Five Phoenix Bars that should be on the Best Bars in America List

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Lets face it: Living in Phoenix means having a love/hate relationship with Phoenix, especially when it's balls hot and there's absolutely nothing to do other than drink cold beer inside our favorite air conditioned drinking establishment. But that's just it. Yeah, Phoenix isn't exactly a top destination city in terms of sightseeing, historical monuments and whatever other touristy crap people do on vacation, but the one thing Phoenix does have is great bars.

So, last week when The Daily Meal came out with a list of 150 Best Bars in America-- with not one in Phoenix, we couldn't help but feel like the fat kid who didn't get picked based on popularity and not logic.

That's why we were inspired to come up with a list of our own of the top five bars around town, complete with category, thus proving a city doesn't need (significant) mass-transit or beaches to have kick-ass bars.

Check out our picks after the jump.

 

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Nicole Smith
A view of Casey Moore's patio/ cool college kid heaven

Best College Bar: Casey Moore's

This oyster house/ cool kid college bar is conveniently located in walking fixed-gear riding distance from ASU main campus in Downtown Tempe and always promises enough youth culture and debauchery to make for a helluva good time.

Best Dive Bar: Shady's Fine Ales and Cocktails

There's nothing shady about this neighborhood dive located on the corner of 27th street and Indian School. This hole-in-the-wall may meet all of the necessary requirements of a dive with a pool table, killer jukebox and tv screen playing cult movies -- but the relaxed environment, friendly bartenders, local brews and unpretentious people who know how to drink are entirely representative of local charm.

Best Date Bar: The Roosevelt
Located in a historic house in the Downtown Phoenix arts district, the dimly lit venue offers cozy couches, a cool soundtrack, small plates and an extensive list of beer and wine, and in turn, totally makes us want to take our clothes off.


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Nicole Smith

The Kingston Rum Punch at The Breadfruit's Rum Bar, ya mon'.

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Best Rum Bar: The Rum Bar at Breadfruit

Yeah, we're pretty sure it's one of the only (if not THE only) rum bars in Phoenix but there's no denying it's legit and damn awesome. Jamaican owner Dwayne Allen created this chic spot that specializes in premium aged rums and authentic Caribbean cocktail concoctions.

Best Blues/ Jazz Bar: Char's Has the Blues
That's right, Phoenix has a blues bar and it's one of our favorite hangouts in town. Char's features live music from talented local and touring OG blues/soul/funk bands, making our blues loving hearts happy and giving Phoenix some well-needed soul.



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19 comments
Rev. Rob
Rev. Rob

Jimbo's is the best with all you can eat hotwings and daily free breakfast. 

TheCosmicJester
TheCosmicJester

Shady's is a great bar, but it ain't even close to a dive. The lighting is good, the jukebox and pool table are fully functional, and the staff is friendly and accommodating. A right and proper dive is a place where the floors are sticky, the bathrooms questionable, the bartenders chain smoke, and the most complicated drink you have any business ordering is Jack and Coke.

Gwynne
Gwynne

Tuck Shop. Homemade ginger ale and rum.  Get yours now. Right now :)

Cmooresfi
Cmooresfi

Phoenix is not even close to having any bars on the best bars list. I lived in Tempe and traveled all over the country for work. There are so many great bars out there, Phoenix has a handful of good ones but nothing that special. When people used to come visit Phoenix and ask me where a must-go bar was, I usually laughed. Like Vic says, try Chicago, Boston, or Memphis to name a few cities. Also try Miami, Austin, Nor-Cal, So-Cal, Portland, Denver, Minneapolis, and Dallas as well. These cities all have bars that will put any "top Phoenix Bar" to shame. 

Guest
Guest

I agree with Vic and BP here Phoenix bars just suck for the most part. I really like Rosie McCaffrey's but its not much different than any Irish bar around the world. I would say that Utah yes Utah has a better bar scene than Phoenix does and that is down right pathetic. Park City is fun as hell and downtown Salt Lake has tons of cool unique bars and dives. I dont know what is wrong with Phoenix but it really just is missing something.

vic
vic

Nice list but I have to disagree that there are great bars in Phoenix, at least none that belong on a best in the nation list.  There just are not.  Back in the early 80s there were a couple that may have been contenders, but they no longer exist. Nothing unique enough or with enough atmosphere to come close to many other cities including Chicago, Boston or even Memphis.  Sorry just my  opinion.

ZachHenry
ZachHenry

Yup.  I too lived in Tempe, and there's not much special.  Cornish Pasty and 4 Peaks are the jam, but not really bars.

BP
BP

Agreed, a dive bar is not a good bar.  I have been to many great cocktail bars the world over and PHX is lacking big time.  Closest I have found is Elements, they take their bar program seriously and craft many of their bitters and syrups in house.  Citizen Public is pretty good as well.

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