Hot Happy Hour Picks In Tucson

Last modified on November 19th, 2018 at 9:53 am

Oh the joys of cheaper drinks in the early evening  — a.k.a. happy hour.

If you find yourself wanting to quench your thirst at value while enjoying delicious eats, check out our picks for killer happy hour specials in Tucson.

47 Scott • Scott & Co.

47 N. Scott Ave.
(Photo Credit: 47 Scott/Facebook)

(Photo Credit: 47 Scott/Facebook)

47 Scott needs no introduction, but we’ll be brief. The quality of food and drinks is exceptional, the interior moody and en trend, and the service cannot be faulted. Find out for yourself by hitting up happy hour with $4 craft beer on draft, $6 house red or white, and discounted select cocktails. The bar bites are all fantastic, seriously, order them all.

Favorites include:

  • Vagabond ($5)
  • Pomes Frites ($4)
  • Fried Cauliflower($7)

For more information, visit 47scott.com.

Agustin Kitchen

100 S. Avenida del Convento Ste. 150

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 start at $4, cocktail specials are $6, house wines are $5, and select beers are $4. Happy hour runs daily from 3 to 6 p.m.

Favorites include:

  • Classic Mussels ($18) – Served in a broth with garlic, house anisette, and shallot
  • Calamari ($11) – Sweet peppers, onion, carrot, Mae Ploy, and black sesame seeds
  • El Peppino Presco ($6) – tequila, elderflower liqueur, lime, and simple

For more information, visit 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 is a local favorite for helping put Tucson beer on the map. They also offer really tasty food to pair with a great happy hour. Monday through Friday 3 to 7 p.m., Barrio features half-priced appetizers and $1 off glasses of wine, cocktails, and draft beers.

Standout options from the half-off appetizers:

  • Beer Sponges ($2.25) – Two big, homemade pretzels, served with Barrio’s own nuclear beer mustard
  • Buffalo Wings ($4.25) – Available in four sauces: tequila-cilantro, medium spicy-cayenne, or wicked hot habanero sauce. Served with buttermilk ranch.
  • Barrio Rojo, Barrio Blanco, HefeweizenMocha Java Stout Barrio Blonde are some of the options on tap

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

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 $6 margaritas, $5 sangrias and wine glasses, $4 beers and tortas, and $3.50 tacos.

Favorites include:

  • Nachos ($4) – 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 ($6) – Jose Cuervo Silver, Solerno Liqueur, pineapple, cilantro, Tecate lager

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

BOCA Tacos y Tequila

533 N. Fourth Ave.
BOCA Balls at BOCA Tacos y Tequila (Credit: Jackie Tran)

BOCA Balls at BOCA Tacos y Tequila (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 4 to 6 p.m. daily, Boca offers $1.50 Carne Asada and veggie 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:

  • Carne Asada Taco ($1.50) – Chopped steak, guac, cabbage, a variety of salsas on your choice of flour and corn tortillas
  • Veggie Taco ($1.50) – Sautéed mushrooms, onions, serrano peppers, cilantro and melted cheese, served with guac, cabbage, a variety of salsas on your choice of flour and corn tortillas (or cabbage wrap)
  • Tequila shots ($2), Margaritas ($5)

For more information, visit bocatacos.com.

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Cafe a La C’Art

150 N. Main Ave.

Here's the perfect appetizer to start off your meal. Our Grilled Shrimp & Street Corn appetizer combines shrimp, avocado, cotija cheese, pico de gallo, corn tortilla strips, & cholula crema.

Posted by Cafe a la C'Art / Carte Blanche Catering on Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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 Saturday, the cafe features an entire menu with $7 for all appetizers, $2 off all bottled beer, $5 margaritas, $3 off flights, and $2 off glasses of house wine.

From New York strip steak to braised beef brisket tacos, happy hour isn’t the only reason to stop by.

Keep a lookout for the winter menu, launching in a week or so.

Featured menu items:

  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts ($7) – Seared pork belly and pomegranate molasses
  • Grilled Shrimp & Street Corn ($7) – With avocado, cotija cheese, pico de gallo, corn tortilla strips, and cholula crema

For more information, visit cafealacarttucson.com.

The Canyon’s Crown

6958 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
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 hours from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close daily. It features $1 off all starters, beers, wines, and wells.

Favorites include:

  • Pub Footballs ($8) – Jalapeños stuffed with smoked shrimp cream cheese, wrapped with bacon and drizzled with honey soy sauce
  • Scotch Eggs ($7) – Hardboiled eggs wrapped in breakfast sausage covered in breadcrumbs and fried. Served with spicy English mustard or honey mustard

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

Commoner & Co.

6960 E. Sunrise Dr.
The Suit at Commoner & Co. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Suit at Commoner & Co. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chef Kyle Nottingham — chef and partner at Commoner and Co. and sister-restaurant Prep & Pastry — highlights simplicity in the rustic cuisine on the menu. He strikes the balance between style and substance using exceptional ingredients without being too pretentious.

Select menu items are $2 off. Happy hour runs from 2 – 6 p.m. on Sunday, and 4 – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Happy hour favorites:

  • The Suit ($9) – House-made sesame bun, double beef patty, thick-cut bacon, American cheese, horseradish pickles, shaved yellow onion, and dijonnaise
  • Melon Gimlet ($8) – Vodka, cantaloupe and lime

For more information, visit commonertucson.com.

Culinary Dropout

2543 E. Grant Rd.
Assorted items at Culinary Dropout Grant Road Lumber Yard (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Culinary Dropout Pretzels (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Culinary Dropout is a place where “food and music are life.” How about a beer and pre-dinner snacks at a trendy bar with live music? Just say yes.

The Happy hour specials run Thursday through Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. They offer light bites, larger-portioned snacks, and “genuinely cheap drinks” — consisting of $5 wine, $4 draught pints,  and $4 wells.

Top picks:

  • Prezels and Fondue ($7) 
  • Sangria ($4) 

For more information, visit culinarydropout.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 adding a unique twist. Happy hour is no different. From 4 to 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., they offer $1 off specialty cocktails, $2 off house wines, $3 bottled beers, and $4 drafts. 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, and a coconut curry
  • Mojito Diabolique ($8) – Reposado Mexican Moonshine Tequila, mint, lime, brown sugar, lemon-lime

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

DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails

135 S. Sixth Ave.
Downtown Burger at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Downtown Burger at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails (Credit: Jackie Tran)

DOWNTOWN is another popular restaurant with fusion tastes from around the globe.  The Calamari — with mango, candied ginger, and peanuts — and their Dark Chocolate Jalapeño Ice Cream Sundae are just two dishes sure to make you stop by even when it isn’t happy hour.

Happy hour is offered daily from 4 to 6 p.m. at the bar and on the patio with $3.50 drafts, $5.50 house red and white wines, $5.50 select cocktails and an entire menu to boot.

Specials include:

  • Calamari ($9) – Served with candied ginger, mango, roasted Spanish peanuts, watercress, and green chile vinaigrette
  • Downtown Burger ($10) – House made with mushrooms, smoked poblano chiles, Manchego cheese, bacon, caramelized onion on a torta bun, and fries

For more information, visit downtownkitchen.com.

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 hours from 4 to 7 p.m. daily and again from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, with $3.75 house-infused vodkas, $2.75 wells, and $1 off craft and imported beers.

Featured items:

  • Three Jalapeño Boats ($4.50) – Jalapeños loaded with a mix of cream cheese, cheddar, shrimp, bacon and a sweet agave drizzle over the top
  • Four Bacon Ragoon ($5.50) – Wontons stuffed with cream cheese, bacon, jalapeño-bacon and green onions. Served with a mango-habanero sauce
  • Two Duck Sliders ($7) – Shredded duck sliders on brioche buns with onion crisps and choice of orange-chili or chipotle BBQ sauce

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

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

6360 N. Campbell Ave.

This steakhouse in the foothills 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.

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This French eatery is famous for its Eggs Provençal, extensive rosé collection, and awesome hugs from owner and chef Coralie Satta. Happy hour runs 4 – 6 p.m. every Friday and Saturday with $1 off glasses of wine, $5 off bottles of wine, $5 cocktails, $4 bottled beers, and $6 appetizers and small plates.

Specials include:

  • Creamy Cinnamon Iced Coffee ($5) – House-made cinnamon vodka, cream and espresso. Served hot or cold
  • Croque Monsieur ($6) – Thinly sliced ham, layered with béchamel, gruyere, and parmesan cheese baked on their box French bread. Served with organic greens or kettle chips
  • Moules Marinieres & Moules du Jour ($6) – 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.

Good Oak Bar

316 E. Congress St.

This cozy space on Congress does not disappoint. Expect the seats to be filled, snaps happening at the photo booth (props included), and orders of specialty drinks.

Happy hour is from 4 – 6 p.m. everyday, and 10 – midnight Sunday to Thursday. Beer and wine is half off and cans are $2. Additional food and drink specials are to be announced.

Notable mentions:

  • Fried Pickles a.k.a. Frickles — according to Jackie Tran, these spears are “easily the best in town”
  • Sonoran Old Fashioned —Tequila, local honey, and lemon

For more information, visit goodoakbar.com.

 

Harvest Restaurant

10355 N. La Cañada Dr. • 5605 E. River Rd.
Charcuterie board from Harvest (via Harvest)

Charcuterie board from Harvest (Credit: Harvest)

With a focus on fresh, Harvest has lunch and dinner menus chock-full of delicious dishes. Happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. daily, with $1 off well drinks, and $2 off beer, wine, house concoctions (cocktails) and appetizers. Their variety of burgers and sandwiches are just a couple of reasons to visit if you haven’t already.

Noteworthy items:

  • Mediterranean Tacos ($7.90) – Gyro meat with tzatziki sauce, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, red onions, feta cheese and greek olives
  • Bruschetta ($7.90) – Crostinis topped with house-made mozzarella, house-made pistachio pesto, a relish of artichoke hearts & capers, fresh marinated tomato compote, drizzled with aged balsamic

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 twist on other dishes is 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 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday with $2 domestic beers, $4 well drinks, and $5 house wine, margaritas, Bloody Marys, and draught beer.

Happy hour favorites:

  • Grilled and Chilled Shrimp Cocktail ($6.50) – Colossal shrimp with house horseradish sauce and lemon
  • Smoked Wings ($6 for 8) – Mesquite smoked and fried chicken wings perfectly seasoned and accompanied with celery and carrot sticks.

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 $5.50 to $9, and draft beer at $1 off. Well drinks and house wines (chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon) are $5. Happy hour runs weekdays until 6:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. to close on weekends in the designated bar area.

Noteworthy items:

  • Blackened Calamari ($7:50) – Calamari steak with lemon butter
  • Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp ($9) – Shrimp stuffed with queso fresco, wrapped with jalapeño bacon, and topped with a red chile cream sauce
  • Sautéed Mushrooms ($6) – 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 jonathanscork.com.

Kingfisher

2564 E. Grant Rd.

Dine or drink in style at this dimly-lit, quiet spot perfect for date-night. Kingfisher just launched their fall/winter menu where Vegetable Risotto, Grilled Sea Bass, coconut and apricot flavors come out to play.

In other exciting news, happy hour at Kingfisher is from Monday to Friday, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 6:30 on Saturday and Sunday. Reverse happy hour is from 10 p.m. – midnight, nightly.

They offer $2 off all wines by the glass, specialty drinks, and well drinks. The steamed clams, mussels and shrimp (grilled or chilled) are $5 off, and oysters are $2-2.25 each. Get slurping!

For more information, visit kingfishertucson.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 ($6) – Tropical pineapple and coconut blended with shaved ice and fine rum.

For more information, please visit Kon Tiki.

La Botana Tacos + Patios + Amigos

3200 N. First Ave. • 5526 E. Grant Rd.
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 p.m. – close, will leave you with a sizable food baby. Bites are $6 and $7, while drink specials range starting from $6.49. However, keep in mind that the items at the higher end of the price range are for a group of people.

Standout items: 

  • Happy Michelada ($6.49) – Their house michelada mix is irresistibly savory and refreshing, worth ordering a second mug
  • Happy Quesadilla Botana ($6.99) – Grilled Adobo chicken with mushrooms, poblanos, tomatoes, and queso blanco.
  • La Clasica Grande Margarita ($16.99) – Two 42-ounce margaritas on the rocks

For more information,visit labotanagrill.com.

Lodge on the Desert

306 N. Alvernon Way

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 dreft beer is $4 and select wine is $5 by the glass. Happy hour runs 3 – 6 p.m. daily.

For more information and to view their seasonally changing menu, visit 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. Tuesday through Saturday, they feature a menu full of appetizers, pizzettes, cocktails, wines, and craft beer selections. If that’s not enough, there’s a reverse happy hour from 10 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Happy hour favorites include:

  • Steak Tartare ($9) – Chopped strip sirloin, house-made potato chips, dressed watercress
  • The Burger ($10) – Arizona-raised ground chuck, herbed butter bun, pickled red onion, butter lettuce, tomato, cornichons and pommes frites
  • 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.
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 ($9) – Champagne stone-ground mustard, brown butter, and creamy kölsch and white cheddar fondue are available for dipping
  • Potato Skins ($11) – potato skins with braised pork belly, house cheese sauce, fried capers, white truffle oil and parsley
  • The Chef’s Board ($21) – 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 $5 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.

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.

Playground Bar & Lounge

278 E. Congress St.
Happy hour specials at Playground Bar & Lounge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Happy hour specials at Playground Bar & Lounge (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Located on Congress, Playground hosts its fair share of happy hour seekers. From 4 – 7 p.m. daily, they’re offering a different “Cocktail of the Week” for just $5, along with a new food menu, as well. It’s $1 off draft beer and wine or well drinks coming in at $4 each.

Happy hour items include:

  • Hummus ($6) – Grilled zucchini, squash, pita, carrot, and cucumber
  • Turkey Sammie ($9) – Mesquite smoked turkey, bacon, tomato, avocado, roasted green chili, and Serrano cream cheese. Served with ketel chips
  • Carne Asada Fries ($10) – Grilled steak, verde cheese sauce, caramelized onion, pico, sour cream, and cilantro

For more information, please visit playgroundtucson.com.

PY Steakhouse

5655 W. Valencia Rd.
Oysters with shallot mignonette, traditional cocktail sauce, house-fermented habanero hot sauce (Credit: PY Steakhouse)

Oysters with shallot mignonette, traditional cocktail sauce, house-fermented habanero hot sauce (Credit: PY Steakhouse)

Available only in the lounge, PY’s happy hour offers $4 draft beers, $6 signature cocktails and classics, $5 select whiskies, $8 select wines by the glass, and half off oysters. Happy runs 4 – 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Special happy hour selections include:

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

For more information, visit casinodelsol.com.

Reforma Cocina y Cantina

4310 N. Campbell Ave. Ste. 101
Margarita options at Reforma Cocina Y Cantina include De La Casa, Blood Orange, Tamarindo, Prickly Pear, Mango Habañero, and Cucumber Mint

Margaritas at Reforma (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

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. Reforma has their “Hora Feliz” with $3 and $4 select draft and bottled beer, $5 house wine, $6 house margs, nachos, tacos, and more.

Standout items:

  • Cheese Quesadilla ($5) – Three Flour tortillas with Monterey Jack, Manchego, and house salsa
  • 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 & Drink

101 E. Pennington St.

Reilly has a menu full of delicious entrées from their Pappardelle, an oxtail pasta dish, to their Cavatelli with fennel sausage and braised kale. They also house terrific happy hour specials. In the dining room, from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, they offer $1 off all beers, $5 house wines, $1 off house cocktails, and $7 mini pizzas. This is extended — minus the pizzas — from 10 p.m. to midnight and all day Sunday in the Beer Garden.

Beneath Reilly, at Tough Luck Club, happy hour is from Monday to Friday, 5 to 7 p.m., and a reverse happy hour from 10 p.m. to midnight, and all day Sunday (with $6 cocktails).

Popular items:

  • Yukon Gold Potato Pizzetta ($7) – Mozzarella and pecorino cheeses, roasted garlic, rosemary
  • Arugula & Prosciutto Pizzetta ($7) – With mozzarella and fontina cheeses
  • Stronghold Session & Ojo Blanco ($5/pint) – Dragoon Brewing Co.

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

Renee’s Organic Oven

7065 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
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 $6 or $11.

Highlighted items:

  • Black Bean Tostada ($6) – Organic beans with cheddar, salsa fresca, avocado, and organic greens
  • Homemade Hummus ($6) – Served with fresh baked organic bread, Feta, Kalamata olives, and local organic chèvre

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

The Royal Room

450 N. Sixth Ave.
Mi Rey, Royale, Coup D'Etat, and Noble Intentions cocktails at the Royal Room (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Mi Rey, Royale, Coup D’Etat, and Noble Intentions cocktails at the Royal Room (Credit: Jackie Tran)

From colorful glass windows to quirky zebra wallpaper, The Good Oak Bar has created a vibe in town. With the launch of their full bar and signature cocktails recently, they mean business.

Get $2 off all classic cocktails during happy hour — until 6 p.m — and don’t shy from the signatures.

Crowd pleasers are:

  • FloraDora ($6)- Gin married with raspberry, ginger, and lime
  • Mi Rey ($10)- Strawberry Mezcal, rabarbaro, aperitivo, and lemon juice
  • Coup D’Etat ($10) – Washed in brown buttered rum, cinnamon coconut cream, and pineapple

Keep up with The Royal Room on Facebook.

Sir Veza’s Kitchen & Kantina

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 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. everyday. On Fridays and Saturdays it’s from 9 p.m. to close. 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, visit sirvezas.com.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

1785 E. River Rd.

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. “Swingin’ at Sullivan’s” is from Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. It goes on all day on Thursdays and Sundays in the bar. The happy hour features $7 signature cocktails, select wines, and “to share” bar bites — they’ve got a menu sure to impress.

Current favorites:

  • Filet Wellington Bites – Thin-sliced filet, bacon duxelle, crisp pastry & Béarnaise sauce
  • Truffle Steak Tartare – Challah toast, cornichons & pickled shallots
  • The Knockout – Signature Martini with SVEDKA Clementine Vodka, infused with fresh golden pineapple
  • French Fashioned – Courvoisier VS Cognac, St-Germain, Peach Bitters, Prosecco

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

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Tavolino Ristorante Italiano

2890 E. Skyline Dr.

In addition to pizza, happy hour includes Italian small plates and tempting drink specials. Bites range from $5 to $10 with $6 and $8 cocktails and $4 Italian beers. 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 – 6 p.m. in the designated bar and patio areas.

Happy hour favorites:

  • Ligurian-style Sardenaira Pizza ($7) – Thicker crust, similar to focaccia, is topped with tomato sauce, olives, garlic, anchovies, and oregano
  • Arancini ($6) – 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.

Thunder Canyon Brewery Restaurant + Pub

220 E. Broadway Blvd.

Firstly, unrelated but must be said — go and get the ramen available on Mondays. It’s a new bowl bursting with flavor each week and something to write home about. Secondly, they have a lengthily happy hour, which is from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. every day of the week, with $2 off beers and appetizers. Feast on that.

Keep up with Thunder Canyon Brewstillery on Facebook.

Time Market

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

Burrata at Time Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Simple food can be transformed 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:

  • 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 3 to 6 p.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 ($6.50) – Potato crisps with blue cheese, pork belly, chives, mornay sauce
  • Mac & Cheese ($7) – Baked cavatappi, leek crema, white cheddar, black pepper crust
  • Moscow Mule ($8) – Smirnoff vodka, ginger beer, lime

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

Wildflower

7037 N. Oracle Rd.

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Wildflower was the first of many restaurants opened by Fox Restaurant Concepts two decades ago. They are here to stay and charm locals with beautiful dishes using simple ingredients.

Happy hour is from 3 – 6 p.m. daily with half-priced bottles of wine on Tuesdays. House red and white white is $5 a glass, and draught beer is $3.

Go for the:

  • Bacon-wrapped Dates ($6.50) — Served with fennel sausage, parmesan, arugula, and red chili
  • Warm Brie ($6.50) — Served with cherry jam, Marcona almond, and grilled ciabatta
  •  Sangria ($4)

For more information, visit foxrc.com/restaurants/wildflower-american-cuisine.

Wild Garlic Grill

2870 E. Skyline Dr.
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)

At Wild Garlic Grill, Chef Steven Schultz lets garlic permeate the recipes 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. Take $1 off happy hour eats and drink, which runs 3 p.m. – close Tuesday through Sunday at the bar.

Happy hour favorites:

  • OG Summer Day – 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 – Mussels cooked with white wine, tomatoes, beurre blanc, and garlic.
  • Gilroy garlic Swiss fondue with fresh-baked sourdough bread

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

Zinburger

6390 E. Grant Rd. • 1865 E. River Rd.
Spicy Green Chile Fries at Zinburger in Tucson

Spicy Green Chile Fries at Zinburger

Zinburger is an 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 3 to 6 p.m. daily, they feature half-priced wine glasses and bottles and draft beers, $3 salads, sides, shakes, and fries, $5 burgers, and $6 cocktails.

What are you waiting for?

Happy hour items include:

  • Hand-cut, sweet potato or zucchini fries
  • The Zinburger – Manchego Cheese, Zinfandel Braised Onion, Lettuce & Mayo
  • Gin & Tonic #11 – Rhubarb Bitters, American Gin, Lemon Wheel, Fever Tree Tonic

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 and wells, $2 off beers, $3 off wines by the glass, and $4 off signature cocktails.

Popular items:

  •  Wild Caught Calamari ($7) – With fennel, garlic, red chili flake, San Marzano cream sauce, onion and a slice of ciabatta
  • Bianco Pizza ($6) – Truffle oil, mozzarella, garlic, parmesan, black pepper
  • TriBeCa ($6) – High West whiskey, Carpano Sweet vermouth, maraschino cherries, amaro, orange twist

For more regarding Zona 78 and their happy hour deals, visit zona78.com.

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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.

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