One thing that might surprise visitors to Phoenix is its ambitious drink scene. Bars have a wealth of local beverages to help punch up their drink lists: one of the best sake breweries outside of Japan, world-class mead, and a trove of avant-garde beers. Cocktail culture reaches high-wire heights in Phoenix proper, with bartenders approaching both theme and drink composition with a fervor and creativity that suits the imaginative backdrop of the desert.
In Phoenix, too, there are also plenty of low-key but stellar neighborhood bars — often places that channel throwback, feel-good vibes.
True, a lot of Phoenix’s best places to drink, especially for cocktails, are in resorts and restaurants. This list considers places that focus on drinks first, and keeps the geography tightly to Phoenix, where most of the magic in the greater metro area is happening.Read More