First Draft Book Bar is the only one of its kind in the Phoenix Metro area. Located in the beloved Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix, First Draft is a cafe and bar with an emphasis on craft beer, high-quality coffee and great wines from around the world. There's also a short but tasty menu of baked goods and snacks like olives, hummus and popcorn. First Draft is the perfect place to stop in for a drink before one of the bookstore's many events, or just if you're looking for a comfortable place for a drink surrounded by books.
Rhythm Room was chosen as one of the Top Twenty Blues Venues in the USA by Blues Review Magazine and has won Best Blues Club by local Phoenix periodicals countless times. This musical hot spot has featured headline acts by greats such as Deke Dickerson and Bob Margolin. Legendary guitarist Guitar Shorty, the man who taught Jimi Hendrix to play the guitar with his teeth, is a frequent performer. Top names in rock circles, from Deerhoof to The Spinto Band, also make this place their stop when in Phoenix. Pictures framed Blues legends cover the walls but the main attraction is always the stage. Great seats everywhere with tiny tables big enough for a couple of cocktails and a light bite. Sunnyside Barbecue is served Friday and Saturday nights.
The Lost Leaf is a historic bar in Phoenix with the decor carrying an old world charm. Offering the finest beer and sakes, it is a comfortable place to hang out with friends. Live music nights bring local artists to the stage and art exhibitions are often held here. With a knowledgeable barkeep and friendly guests, you're sure to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere at the place. For booking and information, do visit the website.
Shady's is one of the best neighborhood bars in Central Phoenix. The bar offers custom cocktails with their signature being the 'Drink to Forget' which is a coffee concoction. They also have a marvelous selection of beers which you can enjoy while catching up with friends. Comfortable seating lets you relax after a long day at work and the jukebox features a good selection of music.
Bikini Lounge is a local dive bar and lounge, so its safe to say the crowd here is kinda quirky. Enjoy the cool range of pocket-friendly beverages including cocktails and beer. Along with the drinks, it offers a cool space for dancing while the DJs play out some of the zaniest tunes. Regulars come by often and the ambiance is casual, making it a real good place to hang out in with friends.
The venerable Yucca Tap Room has entertained Tempe locals and people from around the entire state for decades. The Hu family purchased the property in the 70's and the ambience and decor has not changed much since then. If these wood-paneled walls could talk, they would say the Tap Room has hosted many local bands as well as a few famous ones. The venue is divided into an intimate music space and a separate, more modern whiskey room. Overall, one of the best places in Tempe to catch a show and drink a few spectacular craft beers.
An upbeat place to hangout with friends in the allies of Phoenix, Melinda's Alley is a cocktail bar with limited menu. Though the drinks served here are handful they are some of the best cocktails in the neighborhood. Served here are Sultry Sage, Midnight Madame, Rosemary's Peach, Prickly in Pink, Smoke and Lips, Night Call, Age or Mystery, Cuba Libra, Lioness and Lies in the Rye. The interiors have a street corner like setup with abstract furniture and red tube lights just like the red signal.
The Kettle Black Kitchen and Pub is an Irish Gastropub located in Arizona, serving a wide variety of alcohol beverages. They offer handmade cocktails, wine selection such as white and red wines, local and imported draft beers. They serve an all American cuisine in the lunch and dinner menus. Some of the dishes listed are Bavarian Pretzel, Battered Chicken, Curry with Garlic Fries, Crab Cakes, Buffalo Chicken Fries and a variety of salads. They have an exclusive burger menu made from ingredients such as pepper jack, avocado, bacon onion marmalade, honey sriraca glaze, roasted chicken , wasabi mayo and green vegetables. The setup is very casual with seating indoors as well as outdoors.
Duce in downtown Phoenix, attempts to give patrons a walk down history lane with its prohibition theme. Located within a former warehouse on South Central Avenue, The Duce doubles up as a bar and restaurant with ease. Relish the meatball sliders and roasted ribs while sipping on the house special cocktail, the Moscow Mule. Performances of live bands and DJ nights are scheduled regularly on the makeshift stage. Karaoke, retro and live music makes the place a music haven. Check website for more.
Named in honor of Lewis Nash, a legendary jazz drummer, The Nash is an educational center, concert space and jazz club all rolled into one. Located in the center of downtown Phoenix on Roosevelt Row, it was established by Jazz in Arizona in 2012. From workshops, classes to jazz camps, performances by budding musicians, pros and touring artists, and jazz after hours, The Nash explores the classic and new of this genre of music.