By Alison Bailin Batz
Night owls, rejoice! Just as traditional happy hour deals abound at local hot spots, so do reverse happy hour options – meaning those that begin after dinner and extend late into the night. Here are a bevy of great deals for those who like to munch closer to midnight.
Friday and Saturday, 9-11 p.m.
Spice things up with steals on Mexican favorites like queso or guacamole for $7 and pork belly or Korean fried chicken tacos for $3.50. And if thirsty, CRUjiente has you similarly covered with $3.50 Modelos and Tecate Lights, $2 off wine by the glass, $5 well drinks, and $5 Premier CRU Margaritas. www.crutacos.com.
Thursday-Sunday, 9 p.m.-midnight
This neighborhood hangout serves up plenty of comfort food and traditional bar fare long after the game ends, including $6 mozzarella sticks, $6.50 fried pickles, and $4 jumbo salted pretzels. They also offer $3 domestic drafts and bottles, $5 well cocktails, and $5 select glasses of wine. www.arcadiatavern.com.
Thursday-Saturday, 9 p.m.-close
Dig into specialty pizzas, many offered for just $9, or a half-priced “Yogi Bear’s Picnic” board (regularly $23), which includes artisanal meats, cheeses and duck fat nuts. Wash it down with $3 local draft beers, $4 Three Olives Vodka drinks, and $3 house wines. www.campsocial.com.
Bobby-Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ
Friday-Saturday, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Bobby Q’s has smokin’ good deals on the smokiest of its signature dishes, including $10 sliders, $12 ribs, a $12 award-winning smokehouse burger, and a $9 brisket sandwich. To drink, get half-off all well cocktails and select beers and wines. www.bobbyq.net.
Sunday-Thursday, 10 p.m.-midnight; Friday-Saturday, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Get your fix on between-bread eats with two mini burgers for $11.95, two roast beef sliders for $10.50, a grilled cheese panini for $8.50, and bruschetta for $6.95. Drink deals include $5 well cocktails, $6 house wines, $8 beer flights, and $2 off all specialty cocktails.
OHSO Brewery + Distillery
Nightly, 10 p.m.-midnight
No matter which OHSO you go to, you’ll find a crave-worthy late-night menu. There are five small bites including devilish egg dip, fried jalapeno cheese curds and crab wontons, each available for just $3. For heartier appetites, there are six tasty bigger options, including a pretzel board and three types of burgers, each available for $10. www.ohsobrewery.com.
Friday-Saturday, 8-10 p.m.
This Asian-inspired lounge offers deals on both food and drink, including $7 sake bombs and several menu items for just $6 each, including kale chips, fried rice, edamame, chicken skewers, and boneless chicken wings. Deals are available throughout the venue, including in the private luxury karaoke rooms, which are open to rent nightly. www.blinddragonscottsdale.com.
Monday-Sunday, 10 p.m.-close
Yard House is famous for its massive menu, and – true to form – the late-night happy hour menu is similarly substantial. On the food side, pricing ranges from $5 to $8 per item, with more than two dozen options such as a $5 onion ring tower, $6 boneless wings, $7 crab cakes, and $8 sushi rolls and sliders. There are a variety of drink specials, including $2 off craft and imported pints, house cocktails, several wines and prosecco, and $3 off house martinis and 9-ounce pours of wine. www.yardhouse.com.
Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar
Friday-Saturday, 11 p.m.-1 a.m.
Overlooking Scottsdale Road, Second Story pulls out all the stops to elevate the concept of late-night fare, offering thoughtful dishes not usually seen past dinner. Start with the biscuits and seasonal jam ($10) before digging into the Noble bun burger with sunchoke aioli for $15, cauliflower with manchego for $13, and fresh-made pasta that changes nightly for $16-$20. www.secondstoryaz.com.
Fez Restaurant & Bar
Nightly, 11 p.m.-close
Fez’s American fare with Moroccan flair is one of the oldest and most beloved late-night happy hours in the Valley. Their long list of appetizers – each available for $2 off – includes feta fries, chicken strips, tacos, nachos and several varieties of hummus. Nightly drink specials include $2 off well cocktails, draft beers and house wines as well as tall signature margaritas and $1 off all bottled beers. www.fezoncentral.com.
Zipp’s Sports Grill
Nightly, 8 p.m.-close
During reverse happy hour, Zipp’s offers five to 10 food and drink deals, with alternating daily specials. Pizza slices, for example, are just $2 on Sundays and Wednesdays, while all tacos and a chicken burrito are $6 on Tuesdays. On Thursdays, don’t miss the focaccia sandwiches for $8 each. Fan of the famous Zipparita? It’s on reverse happy hour for $4 Tuesday through Saturday. There are also nightly drink discounts on beers, well cocktails, wines and shots ranging from $4 to $7. www.zippssportsgrills.com.
Nightly, 8 p.m.-close
At Sushiholic, you can enjoy seven types of standard rolls like California and spicy salmon for $4.25, and then eight more intricate rolls like Las Vegas and shrimp tempura for $5.25. But that’s just the beginning. The reverse happy hour menu has a dozen appetizers – think gyoza, edamame and calamari tempura – ranging in price from $1.25 to $6.25, four sashimi options for $4.25, and drink specials including domestic beer for $3, house wines for $6, and sake bombers for $9. www.sushiholicaz.com.