5 Downtown Happy Hour Spots to End Your Weekday Right

April 12, 2016

by Mariana Colin

There's no going wrong with any of Reilly's cocktails on tap.

There’s no going wrong with any of Reilly’s cocktails on tap.

We Tucsonans are lucky to live in one of the biggest culinary renaissances of our city’s history. With our beer and food scene going nowhere but up, it’s the perfect moment to try everything the city has to offer, and there’s no better way to do that than with a good happy hour. Here are just a few of the best places to get your home-grown goodies on the cheap!

Reilly Pizza

Tucson’s fine pizza parlor has a happy hour menu as tempting as their pies. A formidable selection of beers, as well as a selection of house wines are available, but perhaps most tempting are their cocktails on tap, delivered to you in the time it takes for your friendly Reilly bartender to walk a couple of feet and pull a lever. If you’re craving some of Reilly’s specialty eats, choose a $6 mini pizza, the perfect size to leave you wanting just a little bit more.

Happy Hour Specials:

-$1 off cocktails

-$1 off all beers

In the mood for something rich? The poutine at Maynards should do the trick!

In the mood for something rich? The poutine at Maynards should do the trick!

-$5 house wines

-$6 mini pizzas

Maynards

Those who know Maynards for its brunch, dinner, and as home base for many of Downtown’s most popular events will be thrilled to learn about its happy hour, just another of its crucial contributions to Downtown. Offering gourmet flavor for peasant-food prices, Maynards is the perfect place to kick back in the warm desert night air with your favorite people and snack on all the steak tartare and sangria you can endure, without feeling that familiar ache in your wallet.

Happy Hour Specials:

-Special prices on wines, craft beers, well drinks, select cocktails

-Food menu $7 and under

Independent Distillery

Knocking 'em back at Independent? Pace yourself with some of their pretzel bites!

Knocking ’em back at Independent? Pace yourself with some of their pretzel bites!

Transport yourself to an age where cocktails had a mere three ingredients (as opposed to the convoluted concoctions of today) which came from down the street instead of across oceans. Independent Distillery is making pre-prohibition era beverages sure to make you long for a simpler time in the history of drinking. Their bar snacks, though, are purely modern, a collection of burgers, pretzels, and other American finger foods, perfect for pairing with their happy hour beers and well drinks.

Happy Hour Specials:

-$1 off all Drafts

-$1 off Premium Wells

Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails

Is there any more beautiful sight after a long day?

Is there any more beautiful sight after a long day?

If you’re looking for that perfect drinks-after-work vibe, this award-winning Tucson staple is the place to be. Even the most casual offerings at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails taste like delicacies, so though their afternoon prices are tough to beat, to call their happy hour food “bar snacks” simply doesn’t do the food justice. From Oaxacan Fries (fries with roast pork, queso Oaxaca, and scallions) to Chorizo Meatballs with tomato sauce, Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails’s happy hour menu is full of flavorful twists on American and Mexican cuisine, best enjoyed with a happy hour-priced beer or house wine.

Happy Hour Specials:

-$3 Drafts

-$5 House Red or White Wine

-$5 Select Cocktails

-Happy Hour food menu

Switch up your happy hour routine with a whiskey and donut at Batch. Shown here is "The Homer," aptly named after Mr. Simpson's go-to snack.

Switch up your happy hour routine with a whiskey and donut at Batch. Shown here is “The Homer,” aptly named after Mr. Simpson’s go-to snack.

Batch

One of Downtown’s newest restaurants, Batch Cafe and Bar has brought comfort classics to the Tucson bar scene. Their knowledgeable and friendly bartenders will know exactly what you should pair with your doughnut or grilled cheese, whether it be from their formidable whiskey stock or one of their simple but amazing cocktails. And if you’re craving a late-night snack, come back after 10 at night on weekdays or after midnight on weekends for Batch’s Hour of Power. They like to keep their supply of donuts fresh, so anything they have left over at the end of the day is sold during the Hour of Power at 60% off!

Happy Hour Specials:

-$1 off beers

-$1 off whiskeys

-special prices on donuts

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