Where to Grab a Drink in Phoenix Right Now
We could all use one right now.
It’s been a year. While it’s been pretty rough for all of us, it’s been especially rough on our bars and restaurants. The uncertainty of the pandemic meant closures, reopenings, more closures, and ultimately led to new ways to experience what the bars and restaurants in our city offer. Phoenix can certainly rally, that’s for sure. And let’s just come out and say it—we all owe a serious thank you to whoever made to-go cocktails a thing.
We could all use a drink right about now. Here’s where to find one.
Positioned on the corner of McDowell and 7th Avenue, Highball, a contemporary, swingy upstairs speakeasy-style bar undoubtedly pays homage to the classics while seamlessly providing a more modern twist to the time-tested iconic boozy sippers. Consult their menu of New Vintage, Nightcaps, Spirit-ual, and 'Gram-worthy drinks and decide for yourself. Snacky things like the kimchi popcorn or pistachio brittle provide a welcomed balance to the menu—and are definitely worth the order.
How to order: Make your two-hour reservation here.
This woman-owned brewery is one of the latest spots to open in Downtown Phoenix’s buzzy Roosevelt Row neighborhood. The space is outfitted with comfy green chairs, gold-toned accents, and a stylish wood bartop that you can pull up to and order a pint of the brewery’s flagship beers or seasonal brews like the raspberry wheat or spiced ale. The brewery is BYOF (bring your own food). And you can always snag a bite from the visiting food trucks, too.
How to order: Greenwood Brewing is open for business and offers indoor and outdoor seating.
Lylo Swim Club
A fixture of ARRIVE Phoenix, Lylo Swim Club offers a poolside escape for visitors and locals alike. A rotation of chilled sippers including sorbet bellinis and rum-spiked pineapple soft serve, best enjoyed poolside, of course, are just a couple of the boozy delicacies you can order.
How to order: Make your reservations for the bar, restaurant, and pool here.
Killer Whale Sex Club
This new-ish drinking den takes up residence in an unmissable mural-clad spot in the Roosevelt Row area. When it comes to drinks you’ve got a spectrum of options that span from ornate craft cocktails complete with fancy garnishes to your basic lagers and seltzers. And if you’re hungry you’ve got a lineup of delicious eats like lumpia and Thai fried chicken sandwiches on standby courtesy of Deez Buns.
How to order: Reservations are encouraged, but not required.
Practically the Disneyland of Phoenix drinking experiences, and a must-visit for any cocktail enthusiast, not only can you sip some of the best cocktails you’ve probably ever tasted, you’re in for an unparalleled immersive experience when you visit this trio of classy bars. Inspired by the turn of the century, Platform 18 resembles a moving train car traveling across the transcontinental railroad system with the optics and sounds to make it seem very, very real. And just steps away is Grey Hen, an apothecary-style bar serving up tinctures and boozy cures to all of your ailments. And tiki fans have something to get excited about: UnderTow has made its anticipated return. The award-winning tiki bar neighbors these two formidable drinking experiences.
How to order: Make your reservations for Platform 18 right here, Grey Hen here, and UnderTow here.
Ground Control to Major Tom, this out-of-this-world pinball lounge with rock-and-roll-inspired drinks pays tribute to David Bowie with its ultra-glam decor and cocktail menu inspired by Ziggy Stardust. The barcade has a light-up dance floor, retro artwork on the walls, and neon, lots and lots of neon. Oh, and there’s more than a dozen pinball machines just waiting to eat your tokens. You can find the secret entrance to Stardust Pinbar through Ziggy’s.
How to order: Stardust Pinbar is open for business with limited capacity and masks are required.
Provision Coffee Bar
Part speciality coffee shop and part cocktail bar, Provision blesses us all with their lineup of crave-worthy caffeinated and boozy drinks for when you want to be buzzed, and caffeinated simultaneously. The Arcadia neighborhood coffee shop has an expansive, and socially-distanced, outdoor patio as well as a walk-up window where you can pick up your pre-ordered drinks.
How to order: Provision is open for business with indoor and outdoor seating and is also taking online orders.
The White Rabbit
Do you have the secret password? You’ll need it to get into this swanky speakeasy haunt. Inspired by the Prohibition Era and decorated with posh furniture and vintage photographs, The White Rabbit offers an elevated experience with a roster of ornate cocktails and small bites to match.
How to order: Reservations are encouraged and walk-ins are available on a limited basis. Order your drinks to-go here.
When it comes to hard ciders, you’d be pressed to find anybody doing it better than the crew at Arizona’s first, and largest, craft cidery, Cider Corps. Arizona’s first cidery and taproom, Cider Corps delivers inventive takes on classic hard ciders by adding unique ingredients like cucumber, blackberry, hibiscus, and prickly pear. And the results are delicious. In addition to cans, cases, and growlers, Cider Corps is tickling our taste buds with their 32-ounce mimosa-inspired bomb crowlers; a tempting combination of fresh orange juice and bone-dry cider.
How to order: Dine-in at the taproom; place your to-go order online.
A beer-soaked ode to Arizona, Arizona Wilderness’ two outposts offer a wide-selection of locally-brewed craft beers inspired by The Grand Canyon State. It’s standard to find local ingredients like handpicked citrus or locally sourced dates in your brew. Take your tastebuds on an adventure and taste-through a flight of signature beers while you’re here. And give the peanut butter and jalapeño jelly burger a go, too. And please, don’t skip the duck fat fries.
How to order: Dine-in, get beer delivered, or order delivery with Grubhub or UberEats.
The ultimate in farm-to-table dining, and drinking, FnB has nabbed dozens of accolades for its seasonally driven, veggie-forward cuisines and its outstanding wine program. The curated wine list runs deep. But FnB also boasts a shortlist of palate-pleasing cocktails, many of which are packaged up and available to-go.
How to order: The FnB patio is open for business. Make your reservations here or call FnB with your takeout order at 480-200-5572.
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour
Since we’ve had the luxury of to-go cocktails it’s hard to imagine life without them. Luckily, Downtown Phoenix’s award-winning craft cocktail bar Bitter & Twisted is making it easy to stay well-stocked with their assembly of canned fancy cocktails. The fizzy Aperol Supercharged, Flawless Gin Martini, and La Chocolat Sazerac are just a few of your to-go options. Eats like pan fried potstickers, pork dumplings, and cheesy egg rolls are available to-go, too.
How to order: Start your pickup order online or book a two hour seating.
This Melrose hangout has no shortage of nostalgia, from its unmistakable '70s color palette and mid-century modern design to cocktails like the Hulkster and Farrah that stay true to the retro theme. The inside is worth exploring and you can absolutely kick-back on Thunderbird’s outdoor, socially distanced-approved patio. While you’re there, swing by the Chilte Tacos pop-up and stuff your face with their quesabirria squid ink tacos or their craveable tortas.
How to order: Thunderbird Lounge is open for business.
Scapegoat Beer and Wine
An assembly of wine and beer is what's on deck at this laidback Old Town Scottsdale wine bar. Take your pick from a parade of prosecco, pinot noir, cabs, and red blends or savor a locally-made cider or saison—there’s really no wrong choice here.
How to order: Scapegoat is open for dine-in.
The Captain's Cabin
Did somebody say rum? The rum’s always flowing when the red light is glowing outside of the industrial-looking door that grants your crew access into this dimly-lit drinking den. Here, rum-heavy tiki-style drinks are standard. And for a tasty, boozy adventure, try the rum flights.
How to order: The Captain’s Cabin is open each Friday - Saturday at 6 pm.
Linger Longer Lounge
This Uptown Phoenix spot has everything you’d come to expect from your standard neighborhood bar. Linger always has a solid lineup of drafts. And you can even find amaro on tap here. Oh, and we can’t forget to mention the pop-up pub grub provided by Der Wurst Hot Dogs. And, the killer jukebox soundtrack is worth-mentioning, too.
How to order: The patio is open. And you can place a delivery or pickup order online.
Angels Trumpet Ale House
Sure, Baskin Robbins has 31 flavors. But Angel’s Trumpet can do you one better with their 31 taps. At this Downtown Phoenix beer bar you’ve got options, and a lot of ‘em. And say bye-bye to bad bar food. Angel’s Trumpet has a from-scratch kitchen that churns out adobo drizzled flatbreads, brisket-packed sandwiches, and even housemade pop-tarts.
How to order: Angel’s Trumpet is open for business and offers indoor and outdoor seating options.
Postino seemingly has it all—a hip, laid-back vibe, impeccable service, top-notch food, an extensive wine list, and one of the best happy hours around. And they’ve got a location in practically every corner of town, which means vino and bruschetta is never too far away.
How to order: Postino is open for business and you can order online
Gracie's Tax Bar
Funky artwork, formica tabletops, and a masked-up taxidermied javelina head are just some of the, well, interesting artifacts that make up the vintage vibe of this divey drinkery. Located in a former tax-service building, Gracie’s is a no-frills bar with cheap drinks and a kitchen that stays until the early morning hours to satisfy your midnight munchies.
How to order: Gracie’s is open until 2 am nightly.
This former department store turned restaurant and bar deals in all sorts of classic cocktails and refined noshes, including a number of unmissable sharable Italian-style desserts. But first, you should probably order those martinis.
How to order: Hanny’s is open for dine-in, takeout and delivery, and curbside pickup.
Lauren Topor Reichert is a writer, photographer, and social drinker. She likes her margaritas with mezcal and her coffee spiked on occasion. See what Lauren is drinking right now on Instagram.