10 Best Cocktail Bars in Metro Phoenix
In the wake of Black Friday madness and family dinner drama, we could all use a strong drink. You can easily up the merry ante with some truly craft concoctions courtesy of the city's best bars and bartenders. While the mixology craze is saturating the scene in other places, it's an up-and-coming art in Phoenix. However, we can show you 10 of the top places in the Valley that stir, shake, and muddle to impress, whether you're trying to treat your own taste buds or maybe find a place to wow those persnickety in-laws.
Heather Hoch Bar Crudo might leave you tongue tied with this cocktail.
Regardless of whether you're craving a classic cocktail done right or an inventive new drink to add to your imbibing repertoire, Bar Crudo can oblige you with craft spirits and handmade and infused syrups and tinctures. Mixologist Micah Olson curates the bar menu at the Arcadia restaurant with a culinary mind toward pairing flavors and creating balance. Drinks like the Tongue Tied ($11) transforms mezcal with strawberry, lime, lavender tincture and Luxardo Abamo Amaro into a smoky, tart masterpiece, while the Milano Gimlet ($11), made with gin, Fernet Branca, grapefruit, basil and cinnamon syrup, seeks to showcase the spirits heartier herbal qualities. Like the food menu, Crudo's cocktail menu strives to be the standard in town for all other menus to live up to.
When we said mixology was a big deal in other scenes, we meant it, and one of the biggest deals on the mixology scene in any town today is Ryan Magarian. Some of Phoenix's biggest cocktail contenders were trained under his tutelage when he came to Jade Bar the first time. Recently, he did a massive overhaul on Jade Bar's cocktail menu to accompany the renovation of the bar's interior at the Sanctuary resort. His mission was to create the iconic Arizona cocktail experience, and with crisp, clean, and refreshing drinks like Shiso Sexy ($14) with shiso leaves, vodka, Yellow Chartreuse, lime juice and chilled green tea, we certainly think he's on the right path.
Mabel's on Main
This Old Town Scottsdale hangout has been a stronghold for the craft cocktail scene for the past four years. While the Aaron May-owned lounge and bar adopts the barkeep knowhow and den-like atmosphere of a Prohibition-era speakeasy, they ditch the kitschy gimmicks and stick to making delicious drinks. Much like Jade Bar, Mabel's has become a proving ground for bartenders around the city to strut their stuff and eventually go on to mix up their own menus elsewhere. The simple drinks usually pair three to five ingredients, proving that if you know a lot about combining flavors, you can do a whole lot more with a whole lot less.
2050 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ