Hanny’s brings Manhattan cool to Phoenix


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If anyone ever says to me that downtown Phoenix doesn’t have cool bars, I’ll send them to Hanny’s.

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The sister restaurant to AZ 88 is chic and totally has a Manhattan vibe, with its minimalist, modernĀ decor and live music. I went there last night before stopping by Space 55 for some Cagematch improv.

The spot is comprised of several stories, with the main restaurant and bar on the middle floors. This time of year, there’s a giant Christmas tree in the entrance, and it’s a gorgeous piece of art by installation artist Janice Leonard. You’ll also see her trees at AZ 88.

We sat at the bar, where my pal Peter was working. Request him–he’s great.

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I had a Pimm’s Cup, one of the bar’s specialties,

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and a mojito.

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The drinks are smaller portions than you might be used to, but that’s how Hanny’s does all their cocktails.

We shared a Bar Plate ($8.50), which is great if you love prosciutto, since there’s a ton of it. It also comes with bread, cheese, olives and nuts–perfect to pair cocktails with.

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My side salad ($4.50) was OK, but I wish the place served ranch dressing. I wasn’t super-crazy about the Dijon vinaigrette.

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And despite how much I love the cool vibe of Hanny’s, the regular menu is so disappointing. If you don’t like sandwiches, you’re stuck with a salad or flat bread pizza. We ordered one with olivesĀ  ($12), and while I loved the cheese, it tasted more like a cracker than pizza.

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The pizzas are just mediocre–I could make a better one myself, and I don’t even cook. I would love if Hannny’s expanded its menu or made thick-crust pizzas. Maybe if it had more to offer food-wise, the restaurant would become more popular.

I absolutely love the tiramisu ($7) at Hanny’s, though,

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and the great music by the DJ’s distracted from the so-so food. I really appreciate the live music and think Hanny’s has great potential to become a bustling bar.

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