Good Day Readers! I hope all your days are Happy and all your hours worthy of praise. We are still on the move and what moves us is a good Happy Hour! At this stop we find our enthusiasm and skill of observation at Carlos O’ Brien’s Mexican Restauran in Phoenix Arizona. At the first take, the name gives an associative hint an Irish Pub. The signage outside is green and the interior matches with green. It takes a careful observation of the rest of the name which denotes the fact that Carlos O Brien’s is a Mexican Restaurant. The 0′ Brien throws you off. Large Vivid signage is what caught our attention as seekers of Happy Hour and a good Happy Hour joint. The exterior is large and as can be expected, the interior is full of seating and a large main bar which is very inviting. Carlos O’ Brien’s is on the ball with plenty of banners both party style and advertisements and marketing. Plenty of color and lots of room to fiesta. The wide open atmosphere is very nice with an accompanying outside area alongside the main dining area. A big place with a very large seating area among the other big places we have made stops at such as: Bill Johnson’s Big Apple is a big place with tons of seating, BJ’s Restaurant and Brew House is a big place with much seating, and SandBar Mexican Grill is another of the larger establishments we have visited and examined at Happy Hour.
Happy Hour at Carlos O’ Brien’s is, can you believe it,,, Every Day from 3pm to 7pm and again from 9pm until close. There is something of a Wow factor with those operating hours for Happy Hour. We didn’t see any Happy Hour hype or signage upon closer Examination. We had to inquire at the hostess stand if there was a Happy Hour event at all. The ever-loving chalk board was there in full view, but there was no Happy Hour info on it to be read or studied. We study what we want to learn about. There was a Happy Hour menu to our delight that was handed out when we inquired about what the event entailed. Less than exciting, however, were the specialty prices for the drinks during the event. A not so great price of $2.50 for a pint, import pints are $3.50 and wine and well drinks are an uninviting $3.50. Carlos O’ Brien’s does have signature drinks to help them stand out and one of them is something called a “Mollyrita” which sells for $5.50. The drink itself is inviting, but again, the price is not right for a Happy Hour event. There are no appetizers specifically designed to accompany the drinks, only bar snacks for a modest one dollar. Not much Wow about that. The place is interesting, the menu looks good in general, but as far as a great Happy Hour spot, Carlos O’ Brien’s Mexican Restaurant in Phoenix Arizona is not. Carlos earns a 5 on our happy meter which runs from 1 to 10 for the banners the size and the hours of operation, but there is just not much else going on. See you at the next spot.