Phoenix is well known for its record-breaking temperatures and its scorching heat most of the year. Maybe it is the reason why the valley of the sun is host to some of the best watering holes around, providing that you are over 21 of course. If you have had your share of the never-ending sun and are in the mood for some refreshments, there is no better way to spend an afternoon than to go bar hopping around downtown Phoenix. We gathered the top 5 bars to hit while strolling through downtown Phoenix that is sure to fit every mood, from the retro-vibe speakeasy to fun-filled themed hangouts. Enjoy Responsibly!
Hot days call for a cool one, and no one does it better than the Angel’s Trumpet Ale House. Thanks to its over 30 beers on tap, both local and national, that change regularly, lovers of refreshing hops and dark and stormy brews alike will be in heaven. Don’t hesitate to sample the extensive bar menu, which is a good notch above your average pub fare. The indoor-outdoor layout is the perfect way to take advantage of Phoenix’s radiant weather while taking a break when the sun gets to you.
One of Phoenix’s most popular music venue is also a fabulous lounge and a restaurant serving mouth-watering cuisine inspired by Mexican flavors. It is the perfect place to meet local and visitors alike thanks to the community seating, and their spacious patio is to die for. Underage patrons are welcome in a side area by the merchandise booth.
Would you like to feel like a kid again, but with all the advantages of adulthood? The Cobra Arcade Bar is for you! With over 40 restored arcade cabinets ready to play, artwork by local artists like the collaborative Medusa mural by artists El Mac and David Choe, and delicious video game-themed drinks, there is no better way to beat the heat. If you don’t wish to drink, there is also an exciting selection of virgin cocktails.
Step back in time when cocktails were an elegant affair surrounded by an aura of mystery. This quaint speakeasy institution is located in no other than the former Arizona Prohibition Headquarters, within the historic Luhrs Building in downtown Phoenix for a tongue-in-cheek experience. Between the award-winning cocktails and the delicious bar bites, it is no wonder that the place is a hit. Due to the small size of the local, there may be a well-worth-it waiting time during the peak periods.
5. The Duce
It’s a bar; it’s a gym, it’s a vintage shop (that also sells organic produce), it’s a music venue, it’s an award-winning restaurant, did we mention that it is also home to Phoenix’s second-highest rated patio? There is no easy way to explain the Duce, except to strongly recommend experiencing it for yourself! Located in a warehouse in downtown Phoenix, this warehouse “where pretty meets gritty” is everything and then some.