10 Best Cocktail Bars in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Hooch, Top Lists

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Heather Hoch
The Virtu Starter Kit and Sazerac cocktails showcase Clint Spotleson's mixing knowhow.
Virtu Honest Craft
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.

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Heather Hoch
Citizen R+D
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.

Location Info

Barrelhouse American Kitchen & Cocktails

2050 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Virtu Honest Craft

3701 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Lon's at the Hermosa

5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Cowboy Ciao Wine Bar & Grill

7133 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Windsor

5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Citizen R+D - CLOSED

7111 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Windsor

5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Mabel's on Main - CLOSED

7018 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Crudo

3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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16 comments
Gina Nova
Gina Nova

Awww! I like a good cocktail!

Judy Sasaki
Judy Sasaki

Gina ...I thought of you when I saw this article.

Cee80
Cee80

So disappointed to see that the majority of these "Metro Phoenix" bests are actually in Scottsdale. Phoenix and Scottsdale are not the same cities - each have unique market interests and clientele. It's really too bad that more and more articles (here and elsewhere) about Phoenix are naming the city "Phoenix/Scottsdale." 

And below comments beg the question - what about Merc Bar? Shady's? Even Lux Central? Too bad there was such a hipster dig against Windsor. I don't know if I've ever seen a bartender there wearing a bow tie, and most of the diners I encounter there tend to be middle aged or in family groups. Service has always been friendly, regardless of whether I was wearing Urban Outfitters or Land's End turtlenecks. 

Enough, New Times! Treat Phoenix and Scottsdale as the separate spaces they are, and stop trying to label design conscious spaces frequented by young people as "hipster." Let's move on to something more relevant for our diverse communities, shall we? 

Juan Roque
Juan Roque

My house. Full stock of tequila, vodka, Fireball, wine and beer.

Cindi Tracy Aune
Cindi Tracy Aune

The Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at the Hotel Palomar. Very creative, attentive bartenders, great Whiskey selection and good food if you are so inclined.

Becky Hanlon
Becky Hanlon

Hot Habby at the Vig Uptown. Best margarita I've ever had anywhere in my whole life.

Trevor Tyree
Trevor Tyree

Ive had dates cheaper than those drinks!!

Chris Van Ostapuk
Chris Van Ostapuk

Now my favorite is now taco guild... cheap drinks but they never cheap on the ingredients.

sophistic
sophistic

Merc Bar?  How is that not on this list?

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