By Teresa Bitler
Whether you’re looking to unwind with coworkers or grab a few drinks with friends, downtown Chandler has you covered. These five great happy hours will help you relax, unwind and end a busy day on a high note.
Sasha’s Kitchen & Cocktails
For a sophisticated, yet laidback happy hour, head for Sasha’s Kitchen & Cocktails, where a white bar ringed with high-backed, gold barstools takes center stage. The downtown restaurant and bar makes everything from scratch, and serves creative cocktails like the Sonoran Old Fashioned made with Black Barrel Tequila instead of bourbon, as well as wine and craft beers.
Come for happy hour Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., and all day Sunday to sip $6 martinis and $4 draft beers, select wines and well cocktails. The happy hour menu features some of the restaurant’s most popular items at a discount, including the pork belly lollipop appetizer for $7.
81 W. Boston St.
The Brickyard Downtown
If you love craft cocktails, you’ll love The Brickyard Downtown, especially at happy hour. The bar is known for its take on the classics, such as the French 75, Hemingway Daiquiri and Sazerac. Sample these and other great drinks for less Tuesday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.
The happy hour menu offers select cocktails ranging in price from $7 for the French 75, Old Fashioned and Dark N Stormy, to $9 for the Mai Tai. Appetizers begin at $5 for the assorted olives and go to $9 for the pork belly skewers or pork “bahn mi” tacos. For something more substantial, choose from entrées like scallops, hanger steak and the double cut pork chop.
85 W. Boston St.
The Perch Brewery
The Perch Brewery isn’t your typical brewery. Tropical foliage provides intimate space on its brick patio, and its rooftop seating area, open daily 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., offers great views of downtown Chandler. Not to mention the 40-tap brewery is home to more than 50 rescue birds.
During happy hour, Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., you’ll get $2 off all Perch beers like Mas Macho Pilsner and Howler Back Girl, $1 off house wines, and $1 off well liquor. Happy hour menu items are just $5 and include several tot options, hummus, pizza, pretzels and caprese.
232 S. Wall St.
The Sleepy Whale
The latest addition to downtown Chandler’s happy hour scene is making quite a splash thanks to its super unique concept. The Sleepy Whale is a beer bar and bottle shop, run by Justin Evans of The Wandering Tortoise in Phoenix and Hops On Birch in Flagstaff. The pedigree alone guarantees some of the best beers and drinks being served in the heart of Chandler.
Happy hour is the place to be from 5 to 7:30 p.m., as well as specialty nights such as Thirsty Thursdays and Wine Wednesdays (sometimes Mead Wednesdays). And for industry folk, The Whale, as it’s already being called, offers a reverse happy hour on Sunday and Monday nights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., a small gesture of appreciation for all their hard work.
290 S. Arizona Ave.
Just off the main drag of Arizona Avenue is, perhaps, one of downtown Chandler’s best-kept secrets. Featuring 25 taps of craft beers and eight wines, also on tap, Quarthaus is the place to raise your glass in celebration of just how cool Chandler has become. A large, open courtyard welcomes friends, families, couples and pets to relax, enjoy live music, or try their hand at a variety of outdoor games.
Putting the “happy” into happy hour, QuartHaus offers $4 craft pints and $5 Provisioner red and white wines, all of which goes great with pizzas and other dishes from Civic Market next door. Stop by for happy hour drink pricing Monday to Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m., and all day Sunday.
201 S. Washington St.