By Alison Bailin Batz
Bored of the same old happy hour? Then why not try an actual board – a board and bottle deal, that is. Here are eight of the best bets for boards, bottles and other out-of-the-box options at local restaurants right now.
It’s no secret that Postino is the pioneer of the board and bottle concept in the Valley. On Monday and Tuesday nights after 8 p.m., guests can choose any house bottle of wine and a bruschetta board, which includes four varieties and enough to share, for $20. Bruschetta options include warm artichoke spread or ricotta cheese with dates and pistachios, and gluten-free bread is available. 7030 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale; 602.899.1111 and 4821 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 602.428.4444; www.postinowinecafe.com.
Starting at 4 p.m. until close every Tuesday, 32 Shea offers a similar board and bottle program as Postino. Theirs, priced at $20, includes any bottle on their always-evolving happy hour wine list and a custom bruschetta board, which gives the option of three flavors including prosciutto, mascarpone, figs and honey; goat cheese and dried cranberry relish; and classic mozzarella, basil and tomato. Gluten-free bread is available. 10626 N. 32nd St., Phoenix; 602.867.7432; www.32shea.com.
On Mondays, any bottle of wine purchased gets your party a free bruschetta board, which includes your choice of three types of bruschetta, such as smoked salmon with goat cheese and capers, salami with homemade pesto, a tomato relish delight, or creamy Brie with fig jam. Insider tip: If you miss Monday’s deal, visit on Wednesday where a bottle of wine gets you a free select pizza from 4 p.m. to close. 4175 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.265.9814; www.evoscottsdale.com.
Farm & Craft
On Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to close, Farm & Craft has a $20 bottle and flatbread board deal. There are eight wine options – a mix of red and white to please wine lovers from both camps – and each of the flatbreads features housemade flax and whole wheat dough. But don’t get scared off by the healthy crust ingredients, as each tastes like a good ol’ (albeit fancy) pizza through and through. 4302 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.568.8980; www.ilovefarmandcraft.com.
This new pizza hot spot in Desert Ridge offers a smoking deal on their bottle and cheese board on Wednesday nights. Called Wine and Cheese Wednesday, for just $19.95 guests can enjoy a sizeable cheese board (cheeses change regularly, but are always served with toasty fresh bread) along with a select bottle of wine from 5 p.m. to close. 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 480.247.7377; www.mymidici.com.
Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila
A twist on the traditional bottle concept – it is a Mexican restaurant, after all – Cien Agaves in North Scottsdale recently launched a pitcher deal. Dubbed Late Night Hook Up and offered on both Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to close, guests are treated to either a pitcher of house margaritas or a pitcher of
draft beer along with an appetizer for $20. Some favorites are the ceviche, green chile cheese crisp and tinga chicken quesadilla. 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix; 480.467.4455;
Rusconi’s American Kitchen
For those who want to sample multiple wines versus buying an entire bottle, visit the bar area at Rusconi’s Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. to indulge in a selection of more than 20 by-the-glass options priced from $5 to $9 along with their wildly popular Kitchen Platter for just $9. The board combines artisan charcuterie and cheeses, house-spiced olives, pickled vegetables, and grilled artisan bread with chef Rusconi’s outstanding pesto, which changes flavors seasonally. 10637 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 480.483.0009; www.rusconiskitchen.com.
The only almost-daily board and bottle deal in town, North offers this $20 option to guests Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and all day on Sunday. It includes your choice of pizza, bruschetta, or a chef’s board, which serves two to three people and includes artisan meats and cheeses, marinated eggplant, roasted peppers, olives and marcona almonds – plus a select bottle of red or white wine (options vary monthly). 15024 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.948.2055; www.northitaliarestaurant.com.