Phoenix has no shortage of great bars. From casual hole-in-the-walls to swanky gastropubs, the city has developed an impressive roster of watering holes. Yet one of the city's most beloved bars is Windsor, a local destination with a reputation for impeccably crafted drinks, laid-back neighborhood ambiance and great bartenders.
Windsor recently introduced four new cocktails to its menu, which means there's four more reasons to make a pit stop at this neighborhood bar and nightlife spot the next time you're in town.
Tucked away in a historic midtown neighborhood, Windsor serves high-quality wine and beer, along with a diverse selection of Prohibition cocktails. You'll find domestic beers on tap, along with a selection of craft brews and imports. The wine list is decent, and drinks are available by the glass or bottle.
Sparkling cocktails are on the menu at Windsor in midtown Phoenix — Photo courtesy of Windsor
But the real stars of the drink menu are the hand-crafted cocktails. The cocktail menu eschews clever drink names, using instead a simple yet non-sequential numbering system. The No. 27, for example, is made with silver and blackstrap rums, spiced sweet potato syrup and a squeeze of fresh orange.
Windsor recently introduced four more numbers to its popular cocktail list. One of the new entries is No. 21, a refreshing concoction made with a mix of rum, luxardo maraschino, sangue morlacco and fresh lime. For a sweet, citrusy cool-down, try the No. 93. It's a nice blend of citrus vodka, pineapple, house orgeat and peppadew syrup.
The No. 87 is a drink that looks as good as it tastes. It's made with currant infused rye, becherovka, ginger beer and fresh lime. If you like your cocktails tart, then you won't want to miss No. 4. It's made with top-shelf gin, fresh grapefruit, hop bitters and cardamom syrup. All cocktails are $9.50.
If cocktails aren't your thing, though, swing by Windsor for the popular brunch. One of the biggest attractions during the weekend brunch events is the elaborate DIY Bloody Mary bar.
Speaking of brunch, the food at Windsor is simple, fresh and delicious. Don't expect typical greasy bar fare here. Instead, you'll find savory dinner entrees like the picnic kebabs, featuring grilled chicken, shrimp, pork and mixed veggies served with a spicy pepper dip, gold sauce and pita. It's ideal for enjoying with friends on Windsor's charming backyard-style patio.
Windsor offers $5 drinks until 5 p.m. every day. It's one of the liveliest happy hours in town. This Phoenix bar is a must for patrons looking for an unpretentious watering hole that still manages to serve award-winning food and drink.