Scottsdale Nights: 10 Great Scottsdale Bars for Drinking in the Desert

Whether you’re in the mood to sip on a trendy cocktail or sample a local craft beer, the Scottsdale bar scene offers plentiful choices for thirsty patrons of all stripes.

For a laid-back, come-as-you-are taste of Old Town Scottsdale, stop in at Pattie’s First Avenue Lounge for inexpensive drinks, no cover charge, and laid-back patio, perfect for enjoying long, leisurely moments in the heart of the city.

If you're a wine-lover, Scottsdale has plenty of places to imbibe in style. A good place for a date night is Kazimierz Wine Bar, which will make you feel as if you've been whisked to a subterranean European hideaway.

Established in 1959, the family-owned Coach House Tavern is a classic neighborhood tavern that claims to be the oldest bar in Old Town. Settle into the patio or mosey up to the bar for good drinks in one of the city’s most relaxed and unpretentious spots.

If you're a lover of fine craft brews, Craft 64 has you covered. This pizza restaurant has one of the biggest menus of Arizona-brewed craft beers in town. 

Terroir Wine Pub


If wine bars rub you the wrong way, it's time to give it another go with a visit to the Terroir Wine Pub in Scottsdale. The first house rule is: leave snobbery at the door. The second house rule? Have fun. This friendly wine pub features an...  Read More



The Scottsdale Beer Company is a local brewery with a huge selection of craft beers. The passionate in-house brewmasters always have something exciting fermenting, and more than a dozen beers on tap on any given tap. There is also a full bar and...  Read More

Pattie's First Avenue Lounge


Eminently laid-back during the day, this no-frills joint transforms into a lively club in the evenings. Locals flock here daily for inexpensive drinks, a comfy heated patio, pool tables, and of course, plenty of room to dance. DJs spin on Friday...  Read More



Craft 64 has become one of the most popular happy hour spots in Old Town Scottsdale. And why not? The pizzeria and brew pub has an extensive list of craft beers, with at least 36 Arizona-crafted beers on tap at last count. There is also a...  Read More



Sorso Wine Room is a stylish wine bar and cafe at the posh Scottsdale Quarter shopping center in north Scottsdale. The bar is home to a state-of-the-art WineEmotion wine dispenser, which features an eclectic selection of 32 wines. Simply grab a...  Read More



This downtown Scottsdale wine and craft beer bar, tucked into a small storefront in Old Town, is at once chic and laid-back. You won't come here for an exhaustive craft beer list, or encyclopedic wine menu. Rather, the beer and wine list have...  Read More



Established in 1959, this family-owned bar is one of the oldest nightlife venues in Scottsdale. The Coach House is a friendly neighborhood tavern located in Old Town Scottsdale, where locals and visitors mingle in an unpretentious spot known for...  Read More



This story-themed restaurant and bar is a unique addition to the Old Town Scottsdale nightlife scene. The restaurant and bar serves up a fun menu full of creative fusion dishes with an Asian twist. From the "Intro" appetizer meu, try the inside...  Read More



Tucked away from the bustle of Scottsdale, this wine bar has a distinctly subterranean feel, thanks to subdued lighting, softly-playing jazz, and wine casks that line the walls. The decor is heavy on stained glass and stone, imbuing the spot...  Read More



This elegantly hip restaurant is famous for its burgers, sandwiches, and "galettes," a crispy flat bread topped with cheese, olives, bacon, and onions. Although the fare is simple, the preparation is thoughtful and well-executed. Expect to be...  Read More


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