Partying is one of Phoenix’s strong points. Lots of nearby major universities, major league sports teams, its desert location, its LGBT-friendly community, and its proximity to the Mexican border make give this city a wide variety of bars and clubs. For the spots where you absolutely must drink (and eat), look no further. We have compiled a list to help get your stomach rumbling.
For an animal-friendly drinking experience
O.H.S.O. Brewery is super casual, offers a list of beers on tap- including their own beer- in addition to other local brews, weekend brunches, and it’s dog-friendly!
If you’re a wine-o
Known for its award winning wine, one of the best happy hours in town, and famous bruschetta, Postino is a definite winner.
If you’re looking for an “island getaway”
Under Tow brings a little bit of the beach life to this landlocked state. This tiki bar was opened by a top mixologist, so no matter what your poison may be, it’s sure to be tasty and worth every penny. Note: be sure to call ahead as this place is super popular and always packed! The Breadfruit & Rum Bar is another heavily awarded, must-visit for an island-themed bar. Taste over 100 rums, enjoy your favorite cocktail, or have a smoke in the cigar lounge.
If you’re looking for a sports bar
Tom’s Tavern & 1929 Grill is somewhat of a hidden gem in Phoenix. Dating back to 1929, Tom’s was once a morgue, a pipe shop, a burger joint and agin mill. Today, it is a great spot for craft drinks, comfort food & watching a big game (any of the city’s major league teams or nearby Arizona State University).
Another fun sports bar in Phoenix is Zipp’s Sports Grill. Fresh and homemade all-American comfort food plus cold beers meets spacious patios with billiards (among other games). It’s the classic sports bar you’re looking for!
For LGBTQ-friendly party locales
Karamba Nightclub is an award winning gay dance club, open 7 days a week, and is always a good time. This vivacious club offers different themes each night and even has drag shows! Cash Inn Country is another can’t miss gay & lesbian bar. This country-themed bar has karaoke, darts, line dancing and two-stepping, and is the Best of Phoenix Winner for Best Lesbian Bar.
For a night with Mexican flare
Brick walls line this garage-turned-Tex-Mex restaurant with free live music! Come hungry for burritos and good music, because Crescent Ballroom is one of the highest rated bar-restaurants in Phoenix.