It’s Christmas Day, the festivities are dwindling down, and after a day of family obligations, you’re ready for a drink. It might seem like nowhere in town will be open, but we've got you covered with a list of Valley bars pouring the good stuff on December 25th. Don’t worry, we all understand why that holiday cheer might necessitate a little liquor.
This modern bar in the heart of downtown offers draft beers, house wines and seasonal cocktails like the apple cinnamon margarita.
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This historic dive bar (from the late 1950s) has great prices on drinks and a charming building covered in lights for your Christmas cheer.
Perfect for those looking for something festive and fancy. T.Cooks prides itself on its inventive mixology and “garden-to-glass cocktails” which feature the freshest ingredients.
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If you’re looking for a certain tequila or rum, you’re bound to find it here. If you’re just looking to find your next favorite, we suggest the one of the seven tequila flights offered.
This award-winning “culinary destination” offers an extensive wine list, an impressive selection of local beers and one-of-a-kind cocktails.
Open since 1937, El Chorro has perfected the art of cocktail making. Try something off its seasonal cocktail list, or enjoy some cuisine as well with a wine and food recommendation from the restaurant
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We recommend ‘The Haboob (Dark and Stormy)’ for a real taste of Arizona, or try out any of the other signature cocktails, beers or wines.
Take a trip to Paris this Christmas, or at least feel like it by visiting Zinc Bistro, with its continental European café vibe, and strong list of wines and cocktails.
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For those looking for a Christmas Day sake fix, look no further than Sushi Roku. Located inside the W Hotel, you’ll find a hip atmosphere, unique drink selection, and a beautiful space.
For an old-fashioned vibe and more options than you can dream of, check out Proof Canteen. They offer nearly 50 types of beer alone! This year enjoy the full bar menu starting at 1 pm and a three course dinner starting at 4 pm.
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The extensive wine list only add to Tommy V’s fun and modern atmosphere. While the regular menu won’t be available, they’ll be serving a full Christmas dinner for those who want to skip the cooking.
Did you know that the Bing Crosby song “White Christmas” was written at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel? We can’t think of a better place to get a holiday drink and recommend the Biltmore mule to keep your insides toasty during a chilly Christmas day.
The Fat Ox is the newest concept by Chef Matthew Carter, the chef behind The Mission, Zinc Bistro, and The House Brasserie. The modern Italian restaurant will be serving up food, cocktails, and its extensive wine list all day long.
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All of the bartenders at The House are certified mixologists, concocting one-of-a-kind unforgettable drinks, but we recommend the smoked Manhattan. Cozy up beside the fireplace and ward off the December chill.
1. Province333 N Central Ave, Phoenix
2. Coach House7011 E Indian School Rd, Scottsdale
3. T. Cook's5200 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix
4. The Mission3815 N Brown Ave, Scottsdale
5. District American Kitchen and Wine Bar320 North 3rd St, Phoenix
6. El Chorro5550 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley
7. Café ZuZu6850 E Main St, Scottsdale
8. Zinc Bistro15304 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
9. The House Brasserie6936 E Main St, Scottsdale
10. Sushi Roku7277 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale
11. Proof10600 E Crescent Moon Dr, Scottsdale
12. Tommy V's Urban Kitchen and Bar7303 E Indian School Rd, Scottsdale
13. Frank & Albert's2400 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix
14. Fat Ox6316 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
Province Urban Kitchen & Bar at the Westin Phoenix Downtown serves locally sourced, seasonal dishes on a menu constructed from “First Bites,” “For the Table,” “Something Green,” “Dinner Time,” “Other Things,” and “After Dinner.” Start off with poutine, made with thick-cut fries, gravy, chorizo, cotija, and roasted green chili, and follow it with grilled sugar cane shrimp, served on a skewer and prepared with avocado sauce, mango-pineapple quinoa, and baby arugula. Though décor doesn’t wander too far astray from your typical hotel restaurant, the atmosphere is sleek, modern, and full of light, making for a perfectly pleasant spot for lunch or dinner.
Since 1959, this Old Town Scottsdale dive has been slinging cheap booze 365 days a year (starting at 6am, of course) among a Western-themed, open-air setting complete with wagon wheels and wooden fences. Oh, and it's covered top-to-bottom with Christmas lights and decorations, so the patio, which is always packed with locals and tourists alike drinking draft beers and classic cocktails, will get you in the holiday spirit year-round.
Head to this award-winning spot inside the Royal Palms for a fine dining experience that’s second to none. T. Cook's is known for its romantic atmosphere and flavorful Mediterranean dishes. Prepare to be impressed: from casual lunch options, such as the sun dried tomato grilled cheese and the pastrami reuben, to more lavish entrees like sage roasted filet mignon, every dish is executed flawlessly.
The Mission takes its name after the Old Adobe Mission just around the corner, and though, accordingly, it should be austere, The Mission opts for sin and offers decadent, indulgent Mexican street food and cocktails (which, though pricey, are certainly boozy enough to be worth the pretty penny). At least a dozen intricate chandeliers dangle from above, reflected in giant mirrors, adding up to unmistakable impressions of luxury and intimacy, only amplified by the glow of the tens of candles against the Himalayan salt block wall by the bar. After you’ve taken in the beauty of your surroundings, you’ll likely have worked up an appetite; the menu is extensive, so choose wisely from among the salads, soups, starters, handmade tacos, grilled meats and fish, sides, and, of course, desserts. We recommend the buttery pork shoulder tacos, smoked and braised for 12 hours and brushed with pineapple habanero glaze, as well as the malbec-braised short rib, with crispy queso fresco potatoes, red pepper chimichurri, olives, capers, and huancaina.
District American Kitchen and Wine Bar is emblematic of the city of Phoenix’s commitment to nurturing its locals, from farmers to artisans to artists. Here, you can enjoy American comfort foods like pork belly and hush puppies with queso fresco and Texas BBQ sauce as well as chicken and waffles, made with sustainably farmed produce and spiced with herbs grown in the District’s own garden, a refreshing quirk since the restaurant is in fact located in a Sheraton. While you’re dining, immerse yourself in the impressive, rotating art collection that decks the walls of the restaurant, courtesy of the local artist scene.
Paradise Valley’s historic El Chorro was originally constructed in 1934 as a school for girls and was eventually transformed into a restaurant and lodge. While it no longer provides education in the formal sense, it does continue to enrapture its visitors with both its stunning views of Camelback Mountain against a cactus-spotted desert and all-around Western charm, which is, arguably, didactic in its own way. The food on offer at El Chorro is sustainable, locally grown, and made with all-natural ingredients, with highlights including Rocky Mountain Lamb Chops with white bean puree, cranberry chestnut relish, and seasonal vegetables, and seasonal wild salmon with purple forbidden rice and garden carrots.
Phoenix’s ZuZu is named for a beloved mother and grandmother who believed that food is best shared with the people you love. The American restaurant abides by this ethos and emulates Arizona’s neighborhood grills of the 1950s, where communities coalesced around hot meals and well-crafted cocktails. The décor is ravishingly retro; the polyester orange and blue mod chairs and booths will make you feel like you’ve hopped in a time machine express to your grandparents’ ‘50s living room. ZuZu’s dinner menu flashes back to giant shrimp cocktail and crispy pork belly with creamy corn polenta, but also stays fresh with orange and ginger seared ahi, served rare with an Asian slaw and soy mustard vinaigrette and a spicy, zesty Kung Pao game hen with forbidden fried rice, spicy baby bok choy, and roasted peanuts. Cocktails are expertly prepared at ZuZu; favorites include the Bramble and the Blackberry Mule.
Why pay for airfare to Paris when a genuine Parisian bistro sits in all its stately glory right in the heart of Scottsdale? Zinc Bistro has both indoor seating and an outdoor patio ideal for people-watching while you leisurely dine on dishes from the dinner menu, comprised of hot and cold appetizers, seafood, charcuterie, fish, and meat. Standouts include the signature foie gras whose preparation changes daily, the infamous French onion soup topped with bubbling Gruyere, and moules marinières prepared with white whine, leeks, toasted rosemary, and French butter.
Chef Matt Carter cooks up eclectic, modern cuisine at The House Brasserie, set in a fairytale 1939 Scottsdale cottage that pairs an outdoor patio lit by strings of lanterns with an interior dining room plastered with deeply colored damask wallpaper and weathered mirrors. The menu is a mélange of Argentinian grilled seafood, American steaks, and Asian vegetables, arranged into dishes like the baked St. Andre cheese board with basil, peanut, and cumquat, crispy pork rillettes with arugula, mustard vin, bleu cheese, and radish, and swordfish with shishito fennel sofrito, chorizo verde, cicerchia, and black rouille. We suggest visiting The House Brasserie with a special someone who shares the same adventurous palate you do.
Sushi Roku builds high-quality, creative rolls that don't sacrifice taste for presentation. You'll find all the familiar Americanized rolls like California and spicy tuna, plus signature (also Americanized) ones like baked lobster with miso sauce and truffle tempura. The food here isn't authentic Japanese, but you're not here a traditional sushi experience, you're here for a trendy fusion one.
Phoenix’s Proof Canteen reads like a food diary rescued from the bottom of your backpack after a cross-country road trip. From the Arizona Grown, a mélange of greens, beets, heirloom carrots, peppers, and tomatoes, and the Maine Lobster Roll with old bay-spiced lobster meat and fries, to the House-Smoked Short Rib that’s served with a bacon-wrapped and gouda-stuffed potato, and Shrimp and Grits, you’ve got (nearly) all the important dishes these 50 states have to offer. The proof is in the proverbial pudding, which is, in this case, the beverage program at Proof. Sip on the Just Beet It, an elixir of gin infused with beet, rosemary, and ginger, combined with elderflower, lemon, and pineapple, or opt for a wine by the glass, sourced exclusively from domestic wineries.
Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen & Bar in Scottsdale is home to some of the best Italian food in the city, with a menu comprised of appetizers, salads, soups, pastas, risottos, entrées, and sides. Included are both favorites from the Boot, like spaghetti and meatballs, fettucine Bolognese, and papardelle with sausage, broccoli, and garlic, and more refined plates like prawns wrapped in applewood smoked bacon with sweet gorgonzola, arugula, and balsamic drizzle, and lobster saffron ravioli with lemon prawns and seasonal veggies. Enjoy your meal in a spacious dining room with exposed-beam ceilings or on the patio outdoors.
Located in the iconic Biltmore Hotel, Frank & Albert's features American comfort food with a Sonoran influence, as well as a fully stocked bar that dishes out craft cocktails in a classy setting. It embodies the creativity of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright and, perhaps more important, offers some of the best food in town. Open for all three meals, the restaurant dishes out everything from pizza to scallops. Be sure to wash your meal down with one of their signature cocktails, particularly the Biltmore mule.
Scottsdale’s Fat Ox is, quite aptly, named for the long-standing cattle showcase and food festival in Piedmont, Italy. The Italian restaurant’s menu highlights homemade pastas (try the exquisitely prepared casoncelli served with butternut squash, sage, amaretti, Parmesan, and pomegranate), roasted seafood and chicken, and slow-roasted steak. The 40oz porterhouse might just be large enough to fill the bellies of all 350 people who can be seated in the cavernous dining room, their satiated faces lit by crystal chandeliers reminiscent of elegant disco balls.