5 Bars in Metro Phoenix to Eat at Sober

Categories: Top Lists

Bottled-Blonde-Pizza-Chesler.jpeg
Josh Chesler
The pizza at Bottled Blonde.

Historically speaking, bars aren't known for having great food. Serviceable in a pinch, sure, but generally not places you'd go to have a delicious dinner (or breakfast).

These days, modern bars and clubs are trying to change all of that by serving restaurant-quality food during the day before they focus on booze at night. Particularly in Scottsdale and Tempe, many places thought of as watering holes are now serving food actually worth eating during the day. Here are five Metro Phoenix bars we eat at without drinking -- or complaining.

See also: 9 Best Bars for Day Drinking in Metro Phoenix

Bottled-Blonde-Overview-Chesler.jpeg
Josh Chesler
The casual indoor/outdoor space of Bottled Blonde stays cool enough even on a summer day.

Bottled Blonde

It's no secret that Old Town Scottsdale has a lot of options for both restaurants and nightlife, but one of the area's most popular late-night socializing spots also happens to have a solid menu for happy hour and dinner. During the week, Bottled Blonde's 10 inch pizzas are only $6 before 6:00 p.m., but the real trick is to go during brunch on the weekends. There are only about 10 items on the brunch menu, but the Blonde Benedict, Smokey Breakfast Pizza, and Breakfast Calzone are all worth trying at least once while you're in Scottsdale.

El-Hefe-Scenery.jpeg
Josh Chesler
The newer El Hefe in Tempe is brighter and feels much less like you're eating in a club.

El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria - Tempe

In all fairness, the food at El Hefe's Tempe location is the same as the food at the Scottsdale location, but the dining experience can be much more pleasant at the Mill Avenue spot. Eating at the Scottsdale location isn't bad, but the Tempe site is newer and has a more open floor plan. El Hefe's tacos are the food that they're known for, and options like duck carnitas add some variety to the typical list, but we usually find that a plate of Macho Nachos with carne asada on top is the way to go.

Casey-Moores-Wings-Chesler.jpeg
Josh Chesler
Casey Moore's wings are always pretty good, but they're much better when charred on the grill for a little while.

Casey Moore's Oyster House

If you don't mind sticky floors and dive bar decor, Casey Moore's might be our favorite bar to eat at in the Valley. It's also one of very few places in Metro Phoenix where eating oysters doesn't sound like such a bad idea. Oysters Rockefeller is a dish you just won't find in too many Arizona restaurants, but both those and the fried oysters are quite tasty in our experiences. For those who don't like seafood, the chicken wings are awfully good as well, particularly if you ask them to throw them on the grill after they cover them in buffalo sauce. Once again, we prefer to dine outdoors at Casey Moore's, but sometimes no amount of shade can make eating outside tolerable on a summer afternoon.

Location Info

Bottled Blonde

7340 E Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria

640 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Casey Moore's Oyster House

850 S. Ash Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

RnR

3737 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

The Armadillo Grill

1904 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
15 comments
Rebecca Angle
Rebecca Angle

The Dubliner Irish Pub at 40th & Thunderbird has the most AMAZING corned beef and cabbage as well as Guinness Stew. Not to mention Fish and Chips, Shepherd's Pie & Irish Nachos! It's all addicting.... John Oconnell

Christina Brigham
Christina Brigham

Here this post is for Doug Bobkovich who eats out and shares his foodie pics.

Thomas Comber
Thomas Comber

The armadillo grill is one of the few places my wife and I will miss when we move!

Tim Smith
Tim Smith

Sure you can eat there sober - but why???

Marie Bazinet
Marie Bazinet

Yes! We love the phillies at Armadillo grill! Hidden gem. Not anymore though, I guess!

SorryNotSorry
SorryNotSorry

Hope you're joking about RnR. Place is infested with roaches....

Donald Loyd
Donald Loyd

No better Happy Hour than the bar at German Osio's Local Bistro in N Scottsdale: all wood-fired pizzas at half price, and other specially priced appetizers. The only down side is you must sit at the bar, and it has very limited seating....

Jim La Rose
Jim La Rose

Casey Moore's is always a good idea!

Bruce Leadbetter
Bruce Leadbetter

Great list - except that it's missing Four Peaks Brewing Company.

KitchenCloset
KitchenCloset

Came here to say this. Surprised an employee hasn't snapped a video of the closet yet.

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...