Happy Hours Galore!
Downtown Summerlin is home to the residents of the Summerlin community, but more than that, it brings together all walks of life looking to shop, explore, hit Poke stops, and of course, try the bevy of restaurants that are scattered throughout the premises. This month’s Our Picks shines a light on the amazing Happy Hour menus for all occasions.
Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant
Happy Hour at Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant takes place daily inside their authentic and inviting bar, where local bands and singers perform throughout the week, and where every Monday is Ladies Night.
Besides the great music and friendly atmosphere, Pancho’s Happy Hour offers a delicious range of dishes to choose from, all able to not only fill you up but feed more than a party of two. For just $7.50 you can get a flavored house margarita, like the Jalapeño Margarita, perfect for those who are looking for a kick of spice; or for those looking for something refreshing and sweet, the frozen Mango Margarita might be your drink of choice.
Make sure to try the Botanas Especiales, a combination platter that features savory chicken flautas, four quesadillas, chicken drumsticks and your choice of chicken or beef taquitos, all served with a side of sour cream and guacamole, ideal for mixing with your drink of choice.
Also available are the Carne Asada Nachos, which were perfection. Guaranteed to serve at least four, these nachos are not your typical nachos by any means. From the melted cheese to the tender and juicy carne asada meat, jalapenos, beans and chives, I walked away dreaming of wanting more.
The Happy Hour at Pancho’s is a must-do for anyone living near the location, but also for anyone in the city looking for delicious food and topnotch drinks.
11020 Lavender Hill Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89135 , 702-982-0111 , panchosvegas.com
Public School 702
Recess, as it is known to Public School 702 patrons, is filled with an eclectic arrangement of drinks, dishes and joy, that this gastropub excels in. Its trendy design and upscale, yet affordable Happy Hour menu, is something that everyone needs to be aware of.
Recess is available from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and for those looking for a nice and relaxing atmosphere, sitting outside on their enormous patio, which allows customers to charge their smartphones at their table or play the large Connect Four, is perfect for catching up.
During any time of the year, the Parmesan Truffle Fries, Speck & Eggs, PB&J Sidekicks sliders, Ahi Tuna Poke and Chorizo Mac & Cheese, will not only make you want more, but also make you question how such a cool place has one of the best happy hour menus in town. The PB&J Sidekicks speak for themselves as the habanero blackberry jam mixed with the beef and sugar-cured bacon, take on a whole new level of sweet and spice.
My personal favorite was the Chorizo Mac & Cheese, topped with sea salt and vinegar crunch chips, and mixed with fresh basil, thickly sliced chorizo and the best cheese sauce ever created. Don’t let the small dish deceive you, as this one dish alone can fill you up instantly. Of course their Parmesan Truffle Fries are perfect for anyone who loves fries as are their Speck & Eggs, which take your traditional deviled egg and turn it into something more smoky and spicy.
Although not located on the Happy Hour menu, but most certainly available, the Passion Fruit Mojito, infused with gin and passion fruit puree is superb. Another fantastic cocktail is their Crushed Velvet, a signature and unique take on a traditional Moscow Mule. By using vodka, black and blue puree and a lavender flower, the Crushed Velvet is perfect for anyone looking to try something new, as you will not be disappointed.
For a fun night out, great service and a wonderful collection of choices, Public School 702 is ideal for any Happy Hour.
1850 Festival Plaza Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89135 , 702-749-3007 , psontap.com
The one thing that separates CRAVE from the others is that their Happy Hour is the most eclectic I have ever seen. Because they literally have everything you could think of, from edamame, flatbreads, chicken nuggets, sliders and chicken wings, just to name a few, the choices to select from are incredible.
Surrounded by gorgeous scenery and other popular restaurants, CRAVE’s Happy Hour is every Monday-Saturday from 3-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday from 9 p.m.-Close, and all day Sunday.
The Madras Martini was divine and an excellent drink for all types of weather. Mixed with New Amsterdam Vodka and a splash of orange juice and cranberry, it is a definite refresher of a drink that is not too strong and just right. Their Kinky Mojito however, was my favorite drink and a must-try for those looking for your mojito standard with a new twist. Taking Kinky Pink Vodka, fresh mint, lime and soda, I knew with the first sip that I was going to love it from start to finish, and I was correct.
CRAVE’s Happy Hour menu cannot be compared and when the dishes began to come out, I couldn’t believe the variety I got to choose from. Their edamame was wonderful and the best I have had yet in the city. A few of their most popular dishes such as their Lettuce Wraps so good, the Mini Pesto Chicken Flatbread my favorite, and their Lemon Garlic Wings, spoke volumes as to why people love these items.
As a not-so-huge wing lover to begin with, I do want to say that the Lemon Garlic Wings at CRAVE are the only wings I would ever order at any restaurant, because they are that good. No matter what you are looking for in a Happy Hour excursion, the chances of CRAVE having what you want are very high.
It is the kind of place you are bound to come back to and one that suits all taste buds.
10970 Rosemary Park Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89135 , 702-878-5505 , craveamerica.com