happy hour, visit reillypizza.com.
In addition to serving organic pizza, pasta, and salad, Renee’s Organic Oven offers happy hour all day on Tuesday and Sunday, and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every other day of the week. Drink specials include $2 off beer (excluding Iron John’s), $2 off cocktails, and $3 off wine by the glass. Food specials during happy hour run at $5 or $8, and $10 for flatbreads and boards.
For more regarding Renee’s happy hour, visit reneesorganicoven.com.
Sir Veza’s is known for their tacos while also serving up great Mexican-American cuisine. Their happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close everyday, and all day Sundays. They feature $3 draft pints, $3 stock margs, $3 cocktails, $3 house wine glasses and $6 off all beer pitchers. They also have a $5 “Buck Bets” menu with items such as chipotle quesadillas and diablo chicken sliders.
For more information regarding Sir Veza’s, visit sirvezas.com.
Steak. That’s all you need to know. Unless you come for Sullivan’s happy hour, one of the longer happy hours on the list. Offered only Wednesday and Thursday but from 4 p.m. to close, Sullivan’s happy hour features $7 signature drinks and bar menu items. From ahi tuna nachos to cheesesteak eggrolls, they’ve got a menu sure to impress.
For more on Sullivan’s happy hour, visit sullivanssteakhouse.com.
In addition to pizza, happy hour includes Italian small plates and tempting drink specials. Bites range from $5 to $8 and cocktail specials range from $6 to $8. Italian beers are $4, while the seasonal Iron John’s Brewing Company is $9. Glasses of wines range from $6 to $15. Wines are mostly Italian with a couple of California exceptions. The Pietro Rinaldi Winery wines are from his brother’s vineyard in Piemonte. Happy hour runs daily 3 – 7 p.m. in the designated bar and patio areas.
Happy hour favorites:
For information, visit our article on Tavolino Ristorante Italiano’s happy hour. Additional information is available at tavolinoristorante.com.
Simple food can be absolutely stunning with quality ingredients. At Time Market, even a simple baguette can be revelatory. Bites range from $3 to $5. Pints of beer and wine glasses are $1 off. Happy hour runs 3 – 6 p.m. daily.
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With hand crafted cocktails, over 30 beers on tap and a menu featuring pork chops, pot pie, fish & chips and chicken & waffles, it’s not unusual to find a crowd at Union, especially during happy hour. Everyday from 4 to 7 p.m. and 12 to 1 a.m., UPH’s “Social Hour” serves up great drinks and snacks like house made pretzels, pub chips and a variety of cocktails.
To find more about Union’s happy hour, visit uniontucson.com.
Though garlic has a reputation as an aggressive breath killer, it has become a backbone for countless cuisines across the globe. At Wild Garlic Grill, Chef Steven Schultz loves to let garlic shine with high-end extra virgin olive oil, fresh herbs, and wine sauces. Despite Schultz’s refined culinary background, he’s passionate about having quality food accessible to everyone. Most of the dinner entrees are under $15 with generous portions. Happy hour runs 3 p.m. – close Tuesday through Sunday.
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Zinburger is your old school burger joint with a spin. While using only certified Angus, their assortment ranges from the Zinburger to the Breakfast burger, with shakes, salads and sides also deserving attention. From 4 to 6 p.m. daily, they features half priced wine glasses and bottles, draft beers, sides and fries, and a $7 Plain & Simple burger (normally $9.50).
Happy hour items include:
For more on Zinburger, please go to zinburgeraz.com.
A modern themed Italian spot with artisan pizza and a vast wine selection, Zona 78 combines traditional dishes with unique ingredients giving patrons much to choose from. They offer happy hour Monday through Saturday 3 to 6 p.m. and includes half priced appetizers, $2 and $3 draft beers, $5 and $8 wine glasses and half off specialty and cocktails.
For more regarding Zona 78 and their happy hour deals, visit zona78.com.
If we missed your favorite happy hour spot, let us know in the comments!