There’s nothing like a great neighborhood dive bar with cheap drinks, fun games, and no pretenses, which is why we sought out the best of the best in Phoenix. They’re few and far between, but that just makes the handful of great ones that are always ready to serve you a cold, yellow beer and a greasy basket of tots even better.
Old Town Scottsdale
If dive bars aren’t your thing, let Scottsdale’s oldest tavern win you over. The drinks are good, but the atmosphere -- perhaps best exemplified in the insane, over-the-top Christmas lights display -- is what makes Coach House one of the best dives in the Phoenix area. We also love that it’s open every day of the year, meaning you have no excuse to not check it out in 2016.
The Rose & Crown Pub boasts a fun British vibe that’s hard to come by in Phoenix, which means you can’t visit without at least trying the fish and chips, but, most importantly, means you’ll be welcomed by a nice change from the typical Downtown bar scene. Go for the large beer selection and great food, and definitely work in the time to play pool or a game of beanbag toss while you’re there.
This Tiki-themed spot is a Phoenix classic with an almost 70-year-old history. It’s an intimate bar with a retro vibe, great music, and the low prices you expect at a dive -- just don’t forget to bring cash as cards aren’t accepted. and enjoy the most authentically island-y atmosphere in our landlocked area.
Pomeroy’s is exactly what comes to mind when you think of a dive, which means we’d consider taking up permanent residency at the bar. The decor is proof that the spot’s been around for ages, but beneath that unassuming exterior and dim lighting, there’s great food, pool, and shuffleboard. Oh, and predictably cheap drinks, of course.
If you like to drink or you like live music -- and especially if you like the combination -- then you’ve probably already been to Yucca Tap Room. If you haven’t, it’s time to join the regulars who have been won over by nightly shows, a lineup of 28 revolving taps, and a kitchen that stays open until 2am, eliminating our desperate late-night searches for a Sonoran hot dog.
Located in a repurposed 1920s house, Lost Leaf plays a triple role as an underground gallery (both local and national artists are featured), music venue, and bar (there’s a huge beer selection with a focus on local), which makes it an incredible place to get to know Phoenix’s artsy side. For an exceptionally great time, stop by during a first Friday (held, obviously, on the first Friday of each month) when the creative venues in Downtown all open their doors at once.
Old Town Scottsdale
For a neighborhood bar with a friendly vibe combined with cheap drinks, Patties is your spot. It’s just lively enough on weekend nights to let you feel like it’s a Friday, but you’ll still be able to get a spot at the pool or ping-pong table.
This college-town favorite on Mill Ave is known for cheap Long Islands, a party atmosphere, and bad decisions. The only thing better than the eclectic (and sometimes random) mix of killer music are the possibly cringeworthy music videos the bar plays to go with them. If that’s not your thing, you always have the option of heading to the back to play some pool on one of the many tables.
The Rogue Bar is part bar, part concert venue. The bright colors and checkered floor add to the fun and eclectic rock n’ roll vibe that we like so much, and don’t get nearly enough of here in Phoenix. When it comes to drinks, try out the trash can -- we can honestly tell you we’re not quite sure what’s in it, but it’s definitely the best $10 we’ve spent in a while.
1. Coach House7011 E Indian School Rd, Scottsdale
2. The Rose & Crown628 E Adams St, Phoenix
3. Bikini Lounge1502 Grand Ave, Phoenix
4. Pomeroy's5555 N 7th St Ste 100, Phoenix
5. Yucca Tap Room29 W Southern Ave, Tempe
6. The Lost Leaf914 N 5th St, Phoenix
7. Pattie's First Avenue Lounge7220 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale
8. Mill Cue Club607 S Mill Ave, Tempe
9. The Rogue Bar423 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
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.
Anglophiles will love this old school British bar and grill. The Rose & Crown offers plenty of domestic and imported beers on draft, alongside bar games (foosball!) and all the Brit comfort food you've been craving, like scotch eggs and fish & chips.
This funky, tiki-themed neighborhood haunt in downtown Phoenix is a great place to knock back a few while you groove to danceable tunes (DJs spin nightly) and shoot pool. Pull up a seat at the long oak bar and hobnob with the locals at this kitschy mainstay.
This no frills neighborhood pub has everything you're looking for in a low-key hang. Sidle up to a booth and enjoy plenty of pitchers on tap and reliable bar food. You can watch the game on one of their flat screen TVs, or play pool and pinball with the locals.
This lively Tempe tap room hosts over 20 revolving draft beers, which makes it the perfect place to watch the game with a tasty Sonoran hot dog in hand, or check out a live show in their spacious venue space.
This eclectic green painted shack in Downtown Phoenix is part dive bar, part art gallery. They host monthly exhibitions that are perfect for taking in the local contemporary art scene, but if indulging in beer and spirits is more your speed, they've got plenty of certified organic brews and taps on their roster, as well as a wide selection of wine and sake.
This Scottsdale hang is a dive in its truest sense: the drinks are cheap, the crowd is local, the vibe is charmingly low-key, and the decor is truly eclectic. Pattie's also has shuffleboard available to play, and plenty of pool tables in the back room, so get your game on as you chug pitchers of brew.
This divey pool hall in downtown Tempe caters to a lively crowd who go wild for its killer drink specials (the Monster Long Island Iced Tea is the stuff of legend) and then dance the night away after breaking balls in billiards. Considering how cheap the drinks are here, it's not a surprise that Cue is the favorite hangout among ASU students, which means the long lines on weekends with bros in boat shoes aren't a surprise either.
This rough 'n tumble roadside dive is where to go to knock 'em back with the best of them. Go get down and dirty on the checkerboard dance floor where you can groove to nightly DJ sets and live music, then boogie to the bar area and sip on pitchers and shots.