Where to Have the Happiest of Happy Hours in the Valley

Sometimes the grind of a 9-5 weighs on us and the only way to break the funk is with a stiff drink, some tacos, and a few friends. Happy hour turns a frown to a smile, our frustration to excitement, and the perfect way to unwind after a long week. We at UM Phoenix are just like everyone else. We need HH, too. That’s why we’ve put together the happiest of happy hour round up’s for the Valley—handful of places you need to hit up after a long week to unwind and hang out with your people.



Live your wildest dreams at ComicX, a restaurant, bar and store at Desert Ridge Marketplace for “hero hour” or happy hour at the bar area only. Monday through Thursday during happy hour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., take advantage of drink specials and embark on a superhero and comic book-inspired cocktail experience, including $2 off signature cocktails such as the Killer Punch, The Stark or The Scarlett Martini. Experiment with other happy hour specials such as $4 wine, $4 draft and bottled domestic beers, and $2 off all cocktails made with one of the premium spirit selections including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Deep Eddy Vodka and Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum.

21001 N. Tatum Blvd #95, Phoenix; (480) 306-6780; www.comicx.us

CRUjiente Tacos


CRUjiente Tacos offers happy hour everyday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and reverse happy hour from 9 p.m. until close. Grab a Premier CRU Margarita for only $8, crafted with 100% blue agave tequila, house agave syrup, fresh squeezed lime and muddled oranges. All drafts and bottled beers are $1 off and wines by the glass are $2 off. Pair your happy hour drinks with fresh tortilla chips and guacamole ($9), salsa trio ($5), and happy hour tacos like the $6 crunchy beef taco or $5 crunchy pork taco to make it a perfect night out in the town. 

3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; (602) 687-7777; www.crutacos.com


The Italian Daughter

North Scottsdale

This notable Italian restaurant in North Scottsdale provides all-day happy hour daily in the bar and lounge area only. Enjoy live piano music while sipping on rotating $8 red and white wines, $5 beers, $9 well drinks and $2 off of premium cocktails. Happy hour eats include customer favorites such as the stone-fired pizzas and slow braised short rib stack ($10) topped with creamy red pepper remoulade and stacked on crispy homemade waffle fries. 

23655 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite #120, Scottsdale; (480) 404-6085; www.theitaliandaughter.com

The Mexicano


Phoenix’s latest restaurant, The Mexicano by The Maggiore Group, brings a next-level, day-to-night dining experience to Phoenix with elevated, reimagined Mexican cuisine, a premium spirit selection, made-to-order cocktails, rotating DJs every weekend and a vibrant social ambiance. The Mexicano’s happy hour menu is offered from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily in the designated bar area and features $5 drinks such as the classic draft margarita, Modelo draft beer, well, sangria and (of course!) $3 tacos. Guests can also expect other delicious and authentic eats such as the guacamole with serrano chile ($8), queso fundido ($7), taquitos potato tacos ($8), nachos ($9) and the original TJ Caesar salad ($5).  

4801 E. Cactus Road, Scottsdale; (602) 812-2100; www.themexicanocomida.com

The Sicilian Butcher

Peoria, Phoenix & Chandler

Celebrate happy hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in a designated happy hour area at The Sicilian Butcher with craft meatballs, charcuterie boards and classic Italian vinos. Indulge in Italian red and white wines by the glass for $6, $5 draft beers, $10 craft cocktails and $36 sangria rosso pitchers. Classic Italian eats during happy hour include a $6 mozzarella caprese bruschetta, a $10 bucket of Tomaso Maggiore’s famous meatballs and sauce, and a $19 bottle and board with house select wine and a choice of a polenta and meatball board or mixed bruschetta board. 

Happy hour is available at all three locations:

15530 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 160, Phoenix; (602) 775-5140

3151 W. Frye Road, Chandler; (480) 573-8550

9780 W. Northern Ave #1100, Peoria; (623) 471-5721; www.thesicilianbutcher.com



Tomaso’s has been a staple in the Valley’s dining scene for over forty years, serving high-quality, traditional Italian food in a beautiful, upscale environment. The restaurant has a full-service bar and dining room where it hosts a mouthwatering happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the bar area only with deals on beer, wine and well cocktails including decadent staples such as their mozzarella caprese bruschetta ($7) with chopped tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil evoo and balsamic glaze. Other delectable items include the fried calamari ($8), salami and cheese ($9), rigatoni and roasted chicken with parmigiano cream sauce and grana ($10), and the meatball panino ($10) with San Marzano tomato herb sauce and mozzarella on a sesame baguette.  

3225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; (602) 956-0836; www.tomasos.com 



Enjoy happy hour at Zinqué (pronounced as “zin-kae”) every Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with its high design and low-key vibe at the bar and pod seating areas. The Euro-style, day-to-night restaurant offers $5 off specialty cocktails and aperitifs, $4 off wines by the glass, $2 off beers for happy hour, $8 sangrias and $8 pinot grigio. Must-have French-inspired small plates to nosh during happy hour consist of the prawn taco ($6), ratatouille quesadilla ($6), salami toasts ($4) and roasted mini sausages ($6) — all of which allow you to feel as if you’re wining and dining on a French balcony or a cafe table by the Eiffel Tower.

4172 N. Goldwater Blvd. Suite 110, Scottsdale; (623) 745-9616; www.lezinque.com

Photo courtesy of Debby Wolvos