1. 36 Below
Arcadia Lite

This mystical speakeasy opened this summer and has already become a favorite among Instagram-eager cocktail lovers. Housed in the former Undertow space, the bar was conceptualized by well-known hospitality leaders Josh Katz and Sheldon Wiley, so it was almost guaranteed to be a hit. For the best experience, we recommend opting for the Garden of Gypsies made with butterfly pea flower-infused gin, Cocchi Americano, mushroom reduction, jicama, celery root and lemon juice—all in a mushroom-shaped cup.

2. Beverly on Main
Old Town Scottsdale

As long as you’re not shy about ordering a ‘Pirate Hooker,’ Beverly on Main makes for the perfect date night destination with its gold decor, neon signs, dim lighting, and upscale atmosphere. Most importantly, the Old Town Scottsdale mainstay is a great alternative to the loud music and standing room only experience of the nightlife district while still providing a lively atmosphere (DJ included!).

3. Don Woods’ Say When Rooftop Bar

This relative newcomer has already become an Uptown Phoenix hotspot thanks to its stunning rooftop views, cozy '60s-inspired decor and vast selection of old-school spritzes and highballs. While the unique assortment of cocktails is impressive, our go-to is the truly unforgettable Sicilian crafted with Solerno orange liqueur, sweet vermouth, Aperitivo Cappelletti, a heavy bit of fanilla, and prosecco.

4. Little Rituals
Downtown Phoenix

This elegant cocktail bar was meant to be great with Bitter & Twisted co-owner Ross Simon at the helm, and it’s lived up to the hype with high-quality cocktails crafted with house-made elements and seasonal flavors. Even better—thanks to their daily lineup of specials you can always get a deal, from 20% off cocktails to a complimentary chef’s board with a bottle of wine.

5. Ainsworth Phoenix
Downtown Phoenix

Even if you can’t escape to a tropical island this summer, we guarantee a frozen pina colada served in a pineapple or a fruity tequila mixture in a watermelon will make you feel like you’re on vacation—even in the middle of downtown Phoenix. Plus, you can add an extra element of luxury with an order of 24 karat gold-coated wings.

6. AZ88
Old Town Scottsdale

AZ88 has been the Valley’s go-to for a great martini, since well, ’88. And while the giant martinis are reason enough to visit (take it from us and opt for the Pornstar Martini for a sweet vanilla cocktail with a shot of champagne) their art installations are just as alluring. The ‘Gram-worthy bar even recently unveiled a can’t-miss new disco ball art piece.