10 Best Cocktail Bars in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
Windsor's simple, flavorful cocktails go by numbers only.
Windsor
Although Windsor is known to be an uptown hipster watering hole, that's no reason the bartenders can't stir up some tasty, drinkable cocktails between ironic mustache combs and bowtie adjustments. Known simply by numbers, the house specialty drinks ($9.50) are eight of the most straightforward yet deliciously creative craft drinks in Phoenix. The No. 04 is a mix of gin, grapefruit, hop bitters, and cardamom syrup, served over a large rock with citrus frozen in the center, that just blows us away with its unique flavors augmenting the gin, rather than trying to hide it away. Its whiskey cousin, the No. 63, offers quite a different experience with bourbon, grapefruit and honey syrup.

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Heather Hoch
The Good Goddess might sound odd, but Kenta Usuzawa knows his stuff.
Barrelhouse American Kitchen and Cocktails
Get ready, Chandler, things are about to get a little weird. Over at the Barrelhouse, Kenta Usuzawa (formerly of Petite Maison and Tottie's Asian Fusion) made sure the cocktail menu is as robust and experimental as the food menu, using hip ingredients and unique flavor combinations. One such drink you'll just have to try to believe is the Good Goddess ($9). Featured on the menu's "bitter and herbal" section, the drink combines anisey aquavit and rosemary simple syrup with frothy egg white and a hint of celery, garnished with black pepper. It might sound odd, but it totally works.

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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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