Ten Favorite Neighborhood Bars in Metro Phoenix

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Forget about the DJs, the glitz, the glamour, and the excitement of the club scene -- sometimes you just want a cheap drink in a comfortable place to meet up with your friends to gossip over a cocktail. A place where everybody knows your name.

Welcome to the coveted neighborhood bar.

There's plenty of great spots around town to stop in and grab a drink, but these happen to be our favorite neighborhood waterholes.

10. The Hoot Owl, Glendale -- A blast from the '70s past, this 30-year-old-plus bar is worth a trip to the West Valley just to check out the décor. The retro strip mall hideaway is decked out with big, tufted leather booths, a pool table, and a ridiculous amount of caricatures. The homey atmosphere is perfect for wasting a Tuesday afternoon drinking with the regulars or knocking back ultra-cheap cocktails after a west-side thrift store excursion.

9.Time Out Lounge, Tempe -- Across the street from the popular Yucca Tap and a few miles down the road from Tempe's infamous Palo Verde (and Casey Moore's) sits the secluded TO. Tempe drinkers flock to this establishment for dirt-cheap drinks, plenty of pool, and even a hug or two from hands-on owner Laura. The Internet jukebox plays everything from Lady Gaga to Morrissey to the occasional Nickelback, the comfy booths are some of the best hiding spots in the East Valley, and the ladies behind the bar pour a mean drink. Just don't piss the girls off -- they all have tempers and they're not afraid to toss your ass right on the sidewalk.

8.SideBar, Phoenix -- The intersection of Seventh Avenue and McDowell Road may be going to the corporate birds but at least the F.Q. Story And Willo locals can still escape to this independent neighborhood cocktail lounge that's perched above a Starbucks and a Pei Wei. SideBar's friendly barstaff serves up some of the highest quality cocktails (fresh-squeezed juices! Horchata martinis!) in the quaint, contemporary setting. Fridays and Saturdays are prime nights for the neighborhood trend setters but you can almost always find a spot to kick back and people-watch.

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7.British Open Pub, Scottsdale -- It's dark, it's a little dreary, and if you aren't a regular, you might get a few odd looks but when the South Scottsdale locals are looking to get away from the packed bars along Scottsdale Road, they hit this neighborhood strip mall bar for a pint or two of Boddingtons or a classic cocktail. The cavernous interior is brought to life by a semi-rowdy crowd of unpretentious Scottsdale drinkers and the cocktails are poured strong by the friendly ladies behind the bar. Live music happens on occasion and the English-style grub isn't half bad.

Location Info

The Hoot Owl

4361 W. Bell Road, Glendale, AZ

Category: Music


1514 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

The Little Woody

4228 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music


2655 W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: Music

Casey Moore's Oyster House

850 S. Ash Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

TT Roadhouse Pub

2915 N. 68th St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Tuck Shop

2245 N. 12th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Time Out Lounge

3129 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

The British Open Pub

1334 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

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Steve D.
Steve D.

Hey is this where we complain our favorite bars were left off the list? And incorrectly assume that this is the New Times' official "best of," or a ranking, or the result of some sort of vote, or anything more than one writer's personal opinion?

Yes? Cool. I like the list, with some divey/neighborhood gems like TT Roadhouse and the Time Out, and mixing in a few more upscale spots like Tuck Shop and The Little Woody.  I  suggest two more: JT's Bar & Grill on 49th/Indian School. The quintessential neighborhood bar, where the everyone knows everyone and the staff has your regular drink waiting for you before you even walk through the door. It's divey without being shady, they have great wings, and they pour a stiff drink. I also think the Swizzle Inn at 16th/Bethany Home has that divey/neighborhood feel as well.  Two places worth checking out.


i love to get drunk as shit in the bar pick up some fat ugly slut and fuck her in my hot van parked outside in the lot then go back in start a fight with some other fat drunk dude beat the holt bloody shit out of him and  thendrive home drunk weaving all over the road then get home and crash out till tomorrow. then wake up and start all over again the next day.  this is  the alcoholic life at its best!


Address for all of the bars would be cool, I only see three at the bottom of the page. Great read anyway.

Kristin Heggli
Kristin Heggli

I'm a big fan of SideBar! They have a great cocktail list.


Nothing a 10 second Google search couldn't fix. =)


I was just going to say, "My phone has GPS!" 

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