54 Hot Happy Hour Picks in Tucson

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

Why limit happy to an hour?

If you find yourself wanting to quench your thirst at value while enjoying delicious eats, check out our picks for over 50 killer happy hour specials in Tucson.

47 Scott • Scott & Co.

47 N. Scott Ave.

47 Scott needs little introduction — the interior is moody and en trend and the quality of food and drinks is exceptional.

Find out for yourself by hitting up happy hour, offered from 4 – 6 p.m. all week, 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:

  • Braised Mushrooms ($12) – served with garlic, white wine, madeira, thyme, Barrio bread
  • Calamari ($14) – sweet peppers, carrot, Mae Ploy, and black sesame seeds
  • Old Fashioned ($6) – Bourbon, angostura bitters, orange bitters

For more information, visit agustinkitchen.com.

Barrio Brewing Co. 

800 E. 16th St.

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, Mocha Java Stout and Tucson Blonde are some of the options on tap

For more on Barrio Brewing Co., visit barriobrewing.com.

Batch Cafe & Bar

118 E. Congress St.
Jon Hamm & Cheese sandwich at Batch Cafe & Bar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Jon Hamm & Cheese sandwich at Batch Cafe & Bar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

From 4 – 6 p.m. daily, head to Batch for some pretty sweet deals — not to mention Whiskey Wednesday (can’t forget it!).

Opt for their house Old Fashioned or Moscow Mule for just $4. Cheers to that!

You can take 20% off shareables and whiskey or cocktails, $1 off drafts and $2 off wine.

Crave-worthy choices:

  • Pretzel Bread ($4.80) – Soft pretzel breads with house-made whiskey mustard
  • Jon Hamm & Cheese sandwich ($9) – Black forest ham, provolone, and house-made whiskey mustard on sourdough
  • We Fly High ($11) – Iwai Japanese Whisky, Rose Vermouth, and club soda

For information, visit batchtucson.com.

Blanco Tacos + Tequila

2905 E. Skyline Dr.

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.
Rib Eye Taco at BOCA Tacos y Tequila (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Rib Eye Taco 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)
  • House margarita ($5)

For more information, visit bocatacos.com.

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Bottega Michelangelo

420 W. Magee Rd.
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Lamp Chops (Credit: Bottega Michelangelo)

Bottega Michelangelo brings in a hip, contemporary breath of fresh air, though it’s still nice enough for a fancy date if you so desire.

Happy hour takes place from 4 – 7 p.m. daily, featuring half off draft beers, wines, well drinks, and appetizers.

Look out for:

  • Calamari Calabrese ($3.50) – Spicy Calabrian chili “buffalo style” served with gorgonzola crumbles
  • Pizza Special ($15) – 10” pizza and two draft beers or featured wines

For more information, visit bottegamichelangelo.com.

Cafe a La C’Art

150 N. Main Ave.

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.

Check out their happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. The cafe features $2 off all bottled beer, $5 margaritas, $3 off flights, and $5 off glasses of house wine.

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 — 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.

Charro del Rey

178 E. Broadway Blvd.
Shrimp Cocktail at Charro del Rey (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Shrimp Cocktail at Charro del Rey (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Now this is the happy hour we’ve been searching for!

Charro del Rey offers “half off happy hours” from 4 – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and reverse happy hour from 10 p.m. – close Thursday through Saturday.

Get half off well cocktails, house wine, house margaritas, draft beer pints, house bubbles by the glass, bellinis as well as (there’s more) oysters and oyster shots, shrimp cocktail, guac and chips, and desserts.

Phew, let’s just sip back on a house marg while we think about all of our options, shall we?

Highlights:

  • Shrimp cocktail ($5.50) – four plump shrimp with house sauce and citrus
  • Guac & Chips ($3)
  • Margarita de la Casa ($4)

For more information, visit charrodelrey.com/menu.

Charro Steak

188 E. Broadway Blvd.

Charro Steak, sister restaurant to Charro del Rey, is also rolling out sweet “half off” happy hour deals.

Their “half off happy hours” from 4 – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday offer half off well cocktails, house wine, house margaritas, draft beer pints, and Carlotta’s Maker’s 46.

Half-off Bocaditos:

  • Ahi Nacho Sliders – Mesquite-seared ahi nachos, guacamole
  • Manchego & Mixta Quesadilla – Manchego quesadilla, chiles mixtas, flour tortilla

For more information, visit charrosteak.com/happy-hour.

Cielos at Lodge on the Desert

306 N. Alvernon Way
Chef's Board and Toast Trio at Cielos at Lodge on the Desert (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chef’s Board and Toast Trio at Cielos at Lodge on the Desert (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Walk past the fountain and gorgeous courtyard oasis and you’ll find the restaurant which was the starting point for a few of Tucson’s current notable chefs.

You’ll find the happy hour in the bar area, 3 – 6 p.m. daily, where draft beer is $4 and select wine is $5 by the glass.

Bar menu food items are $2 off. I’d start with a Lodge Margarita.

Notable items:

  • Toast trio ($9) – Avocado toast (smoked salmon, red onion, crème fraîche), Arizona fig (candied pecans, blue cheese spread, dried cranberry), and Desert honey butter (sweet bee pollen and Granny Smith apples)
  • Half Dozen Chicken Wings ($11) – served with house blue cheese sauce
  • Chef’s board ($16) – Expect a platter of artisanal cheeses, cured meats, dried fruits, nuts, house pickled veg, house jam, and grilled Barrio bread

For more information and to view their seasonally changing menu, visit lodgeonthedesert.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
  • Sage Pear Gimlet ($8) – Citrus vodka, pear, and sage simple

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:

  • Pretzels and Fondue ($8)
  • Pork Belly Nachos ($9)
  • Sangria ($5)

For more information, visit culinarydropout.com.

Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress

311 E. Congress St.

Cup Cafe — hidden inside the historic, beautifully preserved Hotel Congress — offers hearty American fare and a desirable rotating dessert case.

From 4 – 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, you’ll want to share their happy hour deals. Bring your friends and hang out on the patio or cozy up indoors with $3 pints of draft beer, $4 house red and white wines, and $5 select specialty cocktails. Bar Eats are available in the Tap Room, Lobby bar, Club Congress bar, and on the Plaza.

Featured items:

  • Mission Street Congress Tacos ($3) – Crispy pork belly, pickled jalapeños, jicama slaw, jalapeño aioli, and cilantro served on Anita’s flour tortillas
  • Lettuce Wraps ($5) – Chickpea fritter, pickled vegetables, smoked cashews, and harissa vinaigrette
  • Ghost Orchid ($5) – Citrus vodka, ginger liqueur, lemon, creme de violee, peach biers, and ginger beer

For more information, visit hotelcongress.com.

Dante’s Fire

2526 E. Grant Rd.
Thai Curry Shrimp at Dante's Fire (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Thai Curry Shrimp at Dante’s Fire (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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. daily, they offer $1 off specialty cocktails, $2 off house wines, $3 bottled beers, and $4 drafts. In addition, 7 menu items are $7 each 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.

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 a special happy hour 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

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.

For more information, visit downtownkitchen.com.

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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 happy hour is 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 Rangoon ($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 (or any) day. From 5 – 7 p.m. in the bar, there’s a happy hour menu with cocktails, wines, beers, and signature bites to choose from.

Highlighted items:

  • Blueberry Lemon Drop ($9)- Pinnacle blueberry vodka, candied lemon, fresh blueberry
  • The Ducky ($9) – Decoy Sauvignon Blanc, fresh lime juice
  • Filet Mignon Flatbread ($13) – 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 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:

  • Lavender Lemon Drop ($5) – House-made hard lavender lemonade and lavender sugar
  • 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. every day, 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.
Bruschetta at Harvest Oro Valley (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Bruschetta at Harvest Oro Valley (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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 ($8.90) – Gyro meat with tzatziki sauce, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, red onions, feta cheese, and Greek olives
  • Bruschetta ($8.90) – Crostinis topped with house-made mozzarella, house-made pistachio pesto, a relish of artichoke hearts & capers, freshly 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 helps 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.

Happy hour runs 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday with $2 domestic bottled 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 more information, visit thehorseshoetucson.com.

Izumi

3655 E. Speedway Blvd.

Happy hour kicks off when this sushi-seafood bar opens and ends at 6 p.m.

Sip on a $5 wells cocktail or $3 draft beer while you decide what to snack on. Appetizers start at $3 and rolls from $4.

Highlights:

  • Pork Gyoza – steamed or pan fried
  • Crunchy Spicy Salmon Roll

For more information, visit izumioftucson.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

For more information, visit jonathanscork.com.

Kingfisher

2564 E. Grant Rd.

Dine or drink in style at this dimly-lit, quiet spot perfect for date-night. Kingfisher has seasonal menu changes to keep on the lookout for fresh flavors.

Happy hour is available at Kingfisher only in the bar from Monday through Friday, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 6:30 on Saturday and Sunday as well as 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 and chilled) are $5 off, and oysters are $2-2.25 each. Get slurping!

For more information, visit kingfishertucson.com.

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Kon Tiki

4625 E. Broadway Blvd.
Facade at Kon Tiki (Credit: Adilene Ibarra)

Facade at Kon Tiki (Credit: Adilene Ibarra)

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 Coladas. 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: 

  • Shrimp Summer Rolls ($7) – Poached shrimp with julienne carrots, cucumber, bell peppers, green onion, cilantro, baby greens, vermicelli noodles, served with Thai peanut sauce and honey-lime glaze
  • Monkeys & Birds On A Stick ($8.50) – A Kon Tiki classic, tender cubes of sirloin skewered, marinated and charbroiled, served with teriyaki glaze and tiki chips
  • Koko Pino ($6) – Tropical pineapple and coconut blended with shaved ice and fine rum.

For more information, visit kontikitucson.com.

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)

Holy guacamole, La Botana is 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.

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.

Seemingly unknown about this Downtown eatery is how great their happy hour is, in both Market and Kitchen sections.

Maynards Kitchen happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. A menu full of appetizers, pizzettes, cocktails, wines, and craft beer selections is featured.

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 ($10) – Chopped strip sirloin, house-made potato chips, dressed watercress
  • Chef’s Board ($13) – Chef’s choice of three cheeses, cured meats, fresh fruit, and quince paste (*ask about their cheese board and wine special)
  • Tequila’s Dirty Sister ($7) – Altos Reposado, raspberry habanero shrub, fresh orange juice, and a spray of Bacanora
All-day happy hour (Photo courtesy of Maynards Market & Kitchen on Facebook).

All-day happy hour (Photo courtesy of Maynards Market & Kitchen on Facebook).

Maynards Market happy hour runs from 4 – 8 p.m. every day. Take $1 off selected beer, wine, and cocktails.

Featured items include:

  • Shrimp cocktail ($8) – five shrimp, classic cocktail sauce, shredded cabbage salad, and pickled vegetables
  • Potato Pizza ($11) – Garlic cream base, yukon gold potatoes, scallions, fresh rosemary, and Grana Padano cheese
  • Red Sangria ($6) – Red wine, peach schnapps, Cognac, gin, apples, fresh citrus

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

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Mulligans

9403 E. Golf Links Rd.
Prime Rib Cheesesteak at Mulligans (Photo courtesy of Mulligans on Facebook)

Prime Rib Cheesesteak at Mulligans (Photo courtesy of Mulligans on Facebook)

Sister restaurant to east-side Saguaro Corners, Mulligans Sports Bar & Grill offers up hearty pub fare with global influences.

Happy hour is from 3 – 6 p.m. daily with “good food, good people, good music and good times.” Get $0.50 off all beers, wines, and wells and $1 off appetizers.

Although the kitchen closes at 11 p.m., reverse happy hour hits from 11 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Highlights:

  • Fresh Cheese Curds ($10)
  • Battered Favorites ($9) – Onion rings, mushrooms, fresh zucchini, house poppers, fried pickles or a choice of two

For more information, visit mulliganstucson.com.

Noble Hops

1335 W. Lambert Ln.
Signature Salumi Board at Noble Hops (Photo courtesy of Noble Hops)

Signature Salumi Board at Noble Hops (Photo courtesy of Noble Hops)

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, offering $1 off bottles and drafts, glasses of wine, and well drinks.

Happy hour favorites:

  • Buttered Pretzels ($8) – Champagne stone-ground mustard, brown butter, and creamy kölsch and white cheddar fondue are available for dipping
  • Fried Cauliflower ($8) – With chipotle aioli, Cotija cheese, and mixed citrus gremolata
  • Signature Salumi Board ($22) – Chef’s selection of salumi, artisanal cheeses, house pickled veg, mixed olives, and nuts

For more information, visit 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 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 Board, and a $20 Bottle and Board special.

They also offer half-off wine bottles on Sundays as well.

Popular items:

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

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

OBON Sushi Bar Ramen

350 E. Congress St., Ste. 120

This downtown’s sushi and ramen spot is popular with dinner and late-night crowds.

OBON’s happy hour is from 4 – 6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday with a variety of food and drink specials, with a reverse happy hour from 10 p.m. – close on Monday – Thursday and 11 p.m. – close on Friday – Saturday. For all-day happy hour, visit on a Sunday.

Get $2 off their bar book classics, $7 for sake bombs, and $5 Soju & Kloud beer during happy hour and don’t hesitate to try their new ’90s-inspired cocktails for some nostalgic sippin’.

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Kick back and enjoy:

  • Flora Dora ($5)
  • House Cocktail of the Week ($6)
  • Salmon Nigiri ($4)

For more information on the location, hours, and weekly happy hour specials, visit fukushuconcepts.com.

 The Parish

6453 N. Oracle Rd.

With no shortage of bacon and Louisiana flair, the Parish is a must.

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, The 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 more information, visit theparishtucson.com.

Penca

50 E. Broadway Blvd.
Nopales Tacos at Penca (Credit: Claire Kaufman)

Nopales Tacos at Penca (Credit: Claire Kaufman)

Want to experience “central Mexican cuisine and an international bar”? Head to Penca. Their happy hour runs 2 – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Their mezcal selection alone should be enough to get you down there, but if it isn’t your thing, there’s a lot more on offer.

Top choices:

  • Pozole ($5) – Turkey with broth, hominy, radish, green onion, lime, and flour tortillas
  • Nopales Tacos ($5) – two tacos made with fresh masa tortillas
  • Rose Sangria ($5)

For more information, visit pencarestaurante.com.

Playground Bar & Lounge

278 E. Congress St.

Located on Congress, Playground hosts its fair share of happy hour seekers.

From 4 – 7 p.m. daily, you’ll get $4 wells, select drafts, and select wine.

Happy hour items include:

  • Hummus + Veggies ($6) – Grilled zucchini, squash, pita, carrot, and cucumber
  • Carne Asada Fries ($10) – Grilled steak, verde cheese sauce, caramelized onion, pico, sour cream, and cilantro

For more information, please visit playgroundtucson.com.

Proof Artisanal Pizza and Pasta

4340 N. Campbell Ave.
Margherita Pizza at Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Margherita Pizza at Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Nestled in St. Phillip’s Plaza, Proof is a happy hour destination for the Foothills dwellers (we see you up there!).

From 3 – 6 p.m. daily, catch the $1 discount on draft beer, glasses of wine, and well cocktails.

Need a bite? There’s pizza and bruschetta on offer (plus a dinner menu).

Options:

  • Margherita Pizza ($10)
  • Pitcher & Pie ($20)
  • Meatballs ($10) – Baked in marinara, Grana Padano, basil, filone bread

For more information, visit prooftucson.com/happy-hour.

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 whiskeys, $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 Modern Mexican. Mezcal + Tequila

4310 N. Campbell Ave., Ste. 101

If you haven’t been to Reforma yet, get going.

This south-of-the-border cuisine features plenty of Mexican classics while hosting a pretty sweet happy hour menu.

Every day 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 and micheladas, 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.

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Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink • Tough Luck Club

101 E. Pennington St.

Reilly has a menu full of delicious entrées from their Rigatoni — with vodka sauce, basil, and grana padano — to their Yukon gold potato pizza with pecorino, mozzarella, roasted garlic, rosemary.

They also have terrific happy hour specials. In the dining room, from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, they offer $1 off all beers, $6 house wines, $1 off house cocktails, and $7 mini pizzas.

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.

Head to their outdoor Beer Garden for a similar deal, but with patio vibes. The Beer Garden’s happy hour runs 4 – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 p.m. to midnight and all day Sunday. 4 – 6 in beer garden.

Beneath Reilly at Tough Luck Club, happy hour is Monday through Saturday, 5 – 7 p.m. and a reverse happy hour Monday through Thursday 10 p.m. to midnight as well as Friday and Saturday from midnight to 2 a.m. (with $6 cocktails).

For more information about Reilly, the Beer Garden or Tough Luck Club, visit reillypizza.com.

Renee’s Organic Oven

7065 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Organic Margarita (Photo courtesy of Renee's Organic Oven)

Organic Margarita (Photo courtesy of 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 Royal Room has created a vibe in town. With the launch of their full bar and signature cocktails, they mean business.

Get $2 off all classic cocktails during happy hour — from open until 7 p.m daily — and don’t shy from the signatures. Take $1 off wells drinks, $1 off drafts, and wines by the glass.

Crowd pleasers:

  • FloraDora ($7) – Gin married with raspberry, ginger, and lime
  • Mi Rey ($12) – Strawberry Mezcal, rabarbaro, aperitivo, and lemon juice
  • Coup D’Etat ($12) – Washed in brown buttered rum, cinnamon coconut cream, and pineapple

Keep up with The Royal Room on Facebook.

Saguaro Corners

3750 S. Old Spanish Trl.
Poppito Dip at Saguaro Corners (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Poppito Dip at Saguaro Corners (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tucked away on the east side of Tucson, Saguaro Corners offers live music on weekends and a pleasant indoor (and outdoor) area with desert-mountain views.

Happy hour is from 3 – 6 p.m. daily and offers $1 off beer, glasses of wine, and well drinks. Take $2 off appetizers.

Happy hour favorites:

  • Poppito Dip – Pulled pork in a cream cheese sauce, bacon, served with house-made potato chips
  • Cajun Mac – Served with Andouille sausage, red bell peppers, and Cajun spices

Keep up with Saguaro Corners on Facebook.

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Sentinel Peak Brewing Company

4746 E. Grant Rd. • 9155 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Ste. 177

Whether you live in Mid-town Tucson or on the east side, worry not — both locations offer happy hour specials from 3 – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Get $3.50 well cocktails, $4.50 Flagship pints, and glasses of wine for $5.50.

Oh, you want more?

Head to the mid-town location on Grant Road for the House-made Mac ‘n Cheese Bowl ($4.50) or take your hunger east for house-made chips… because, chips!

Menu highlights at both locations:

  • Green Chili Quesadilla ($4.50)
  • Pulled Pork Sliders ($5.50)
  • Flagship Pint of Beer ($4.50)

For more information, visit sentinelpeakbrewing.com.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

1785 E. River Rd.

Steak — that’s all you need to know. Unless you’re in for Sullivan’s happy hour — one of the longer happy hours on the list.

Happy hour is from Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. 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.

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, $4 Italian beers, and glasses of wine for $6 or $7.

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 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 transformed with quality ingredients.

At Time Market, even a simple baguette can be revelatory. Happy hour runs 3 – 6 p.m. daily and bites range from $3 to $5. Pints of beer and wine glasses are $1 off.

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 timemarket.xyz.

Trident Grill I, II, and III 

2033 E. Speedway Blvd. • 2910 N. Swan Rd. • 250 S. Craycroft Rd.

With three locations and bountiful discounted options, we’re all smiles here.

From 3 – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, take $1 off any of craft beers or imports. Domestic beers are $4.25 and bottles are $3.75.

Bar bites are between $4 and $6, so if you’re on a tight budget you won’t go hungry.

Trident Grill Highlights:

  • Buffalo Chicken Sliders ($4) – Served with H1 sauce and blue cheese crumbles
  • Four Grilled Chicken Skewers ($5) – With Thai peanut sauce
  • Three Tomato Bruschetta ($6) – Fresh mozzarella, olive oil, and fresh basil on grilled ciabatta

For more information, visit tridentgrill.com.

Trident Pizza Pub

446 N. Campbell Ave.
Sausage Bianco Pizza at Trident Pizza Pub (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Sausage Bianco Pizza at Trident Pizza Pub (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Newer to the Trident family, Trident Pizza Pub Serves Hand-Tossed, Brick-Oven Pizza with a Tucson Twist.

Take $1 off any of craft beers, wells cocktails or draft wine from 3 – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Trident Pizza Pub picks:

  • Truffle Tots ($5)
  • Buffalo Mac & Cheese ($6)
  • Any Slice and any Pint ($8)

For more information, visit tridentgrill.com/pizzamenu.

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.

Every day 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 ($6) – Smirnoff vodka, ginger beer, lime

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

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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 wine 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:

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

For information, visit wildgarlicgrill.com.

Zinburger

6390 E. Grant Rd. • 1865 E. River Rd.

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Zinburger is an old-school burger joint with a twist.

While using only certified Angus, their assortment ranges from the Zinburger to the Bruce Lee 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 zini 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 and mayo
  • Gin & Tonic #11 – Rhubarb Bitters, American gin, lemon wheel, Fever Tree tonic

For more information, visit zinburgeraz.com.

Zona 78

7301 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
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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 $5 off appetizers, $2 off beers, $3 off wines by the glass, and $4 off signature cocktails.

Popular items:

  • Wild Caught Calamari ($9) – With fennel, garlic, red chili flake, San Marzano cream sauce, onion and a slice of ciabatta
  • Bianco Pizza ($7) – Truffle oil, mozzarella, garlic, parmesan, black pepper
  • TriBeCa ($6) – High West whiskey, Carpano Sweet vermouth, maraschino cherries, Amaro, orange twist

For more information, visit zona78.com.

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If we missed your favorite happy hour spot, let us know in the comments!

[This article was originally written in May 2015 and most recently updated in April 2019. Kate Severino contributed to this article.]

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

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