Everybody knows about Giligin’s in Old Town Scottsdale as a bar destination, but I’ve been there to eat dinner at a couple happy hours now, and the laid-back, fun-loving spot has great deals on greasy food and bountiful drinks.
The last time I was there, I ordered a side salad and jalapeno poppers, both for $3 each from 4-7 p.m. every day. Trust me, don’t get a salad here. Why anyone would order something healthy in a bar decorated with license plates, crude signs and a beer pong table is silly, anyway, but I learned the hard way you should stick to the fattening stuff. The house salad with ranch had huge leaves of romaine lettuce, which had to be cut in half in order to eat. It also only came with cheese and croutons, so it was a pretty boring offering and not even worth the $3 price.
The jalapeno poppers, filled with a cream cheese filling, on the other hand, were pretty tasty. I know they’re just fried and served, but they were decent, especially if you’ve had a few beers.
Speaking of which, the drink specials during happy hour rock. For only $2, you can get pints of beer, glasses of wine and well cocktails. The pitchers were massive and only $5 a piece, yielding at least three pints of beer.
And if you like wings, they’re only 25 cents each and can be covered in any kind of sauce you want, from barbecue to teriyaki to sweet Thai.
The crowd during happy hour is more buttoned-down than you might see later at night. It’s also smaller, and there are servers walking around to tables like a regular restaurant. There’s still lots of fun happening, though, with loud music, sports on all the televisions and an eclectic wait staff.
Giligin’s is no-fuss and focused on being silly and having a great time, and if you really want to unwind after work, it’s a great option. And if you’d like to challenge me to a one of their vegetarian food challenges, let me know, because I’m dying to try one–and you get a $50 bar tab for your table if you succeed!