Happy hour in Tempe at some off the beaten path bars

Author: Michael Martin

Posted on: June 12, 2014


Just finishing college and joining the “real world,” with a 40 hour work week and hardly any vacation time, has really put into perspective that my college days are slowly slipping away and adulthood is quickly approaching. With the stress of work and college loans piling up, it’s really difficult to not get stressed out and lose my temper. I’ve quickly come to the realization that I need a more socially acceptable outlet to take out all my frustrations and relieve the stress from off my shoulders at the end of the day.

Happy hours in Tempe are one of my new guilty pleasures for relaxing at the end of the week. I was excited to discover that I could find some of the best happy hour spots in my own back yard. Typically, when I think of Tempe, I automatically think of what places are located on Mill Avenue; however, I found some of the most desirable places to be located a little off the beaten path. The thing that I find the most endearing about adventuring outside of Mill Avenue is the type of locations you’ll come across. There is rarely a cookie cutter bar that you’ll walk into, as each bar and restaurant is unique in its own way, giving you many different options to choose from. I tend to pick my happy hour location based on my mood, for example, when I am on the more adventurous side, I will head to Boulders on Broadway located on 530 W. Broadway Road. Boulders on Broadway incorporates bike riding, rock climbing, and all things adventure into their atmosphere. With 30 draft handles and over 70 plus bottles of craft beer, what’s not to like?

Probably one of the most unique happy hour destinations you could venture to is Casey Moore’s Oyster House located just off of Mill Avenue on 850 S. Ash Avenue. Sure they have great prices and amazing sea food options, but there’s more than those attributes that drive the customers in. Casey Moore’s is famous for being a destination with paranormal activity. Just ask some of the staff and you’ll find out some crazy stories of their various encounters with the paranormal. Whether you are there for the great food or just want to grab a drink with Casper the friendly ghost, you will be in great hands.

If you are in a more festive mood, I would check out Dos Gringos on 8000 S. Priest Drive, which is a Mexican Cantina where you can let your hair down and really get in the happy hour spirit. Their outside patio has become a staple in the Tempe community for lunch and happy hour. Enjoy great Mexican food along with a lively atmosphere at this location. So go on and grab your coworkers and indulge in one of the many happy hour locations that Tempe has to offer.

For more information about happy hour in Tempe, visit our website or give us a call at 800-283-6734.

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