Chandler can be pretty darn cool. Just take a look at The Living Room, a happening indoor/outdoor bar with an attractive wait staff, tasty sangria and om nom nommable eats. Now that I work in Chandler full-time, it’s quickly become my favorite go-to for happy hour and lunch, with a vibe that’s more downtown Phoenix than family-filled suburbs.
The place is open and airy, with the indoors spilling out to the patio, no wall dividing the two. Dark wood and burnt orange furniture decorate the space, with the funky color scheme giving the spot a Mediterranean vibe. Comfy couches surrounded by fireplaces outside are perfect for lounging, while high-tops and an expansive bar with sports televisions inside give drinkers and diners more options.
The place gets packed during “normal” happy hour time, but if you’re a day drinker, you’re in luck, since happy hour prices are available from open to 6 p.m. Definitely try a glass of sangria ($5 during happy hour) – I loved the red version I got, since it was really fruity but strong. There’s an extensive wine list, as well as a mixed cocktail selection, if fruity sangria isn’t your thing.
The food at The Living Room is also mighty tasty. The Caprese sandwich ($9.95), with thick mozzarella, a pesto sauce, juicy grape tomatoes and a balsamic glaze that perfectly ties everything together, is delicious. I love it with a mixed green salad with lemon caper vinaigrette – the salad reminds me of another favorite salad of mine, at The Main Ingredient in Phoenix.
Even if you don’t live in Chandler, I’d say The Living Room is a destination spot and should entice you to venture out South if you don’t usually head that direction. Find more info here.