Flagstaff could be considered a paradise for those who enjoy beer because of the great breweries that are located here, like the Beaver Street Brewery, Flagstaff Brewing Company, Lumberyard and Hops on Birch. And though it's not a brewery per se, the beers here are all wonderfully crafted. They vary from local award winners to imported European heavyweights and in addition to great beers, HOB has live events throughout the week, some of which include live music, spoken word and trivia nights.
In 1931, hunter and collector Dean Eldredge began construction on a museum to house an amazing assortment of wild animals he had preserved through taxidermy. Converted to a nightclub in 1936, the club's wildest exhibits were then the people who came to dance the night away in what has been called the world's largest log cabin. Today, party animals head to the Museum Club (affectionately dubbed The Zoo) for drinks, live music, and up-tempo atmosphere. The after-hours extravaganza on weekends is a night-owl's favorite perch.
Wash down your burger, sandwich or wood-fired pizza with a handcrafted beer from this award-winning Flagstaff brewery. You can even watch the chefs prepare your meal and the brewmeisters brewing the ales, porters, and lagers. During the summer, dine on the patio with items served from The Whistle Stop Cafe. This Arizona Republic consistently gives it reviews as both the "Best Restaurant" and "Best Bar" in Flagstaff. As an added benefit, the pool tables provide one more reason to visit Beaver Street Brewery.
Located in a historic carriage house in downtown Flagstaff, the Brix offers organic, American fare with many if not all of their ingredients raised within Northern Arizona and the Four Corners region. Inside guests will find spacious surroundings to dine and on the ever-changing menu, they'll see rotations that include classics the like duck breast, lamb sirloin and a charcuterie board. It's open for dinner only, and if you can't make it here, the sister restaurants Criollo and Proper Meats + Provisions are two other superb options for local, sustainable food.
The Uptown Pubhouse has everything you could want in a pub. With live music, local beers and pool tables, it's no surprise that the pub has been serving patrons for over two decades. The eclectic beer menu is another reason why people flock here, as it has a wide selection of pale ales, stouts, porters, and lagers. In fact, you can check their live beer list online in-real time to see what they have on tap. Almost every night, the stage hosts local bands who play everything, from folk and rock to punk and pop.
The Lumberyard Brewing Company offers patrons a wide variety of award-winning beers brewed on-site as well as theme nights, entertainment, and a decent gastropub menu. Be sure try their beer flight while you stop in on Karaoke Wednesday's or Trivia Thursdays. On Fridays and Saturdays it is constantly packed with locals and Phoenicians that make the trip North; everyone is in search of a beer and a plate of food, so get here early to avoid the long wait.
Mother Road Brewing takes its name from historic Route 66, in which the moniker is another one given to the iconic drive. Here, the beers are completely local, from hops to bottling, everything is done in-house. Some of the beers include two Black IPAs (one a nitro brew), a Red IPA, an American IPA, a session IPA and a Kölsch just to be different. Moreover, the brewery churns out seasonal beers from January to December. Mother Road doesn't serve food, however Pizzicletta right next door will deliver pies right to the brewery's tap room or to your patio table. The eclectic pizza is the perfect accompaniment to any of Mother's beers.
The McMillan is located in historic downtown Flagstaff, inside the oldest building in the district. Built in 1886, the former Wells Fargo bank building has been used for many purposes over the last two centuries, however in its latest incarnation the space is used as a hip, trendy eatery/bar. The food menu has an variety of classics with innovative details, try the Mediterranean Lamb Sliders or the Black Bean Burger. The cocktails are some of the best along this part of Historic Route 66, order the Arizona Mule made with Aylesbury Duck vodka, mint and Bundaberg ginger beer or the Smoked Orange Old Fashioned which uses Dickel No. 12 American Whiskey and house smoked orange bitters, these variations on a theme don't get any better.
Located inside the historic and haunted Weatherford Hotel, the Gopher Hole is one of three different bars inside the archaic edifice. As its name implies, the bar is in the basement and every night revelers drink craft beers, listen to tunes and converse until the wee hours of the morning. Other diversion includes a pool table, live music and a couple of dart boards, but the real draw is the ambience of the historic hotel.
Collins Irish Pub fits the description of an Emerald Isle bar, with dark-wood paneling, Guinness on tap and a small stage for music. The menu features classics from both the states and Ireland, so you'll find Shepard's Pie, Fish & Chips as well as sliders and fries. The prices are reasonable and it serves as a superb second-choice when one of the many nearby breweries is too crowded.