There's a new place to enjoy a late-night drink in Tempe. Even better, your drink comes with a view. The Watershed is a new restaurant and patio with one of the most unique locations in the Phoenix area. It's estled in the Tempe Lakes community south of Baseline Road, so patrons can enjoy food and cocktails while enjoying a beautiful lakeside view.
The outdoor patio can hold up to 200 patrons and features Redwood picnic tables and comfy chairs for sipping on a beer or cocktail while chatting with friends. Inside, there's a sleek "Captain's Lounge" with patio views. The Watershed is also currently working on completing a 50-foot-long bar.
The Watershed is a new lakeside restaurant and bar in Tempe. — Photo courtesy of The Watershed
Bar staff mix up twelve specialty cocktails, including a house favorite known as The Whaler, a mix of reposado tequila, agave nectar, mint, orange, grapefruit and lemon. There's also a carefully selected wine list with an emphasis on California reds.
House-made classics like margaritas, sangria, hurricanes and Bloody Marys are also popular. The beer selection is heavy on local and regional craft brews, with a few hard-to-find imports thrown in for good measure.
The name of the bar, "The Watershed," was inspired by the watersheds in the southwest - common water courses that meet to become a part of a community. Owners Dan Scott and Matt Nichols hope the venue's relaxed, picturesque setting will help stoke a strong sense of community in this part of town.
Apart from hand-crafted cocktails and craft beer, The Watershed has a kitchen serving fare best described as eclectic modern American. The menu, created by Chef and General Manager Nichols, was inspired by his years spent in San Francisco and Santa Fe.
One of the most popular appetizers is the Santa Fe-inspired take on a Canadian poutine. It features a hearty serving of chile-dusted fries served with a green chile gravy and beer-battered queso fresco. The tortilla coconut shrimp is another house favorite. It comes with fresh shrimp dipped in shredded corn tortillas and coconut, and then flash-fried with a special papaya habanero dipping sauce.
Other unique dishes include the house fish tacos with pineapple sauce, and a griddle burger that can be cooked in four styles, including New Mexican, barbecue, Korean and Mexican. A variety of specialty salads and sandwiches are also available.
The Watershed offers a happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Patrons can enjoy $5 glasses of wine and cocktails, $1 off beer and $1 off specialty cocktails.