By Alison Bailin Batz
When people think of “hotel bars,” dark walls, wicker chairs and very basic cocktails come to mind. In Arizona, think again. The Grand Canyon State’s hotels and resorts boast some of the hottest spots to find cool drinks and amazing eats. Here are a few.
Indoors or out, at Enchantment Resort’s View 180 in Sedona, you’ll be as immersed in the sommelier-curated wine list, local craft beer selection and regionally sourced cocktails as you are in Sedona’s signature red rock vistas. Don’t miss the plumb mule, fig cosmo, infused sangrias or the prickly pear margarita, especially during happy hour, offered 4 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, when small bites start at $6. Experience Enchantment and its surrounding beauty in this intimate lounge setting – especially at sunset.
Enchantment Resort, 525 Boynton Canyon Road, Sedona, 844.244.9489, enchantmentresort.com.
LON’s Last Drop
Nestled in one of the oldest adobe haciendas in Arizona, LON’s Last Drop at the Hermosa Inn was a casual dining bar and grill that was recently expanded to feature an outdoor patio with sweeping views of Camelback Mountain, daily happy hour and live entertainment. Touting an award-winning high-end boutique cocktail program, with alcoholic and nonalcoholic options, the highly regarded drink menu highlights housemade liquors, tinctures and bitters, while the culinary prowess of Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco graces the pages of the food menu.
Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, 602.955.8614, hermosainn.com/lons-last-drop.
SaltRock Southwest Kitchen
Located at Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa, SaltRock Southwest Kitchen’s cocktail program is one of the most impressive in Sedona, especially with Ardi Dulaku behind the bar. Dulaku’s cocktail menu recently launched 15 new libations, each taking local inspiration. Many ingredients are particularly unique to the Southwest and Sedona’s Oak Creek Canyon, which is home to a ton of cool botanicals like different species of cucumbers, cacti and agave.
Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa, 100 Amara Lane, Sedona, 928.340.8803, saltrockkitchen.com.
The philosophy at the indoor/outdoor Plaza Bar at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is simple: For the purists, they return to the core of what a cocktail is by reintroducing the sour, the Collins, the mule, and the aromatic-based classic cocktails to indulge in and enjoy. For the more adventurous, they offer artisanal cocktails that are drinkable works of art. Artisanal cocktails show their audiences how to select prime produce, identify stunning edible flowers, create original garnishes, and how to assemble cocktails in a very easy, but particular fashion, that will result in visually appealing drinks.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale, 480.585.4848, scottsdaleprincess.com.
Onyx Bar & Lounge
When visitors approach this Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Troon North bar, they grasp the origin of its name: The amber-ribboned colors of onyx paint the bar, drawing comparisons to desert sandstone and inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright. The bar top is custom-made out of a single mesquite tree, sanded smooth and veined with black. Adjacent to Talavera restaurant, Onyx Bar & Lounge features a menu of sophisticated small plates and fresh handcrafted cocktails, beer and wines by the bottle and glass. Relax while savoring the colorful palette of the Sonoran sunset behind Pinnacle Peak. At nightfall, find beautiful nighthawks soaring through the air.
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Troon North, 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale, 480.515.5700, fourseasons.com/Scottsdale.
Weft & Warp Art Bar +Kitchen
The Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen is the hub of the action at the newly launched Andaz. Pull up a stool and enjoy the best bar snacks, including housemade beef brisket, ostrich or lamb jerky, accompanied by inventive cocktails, inspired by desert folklore.
Andaz, 6114 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.368.1234, facebook.com/WWArtBar.
The Scottsdale’s new Bar Six40 is not only named after the number of acres of land that Army Chaplain Winfield Scott purchased that would become Scottsdale, but it displays vintage photos of Scottsdale and the Valley over the past 100 years. The beer, wine and cocktail menu is a similar homage, with a perfect blend of classic, modern and lots of Southwestern flavors for locals and tourists to appreciate.
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, 7700 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, 480.596.7522, facebook.com/thescottsdaleresort.