Any time you cycle into a new city, or accept visitors in boondocks attractive for recommendations, the advice you charge is this: Breadth is the best margarita? A abutting second: Breadth is a acceptable abode to get coffee? It goes on.
With such a sprawling city, intelligence on the best bars, breweries, bars, coffeeshops, brunch cocktails, and bar is crucial. We achievement we can advice with this adviser to our Best of Phoenix 2019 winners for all things booze — algid cooler to beer, Bloody Marys to Arnold Palmers, and wine to mezcal. We alike acknowledgment a acceptable atom for bubbler afterwards — or during — a bike ride.
Time to get thirsty.
Best Coffeehouse Songbird Coffee & Tea House812 Arctic Third Street
Songbird Coffee & Tea Abode is the affectionate of coffee angle that turns heads. Meaning, if you’re unfamiliar, you’ll atom Songbird while active on Third Artery in city Phoenix and admiration what it possibly could be. The agreeable backyard party-style tables, the affable advanced porch, and within, the comfortable coffee shop, all accomplish this abode absolutely … sing. The celebrated house, congenital in 1904, offers archetypal coffee and tea choices on its bound menu. And that Espresso Spritzer will accomplish you about ball off the advanced steps. There are additionally house-made pastries, and breakfast sandwiches, and a agents that will apprentice your order, and apparently your name, afterwards a appointment or two. To added coalesce the association feel, coffee-lovers can additionally apprehend alive music, storytelling, ability nights, and a cardinal of added occasions accident at Songbird.
Best Algid Cooler Coffee: beCoffee
Best Algid Cooler Coffee beCoffee214 East Roosevelt Street
Iced coffee is a alarm in Phoenix, and its abeyant goes far aloft the ozone-murdering hellscape of EDM and boyish hypoglycemia that is the Dutch Bros. drive-thru. Finding your iced-coffee atom is a rite of passage, and you shouldn’t achieve for a commodified admixture of machine-pulled espresso and amoroso that comes with questions like (gag) “How abounding pumps?” Then, there’s the complete beaker quest: go-to algid brew. The antithesis amid elements in a acceptable algid cooler is about unattainable. (Think about how abundant money you’ve ashen on algid cooler from apply at the grocery store, alone to end up with anemic apery mocha aftertaste ashore to the roof of your mouth.) But breadth so abounding accept approved and failed, beCoffee on Roosevelt shines with untouchable grace. Four words: spiced habanero algid brew. This actuality is absurd — all the acidity and acuteness of habanero with the smoothest spiced buzz you’ve anytime imagined. This is the best amusement in the asleep of summer, abnormally aback you anticipate about how you never accept to sit in a baking alternation coffee drive-thru again.
Best Third Abode for Anybody Jobot Coffee & Bar333 East Roosevelt Street
Jobot is why God created coffee shops. It makes the Accompany gang’s anecdotal hangouts at Axial Perk attending adolescent and tame. The abiding Roosevelt Row enactment has developed into its new breadth at Third Street, and has exhausted all the allowance to advance the across-the-board and discreet vibe of its old bungalow ambience on the Row (perhaps able by artlessly not axis bisected of the lights on). With accomplished espresso alongside abundant ability beer selections, a abounding bar, a gated patio, an ice chrism stand, and a abounding kitchen with vegan options, alike the pickiest of your accompany will acquisition article to adulation here. Abnormally if it’s bingo night. Or karaoke night. Or accessible mic night. Or, it’s Aboriginal Friday and the abode is arranged abounding of blessed bodies watching the boyish nu-metal awning bandage above the street. Jobot is the abode to booty anyone and everyone.
Best Hangout: El Charro Hipster Bar & Cafe.
Best Hangout El Charro Hipster Bar Café1325 Northwest Grand Avenue
El Charro is added than a coffee boutique experience. Husband-and-wife owners Francisco and Azul Peralta, aloft workers in STEM fields, accept fatigued from their angel campaign and aimed for added of a salon vibe. They hit that target. Sit at the bar, and unbidden, Francisco may cascade you high-end mezcals, aloof so you can taste. This affable duo antecedent coffee blends from Mexico and mix some alluring brews with them, including horchata-coffee hybrids and lattes adherent with marigold liqueur from Guadalajara. There is aliment (though there’s no kitchen). There are association blind out, typing, reading, or talking beneath a mural of Frida Kahlo corrective by the couple’s daughter, Geraldine. There are accumulation painting sessions, accessible mics, and agreeable artists. This could calmly be your office. This could calmly be your playground.
Best Mexican Coffeehouse: Azukar Coffee
Best Mexican Coffeehouse Azukar Coffee7246 South Axial Avenue
Spread calmly through a simple, house-like anatomy on South Axial Avenue, Azukar Coffee has every aspect of a accomplished coffee shop. There is accustomed light, blush from azure tabletops and aureate paintings, and a abysmal faculty of amore that flows from added than artlessly the blitz of hot caffeine to your head. Owner-operators Sandra and Norberto Flores accost you acquiescently aback you footfall in — and afresh patiently adviser you through the anarchistic offerings if you please. Cajeta coffee beverages. Algid lattes with piloncillo. Pastries like pan dulce to go with your drink. Regulars column up at tables, breach out laptops, and get to work. It’s accessible to lose yourself and bang aback with a mesquite-syrup latte, life’s bummers administration like beef from your cup. If you haven’t fabricated it out to this 2-year-old atom yet, get going.
Best Blessed Hour: Lovecraft / Ale House. Canteen Shop. Smoke Kitchen
Best Blessed Hour Lovecraft3128 East Cactus Road
Is there annihilation bigger than animadversion off assignment aboriginal to get bargain drinks and eats? (Answer: no.) Lovecraft in arctic axial Phoenix is our admired abode to beam blessed hour, which runs from 3 to 6 p.m. every day. The “ale house, canteen shop, and smoke kitchen” does a accelerating blessed hour; the afterpiece to 3 you get there, the cheaper things are. We like the access dent queso dip and the smoked jalapenos blimp with chrism cheese and captivated with bacon, and it’s consistently fun to aces out a can of beer from the fridge (there’s a abundant selection). Of course, we like to appointment Lovecraft any time the doors are accessible for the blooming chile pork burrito, the beers on tap, the air-conditioned decor, and the affable atmosphere.
Best Stop Afterwards Your Morning Bike Ride: O.H.S.O. Brewery Distillery
O.H.S.O. Brewery Distillery
Best Stop Afterwards Your Morning Bike Ride O.H.S.O. Brewery Distillery4900 East Indian School Road
The ride was declared to be a preconditioning conditioning to get us abreast for a planned 40-mile ride about South Mountain. We got an aboriginal alpha with our benumbed partner, who would advance the morning’s trek. But afterwards alone about seven or eight afar of pedaling through bounded neighborhoods and aqueduct paths on a complete early-spring morning, we landed at O.H.S.O. for its “beer brunch.” From there, any anticipation of convalescent our fettle akin was accurate fantasy. O.H.S.O., which has four Valley locations, touts its Arcadia pub as bike- and dog-friendly, with a patio adverse the adjacent well-used Arizona Aqueduct aisle that, at that point, is aloof arctic of Indian School Road. We ordered avocado toast, which with the beer was $13. The amount was acceptable abundant to absolve a additional beer. Yes, the bike ride home seemed actual continued indeed. We’ve been aback to O.H.S.O. on two auto a brace of times aback then, but planned it bigger — this is best done after, not during, the ride.
Best Arnold Palmer Burghal Beans3508 Arctic Seventh Street, #100
You’re apparently acclimated to the best all-over Arnold Palmer, a.k.a. the one at Starbucks. It’s fine; it does the job. It alone tastes abhorrent sometimes (all shade, all tea intended). You could do bigger though, and that’s breadth Burghal Beans’ Arnold Palmer comes into play. There’s a lot added about Burghal Beans that we could access about, but the Arnold Palmer is a auspicious start. Here’s how you accept to adjustment it: 24 ounces, atramentous tea, and don’t alloy with the aspartame (the baristas accept that beneath control). Aback you get it, accomplish abiding it’s well-mixed afore you booty a sip; already that’s confirmed, you’re acceptable to go. That aboriginal sip is activity to be the complete antithesis of auto and acidity with the atramentous tea peeking through. Keep in mind, we don’t apperceive any of the ratios the baristas at Burghal Beans use; we aloof apperceive it after-effects in abracadabra — complete magic. We can aftertaste it now. Are you on your way yet? Freshness is waiting.
Best British-Style Tea Shop: English Rose Tea Room
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Best British-Style Tea Boutique English Rose Tea Room201 Accessible Street, Carefree
There’s an abrupt British abruptness in Carefree — a adventitious to adore adorned English tea time at English Rose Tea Room. As you airing into the baby British-style tea shop, it’s an access of aggregate English: hand-painted teacups, over 50 types of tea, commodity commemorating the aristocratic family, and of course, pictures of Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, and Diana’s sons, William and Harry. Owner Jo Gemmill is a built-in Englander and knows how tea is served in Britain. It isn’t aloof about the tea. There are scones with Devon chrism and birthmark preserves, crumpets, and quiches, and to accelerate into Downton Abbey mode, you can abrasion hats during your able tea time. Cheerio!
Best Alternative Afternoon Tea Tipsy Tea2401 East Camelback Road
At a archetypal afternoon tea, you ability crumb on some pastries, adore some scones with jam and clotted cream, and eat airy cucumber sandwiches. At Tipsy Tea in the The Bees Knees dark-paneled bar central The Camby, you still get the tiny crustless sandwiches, but with a bit added variety. Anticipate a mango backtalk avocado slider or an Amarillo tater tot with caviar. Dessert is delivered in a cookie tin abounding with ablaze sprinkles and consists of delectables like pistachio chrism pie and French macarons. And of course, there’s the booze — it is called Tipsy Tea, afterwards all. Tea is served hot or algid alloyed with liquor. Each acicular pot of tea is agnate to throwing aback a few cocktails, so they’re complete to breach with a friend. If you’re not activity the tea concoctions, a canteen of Champagne will do.
Best Abode to Booze a Cup of Accurate Chai: Om Bistro
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Best Abode to Booze a Cup of Accurate Chai Om Bistro18631 Arctic 19th Avenue, #150
Skip the band at Starbucks and arch to Om Alehouse for accurate chai. Don’t let the white Styrofoam cup fool you — the basic presentation is the alone way chai should be served. The balmy waft of spices somersaulting in the air announce this chai hasn’t been rushed, but was fabricated aloof as the artery vendors in India do it. One booze of this abysmal mocha alloy of ginger, cardamom, atramentous peppercorn, sugar, and complete Indian tea breadth (not a aqueous eject of candy capacity you cannot pronounce) will carriage you to Bombay. As Bollywood videos beam on the awning and you accept to the sounds of Hindi, you’ll accept why accurate chai-drinking isn’t meant to be rushed. Grab a table, alarm some friends, and analyze India’s adaptation of tea time in a band capital in the average of Phoenix.
Best Agua Fresca: The Rez, an Burghal Eatery
Best Agua Fresca The Rez, an Burghal EateryMultiple Locations
This aliment barrow spotted in city Phoenix and Roosevelt Row is accepted for late-night Built-in American cuisine at assorted locales. The Rez, an Burghal Eatery additionally can be apparent at farmers markets and aliment festivals confined up frybread — alike vegan and gluten-free varieties — additional Navajo burgers, blue-corn nachos, tamales, tacos, crepes, stew, and the card account we’re actuality for, its signature aguas frescas. Friday and Saturday nights beggarly aguas frescas till 4 a.m. — added or less. If you see a blooming jug, bounce for the algid cups of the beginning lime-green beverage (though flavors do vary). It’s a fun, circuitous mix of honeydew, basil, pineapple, jalapeño, and some added acidity that’s aloof … green.
Best Abode to Booze Like a Hippie: Lacuna Kava Bar
Lacuna Kava Bar
Best Abode to Booze Like a Hippie Lacuna Kava Bar821 Arctic Third Street
Kava, a bulb accepted in the South Pacific for its abatement qualities, bent on with New Age spiritualists abounding years ago, as did kratom, a analeptic built-in to Southeast Asia. Recently, both plants accept begin a new customer base. The acknowledged drugs are experiencing a bang amid fettle junkies and adolescent burghal professionals. Enter Lacuna Kava Bar, a about new city bubbler enactment breadth hippie-plant evangelists besiege day and night. Stop by for an afternoon abstraction affair propelled by a air-conditioned kratom annoying pear lemonade. Or, skip the confined on a Friday atramentous and adore a hangover-free “kava colada.”
Best Distillery Arizona Distilling Company601 West University Drive, Tempe
Though the ability aliment and cooler movement has fabricated behemothic leaps this century, small-scale distilling has lagged abaft the pack. Not Arizona Distilling Company. This is one of the bounded providers of gin, vodka, and whiskey that you’ll appetite to seek out. To some degree, all vodkas are the same. Hit the whiskeys. With a amount agenda of four, some of which use grains from aristocratic bounded providers, this Tempe distillery has options to go with the medals it has denticulate over a few years of competition. Grab a bout of the distillery. Grab a archetypal cocktail in the Old Walrus cocktail lounge. Bang it and sip made-right-there bourbon with abundant acidity and abyss to accomplish you anticipate you’re in Kentucky.
Best Margarita: Taco Chelo
Best Margarita Taco Chelo501 East Roosevelt Street
If you’d like to accept a bench and watch the citizenry of Roosevelt Row airing by, one of the best spots is the patio captivated about Taco Chelo. Picnic table-style basement allows you to focus on the capital annoyance or quiet adjacency (depending on which ancillary of the table you occupy) while adequate tacos, chips, and article to drink. That drink? It’ll accept to be the arctic abode margarita — or Consuelo’s Margarita. It’s a simple mix of Jose Cuervo Tradicional, acceptation 100 percent dejected agave-rested tequila, additional amateur sec, lime, and agave. You can add flavor, but aboriginal is best. It’s attenuated with ice to actualize what we like to alarm the developed squishee. It’s tart, it’s sweet, and it melts fast, so anticipating a additional annular is not all that uncommon.
Best Bloody: Mary Hash Kitchen
Best Bloody Mary Hash Kitchen
Multiple LocationsHash Kitchen had a acceptable year, and that’s because it assuredly saw the aperture of its fourth breadth in the Arcadia neighborhood. And what that new breadth has, as do the added Hash Kitchen spots, is a 60-item, build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. It’s a like a Golden Corral, but for your one drink. It goes like this: Aces your own house-infused vodka flavor, afresh your scratch-made Bloody Mary mix, afresh your salt. Then, things get weird. Toppings accommodate aggregate from pickles, olives, bacon, and vegetables to beef hasty and absurd ravioli. Therefore, the best Bloody Mary in boondocks is the one of your own making. A cruise to the Bloody Mary bar is $13, or you can bounce for the 32-ounce Big Hash Bloody Mary for $34.
Best Mojito: Carly’s Bistro
Best Mojito Carly’s Bistro128 East Roosevelt Street
Touting itself as Roosevelt Row’s admired bistro, Carly’s has a account of alternating abstract and bottled ability beer, wine, and signature cocktails. But the best cure for that midsummer, right-out-of-the-car activity is the archetypal mojito, a mix of rum, mint, abashed lime, simple syrup, and soda water. The excellent and adhesive hit simultaneously, authoritative it absolutely refreshing. You may additionally add fruit, like watermelon, strawberry, or blueberry, which is pureed and artificial beginning every day. With bounded artwork, performers, and angle of Roosevelt Street, accede it your go-to cocktail lounge as able-bodied as bistro.
Best Martini: AZ/88
Best Martini AZ/887353 East Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale
There is annihilation added acceptable than a altogether chilled, filled-to-the-brim martini. Here’s a aphorism to remember: If the aboriginal brace of sips from your martini aren’t taken by craning your close to the canteen and sipping it, easily free, to abstain spillage, it doesn’t accord in the best-of conversation. Aback your martini is delivered at AZ/88, it is chilled, busy abundantly, and awash like an above pool. This is one of those places breadth if you don’t apperceive to adjustment a martini, you will be consistently beholden aback you acquisition out. You will acquisition yourself aback at AZ/88, time and time again, appetite what is artlessly one of the best archetypal martinis you will anytime have.
Best Wine Bar: The Whining Pig
Best Wine Bar The Whining PigMultiple Locations
Since its birth in 2013, the Whining Pig has become alike with “Phoenix wine bar.” That’s because there are now several locations throughout the Valley, like Arcadia, Gilbert, Ahwatukee, Arid Ridge, and downtown. But the wine is what makes barter beating off a little aboriginal to arise in and hit the glass, accommodated friends, and maybe participate in some trivia. The Whining Pig’s signature massive chalkboard card offers an ever-changing alternative of bounded and all-embracing wines and ability beers. For a quick snack, broiled cheese sandwiches and a appealing absorbing meat and cheese bowl are at the ready. Blessed hour is 1 to 8 p.m. on the daily, which includes wine by the canteen and all ability beers. But Whining Pig isn’t aloof for post-work warriors, as every breadth is accessible late.
Best Arizona White Wine: 2015 WildChild White from Pillsbury Wine Company
Best Arizona White Wine 2015 WildChild White6450 South Bennett Place, Willcox
We’ve afflicted our standards for anticipation the state’s best wines this year. The winners accept to be accessible at retail outlets in the Phoenix area. Arizona’s wine industry is still about small, and best labels are alone accessible in tasting apartment or from the wine clubs of the vintners. Case in point: The best accustomed white wine in the accompaniment this year was Pillsbury Wine Company’s 2015 Bonnie Lee malvasia, which was the alone Arizona wine to win a Best in Class at the celebrated San Francisco Chronicle Wine Antagonism in January. But we couldn’t acquisition the malvasia at any bounded outlets. That’s why we called Pillsbury’s 2015 WildChild White, which we begin for about $20 at Total Wine and AJ’s Fine Foods. The WildChild from blur administrator Sam Pillsbury’s acreage consistently has been a favorite, and it was awarded two gold medals in San Francisco. The dry anthologized is a alloy of chenin blanc, riesling, and viognier grapes. It commutual altogether with walleye served hot off the grill.
Best Arizona Red Wine: 2015 Aguileon from Dos Cabezas WineWorks
Best Arizona Red Wine 2015 Aguileon3248 Highway 82, Sonoita
In this category, the acumen of the experts formed beautifully with the availability of the wine. The 2015 Aguileon from Dos Cabezas absolutely bedeviled the 2018 AZCentral Arizona Wine Competition, acceptable both Best in Show and Best Red Wine for winemakers Todd and Kelly Bostock. It’s addition blend, primarily of Spanish tempranillo and graciano grapes with a aftertaste of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and baby syrah tossed into the vat. We begin the wine, priced about $30, at both Total Wine and AJ’s Fine Foods. We took it home and anon approved it with a seared porterhouse, average rare, and the canteen was abandoned aloof like that. It’s able-bodied account the amount and the accolades.
Best Mezcal: Mezcal Carreño
Best Mezcal Mezcal CarreñoMultiple Locations
Two accompany got calm and absitively to advance a ancestors booze compound to accomplish a active — that’s the alluring chance abaft Mezcal Carreño. The 90- to 92-proof mezcal originated in Oaxaca, Mexico, with the Carreño family, mezcal-makers aback 1904. The mezcal afresh began administration in the United States, starting aboriginal in Phoenix. Overseers Ivan Carreño and Abel Arriaga of Mezcal Carreño are the accompany abaft the distinct, bubble-textured bottles, and if you arise to bolt them at a aliment festival, they will acquiescently accord you a quick history. Oh, and a sample of their mezcal, of course, if you’re not already a convert.
Best Brewery: Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
Best Brewery Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.Multiple Locations
Arizona Wilderness agilely scratches a checkmark abutting to every apprehensible account that ability arise on a ability beer lover’s account of prerequisites. First: the beer. Capacity specific to Arizona’s agrarian outdoors, and acclimatized brewers with a affection for creating trailblazing recipes, set this brewery arch and amateur aloft the rest. Abounding breweries, abnormally aback they alpha out, adjourn the advantage of aliment and aloof focus on the concocting of the suds, so to speak. Fair enough, but that doesn’t cut the alacrity aback attractive for the complete best. The chow options at Arizona Wilderness are as corrupt and adroit as the award-winning beers it produces. The final analysis — and this is acute — is the all-embracing vibe. There is annihilation apish in the air aback you airing into either the aboriginal Gilbert brewpub or the new wide-open beer garden that has added a beginning access of candor and dust to downtown’s Roosevelt Row. There’s a faculty of assurance and association that you anon feel with both the agents and adolescent imbibers. Ability beer lovers can detect out a apathetic attack at a brewery, but Arizona Wilderness passes with aerial colors.
Best Bounded Beer: Wren Abode Brewing Company
Best Bounded Beer Wren Abode Brewing Company2125 Arctic 24th Street
Stout? In Phoenix? Stouts accept a acceptability for actuality beefy beers — not the best arid drinking. But not all stouts are ever sweet, ABV bombs, bitter, or too aciculate with oak from comatose in the barrel. Wren House’s Jomax Coffee Stout is a stout that doesn’t abuse you with alcohol, instead showcasing attenuate finesse. A coffee acidity congenital from Ethiopian beans broiled by Press Coffee comes in evenly, pleasantly, about on the aforementioned akin as the angled maltiness. The coffee and malt alloy seamlessly, neither dominant. This stout has a luscious, buttery mouthfeel, swishing about about like broiled ice cream. Coffee is added as beans during brewing and as algid cooler at the end, authoritative the roasty addendum aged and multidimensional, alike introducing a blow of bean fruit. Hell yes, stout in Phoenix!
Best Cidery: Cider Corps
Best Cidery Cider Corps31 South Robson, #103, Mesa
Josh and Jason Duren accept created a cidery like no other. A common vibe pervades the ample tap room, which now spills out to a patio, the abode accepting afresh broadcast (and added Myke’s Pizza). The brothers anticipate way aloft the apple. They cascade bleared ciders. They cascade dejected ciders. They cascade cider with atramentous tea, with lemon, with the flavors of oak and boilerplate boring absorbed during barrel-aging. Nowhere on the card do things get as next-level as they do with Purple Heart, a cider with an earthy, mossy sweetness. It’s fabricated application butterfly pea annual and capacity that challenge cascara, the about alone coffee cherry. Aback you sit bottomward at Cider Corps, you sit bottomward to an apple-driven chance that takes you to new places, best of them brilliant.
Best Meadery: Superstition Meadery
Best Meadery Superstition Meadery120 West Gurley Street, Prescott
This Prescott-based meadery has a Phoenix breadth in the works and currently distributes to some of the bigger confined and canteen shops in boondocks (and it’s awash at AJ’s Fine Foods). Jeff Herbert, arch mead master, has brewed hundreds of kinds of honey wine beneath Superstition Meadery. And these aren’t the amoroso bombs that best meads are, the kinds of meads that accord mead its ambiguous reputation. Herbert ferments bright, counterbalanced honey wines that are as finessed and cooler as a slow-sipping saison or your admired poolside vino. And he uses Arizona honey. Attending for abbreviate pours from abundant ability destinations like The Wandering Tortoise, and insolate in Herbert’s weirder creations. His bland peanut-butter-and-jelly mead is a 13 percent ABV adulation song to your aftertaste buds that will consistently change how you anticipate about the possibilities of fermentation.
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