By Michelle Jacoby
Whether you’re looking to unwind with coworkers or grab a few drinks with friends, Chandler has you covered. These five killer happy hours combine budget-friendly food and drink deals with friendly service and a great atmosphere.
The Wild Vine Uncorked
This south Chandler tapas lounge and wine bar has one of the best happy hours in town. Specials run daily from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to close and include $5 and $6 wines by the glass ($20 and $24 by the bottle). Order a $35 or more bottle of wine, and you’ll receive a complimentary cheese board.
More of a beer drinker or into cocktails? Beer and calls drinks are $2 off during happy hour, while bottled beer and all other spirits are $1 off. Tapas are $2 off. Linger after happy hour on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to hear live music.
4920 S. Gilbert Road
Sandbar Mexican Grill
If you like your happy hour in a more tropical setting, break out your flip-flops and head over to the Sandbar Mexican Grill in west Chandler. Easy, breezy and super chill, this favorite hotspot has got it all: a great menu filled with Mexican food favorites you’ll enjoy under the shade of an umbrella on the expansive patio; a wide selection of world-class beers and tequilas; and some of the best entertainment in town.
Happy hour runs from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. with such drink specials as $3 domestic beers, $4 well drinks, and $5 wines and craft beers. Food specials are served on Mondays with $5 off a margarita and entrée combo, $2.50 tacos on (what else?) Tuesdays, and $10 fajitas on Fridays.
7200 W. Ray Road
What do you get when two longtime friends—with fittingly playful nicknames—get together and open a restaurant and bar? Restaurant industry pros Jackson Armstrong (“Ginger”) and Doug Collins (“Monkey”) opened Ginger Monkey in 2017, creating a unique family (and pet!) friendly neighborhood spot where you can go for great food, fun times and a happy hour that can’t be beat.
Called the Crazy Monkey Hour, happy hour runs from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and offers select cocktails for $2 off, wines for $5, and beers for $3 to $5 (bottles and pints) and pitchers for $10.75. There’s also a hearty selection of eats that go perfect with your drink of choice, from the pesto deviled eggs to the Chili Me Green mac ‘n cheese.
135 W. Ocotillo Road
Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant
With its open-air courtyard, and mix of modern and traditional Mexican décor, Abuelo’s celebrates not only the art and culture of Mexico, but also its unique flavors. Inspired by long-held family recipes, the made-from-scratch dishes feature fresh ingredients in everything from the salsas, sauces and tortillas, to the hand-rolled enchiladas and Mexico City-style tacos.
At Abuelo’s, happy hour is a reason to celebrate, especially with its selection of cocktails and hand-crafted margaritas, including the El Jefe, made with ultra-premium Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila, Agavero Orange Liqueur, house-made sweetened lime juice and topped with a grilled orange. Also enjoy a selection of bar tapas, appetizers and small bites.
3440 W. Chandler Blvd.
For a completely different take on happy hour, head to Roy’s Restaurant in west Chandler, where you’ll enjoy Hawaiian hospitality right here in the desert Southwest. Started by James Beard Award winner chef Roy Yamaguchi, the restaurant blends European techniques with Pacific Rim cuisine, resulting in an inspired menu of fresh seafood, signature sushi, and hearty steak and poultry dishes.
Stop by for happy hour where you can sip on Hawaiian martinis and mai tais, or enjoy Asian wines and beer. And don’t skip the bar bites, including such tasty selections as the lobster pot stickers, Wagyu beef sliders, and blistered shishito peppers.
7151 W. Ray Road