Melinda's Alley
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Melinda's Alley

Phoenix
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Melinda's Alley

50 E Adams St

Phoenix, AZ 85004

Usually we’d warn against lurking in dark, shadowy alleys, but if it’s Melinda’s Alley, a Phoenix speakeasy in the basement of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown, we might just let it slide. Marked only by a red light, the no-frills lounge shirks gimmicks that other speakeasies embrace; the austere menu offers a mere 5 cocktails, detailing only the name and base spirit of each to encourage conversation with the bartender. With old surf rock blaring throughout the cash-only joint (the cement walls provide great acoustics), clink your intricate, too-heavy Victorian glass and make a toast to Melinda’s.