Lux is a coffee lovers' ultimate paradise. Unique, exotic, local and international blends are all available at this coffee bar located at the North Central Avenue. Although coffee is the highlight, enjoy fresh baked goods every morning as well as light bites and savory mains for lunch and dinner. On the walls, find works by local artists that change every week giving the place an art-gallery like feel. Free Wi-Fi allows you to catch up on work while on your coffee break and the friendly staff makes every customer feel at home. They also have an outdoor seating area. Open till the late, Lux is one of the best places in Phoenix for your caffeine fix.
For expertly crafted cocktails in a trendy, contemporary space, head Downtown to Bitter & Twisted. The regular cocktail menu is a true masterpiece but they also feature drink specials like a weekly cocktail and "punch of da month." Don't worry if all these incredible cocktails start to make you a bit hungry, there's also a gourmet food menu with items like a meat and cheese board, the ramen "momo" burger and Seoul fried chicken. So whether you're looking for a classic Manhattan or something truly unique, you can find it on a night out at Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlor.
In-the-know locals frequent this unassuming little wine bar in the Phoenix's Arcadia neighborhood (there are two others as well, one in Gilbert and the other in Downtown Phoenix). In a city buzzing with strip-mall cuisine, Postino is hidden a residential neighborhood, where the kitchen serves wonderful helpings of the Italian countryside, the Napa Valley, the South of France and the Mediterranean coast. The wine selection rotates every few months but Californian and Italian labels are the most common, with a few French wines and a handful of Argentinian ones added for good measure. Beer lovers can appreciate the selection as well, with the stellar Guinness on draft or the Alesmith IPA.
Replacing the PHX nightclub, the Monarch Theatre provides a much needed boost to the underground electronic music scene in Phoenix. Complete with an amazing sound system, the club hosts some of the best local DJs and award winning performers attracting large crowds through the week. Although focused on electronic music, the club also hosts nights of hip hop, dub step and old school music to bring in a change in routine. If you want to experience the best then make sure you visit the club on UK Thursdays where you can dance to music ranging from UK garage and grime to drum 'n' bass.
Oregano's Pizza Bistro in Old Scottsdale keeps growing by leaps and bounds. A full range of creative pizzas, pastas, salads and appetizers are served in a setting that draws people like a magnet. Their oven fresh pizza cookie dressed with vanilla ice cream is a must have when you are here. There is definitely something for everyone here at this inventive pizza bistro.
Located next to the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, AZ/88 has some delicious American fare on offer. The menu offers a good selection of entrees, burgers, salads and desserts. Try the Las Brisas burger with jalapenos and avocado, or Elsa's chicken, which is smothered in bell peppers, pecans, and honey/mustard sauce. Salads include Cobb, shrimp, spinach, Caesar or chicken salad varieties. Team these up with their delectable martini. With an intention to shock patrons, AZ/88 displays bold art pieces which are conversational starters in themselves. Do check website for more.
Lustre Bar is located in Hotel Palomar on Jefferson street, Phoenix. It is known for its breathtaking views along with an open-air pool that creates a cool and cozy ambiance. They offer an eclectic list of cocktails which are the highlight of the drinks menu. Make sure not to miss the delicious food while being entertained by the in-house DJ. Lustre sets the right mood for an entertaining evening on the town.
Copper Blues is a sleek rock bar downtown Phoenix. Featuring live music, an impressive selection of more than 60 tap beers, good food and an amazing outdoor patio on the second floor, this venue is one of the most popular destinations in the city.
Located at CityScape, downtown Phoenix's entertainment hub, The Arrogant Butcher boasts an ultra-hip vibe and a contemporary American kitchen led by Chef Andrew Ashmore. A popular spot on the social scene, this restaurant is best if looking to catch the day's game, host a private party, celebrate with happy-hour specials, indulge in romantic conversations or rub shoulders with state politicos. There's never a dull moment even when it comes to the menu which covers appetizers of zucchini fritters, mains of jambalaya and sweet potato tortellini and dessert that includes salted caramel pudding and warm peanut butter cup. The minimalistic interiors with plush sofas, portraits on the wall and mood-enhancing lighting adds to the upscale, 1960s feel of the place.
Bar Smith beats others when it comes to entertainment. The VIP rooms are the center of attraction for all clubbers, and step onto the the terrace bar for amazing views of the city. Located just a block away from the Phoenix City Center, Bar Smith is your neighborhood destination for fun.