10 Best Cocktail Bars in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Hooch, Top Lists

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Heather Hoch
Alexa Bowler mixes up her new fall cocktail menu.
Cowboy Ciao
Cocktails don't always have to stand alone, and over at Cowboy Ciao in Scottsdale, head mixologist Alexa Bowler has kept the flavors of the new menu -- and the season in general -- in mind while mixing up the new menu. Take, for instance, her Pastrami and Rye Old Fashioned ($12), which uses the spice rub of the kitchen's pastrami short ribs to infuse the bitters for a flavor kick while contrasting those hearty, spicy flavors with maple syrup and sweet vermouth. Plus, any drink that utilizes a mustard-brined fried pickle as a garnish is good in our book.

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Courtesy of Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails.
A deconstructed cocktail with a lot of flavor at Blue Hound.
Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails
Next up on the brand-new cocktail menu train is Stephanie Teslar's culinary-minded program at Blue Hound in the Hotel Palomar. The new menu features a host of unique ingredients from berry gastriques, Eastern European spirits and liqueurs, and even a cherry-almond-infused tobacco smoked glass. The deconstructed three-shot cocktail called the TLC Sangrita ($11) is a must-try for the experience alone. The shots of Don Julio blanco, savory cucumber and spicy and sweet strawberry juices all work together to create a one-of-a-kind imbibing experience without all the mixing and muddling.

Fixin' a Sour Apple from The Last Drop at Hermosa Inn on Vimeo.

Last Drop Bar
You can't really call yourself a big cocktail nerd in the Valley if you haven't geeked out over a Travis Nass cocktail at the Last Drop Bar at the Hermosa Inn. While the hillside surroundings are great for relaxing, the well-executed cocktails don't hurt either. Precision and balance is the name of the game at the Last Drop, with crisp flavors often based on classic drink recipes. The Bijou ($12), with gin, chartreuse, Cocchi di Torino vermouth and AZ Bitters Lab's orange sunshine bitters, is the ideal example of Nass' style of straightforward drink making. Plus, the ever-changing house specialty drinks and teetotaler-friendly mocktails make the Last Drop Bar a place to frequent.


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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