If you’re catching the big game, hit up a sports bar. If you’re looking to sip on some top-notch wines, check out a wine bar. But there’s something very special to be said about the allure of a cocktail bar. Mixologists show off their skills, crafting up creative concoctions to satisfy customers’ taste buds. These sleek, classy establishments show off unique drinks in a trendy atmosphere. Here are the 10 best cocktail bars in Arizona.
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour is like something out of a hipster’s dream. It has all the elements of a hipster hangout—mustachioed bartenders, old school artwork, and even wild food creations like the ramen burger. It’s also located in a converted building from the Prohibition era. Their unique nature is on full display in their book o’cocktails. It’s filled with old classics and a new collection of signature drinks. Sweet, sour, old or new—Bitter and Twisted has the drink for you.
Scott & Co. has all the elements of a great cocktail bar: attentive service, creative mixologists, and a nice ambiance. So you shouldn’t be surprised that it’s also one of the most popular bars in Tucson. Scott & Co. may get busy, but it’s well worth a trip. This old school bar is accessed from a secret hallway that connects to the restaurant 47 Scott. Once there, you’ll have your pick of inventive cocktails. Favorites include the Brick House Old Fashioned, made with bacon-washed rye, and the gin based Secret Garden.
Sidecar Bar may only be a few years old, but it has already left quite an impression on Tucson. This cocktail bar is housed in a small modern building. It might not draw you in immediately, but that’s part of the appeal. It’s a cocktail bar through and through. You won’t find any food or TVs at this trendy establishment. Rather, you’ll find an array of delicious beverages on their menu. The cocktails include dark and stirred, light and stirred, herbal, and frothy and shaken options. Novice drinkers can tell the bartender their favorite flavors and watch them work their magic.
Standing out in the busy Scottsdale bar scene is a difficult task. Second Story Liquor Bar accomplishes that feat by offering high quality cocktails in an elegant setting. For many, Second Story is notable in that it’s located atop the popular Gelato Spot. Step inside, however, and you’ll see why this cocktail bar is so renowned. It’s a paradise for whiskey drinkers with over 200 options available on the menu. Non-whiskey drinkers can enjoy their many signature cocktails, or enjoy a fresh creation from one of their mixologists. Second Story has a classy yet approachable atmosphere—a perfect combination for a watering hole.
To call the Shelter Cocktail Lounge “old school” would be an understatement. The Shelter is Tucson’s only 60s retro lounge. It’s filled with old school delights like multicolored lights, retro TVs playing classic movies, and 20th century memorabilia. This cocktail bar is so unique that young and old alike enjoy it. It’s also home to a number of signature cocktails and the best martini in town. One word of advice: don’t forget to try their White Russian.
Rendezvous boasts an extensive and impressive list of spirits and according to its site, its entertaining mixologists are waiting to serve you! The atmosphere can be described as “romantic, intimate, warm, and inviting.” Try one of their delicious artisanal cocktails—you’ll never want to leave.
Looking for a ladies night? Look no further than Blue Martini Lounge in north Phoenix. It’s known for being female friendly offering ladies night discounts on Wednesdays and free dance classes on Thursday. Located in City North near Desert Ridge, this trendy cocktail bar caters to a more upscale crowd. They also have over 40 signature cocktails and martinis to choose from.
The Womack is both a modern cocktail bar and an ode to the past. That’s because it was created as a tribute to the legendary Phoenix lounge Chez Nous. The Womack pulls out all the stops to imitate Chez Nous’s iconic 1960s feel. You can find live jazz music, classic cocktails, and dark booths. The Womack may only be in its infancy, but it has become a hotspot through its cool and trendy vibe.
Don’t get too attached to your favorite cocktail at Counter Intuitive. This Old Town Scottsdale cocktail bar changes up its theme every couple of months. That means they wipe the slate clean for their décor and menu. You could find a Chinese theme one month and be rocked by an 80s theme the next month. No matter when you go, you’ll always have the luxury of tasty drinks. Their creative cocktails are some of the finest in the Valley. Just remember to savor them while you can.
There’s a good chance you’ve never seen UnderTow. This island style cocktail bar is actually located underground. It’s small, hard to find, but every bit worth the adventure. They specialize in island style drinks with names like the rum keg, lost loot, and heart of a sailor. The real treat, however, is the smoking cannon. It’s made with bourbon rum, cinnamon smoke that you inhale while sipping. This small bar fills up quick so be sure to make a reservation in advance.