Hot Happy Hour Picks In Tucson

Last modified on December 1st, 2016 at 10:51 am

Hola Hefeweizen from Barrio Brewing (Photo credit: Barrio Brewing)

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.

Agustín Kitchen

100 S. Avenida del Convento Suite #150
Agustin Kitchen Mussels (Credit: Gabriel Flores)

Agustin Kitchen Mussels (Credit: Gabriel Flores)

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.

Favorites include:

  • Classic Mussels ($12) – Served in a broth with garlic, Pernod, and shallot
  • Calamari ($8) – Red bell peppers, shishito peppers, onion, carrot, Mae Ploy, and black sesame seeds
  • Curried Daiquiri ($6) – light rum, Batavia Arrack, curry, lime, and rose water

For more information regarding happy hour items and pricing, visit our article on Agustin Kitchen’s happy hour. Additional information is available at agustinkitchen.com.

Barrio Brewing Co. 

800 E. 16th St.
Hola Hefeweizen from Barrio Brewing (Photo credit: Barrio Brewing)

Hola Hefeweizen from Barrio (Credit: Barrio Brewing)

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.

Standout options:

  • Beer Sponges ($2.25) – Two big, homemade pretzels, served with Barrio’s own nuclear beer mustard
  • Nachos ($4.75) – Homemade tortilla chips under tomatoes, green chili, black beans and topped with Monterey jack and cheddar cheeses, served with house salsa
  • Barrio Rojo, Barrio Blanco, HefeweizenMocha Java Stout Barrio Blonde are some options on tap

For more on Barrio’s happy hour, please visit barriobrewing.com.

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Blanco Tacos + Tequila

2905 E. Skyline Dr.
Tacos from Blanco (via Blanco)

Tacos at Blanco (Credit: Blanco)

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.

Favorites include:

  • Nachos ($3) – House chips, queso blanco, pico de gallo, black beans, cilantro, sour cream with cotija cheese
  • Crispy Shrimp “Po Boy” Torta ($4) – Chipotle mayo, pickled Fresno chili and green cabbage slaw
  • Oaxacan Shandy ($5) – Jose Cuervo Silver, Solerno Liqueur, pineapple, cilantro, Tecate lager

For more information regarding Blanco, visit foxrc.com/blanco-tacos-tequila.

BOCA Tacos y Tequila

828 E. Speedway Blvd.
Macho Taco with jalapeño shallot salsa, chickpea salsa, and chipotle peanut butter salsa at Boca (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Macho Taco with jalapeño shallot salsa, chickpea salsa, and chipotle peanut butter salsa at Boca (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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.

Choices include:

  • Chicken Taco ($1) or Carne Asada Taco ($1.50) – Chopped chicken steak, guac, cabbage, variety of salsas on choice of flour and corn tortillas
  • Tequila shots ($2), Margaritas ($5)

For more on Boca’s happy hour, visit bocatacos.com.

Cafe a La C’Art

150 N. Main Ave
Strawberry Jalapeño Lemonade, Smirnoff & Club Soda from Cafe a La C'Art

Strawberry Jalapeño Lemonade, Smirnoff & Club Soda (Credit: Cafe a La C’Art)

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.

Featured items:

  • Steamed Mussels ($5) – With basil, red peppers, red curry, coconut milk, carrot, red onion, white wine
  • Fried Avocado ($5) – Panko crusted and served with chipotle aioli
  • Las Palomas ($9) – El Jimador Reposado tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice, with a salted rim

For more information, please visit cafealacarttucson.com.

The Canyon’s Crown

6958 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ
Pub footballs at Canyon's Crown (Credit: The Canyon's Crown)

Pub footballs at Canyon’s Crown (Credit: The Canyon’s Crown)

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.

Favorites:

  • Pub Footballs ($6.50) – Jalapeños stuffed with smoked shrimp cream cheese, wrapped with bacon and drizzled with honey soy sauce
  • Scotch Eggs ($6.25) – Hardboiled eggs wrapped in breakfast sausage covered in breadcrumbs and fried. Served with spicy English mustard or honey mustard
  • Top Shelf Tea ($6.00) – Belvedere Citrus, 10 Cane rum, Bombay Sapphire, Cointreau, sweet and sour with a splash of Pepsi

For more regarding The Canyon’s Crown, visit canyonscrown.com.

Commoner & Co.

6960 E. Sunrise Dr.
Duck Empanadas at Commoner & Co. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Duck Empanadas at Commoner & Co. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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.

Happy hour favorites:

  • Rosé All Day ($8) – Rosé, Hendricks gin, St. Germain, and strawberries
  • Duck Empanadas ($3 each) – Roasted duck and smoked Gouda in tender, flaky crust served with golden raisin red chili jam, and cilantro créme fraîche
  • The Suit ($8, add $2 for another patty, $1 for bacon) – House-made sesame bun, beef patty, American cheese, horseradish pickles, shaved yellow onion, and dijonnaise

For information, visit our article on Commoner & Co.’s happy hour. Additional information is available at commonertucson.com.

Dante’s Fire

2526 E. Grant Rd.
Charcuterie Plate from Dante's Fire

Charcuterie Plate from Dante’s Fire

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.

Standout choices:

  • Truffled Tomato Burrata ($7) – Burrata cheese, balsamic vinegar, smoked sea salt, olive oil, shaved black truffle
  • Thai Curry Shrimp ($7) – Comes with jasmine rice, tomatoes, basil cucumber, curry
  • Dante’s Inferno ($6) – Habanero cilantro tequila, Cointreau, Sriracha, fresh sour and house made Bloody Mary mix

For more on Dante’s drink and dining specials, please visit dantesfireaz.com.

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Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails

135 S. 6th Ave.
Oaxacan fries with mole at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Oaxacan fries with mole at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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.

Specials include:

  • Oaxaca Fries w. Mole ($5) – Served with roast pork, queso Oaxaca, scallions
  • Downtown Burger ($9) – House made with mushrooms, foie gras, Manchego cheese, bacon, caramelized onion on a torta bun and fries

Visit downtownkitchen.com‘s happy hour menu for more information.

Elliott’s On Congress

135 E. Congress St.
credit: Elliott’s on Congress

Credit: Elliott’s on Congress

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.

Featured items:

  • Bacon Ragoon ($4)
  • Two Duck Sliders ($6) – Shredded duck sliders on brioche buns with onion crisps and choice of orange-chili or chipotle BBQ sauce
  • Jalapeño Vodka-Rita ($4.50) – Jalapeño vodka, lime, triple-sec, sweet & sour mix, agave nectar and a splash of O.J

For more about Elliott’s On Congress, visit elliottsoncongress.com.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

6360 N. Campbell Ave
Rye Whiskey Sour from Fleming's (via Fleming's Steakhouse)

Rye Whiskey Sour from Fleming’s (Credit: Fleming’s Steakhouse)

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.

Highlighted items:

  • Blueberry Lemon Drop – Pinnacle blueberry vodka, candied lemon, fresh blueberry
  • Peach Harvest Mule – Svedka peach vodka, Fever Tree ginger beer, stone fruit, ginger spice
  • Filet Mignon Flatbread – Danish blue and monterey jack cheeses, red onion confit

For more on Fleming’s happy hour specials, visit flemingssteakhouse.com.

Ghini’s French Caffe

1803 E. Prince Rd.
Ghini's French Caffe (Credit: Ghini's)

Croque Monsieur (Credit: Ghini’s French Caffe)

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.

Specials include:

  • Lavender Lemon Drop ($4) – House-made lavender lemonade, vodka, and lavender sugar-sea salt
  • Croque Monsieur ($5) – Thinly sliced ham, layered with béchamel, gruyere, and parmesan cheese baked on their box French bread
  • Moules Marinieres & Moules du Jour ($5) – Mussels in a garlic and white wine sauce with angel hair pasta, basil baguettes, and the chef’s flavor of the week

For more on Ghini’s happy hour specials, visit ghiniscafe.com.

Harvest Restaurant

10355 N. La Cañada Dr.
Charcuterie board from Harvest (via Harvest)

Charcuterie board from Harvest (Credit: Harvest)

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.

Noteworthy items:

  • Greek Tacos ($6) – Grass-fed lamb in a grilled pita with tzatziki, tomatoes, lettuce, red onion, feta cheese
  • Honey Lick ($4.50) – Gin, Sonoran honey, fresh lemon juice, with a honey rim
  • Southern Sour ($4.50) – Whiskey bourbon, sweet & sour mix, hint of jalapeño, red wine float

To learn more about Harvest’s happy hour, visit harvestov.com.

The Horseshoe Grill

7713 E. Broadway Blvd.
Shrimp Cocktail at the Horseshoe Grill (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Shrimp Cocktail at the Horseshoe Grill (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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.

Happy hour favorites:

  • THG Margarita ($7) –  Herradura Blanco, Cointreau, jalapeño simple syrup, Damiana liqueur
  • Grilled and Chilled Shrimp Cocktail ($10) – Colossal shrimp with house horseradish sauce and lemon
  • Smoked Wings ($6 for 6) – Available in buffalo, barbecue, garlic parmesan, and dry rub

For information, visit our article on The Horseshoe Grill’s happy hour. Additional information is available at thehorseshoetucson.com.

Jonathan’s Cork

6320 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Sautéed mushrooms at Jonathan's Cork (Credit: Alexander Landeen)

Sautéed mushrooms at Jonathan’s Cork (Credit: Alexander Landeen)

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.

Noteworthy items:

  • Blackened Calamari ($6) – Calamari steak with lemon butter
  • Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp ($7) – Shrimp stuffed with queso fresco, wrapped with jalapeño bacon, and topped with a red chile cream sauce
  • Sautéed Mushrooms ($5) – Mushrooms sautéed in butter with spice and red wine

To learn more about happy hour Jonathan’s Cork, visit our article on their happy hour. Additional information is available at harvestov.com.

Kon Tiki

4625 E Broadway Blvd
Kon Tiki (Photo Credit: Kon Tiki)

Kon Tiki (Photo Credit: Kon Tiki)

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.

Standout items: 

  • Monkeys On A Stick ($1.25) – A Kon Tiki classic, tender cubes of sirloin skewered, marinated and charbroiled, served with teriyaki glaze.
  • Sliders ($9.75) – Kahlua pulled pork with teriyaki, spicy chicken, BBQ pulled pork, hamburger.
  • Koko Pino ($5.50) – Tropical pineapple and coconut blended with shaved ice and fine rum.

For more information, please visit Kon Tiki.

La Botana Fresco Grill & Cantina

3200 N. 1st Ave.
Michelada at La Botana Fresco Grill & Cantina (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Michelada at La Botana Fresco Grill & Cantina (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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.

Standout items: 

  • Michelada Botana ($5) – Their house michelada mix is irresistibly savory and refreshing, worth ordering a second mug
  • Queso Blanco Fundido ($5) – Hot plate of stretchy cheese with chorizo and mushrooms, served with tortillas
  • Muuucho Margarita ($15) – Two 42-ounce margaritas on the rocks

For more information, check out our article on La Botana’s happy hour. Additional information is available at labotanagrill.com.

Lodge on the Desert

306 N. Alvernon Way
Whiskey Glazed Roasted Veal Bone Marrow at Lodge on the Desert (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Whiskey Glazed Roasted Veal Bone Marrow at Lodge on the Desert (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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.

Happy hour favorites:

  • Prickly Pear Margarita ($5) – Fresh house-squeezed juices
  • The Cutting Board ($14) – Rotating meats and cheeses, chili-lime cashews, Lodge pickles, marinated olives, and slices of toasted baguette
  • Whiskey-Glazed Roasted Veal Bone Marrow ($8) is served with tomato jam, wilted kale, and slices of toasted baguette

For more information, check out our article on Lodge on the Desert’s happy hour. Additional information is at lodgeonthedesert.com.

Maynards Market & Kitchen

400 N. Toole Ave
Pizzettes from Maynards (Credit: Maynards Market)

Pizzettes from Maynards (Credit: Maynards Market)

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:

  • Steak Tartare ($7) – Chopped strip sirloin, house made potato chips, dressed watercress
  • The Burger ($7) – A blend of Niman Ranch short rib, chuck roast, and brisket, butter lettuce, tomato, cornichons, pickled red onion on a local potato bun
  • Tequila’s Dirty Sister ($7) – Altos Reposado, raspberry habanero shrub, fresh orange juice, spray of Bacanora

For more information, visit their happy hour menu at maynardstucson.com.

Noble Hops

1335 W. Lambert Ln., Oro Valley, AZ 85737

Chef's Board at Noble Hops (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chef’s Board at Noble Hops (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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.

Happy hour favorites:

  • Buttered Pretzels ($7) – Champagne stone-ground mustard, brown butter, and creamy kölsch and white cheddar fondue are available for dipping
  • The Red Skins ($8) – red potato skins stuffed with sweet pork belly, four-year aged cheddar, and roasted jalapeños, then topped with charred onion sour cream and crispy onion rings
  • The Chef’s Board ($19) – bountiful with artisanal cheeses, salumi, olives, crostini, whipped butter, and seasonal fruits and veggies

For more information, check out our article on Noble Hops’ happy hour. Additional information is at noblehopspub.com.

North Italia

2995 E. Skyline Dr.
Chef's board at North Italia (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chef’s board at North Italia (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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.

Popular items:

  • Bruschetta ($5) – With choice of prosciutto, tomato or goat cheese
  • Bottle & Board ($20) – Choose from pizza, bruschetta or chef’s board (meats, cheeses, olives), with a bottle of red or white wine
  • Margherita Pizza ($8)

For more on North’s happy hour, visit northitaliarestaurant.com.

The Parish

6453 N. Oracle Rd.
Bacon popcorn from Parish (via The Parish)

Bacon popcorn from Parish (Credit: The Parish)

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.

Popular options:

  • Hushpuppies ($5) – Sweet & spicy and fried to perfection with green onion dipping sauce
  • Dutch Well Water ($6) – House-infused cucumber tequila, lime, peach bitters, and lavender water
  • Front Porch Tea ($6) – Georgia peach vodka, lemon, green tea, and mint

For information, visit our article on Parish’s happy hour. Additional information is available at theparishtucson.com.

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Pasco Kitchen & Lounge

820 E. University Blvd.
Happy hour items at Pasco Kitchen & Lounge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Boss Lady’s Strawberry Fields’ Shift Drink, Barrel-Aged Negroni, Father Kino, T-Town Nachos, BBQ Chicken Flatbread, and Ceviche at Pasco Kitchen & Lounge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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.

Highlighted items:

  • BBQ Grilled Chicken Flatbread ($5) – Organic flour flatbread, Mexican cheese, Ancho chile BBQ sauce, stewed chicken, roasted jalapeños
  • The Roasted Rickey ($5) – Roasted chili infused gin, freshly muddled cilantro, house made sweet and sour mix
  • Hemingway ($5) – Cubano white rum, fresh lime, house made grapefruit jam, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur

To find more regarding Pasco’s happy hour deals, visit pascokitchen.com.

Playground Bar & Lounge

278 E. Congress St.
Veggie Nachos at Playground Bar & Lounge

Veggie Nachos at Playground

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:

  • Glory Curds ($6) – Fresh cheddar curds crisped and served with Sriracha ketchup
  • Veggie Nachos ($6) – Green & yellow squash, tomato, red onion, corn, adobo beans, nacho cheese, queso fresco
  • Prime Fries ($10) – Prime rib, caramelized onions, cheese sauce over french fries

For more information, please visit playgroundtucson.com.

PY Steakhouse

5655 W. Valencia Rd.
E & R Crispy Pig's Face at PY Steakhouse (Credit: Jackie Tran)

E & R Crispy Pig’s Face at PY Steakhouse (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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:

  • French Cowboy ($6) – Pear-infused cognac, rancio sec, lime, honey, black truffle, absinthe
  • Mexican Liberace ($6) – Blackberry-infused mezcal, Suze, vanilla cinnamon syrup, lemon, soda
  • Rickhouse James ($5) – Bulleit Rye, spiced pear, passionfruit, lime, cardamom

For more information, visit casinodelsol.com.

Reforma Cocina y Cantina

4310 N. Campbell Ave.
Tacos at Reforma Cocina Y Cantina in Tucson

Tacos at Reforma

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.

Standout items:

  • Nixtamal Quesadilla ($6) – Longaniza chorizo, potato, queso fresco in a corn tortilla
  • Vampiro ($6) – Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver, housemade sangrita, fresh lime juice, salt, grapefruit soda
  • Sangria Roja/Blanca ($6) – House red or white wine, brandy, marinated fresh fruit

For more information on happy hour at Reforma, visit reformatucson.com.

Reilly Craft Pizza & Beer

101 E. Pennington St.
Tough Luck Cup at Reilly Basement Bar (aka Tough Luck Club)

Tough Luck Cup at Reilly Basement Bar (aka Tough Luck Club)

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).

Popular items:

  • Yukon Gold Potato ($6) – Mozzarella and pecorino cheeses, roasted garlic, rosemary
  • Arugula & Prosciutto ($6) – With mozzarella and fontina cheeses
  • Stronghold Session & Ojo Blanco ($4/pint) – Dragoon Brewing Co.

For more regarding Reilly’s happy hour, visit reillypizza.com.

Renee’s Organic Oven

7065 E. Tanque Verde Road
Miel de Vida Cocktail at Renee's Organic Oven (Credit: Renee's Organic Oven)

Miel de Vida Cocktail at Renee’s Organic Oven (Credit: Renee’s Organic Oven)

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.

Highlighted items:

  • Black Bean Tostada ($5) – Organic beans with cheddar, salsa fresca, avocado, and organic greens
  • Vegan Flatbread ($10) – Brushed with olive oil and garlic, zucchini, roasted peppers, carmelized onions, fresh basil and chives, and organic marinara
  • Homemade Hummus ($5) – Served with fresh baked organic bread, Feta, Kalamata olives, and local organic chèvre

For more regarding Renee’s happy hour, visit reneesorganicoven.com.

Sir Veza’s Taco Garage

220 W. Wetmore Rd.
Tacos from Sir Veza's (Credit: Sir Veza's Taco Garage)

Tacos from Sir Veza’s (Credit: Sir Veza’s Taco Garage)

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.

Popular items:

  • Prickly Pear BBQ Sliders ($5) – Slow cooked pork carnitas, local prickly pear BBQ sauce, house made slaw
  • Sting Rays ($5) – Jalapeño cream cheese stuffed pacifico battered chiles with applewood bacon and soy sauce
  • Super Stock Fruit Margarita ($3) – Silver tequila, fresh lime, natural citrus, choice of strawberry, mango and mixed berry

For more information regarding Sir Veza’s, visit sirvezas.com.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

1785 E. River Rd.
Martinis from Sullivan's (credit: Sullivan's)

Martinis from Sullivan’s (Credit: Sullivan’s)

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.

Favorites:

  • Steak Flatbread – With blue cheese, cherry peppers, mozzarella, balsamic glazed onions
  • Raspberry Peach Bellini – Raspberry peach Grand Marnier, sparkling wine, raspberry and peach puree
  • Asian Plum Martini – Pearl plum vodka, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, house made lemon sour

For more on Sullivan’s happy hour, visit sullivanssteakhouse.com.

Tavolino Ristorante Italiano

2890 E. Skyline Dr.
Burrata pizza (Credit: Tavolino Ristorante Italiano)

Burrata pizza (Credit: Tavolino Ristorante Italiano)

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:

  • Ligurian-style sardenaira pizza ($6) – Thicker crust, similar to focaccia, is topped with tomato sauce, olives, garlic, anchovies, and oregano
  • Arancini ($5) – Fried risotto balls stuffed with smoked mozzarella in a spicy sugo
  • Tavolino Lemon Drop ($8) – vodka, house-made limoncello, and basil

For information, visit our article on Tavolino Ristorante Italiano’s happy hour. Additional information is available at tavolinoristorante.com.

Time Market

444 E. University Blvd.
Burrata at Time Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Burrata at Time Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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.

Happy hour favorites:

  • Perrito Calladito ($5) – Masa-based hush puppies plated with tangy hot salsa and cilantro-lime crema and sprinkled with flaky sea salt
  • Arancini ($4) – Breaded shallot and white wine risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella, plated with basil and lemon oil, and topped with a light grating of cheese
  • Burrata ($5) – House-made mozzarella stuffed with house ricotta, drizzled with olive oil, topped with hand-torn basil, and served with brioche crackers

For information, visit our article on Time Market’s happy hour. Additional information is available at timemarket.xyz.

Union Public House

4340 N. Campbell Ave
Pretzels at Union Public House (Credit: Union Public House)

Pretzels at Union Public House

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.

Favorites:

  • Pub Chips ($5) – Potato crisps with blue cheese, pork belly, chives, mornay sauce
  • Mac & Cheese ($5) – Baked cavatappi, leek crema, white cheddar, black pepper crust
  • Moscow Mule ($6) – Smirnoff vodka, ginger beer, lime

To find more about Union’s happy hour, visit uniontucson.com.

Wild Garlic Grill

2530 N. 1st Ave.
Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels in a white wine garlic tomato beurre blanc and Roasted Garlic Fries at Wild Garlic Grill (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels and Roasted Garlic Fries at Wild Garlic Grill (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

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.

Happy hour favorites:

  • OG Summer Day ($6) – Choose from house-infused cucumber vodka or Hendricks gin to mix with freshly muddled basil, cucumber, lime, and sweet and sour
  • Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels ($9.95) – Mussels cooked with white wine, tomatoes, beurre blanc, and garlic.
  • Gilroy garlic Swiss fondue with fresh-baked sourdough bread ($7)

For information, visit our article on Wild Garlic Grill’s happy hour. Additional information is available at wildgarlicgrill.com.

Zinburger

6390 E. Grant Rd.
Spicy Green Chile Fries at Zinburger in Tucson

Spicy Green Chile Fries at Zinburger

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:

  • “Loaded” Fries ($3.50) – Topped with Applewood smoked baked, cheese sauce, sour cream and chives
  • Barrio “Tucson Blonde”Lumberyard “Hefeweizen”Four Peaks “Kilt Lifter” and San Tan Brewing “Hop Shock IPA” ($2.75/16oz)

For more on Zinburger, please go to zinburgeraz.com.

Zona 78

7301 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Charcuterie Plate from Zona 78

Chef’s Board from Zona 78

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.

Popular items:

  •  Wild Caught Calamari ($6) – With fennel, garlic, red chili flake, San Marzano cream sauce, onion and a slice of ciabatta
  • Bianco Pizza ($5) – Truffle oil, mozzarella, garlic, parmesan, black pepper
  • TriBeCa ($4.50) – High West whiskey, Carpano Sweet vermouth, maraschino cherries, amaro, orange twist

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!

Sarah Pelfini is Tucson Foodie's 2015 summer intern. She is currently studying journalism and Chinese at the University of Arizona.
  • Katie D

    The burger at Sullivan’s is on the happy hour menu. It’s the steak that’s not.

  • Mark S.

    Can’t forget about Elliott’s downtown. They’ve got a really good happy hour every day too.

  • Doc L

    Thanks for posting this. I’ve been looking for a good list of HH places with hours and some of their specials.

  • Dave

    “$_ off ___” is slightly more useful than useless.

    Slightly.

    • Where are you referring to?

      • Dave

        Barrio(s), Canyon’s Crown, Dante’s Fire, Elliot’s… and that’s just the first 5.

  • Steph

    Pasco on University Blvd has one of the best happy hours I’ve ever been to.