Ten Favorite Neighborhood Bars in Metro Phoenix
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.
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.