10 Best Cocktail Bars in Metro Phoenix
|The Virtu Starter Kit and Sazerac cocktails showcase Clint Spotleson's mixing knowhow.|
This year Virtu Honest Craft exploded onto the Valley restaurant and bar scene with a lot of rave reviews. It even garnered a spot in Esquire's top new restaurants list. While chef Gio Osso's modern Mediterranean cuisine is a breath of fresh air in our food scene, mixologist Clint Spotleson is behind the bar ensuring that the same care and quality goes into the drinks as it does the dinners. From the perfect Sazerac ($10) to inventively sweet and frothy Dutch Blues ($11) with genever (a blueberry-sherry shrub), lemon juice, egg white, club soda and Boston Bittahs, Spotleson's menu has something for everyone.
Speaking of speakeasies, if you're looking for a bit of that gimmicky vibe, without all of the kitsch, Citizen R+D is just the back alley/secret entranceway/ insanely limited seating joint for you. With Richie Moe as the brains behind the beverages, you're sure to get have an exposure to the cocktail world unlike any other. In the wild ride that is the Citizen R + D choose-your-own-adventure experience, that could mean gin distilled tableside from 100-proof vodka ($17) or a cocktail with pearl dust or a popcorn tincture or even a flame-mixed drink. Actually, getting into the bar (you literally have to walk on Citizen Public House's roof) is the hard part, but the mixology is a show worth the trek. Just make sure you read all the rules before entering.
2050 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ