5 of the Best Bars in Phoenix

5 of the Best Bars in Phoenix

Phoenix is a popular vacation destination for foodies who love to eat and drink. Whether you favor cocktails with fellow bar-goers or seek a romantic evening sipping wine with your sweetheart, there are plenty of places to enjoy the Phoenix, Peoria, Tempe and Scottsdale bar scene. After a day of exploring the desert, these five bars all offer a relaxing place to unwind.

Best Bars in Phoenix

1. Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Address: 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 258-0231 | Email: hello@bluehoundkitchen.com
Lunch: Mon-Fr 11:00am – 3:00pm
Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Fr-Sat 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails is known to have the biggest selection of bourbons, gins and Scotches in Phoenix. No wonder this hip American bar has patrons making themselves at home in soft leather armchairs while enjoying a cocktail. With seasonal plates made from organic produce, free-range meats and sustainable seafood, the flavor-rich entrees at this gastro lounge make it one of the top restaurants and bars in Phoenix. Try an order of Deviled Fried Oyster Grits or feast on the Mt. Lassen Trout. After dinner, celebrate cocktail hour with a Southside Gin, Bourbon Smash Bourbon or Lumberyard Red Ale.

2. The Duce
Address: 525 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 866-DUCE | Email: getyourkicks@theducephx.com
The DuceHours: Tues-Wednes 4:00pm – 11:00pm, Thurs-Sat 11:00am – 1:00am, Sun 10:00am – 10:00pm

The Duce is a kitchen and lounge as well as a gym. Talk about diversity. Wake up to an Egg Challah Spinach Soufflé served in a jar for breakfast (actually you can enjoy it all day long) or try the baked cinnamon pecan French toast. For dinner, the Shepherds Pie Parfait is a totally cool way to dine on grass-fed beef, mashed potatoes, corn and peas. The cocktail menu has an incredible selection of classic bar drinks reimagined with organic ingredients. At The Duce, Harvey Wallbanger is made with Prairie Organic Vodka, fresh-squeezed orange juice and Galliano. Tom Collins uses TRU Organic Gin, fresh-squeezed organic lemon, soda and agave. Cold brews like Schlitz, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Old Milwaukee and Chi-Town Schlamm come from our nation’s rust belt. Be sure to save room for an energetic workout. The bar’s South Central Gym offers old-school training that includes push ups, chin ups and rope skipping along with boxing classes.

3. Gallagher’s
Address: 6750 W. Peoria, Peoria, AZ 85381
Phone: (623) 486-2118 | Email: contact@gallaghersaz.com
Hours: Mon-Wednes 11:00am – 12 Midnight, Thurs-Fri 11:00am – 2am, Sat 10:00am – 2:00am, Sun 10:00am – 12 Midnight

This neighborhood bar serves up some the Valley’s best tasting food including typical pub fare like burgers, pizza, spuds and soups. Local patrons brag about Gallagher’s Famous Slow Roasted Wings, so if it’s your first time in the restaurant, be sure to try them with flavored sauces that include Ghost Pepper Teriyaki, Hot Raspberry Chipotle and Bourbon Glaze. For those who like it hot, the Scoville Burger is a real scorcher. With jalapeño jack cheese and two strips of bacon drizzled with either Habanero, Triple H or Ghost Pepper sauce, this patty is packing heat. Be sure to cool down with an ice-cold beer.

4. Cowboy Ciao
Cowboy Ciao Crispy Pork BellyAddress: 7133 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Phone: 480-WINE-111 (946-3111) | Email: chat@cowboyciao.com
Lunch: Daily from 11:30am to 2:30pm
Dinner: Nightly from 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Located in downtown, Scottsdale, Cowboy Ciao invites you to saddle up to the bar for a drink. For those who like to savor the grape, the wine list is impressive, with vintages from 45 different countries. They also have unique cocktails, like The Peas and Thank You. This specialty drink is made with snow-pea infused vodka and rich honey syrup. The restaurant offers menu items like Crispy Pork Belly and the Stetson Chopped salad. Bottled beers from Michigan and Delaware to Belgium and the United Kingdom are all served ice cold and complement any meal at this eclectic bar and restaurant.

5. Four Peaks Brewing Company
Address: 1340 E. Eighth St. Suite 104, Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 303-9967 | Email: brew@fourpeaks.com
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:00am – 1:00am, Fri-Sat 11:00am – 2:00am, Sun 10:00am – 1:00am
Happy Hour: Daily from 2:00pm – 6:00pm

The Duce in PhoenixThe building Four Peaks Brewing Company now calls home was once a creamery. But that was in the late 1890s. Today, this popular bar offers an incredible selection of beers like Kilt Lifter Scottish-Style Ale, 8th Street English Pale Ale, Hop Knot American India Pale Ale, White Ale Belgian-Style Witber, Oatmeal English-Style Stout, Peach Ale along with seasonal beers and casks. Brewery burgers include the Lamb Burger (spinach, red onion, feta, tomato, tzatziki on focaccia) and Continental Divide (pimento cheese, confit pork belly, spicy aioli and over-easy egg). Hearty sandwiches include the Tap Room Tenderloin, Roasted Turkey Club and New Yorker. Stop in and see why Four Peaks Brewing Company has been the Best Brewery/Brew Pub since 1999 as voted by the readers of New Times in the Best of Phoenix poll.

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