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Happy Hour Hotspots In The Valley

Enjoy Valley happy hours with culture and style.  There are places to go in the Valley that have edgy appeal, cozy atmosphere and cheap prices. Our six valley locations will intrigue your taste buds, lift your spirits and cultivate your thirst for culture.

Nakama Sushi Restaurant

Nakama Sushi Restaurant opened in October 2010 in the Goodyear dining scene. Located at Dysart Road and McDowell Road, the new non-chain restaurant offers a lounge area, full bar and the red-and-black décor invite people to relax as the service is exceptionally welcoming. Happy hour is every day between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and all day Sunday. On Wednesdays, get 10 percent off the entire food bill, and on Thursdays, ladies get half-priced martinis and margaritas.

Rula Bula

Rula Bula, a Tempe Irish pub located on Mill Avenue and Third Street — whose name translates to uproar and commotion — is at the heart of the social life. The historic, Victorian-style building was a place to buy saddlery and harnesses in 1888.  Walk into wooden antique flooring, dim lighting and designs that reflect Ireland more than 100 years ago. Happy hour specials are Monday through Saturday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. to close (2 a.m.).

“The food is great,” says Lauren Hillhouse, an ASU student. “Lots of people in my classes go.”

Upcoming events take place daily, including Industry night, where CEOs and other professionals get two-for-one drinks from 9 p.m. to close every Sunday; and there’s ASU night, where students get drink specials 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursdays.

FEZ

Want to enjoy a meal downtown and not worry about parking? FEZ is conveniently located on Central Avenue in Phoenix just two blocks south of Clarendon. FEZ, with seating for 150, offers a full menu, lounge, bar, and outdoor patio with great views of downtown Phoenix and plenty of free parking. The unique, contemporary, urban atmosphere features American cuisine infused with Mediterranean spices and ingredients. Happy hour is 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight daily. Want to call yourself a FEZ foodie? Join them the second and fourth Sunday of every month.

Game Time Sports

Looking for a sports bar that can indulge your taste buds and not hurt your wallet? Travel to Game Time Sports on the northeast corner of McDowell and Dysart in Avondale. Nothing is over $10 and you can get a beer, taco and watch sports. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight.

“Anywhere I can take my kids and enjoy great food is a plus,” says Shree Washington, guest of Game Time. “I love the atmosphere.”

Come dressed to impress or in jeans and a t-shirt. This neighborhood favorite, with food fresh to order, offers casual dining, daily chef specials and pleasant service that is family friendly. This hotspot can be a great place to unwind after a long day.

Four Peaks Brewery

Housed in a warehouse rich in history, Four Peaks Brewery, having been home to an ice plant and creamery, has updated their brewing equipment as of March 2009. The restoration leaves the brewery finished with red brick, glass clerestory and wooden ceilings. Guests can enjoy two locations — Tempe on Dorsey Lane and Apache Boulevard or in Scottsdale southeast corner of Hayden and Frank Lloyd Wright. Nearly 20,000 barrels of beer are produced each year at Four Peaks. Tours are available.

Liz Doon Varna Irish Pub and Restaurant

The newest addition to the Arrowhead Fountain Center, Lis Doon Varna Irish Pub and Restaurant, located just down the way from the sports complex in Peoria, offers a piece of Ireland with its meals. All the furniture is unique to or shipped from Ireland.

“The bar in the restaurant is 200 years old,” says Kristen Lomuscio, a waiter at the pub. “Disney designers designed the rebar (hay) on the roof.”

The pub is famous for matchmaking and music festivals. Lisdoonvarna, a city in Ireland, hosts an annual Matchmakers Festival and draws singles from all over the world and this is integrated into the pub.  Wine Down Wednesdays presents a complimentary bottle of wine with a party of four or more. The bread pudding is a signature dish.

“My friend and I would go somewhere else to have a meal then go to the pub for the bread pudding,” says Denise Vines, a guest of the pub. “The food here is hearty, and I enjoy it.”

No matter what side of town you are on, you can enjoy a meal with a deal at these happy hour hot spots.