The Phoenix bar scene has never been more lively, with a smattering of hip cocktail lounges and wine bars adding some hipster cred to the local nightlife scene.
If you're in downtown Phoenix, check out Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, which offers a encyclopedic menu of cocktails. The creative cocktail menu features fresh herbs and house-infused spirits, prepared fresh daily, and many of the fruits used in the cocktails are grown locally.
Also in downtown Phoenix, Valley Bar offers a fun, laid-back spot to drink. The subterranean spot tends to get very crowded on the weekends - and on night's when the bar is hosting live music - but if you don't mind the crowds, make your way to the Rose Room, a colorful, basement lounge named after Arizona's first female governor, Rose Mofford. The hyper-local cocktail menu features concoctions named after Phoenix politicians and luminaries, and the drinks tend to go down smooth.
For a cozy, intimate and charming barfly experience, don't miss The Whining Pig, home to an exhaustive beer and wine menu, gourmet bites and fun retro board games.
Looking for a unique place to drink? Two good spots are in the city's downtown Roosevelt Row arts district: Cobra Arcade Bar is a good place to drink and play with friends. FilmBar is an unpretentious spot to enjoy wine or craft beer, and maybe even enjoy a good indie flick.