10 Best Bars in Phoenix for Drinking and Being Merry

The Phoenix bar scene has never been more lively, with a smattering of hip cocktail lounges and wine bars adding a dash of panache to the local nightlife scene. 

If you're in downtown Phoenix, check out the views from the Lustre Rooftop Garden, a chic rooftop bar perched on the third floor pool deck of the Hotel Palomar. The excellent city and mountain views pair nicely with a glass of wine or hand-crafted cocktail. 

Serious cocktail drinkers will want to check out Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, also in downtown Phoenix. The creative cocktail menu features fresh herbs and house-infused spirits. Many of the fruits used in the cocktails are grown locally. 

If wine is your passion, plan a stop at Central Wine Bar, where you can enjoy wine flights and special tastings. For date night, plan a romantic rendezvous at the Merc Bar, a dimly lit midtown bar with cushy seating and a great wine list. 

When you're looking for lively atmosphere, check out Culinary Dropout in central Phoenix. The restaurant and bar is home to "The Yard," a lively outdoor space featuring games, picnic tables and a fully-stocked bar. 

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. 

Located on the 3rd floor pool deck of the chic Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix, Lustre Rooftop Garden offers drinking, dining and socializing in a unique and beautiful setting. Guests enjoy incredible views of the Phoenix cityscape, comfy...  Read More

One of Phoenix's more upscale places to hear some good music and have a few spectacular drinks is the Lost Leaf. A hybrid bar/gallery/music venue, The Leaf blurs the line between all three and a hosts plenty of talent in the form of both local...  Read More

This small, chic bar is tucked away in a nondescript strip mall in a scenic north Phoenix neighborhood. The Lounge is known for its service - the bartenders here know their stuff - and its excellent and creative selection of wine, cocktails and...  Read More

This hip eatery and bar, another brainchild from Fox Restaurant Concepts, is described as the city's "rebel child" gastropub where the uniform-free staff is free to create bold culinary experiments in a relaxed yet professional environment....  Read More

Bar Bianco

Nominally the bar for next door's Pizzeria Bianco, this intimate venue occupies a 1909 house moved to Heritage Square in the '80s. Its interior is defined by dark woods and soft lighting, and an abundance of candles adds mood-setting atmosphere...  Read More

This swanky wine bar is located on busy Central Avenue, in a neighborhood that has become trendy enough to earn its own nickname mash-up (CenPho). It's not hard to spot the virtues of Central Wine Bar right away: stylish decor - check. Great...  Read More

Merc Bar

Boxy leather furniture and wooden accent walls set the scene at this moody bar for Phoenix's beautiful people. Unmistakably chic, it's a place to see and be seen, whether you're a celebrity or an upscale professional. (Have your self-esteem in...  Read More

Downtown Phoenix's hip cocktail lounge features over 45 different types of beers, more than 40 wines and a menu of enticing hand-crafted cocktails. SideBar is known for impeccable ingredients and high-quality drinks. The bar squeezes its own...  Read More

Bitter & Twisted is a welcome addition to the downtown Phoenix scene. This cocktail parlour, tucked away in the historic Luhrs building, promises to deliver hand-crafted cocktails made from scratch using the finest house-infused spirits. ...  Read More

The Whining Pig has earned a loyal local following in Phoenix, getting high marks for excellent service, an exhaustive beer and wine menu, and hands-down some of the best ambiance in the city. The decor is fun, charming and totally whimsical -...  Read More


Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

She received her MFA in Creative...  More About Patricia

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