5 Best Happy Hour Spots in Scottsdale


In Scottsdale, happy hour is a way of life. With a perfect mix of upscale, trendy, and hole in the wall spots, Scottsdale is the place to be for happy hour. There are plenty of great options whether you're trying to catch the game or just looking to unwind after a long work day. Here are five places to check out to make sure you cool off in style next happy hour.

Culinary Dropout

Located across the street from the popular Scottsdale Fashion Square, Culinary Dropout has an upscale feel with an affordable price tag. It has the perfect blend of food, drink and atmosphere. Happy hour is available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and has an emphasis on tasty food as much as it does on drinks. You can't go wrong with the hummus or grilled cheese sliders, but the quintessential menu item is the soft pretzel with provolone fondue. Wash it down with some sangria, well cocktails or mug beer for $3 to $5 each.

Geisha A Go Go

If you're into sushi or sake, don't miss Geisha A Go Go. Geisha A Go Go is located in the heart of Old Town and is best known for its happy hour that runs weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. It has half priced appetizers including tempura, lettuce wraps and house maki. They have a variety of fruit infused Asian cocktails on special, as well as half-priced sake bombers for under $5. Its intimate setting is best for smaller groups. But with its vibrant Japanese decor and live DJ, there is plenty to take in at this trendy establishment. For the ultimate experience, you can even book a secret back room for karaoke.

Zipps Sports Grill

With plenty of TV's and great specials on beer and wings, Zipps is a true sports bar. Zipps Camelback location is the best place to watch a game, but there are 12 valley locations that all offer the same deals. Don't miss the Zipps signature golden style wings on special for $6.50. As for drinks, the margarita inspired Zipparita is a favorite and they also have 32-ounce domestic beers for $4. Happy hour is weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For the late night crowd, additional nightly specials run from 8 p.m. until close.

Cien Agaves

Cien Agaves lives up to its Spanish moniker in that it serves over 100 different types of tequilas. This cantina has the best margaritas in Scottsdale. The two-story venue has ample room for thirsty patrons and a great patio to take in the afternoon sun. Happy hour is every day from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and features half priced margaritas, half priced appetizers, $3 Dos Equis and $2 chicken tacos. The homemade guacamole is a signature dish and is infused with pomegranate seeds. In a city known for great Mexican food and drink, Cien Agaves stands above the rest.

Wasted Grain

Right in Old Town's entertainment district, Wasted Grain is a popular spot for many of Scottsdale's young professionals. Drinks and appetizers are $5 each. Their delicious fare is highlighted by the cheeseburger sliders and buffalo chicken flatbread. Happy hour is every Wednesday through Sunday from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. With live music every night and corn hole on the patio, this is a great place to socialize with other customers and get a taste of Scottsdale's culture.

John Kuells is a freelance writer and Arizona native. He writes about 20-something life, travel, and pop culture via his blog bookofkuells.com