10 Best Tempe Bars: College Hangouts, Brewpubs, Beer Gardens & More

Tempe is, above all else, a college town. Home to a population of 50,000 students, it's no wonder the city is home to an array of bars, pubs, and lounges.

Increasing development and a growing population of urban dwellers is bringing even more diversity and sophistication to the Tempe bar scene. Case in point: Taste of Tops, a casually upscale tavern that attracts both college students, neighborhood locals and out of town visitors with a penchant for craft beers and fine wine.

If you're looking for a Tempe sports bar, one of the best in town is Lucky Break, which features locally crafted brews on tap, six high-end pool tables, and big screen TVs.

For a drinking destination that is both sophisticated and casual, head for Devil's Advocate Bar & Grill, featuring swanky leather seating, wood paneling, plasma TVs and popular open mic nights.

For a laid-back college bar steeped in history and tradition, head to Casey Moore's Oyster House. Tucked away in a quaint university neighborhood, Casey Moore's offers ambiance in spades (the historic house is said to be haunted), daily lunch specials and lots of good people-watching. 

Craft beer enthusiasts will probably want to make a pitstop at Four Peaks Brewery, where you can sample the popular brewer's eight varieties on tap.




This laid-back and bike-centric modern American craft beer garden in Tempe offers a large menu of craft brews and pub fare. On the menu, you'll find a rotating selection of 24 draft beers and more than 50 bottle beer options. The selection...  Read More



Savor the joys of an authentic Cornish pasty (pronounced pass-tee) without even having to jet off across the pond. The Cornish pasty is a traditional English comfort food featuring a variety of meats, veggies and cheeses, all stuffed into a...  Read More



Formerly O'Malley's pub, Devil's Advocate Bar & Grill is one of the latest additions to the busy Tempe bar scene. This University-area bar and grill is quickly becoming a favorite after hours destination for college students and locals in...  Read More



If your aim is to have fun with friends at a relaxed neighborhood restaurant and bar, check out Boulders on Broadway. The laid back neighborhood spot is a popular spot for happy hour and Tuesday and Sunday night trivia. It's also a fine spot to...  Read More



This large and spacious local Belgian-American brewpub and gastropub features handcrafted European-style beers and a menu of locally-made ales, lagers and traditional Belgian-style wheat beers. Beers are available to go in growlers.The beer menu...  Read More



Spokes on Southern is a bike-themed bar and grill in south Tempe that offers a relaxed place to enjoy craft beer, grab the mic on karaoke nights, or enjoy some friendly competition on trivia game nights. Not only are there many craft beers on...  Read More



Four Peaks Brewing Company is a Tempe institution. Situated inside an 1892 Mission-style warehouse, Four Peaks' popularity has skyrocketed in recent years. You can try all eight of their beers, which are on tap at all times, as well as seasonal...  Read More



Located inside a house built by William and Mary Moeurn in 1910, this historic establishment enjoys a convenient location and inviting neighborhood atmosphere. Locals frequent the place for excellent seafood, steaks, and prime rib. Elegant...  Read More



Yucca Tap Room in south Tempe is a local institution. The venerable neighborhood hangout has seen thousands of Arizona State students pass through over the decades, as well as helped nurse the Tempe local music scene. If you'e aim is to find a...  Read More



Taste of Tops, conveniently located next to a well-stocked liquor emporium, offers an appealing blend of upscale ambiance in an unpretentious neighborhood bar setting. The Tempe bar features a rotating tap of craft beers, as well as an...  Read More


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