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Like its stark International Style building façade, Hanny's all-day menu is streamlined, featuring just a handful of starters, pizzas, sandwiches, and salads. It's well-crafted, affordable fare that's perfect for a light lunch, an informal dinner, a happy hour snack, or a late-night nosh -- not destination dining by any stretch, but considering the beautifully restored surroundings and the sheer character that this place brings to the area, it's still a Phoenix destination.
Oh, I know, it's summer and I'm supposed to be talking about light sandwiches lovingly layered with garden-fresh fare, warmed by the season's sun, and served with the sounds of wild peach-faced love b... More »
Ever find yourself thinking, "Wow, I really wish there was someone who could show me around downtown Phoenix's bustling food scene. It's all so overwhelming"? Well . . . probably not. But anyway, Ta... More »
Hanny's is by far the best place for drinks and hanging out downtown. Hanny's takes it's name from the original business, the premier downtown men's clothing store that was built in the 1940s. After decades of abandonment and neglect (the building is one of the few remaining structures to escape the downtown wrecking ball) Hanny's reopened in 2008. It has a distinct 1940s meets modern day atmosphere, a place that knows what it is and does it well.
Hanny's is the only place in town to get a decent mint julep, however, my drink of choice is always a manhattan. The food is great: thin crust pizzas, salads, sandwiches. I usually split a veggie or margarita pizza. If I'm not starving I enjoy the Bar Plate with my liquor. The elevator shaft, the basement, the upper floor and the bathrooms next to the mirrors are all places worthy of exploration.
Service has always been terrific when I go (and I've been a loyal patron of Hanny's since 2008). I go at least once a week.
Everyone needs to stop trying to force downtown Phoenix to be like some other city. Phoenix is Phoenix. And that's what it should be. Downtown is experiencing a new renaissance, and to me, Hanny's is the flagship downtown restaurant. It's one of a kind.
Get ready for a detailed complaint about this place. Hanny's was my bar of choice in Phoenix, but no more.
After making it a point to stop by occasionally for an after-hour cocktail or two ever since I moved to AZ (just over 2 years ago), I had experienced OK but not great service from the bar staff. Not the best conversationalists, but you can’t expect a whole lot from 20-somethings pouring drinks, I guess. I had noticed once or twice going in that there seemed to be something humorous between one of the managers and a staff member, and it seemed to be aimed at me, but I brushed it off. I can be very serious, especially after work, and I rarely smile.
Last week, however, one of the staff who I had no problem with even recently now behaved as if I had “stiffed” him, asking me for a debit or credit card, and then said “here’s your money” - in an obvious “dis” - when he handed me my change. After that he ignored me. A real asshole! I complained, but the manager did not seem sympathetic. Forget it. The food sucks there also.
I’ve lived in several U.S. cities, each with a distinct character, and I’ve received more than my share of attitude in restaurants and bars. I’ve often noticed the larger the city, the better the service. I’ve been treated like s#!t in Denver and Minneapolis (and now Phoenix), but love going out when I’m in Montreal, Boston or New York. San Fran is great too. I guess Phoenix has a long way to go before it hits the big time, and the downtown area is not exactly "booming". A real ghost town.
Stop into Hanny's on a weekend night in downtown Phoenix, and you'll see why there's no one on the street. The swanky bar and restaurant is a great place to spot who's who in the downtown scene, and an even better place to do some exploring. The building was designed by local architects Ryal Lescher and Leslie Mahoney and opened as Hanny's department store in 1947 (you don't even have to squint to see the original signage above the bar and on one of the outside walls). But more interesting... More »
A friend of ours was visiting from Los Angeles, and he wanted to go out for a drink after we'd had dinner at District, the restaurant at the downtown Phoenix Sheraton. We walked over to Arizona Center, and it was dead (except for Hooters, but, um, we were trying to impress our friend, not frighten him). We headed back to the Sheraton -- home to not one, but two bars -- but they were no longer serving. We dropped in at a nearby hotel cafe, but they didn't serve drinks. Then we... More »
For a long time, we were great admirers of the "super-size me" martini trend. So what if a Hendrick's martini at Durant's set us back $20? There were at least four shots of gin in that baby -- and we had the buzz to match our bar bill. But this is 2009. We're broke, we're terrified of DUIs, and (frankly) there's a part of us that's just sick and tired of being sick and tired all the time. We were experiencing the good life, but today we're living through the hangover. Enter the... More »
We think Hanny's deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as ASU's downtown campus, Janet Echelman's mesmerizing mesh sculpture floating above the civic park, and the CityScape development. This restaurant really is a point of pride for the downtown renaissance, for multiple reasons. First off, owner Karl Kopp, known for his Scottsdale watering hole AZ88, invested millions to transform the circa-1947 building (originally a clothing store) from a vacant eyesore that the fire department... More »
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