Citizen Public House
Citizen Public House is exactly as the name suggests -- a wide open, dark-wooded, democratic space for craft beers, house cocktails, and, of course, socializing. Full of expansive tables with plenty of seating for large groups, the place truly feels something like a traditional public house. The bar, topped with stainless steel, serves a full list of drinks prepared by the resident mixologists (several of which are set on fire), in addition to exhaustive wine and beer lists. And while the beverages alone are reason enough to stop by, the public house has a full menu of modern American fare as well -- everything from bacon brittle and pub pork cheeks to filet mignon asada tacos.
Heralded by James Beard Foundation award nominee Chef Bernie Kantak, Citizen Public House offers a contemporary approach to gastropub eats. The unpretentious Old Town restaurant has nabbed numerous awards and accolades since its opening in 2011. And guests come back again and again for their fine cocktails and pub-style fare, which includes the signature mac and cheese, crab cakes with oaxacan chile remoulade, sauced short ribs, and of course, the original chopped salad. Don’t miss Benjamin’s Upstairs on your next visit to this Scottsdale staple. The swanky, speakeasy-style lounge is an extension of the restaurant that’s effortlessly hidden above the main floor.