True to its name, FilmBar, showcases mostly indie films and it serves superb craft beers, wine and other spirits while you enjoy the flick. The micro-cinema space within the bar seats up to 70 and screens an interesting selection; from foreign and independent titles to cult classics and the work of local filmmakers. Tickets to the shows can be bought at the venue itself and members enjoy concessions and combos. For those coming in just to enjoy the bar, their range of drinks covers 25 different craft beers and a wonderful selection of wines. One other note, if you wish to continue the drinking after the film ends, the Angels Trumpet Ale House across the street is a beer lover's dream.
Situated on the North 7th Avenue, Char's Has The Blues has been entertaining its bunch of regulars for a long time now. Although it does serve a choice of drinks, everything else takes a back seat once the music starts. The bar schedules a series of Blues, RnB and funk concerts as well as jam sessions every night of the week that keep you entertained. It's list of past performers include the famous The Kenny Gee Project and the Soul Power Band. Walk in here anytime of the week for a great night out with friends, a romantic date, or just by yourself.
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 an equally 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.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails is a chic and classy cocktail bar and restaurant which is located in downtown Phoenix. The restaurant serves a variety of delicious seasonal dishes such as Pappardelle Veal and Schreiner’s Sausage Ragu, and Trout Golden Raisins, Capers, Green Beans and Brown Butter. The bar is known for its varied cocktail list. These crafted concoctions perfectly complement the dishes served. Sharing plates of food and a cozy yet trendy ambiance makes this a great hangout for friends.
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.
Hanny's used to be a department store, but it has since been reconverted into an upscale bar. Their cocktail menu offers some of the best mixes covering eclectic and local liquors. Also known for a delicious food menu, the kitchen serves an assortment of light bites with pizzas being the favorite among loyal patrons. Contemporary interiors and enjoyable music make it a perfect spot to enjoy casual drinks with friends. Make sure you take a trip down to the basement, where the ghosts of mannequins past make for a delightfully creepy display.
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.