FirstPlace: The HUB Grill and Bar
1860 S. Stapley Drive, Mesa
The two HUBs are the happiest places in Mesa from 2:12 p.m. to 6:12 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The sports bars’ lively happy hours feature beer-sampler paddles starting at $5, which is a great way to try out the many craft brews and nibble on some appetizers. Patrons also enjoy $2 discounts on HUB shots, HUB drinks and certain appetizers. Well drinks and domestic beers are $3, while house wines, call drinks and some craft beers are $4.
Why the 2:12 starting time? It refers to the HUB’s “212 in all we do” customer-service philosophy. At 211 degrees, water is very hot, explains operations manager Katie Ellering. At 212, water boils and creates steam that can move a locomotive.
“That extra degree of service makes all the difference,” Ellering said.
Second Place: Postino Wine Cafe East
302 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert
Third Place: The Perch Brewery
232 S. Wall St., Chandler