Lifting Our Spirits: Where to go when the stay-at-home order is over
Lifting Our Spirits: Where to go when the stay-at-home order is over

Lifting Our Spirits: Where to go when the stay-at-home order is over

The Duce

By Haley Lorenzen

Although the Valley might not be well-known for its bar scene, there’s no shortage of cocktail lounges, dive bars and eclectic speakeasies. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, Phoenix has a growing selection of bars and that ensures there are plenty of places to celebrate when the pandemic subsides.

 

Phoenix

SideBar

1514 N. Seventh Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.1646, sidebarphoenix.com

With a unique view of the downtown Phoenix skyline, this retro-futuristic cocktail bar offers over 50 beers, as well as its own assortment of original cocktails, made with its collection of 250 liquors. Check out this swanky lounge on a Sunday and enjoy 20% off everything all day long.

UnderTow

3620 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602.753.6504, undertowphx.com

One of the most talked-about spots in Phoenix, UnderTow is more than a tiki bar, it’s an experience. This hidden gem is located in the basement of Sip Coffee, where guests enter through an unmarked stairwell. Once inside, enter an intimate island-inspired world and enjoy an assortment of rum-based cocktails, complete with sound effects. Reservations are recommended.

Sazerac Phoenix

821 N. Second Street, Phoenix, 602.334.1626, sazeracphoenix.com

Located on Roosevelt Row, Sazerac Phoenix offers one-of-a-kind cocktails and cigars with indoor and outdoor seating. This dimly lit cocktail bar has live music throughout the week and offers a live music and live painting event on the second Thursday of the month.

The Duce

525 S. Central Avenue, 602.866.3823, theducephx.com

Walk inside this Prohibition-themed 1928 warehouse, and you can find almost anything your heart desires. From boxing, to dance classes, to vintage cocktails, the Duce has got it all. The Duce’s drink menu includes classics like whiskey sours and Tom Collins, and for those who don’t drink, this spot also offers an old-fashioned soda fountain.

Killer Whale Sex Club

922 N. Sixth Street, facebook.com/KillerWhaleSexClub

This swanky, speakeasy-themed cocktail bar’s name is sure to catch your attention. Its array of creative cocktails is impressive, too, like the Gold Digger, made with plum, Cocchi Rosa, Madeira Madeira Malvasia, toasted sesame and whiskey.

Stardust Pinbar

401 W. Van Buren Street, Suite C, Phoenix, 601.354.2931, stardustpinbar.com

Throw it back to the ’70s at this neon-lit lounge. Inspired by late singer David Bowie, Stardust Pinbar offers a slew of themed pinball machines; a disco dance floor; and plenty of beer, wine and specialty cocktails.

Century Grand

3626 E. Indian School Road, 602.739.1388, centurygrandphx.com/century-grand

Step into a Prohibition-era train station at this posh, art deco cocktail bar and restaurant that boasts a selection of creative drinks, as well as an ever-changing food menu. Reservations are recommended.

Swizzle Inn

5835 N. 16th Street, Suite A, Phoenix, 602.277.7775

This tiny dive bar is a perfect place for a low-key drink or a game of pool under a ceiling of Christmas lights, which stay lit all year long.

 

Scottsdale

Rusty Spur Saloon

7245 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, 480.425.7787, rustyspursaloon.com

For more than 60 years, Rusty Spur Saloon has been one of the most popular watering holes in the Valley, offering classic drinks and live country music throughout the week.

Coach House

7011 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale, 480.990.3433, coachhousescottsdale.com

Coach House’s dazzling, twinkling Christmas light interior makes this dive bar a perfect place to unwind with cheap drinks. On the weekend, there is a bloody mary and omelet bar.

Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar

4166 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 102, Scottsdale, 480.945.5555, secondstoryaz.com

This hip spot is home to more than 300 different whiskeys, but that’s not all they’re known for. Second Story also has $1 oysters all day on Wednesdays, as well as an assortment of fabulous cocktails.

Dirty Dogg Saloon

10409 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.368.8095, dirtydoggsaloon.com

Get down and dirty at the Dirty Dogg Saloon, where wet T-shirt contests, body shots and bar dancing are the norm at this biker bar. Happy hour is weekdays 3 to 8 p.m., with plenty of other drink specials throughout the week.

Kazimierz Wine and Whiskey Bar

7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480.946.3004, kazbarscottsdale.com

Kazimierz Wine and Whiskey Bar is a trendy speakeasy that has over 200 whiskeys and a wide selection of boutique wines. It also has live music from local musicians every night of the week.

 

Tempe

El Hefe

640 S. Mill Avenue, Suite 110, Tempe, 480.257.2797, elhefe.com

This Mexican restaurant/nightclub has plenty of mouthwatering cocktails that will have you dancing all night, such as the “Mamacita,” made with Patron Silver, lime juice, Cointreau, and strawberry and peach puree. It also has a wide variety of tacos and tortas.

Glow Shots & Cocktails

414 S. Mill Avenue, Suite 215, Tempe, 480.329.4090, facebook.com/GLOWtempeAZ

Glow Shots & Cocktails is Mill Avenue’s first shot bar, offering a wide selection of unique shots. It also has theme nights throughout the week, such as R&B music every Sunday.

Palo Verde Lounge

1015 W. Broadway Road, Tempe, 480.334.7567, palo-verde-lounge.business.site

This tiny dive may not look like much on the outside, but step inside and be treated to inexpensive drinks, laid-back vibes, and music straight from a good old-fashioned jukebox.

Snakes and Lattes

20 W. Sixth Street, Tempe, 480.361.6644, snakesandlattes.com

Grab an aperol spritz, a glass of chardonnay or an iced coffee at Snakes and Lattes, all while kicking back and playing one of the hundreds of available board and card games. There is a $5 fee to play the games.

Marauders

6430 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, 480.590.0529

Marauders is a pirate-themed bar and restaurant that serves a slew of tiki-inspired cocktails, as well as typical American fare.

Low Key Piano Bar

501 S. Mill Avenue, Suite B101, Tempe, 480.355.1705, lowkeypianobar.com

This modern take on a typical piano bar makes Low Key the perfect place to grab a cocktail and experience the fun of dueling pianos. It offers drink specials throughout the week, including fishbowls starting at $7.

Pedal Haus Brewery

730 S. Mill Avenue, Suite 102, Tempe, 480.314.2337, pedalhausbrewery.com

This spacious brewery has an extensive selection of house beers and American eats. Since opening in 2015, Pedal Haus has racked up numerous awards for its selection of ales, including the title of best brewery in the U.S. by Copa Cervezas de Americas.

Rodeo Ranch Bar

501 S. Mill Avenue, Suite 101, Tempe, 480.534.8620, therodeoranch.com

Test your cowboy skills at Rodeo Ranch Bar, where mechanical bull rides are $5. This Western-themed bar also has arcade games, bottle service and plenty of cold drinks.

 

Gilbert

Level 1 Arcade Bar

60 W. Vaughn Avenue, Suite 107, Gilbert, 480.687.1192,

level1arcade.bar

From retro arcade games to vintage pinball machines, Level 1 Arcade Bar has plenty of fun for every taste. Along with games, it also has an extensive variety of signature cocktails, beers and small eats.

Four Silos Brewery Coffee & Beer House

143 S. Higley Road, Gilbert, 480.210.7456, foursilosbrewery.com

This craft coffee and beer spot has over a dozen local beers on tap, such as the Four Silos Duckduck Deuce, which is described as a Double IPA that is “inspired by the duck droppings by the ponds.”

 

Chandler

Sleepy Whale

290 S. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, 480.758.4979, facebook.com/Sleepywhalebeer

This pub boasts a huge selection of craft beers—on tap and canned—including local brews such as Grapefruit Gose, a grapefruit-inspired ale from Wilderness Brewing Co.

The Brickyard

85 W. Boston Street, Chandler, 480.963.1373, brickyarddowntown.com

The Brickyard has a massive drink menu; and with an almost 20-page list of cocktails, you’re sure to find something for every taste. It also has a contemporary American food menu, and happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.

SanTan Brewing Company

8 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler, 480.917.8700, santanbrewing.com

This award-winning distillery believes special occasions are centered around good food and drink. SanTan Brewing Co. cans its brews, offering seasonal and year-round options for fans who crave it even when social distancing.

 

Mesa

The Grid: Games & Growlers

525 S. Gilbert Road, Suite A-7, Mesa, 480.621.8088, thegridmesa.com

The Grid is a barcade that has old school and new school arcade games and video games, and a wide selection of beers. All games are free to play with the purchase of food or drink.

Chupacabra Taproom

14 N. Robson, Mesa, 480.751.5566, chupacabrataproom.com

The laid-back atmosphere of Chupacabra Taproom in Downtown Mesa makes this the perfect place to enjoy a cold one, with a wide variety of beers from around the country.

Oro Brewing Company

210 W. Main Street, Mesa, 480.398.8247, orobrewing.com

Oro Brewing Company is a nano-brewery and taproom with a cozy atmosphere and patio. It has a dozen beers on tap, and has happy hour on Mondays, as well as $1 off all beers on Fridays.

12 West Brewing

12 W. Main Street, Mesa, 480.508.7018, 12westbrewing.com

Another popular brewery in Downtown Mesa, 12 West has beers and cocktails for every taste, from pale ales to IPAs, as well as a menu filled with shareable appetizers. 12 West also has a location in Gilbert.

Cider Corps

31 S. Robson, Suite 103, Mesa, 480.993.3164, cidercorpsaz.com

Cider Corps is a family-run craft cidery and taproom with a unique selection of ciders, such as “Sangrin Sangria,” which has notes of prickly pear, strawberry and passion fruit.

 

Ahwatukee

The Buzzed Goat

4302 E. Ray Road, Suite 106, Phoenix, 480.706.7411,

Whether you’re in the mood for an espresso or a cocktail, or a mix of both, such as its namesake cocktail, which is a mix of vodka, cold brew and caramel, The Buzzed Goat has plenty of selections.

The Whining Pig

5030 E. Ray Road, Suite J5, Ahwatukee, 480.248.6969, thewhiningpig.com

This beer and wine bar has more than 125 craft beers, seasonal meat and cheese plates, and a wide variety of wines. The Whining Pig also has other locations throughout the Valley.

My Wine Cellar

5030 Warner Road, Suite 2, Phoenix, 480.598.9463, thecellarphx.com

My Wine Cellar is an intimate, classy experience, perfect for relaxing with a class of red, white or rosé. It also has $2 off happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

 

Paradise Valley

Jade Bar

5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, 855.245.2051, sanctuaryoncamelback.com

Nestled on top of Camelback Mountain, Jade Bar offers stunning views of the desert, along with expertly crafted cocktails. On weekend nights, this chic bar also has live music.

Cook & Craft

7306 E. Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale, cookandcraftaz.com

Cook & Craft is a small American eatery that partners with many local small businesses. Its menu includes a wide selection of draughts, wines and unique cocktails.

Lincoln Steakhouse & Bar

5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, 480.905.7979,

Located inside JW Marriott Scottsdale, this contemporary steakhouse has beautiful mountain views, perfectly cooked steaks, wine and plenty of classic cocktails.

 

Avondale

Scale & Feather Meadery

1050 N. Fairway Drive, Building E, Suite 112, Avondale, 623.440.8931, scaleandfeather.com

Whether you’re a “Basic Barbarian” who likes pumpkin spice or a mead purist, Scale & Feather has a drink for you. With fantastical and humorous titles for each brew, this “Dungeons & Dragons” tavern come to life boasts honey wine that’s “not just good, it’s chaotic good.”

 

Litchfield Park

Transplant City Beer Co.

107 W. Honeysuckle Street, Litchfield Park, 623.535.3911, tcbcbeer.com

From home brewers to craft brewers, Transplant City Beer Co. proudly serves small batch beers with a focus on unique flavors and serving the increasingly diverse West Valley.

Tap Savvy

13000 W. Indian School Road, Suite A-6, Litchfield Park, 623.248.85761, tapsavvy.beer

The main focus of Tap Savvy’s owners and staff is a laid-back and open environment. Hoping to foster good conversations and better beer, this relaxed bottle shop and bar even allows patrons to bring outside food.

 

Goodyear

Saddle Mountain Brewing Company

15651 W. Roosevelt Street, Goodyear, 623.249.5520, saddlemountainbrewing.com

The first production brewery in Goodyear, Saddle Mountain is a cozy, family-owned establishment mixes a love of vintage airplanes with good beer.

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