It’s easy to work up a thirst in Arizona. Happily, Phoenix and Scottsdale are well supplied with a variety of taverns serving up distinctive local beers, as well as hipster hangouts and stylish cocktail joints. There is no shortage of options for a catch-up session with old friends. We took a look at anonymized data from Thanksgiving Eve last year and here is where Phoenix Uber riders raised a glass to celebrate the holiday.
Phoenix bars to visit on Thanksgiving Eve
1. Coach House
This Scottsdale landmark has been around since 1959 and remains an unpretentious local favorite. The atmosphere is warm, the décor traditional, and the beer and cocktail list is varied. It’s also a live music venue, staging local acts, with outdoor barbecues on music nights.
Where: 7011 E Indian School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
Another Scottsdale favorite, Pattie’s is an old-school tavern with a touch of the dive bar. Ping-pong, pool, and shuffleboard offer distractions, but this neighborhood bar is a great spot for a catch-up with friends over a beer. Happy hours and live TV sports help keep the place popular.
Where: 7220 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale, AZ
This buzzing sports bar goes beyond the average football tavern by offering a substantial bar food menu and a lengthy craft cocktail list. If the on-screen action palls, sports fans can set up their own games of quoits, skeeball or giant Jenga. The bar is also licensed for off-track betting.
Where: 4420 N Saddlebag Trail #100, Scottsdale, AZ
A gay bar with a country theme is a bold idea, and Charlie’s carries it off with panache. Go Go Boys and drag shows keep the vibe outrageously lively. There are DJ sessions every night, and the pop-up taco stand on site from Thursday to Sunday keeps the revelers fueled.
Where: 727 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ
A little bit rock ‘n’ roll and a little bit country, Whiskey Row is all buzzing gastropub, offering live music and all-American cuisine. Craft beer and craft cocktails head an interesting drinks menu. The food sticks to the classics, including sliders, Angus burgers, and steaks. Laid-back weekend brunches are a great option for catching up with friends.
Where: 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail #105 Scottsdale, AZ
This spacious modern bar and restaurant in downtown Scottsdale combines classic pub food with contemporary cuisine. Kelly’s gourmet burgers are particularly famed. The atmosphere is relaxed, with comfortable sofas for lounging and an airy patio for casual get-togethers.
Where: 7117 E 6th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ
7. Valley Bar
This stylish spot is housed in an iconic 1940s building and offers warm Arizona décor and a warmer Arizona welcome. It’s a popular live music venue, and the kitchen rustles up charcuterie or vegetarian sharing plates, creative flatbread dishes, and healthy salads. The games room offers billiards, pinball, and more.
Where: Rear Basement, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ
This Old Town Tempe establishment is one of Arizona’s most famous Irish bars, and it wears the distinction proudly. Fresh oysters, seafood, and steaks dominate the menu. A variety of Irish whiskeys and stouts is available, naturally, but the bottled beer list is extensive, with national and imported brands.
Where: 850 S Ash Ave, Tempe, AZ
The neighborhood dive bar with the distinctive owl motif offers games, beers, and pub food with a slight Latin American accent. The draft beer selection features some interesting craft brews. The games include skeeball and darts, and local musicians drop in for the occasional live show.
Where: 4228 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ
10. Hotel Valley Ho
This landmark Scottsdale hotel dates from 1956 and simply oozes retro charm, with lovingly restored jet-age details. The vintage décor is conspicuous in the chic ZuZu bar, serving creative takes on classic American cuisine. The cocktails are suitably elegant.
Where: 6850 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ
As Arizona prepares for the holidays, locals are enjoying a cocktail or beer with old friends, and the region’s bars offer everything from cowboy themes to 50s cool. Games rooms, big-screen sports, and live music are all part of the colorful mix that bar life in the Phoenix area provides.