5 hottest bars in Phoenix
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
Lustre Rooftop Garden
Perfect pool bar
Escape the frenzy of Phoenix and head to the oasis that is Lustre Rooftop Garden. Perched on the third floor pool deck at the Hotel Palomar Phoenix, the serene swimming pool has views of South Mountain and the downtown area, which you can soak up from the comfort of a cabana. Relax to the sound of indie and retro pop music, cocktail or freshly squeezed juice in hand. Monday to Friday means happy hour before 6pm, so chill out with a cold beer, crafty cocktail or glass of wine.
2 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix 85004
Tel: 480 478 1765 www.lustrerooftopgarden.com
For crafty cocktails
Bar Crudo is bliss for cocktail-lovers. An award-winning mixologist and certified sommelier creates an ever-changing list of seasonal drink specials using freshly made herb and fruit syrups, bitters, fresh ingredients plus top-shelf and house-infused spirits. A classy but comfy lounge area is the ideal setting for sipping creations such as the Milano Gimlet — a sweet-and-sour blend of gin, lime, basil, and homemade cinnamon grapefruit syrup. Phoenix’s finest cocktail bar.
3603 East Indian School Road, Phoenix 85018
Tel: 602 358 8666 www.crudoaz.com
Tel: 602 254 1646 www.sidebarphoenix.com
The no-hangover hangout
SideBar is a central bar oozing sophistication. With its exposed brick walls and wooden floors, the scene is set for an elegant evening, where a diverse group of people come to sample more than 45 beers and 40 wines, as well as a list of signature cocktails. Attention to detail lies behind the success of this venue, where staff squeeze fresh juice daily for their concoctions. Be sure to ask for the homemade syrup they claim prevents hangovers – it’s worth the trip for that alone!
1514 North 7th Avenue (corner of 7th Ave and McDowell), Phoenix 85007
Tel: 602 258 0014 www.thelostleaf.org
The Lost Leaf
Bring out your inner Bohemian
Set within a 1920s landmark building, The Lost Leaf is inspired by creativity, owned and run by artists. A place where artists and musicians are free to the public (but still get paid), it is Phoenix’s first choice for a cheap cultural evening out. Every night there’s a performance - anything from blues to old school - with 76 Arizona beers, wines and even sakes to quench your thirst. From 5-7pm daily, microbrews are only $3, and even a range of organic and gluten-free beers are on offer.
914 North 5th Street, Phoenix 85004
Tel: 602 462 3506 www.frontrowphoenix.com
Friday's Front Row
Best sports bar
Set inside Chase Field Stadium, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team, Friday’s Front Row is Phoenix’s best bar for sporting action. Part of the TGI Friday’s chain, it is dotted with displays of baseball mitts and signed sports memorabilia as well as an amazing 50 high-definition televisions. As far as drinks go, the bar has more than a dozen different beers on tap, including Camelback IPA from the Phoenix Ale Brewery, as well as cocktails and snacks at happy hour prices from 4-7pm.
401 East Jefferson St, Phoenix 85004-2438