Whiskey may not be the first word that comes to mind when you think about Phoenix, but Valley of the Sun has become a haven for whiskey drinkers and lovers. From cigar bars to libraries and apothecaries (of sorts), the city is full of wonderful places to enjoy and explore the world of whiskey. Here are some of the best that Phoenix has to offer.Read More
Where to Savor Superb Whiskey in Phoenix
The region is home to a bevy of bars saluting whiskey, Scotch, and bourbon
Although the Gladly has a local cult following in the Biltmore area for its Original Chopped Salad, its whiskey menu deserves the same kind of attention. This is not your standard darkened room with heavy wooden features. The Gladly’s light and airy design is welcoming alongside its five pages of whiskey choices. Its Scotch selection is even broken down into regional selections like Islay and Campbeltown, giving drinkers access to bottles not commonly found.
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The Grey Hen Rx at Century Grand
A singular drinking experience in Phoenix, Grey Hen Rx is located at Century Grand, a collection of progressive cocktail bars. Grey Hen Rx blends turn-of-the-century apothecary style with New Orleans flavor that produces a menu heavy on bourbons and whiskeys. Offerings include drinks like the In Bristol Fashion, which mixes prohibition-style whiskey with white miso, or Widows & Wives, which combines bourbon with soy sauce. It also offers an impressive retail collection of whiskeys for purchase.
Winston’s Cigar Bar
A classic pairing — good cigars and fine whiskey — usually means there’s a place on hand that caters to both and Winston’s does so for Phoenix. The location boasts an entire, well-lit wall dedicated to bottles, so finding a whiskey, Scotch, or bourbon to enjoy with or without a smoke should be fairly easy. Even easier are the knowledgeable bartenders on hand to help with selections. Try the smoked Old Fashioned with a layer of tobacco smoke to get into the spirit of the bar.
Westin Kierland Scotch Library
Located in the Westin Kierland resort in Scottsdale, The Scotch Library welcomes patrons with beautiful golf course views and shelf upon shelf of bottles to choose from. If selecting a drink from one of the over 300 bottles in the collection seems too daunting, there are expert Scotch Library Ambassadors on hand to help including Guy Sporbert, who earned the designation of Master of Scotch in 2022, Guy Sporbert. The collection includes everything from popular blends to a $1,000 tasting experience of Dalmore 45, poured in Waterford crystal and paired with a Vosges gold foil-topped chocolate bomb.
Straight Up Whiskey Bar
This fun throwback to the speakeasy age sits in the Hotel Adeline. If you can find the hidden door entrance and know how to get in (hint, look for the phone booth and try an “Old Fashioned” password), you’ll be rewarded with a wonderfully curated list of whiskey selections. There are premium and reserve bottles available, but don’t miss out on the cocktails, which combine classics and imaginative twists.
Bourbon and Bones
A local chain with three locations and a fourth in the works, this upscale steakhouse serves wagyu alongside a massive whiskey menu with over 600 bottles to choose from. The large selection of bourbons, Scotch, Irish, and American whiskeys — among others — means there is an option for every taste. If you’re new to whiskey or simply can’t decide, try one of over a dozen flights offered. And for those who are in the mood for something really special, pick a pour off of the Reserve list, which includes Glenfiddich 30-year and Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition.
SanTan Spirit House
Arizona’s local and beloved SanTan Spirits, an independent brewer and distiller, has been crafting whiskeys for years, including single malt, Arizona rye, and bourbon. The distillery offers tours that are well worth any visitor’s time, but if you want a place to relax and enjoy its offerings, Spirit House is the company’s pub. Stop by to try the Sacred Stave whiskeys neat or in one of the myriad cocktails available.