Where to go and what to order

Where to go and what to order

Where to go and what to order

This year, I visited some of Metro Phoenix’s newest, best, and most interesting cocktail bars, from a long-running Scottsdale martini destination to a brand new West Valley gem; from an underground cocktail hole to stunning rooftops.

I enjoyed jammy shoemakers and refreshing spritzes, martinis and highballs. Some drinks sparkled and others were more subtle, but they were all good enough to make me come back for more.

With a number of exciting bars opening soon, I can not wait to see where the new year will take us, but so far it is these cocktail bars that should be at the top of your list of places to drink in metro Phoenix.

Elevated old school vibes on Rough Rider

Bar manager Heather Gerry adds some pepper to President's Julep cocktail at Rough Rider restaurant and cocktail bar in Phoenix.

A ride down the elevator on Rough Rider is like a journey back in time. The bar and restaurant are located in the basement of a modern office building in downtown Phoenix, but the bar below the building is inspired by the 19th century. Portraits of Teddy Roosevelt, old leather-bound books and a long marble pole decorate the dimly lit room. The cocktail menu is designed to inspire. One section features shoemakers mixed with homemade jam, another section highlights different varieties of tea punches.

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