Beans or Booze? Now You Don't Have to Choose

Written by Jessie Martin Category: Lists Issue: October 2016

courtesy of PixabayLocal coffee shops are renovating their weeknight offerings as they embrace the full meaning of the term “coffee bar.” Whether it’s an evening client meeting or an attempt to test the dating pool waters, these dynamic coffee bars have you covered from Americano to Desert Pale Ale.

Most Corporate

Starbucks
Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Caramel Frappuccinos aren’t your only beverage of choice anymore at this coffee monopoly. Select Starbucks locations across the country, and this one in Downtown Phoenix, are offering “Starbucks Evenings” a few hours a night when you can trade in your Pumpkin Spice Latte for an Expresso Cloud IPA, a craft beer topped with expresso foam and served with a shot of espresso. If that sounds like too much of an upper (or a downer) for nighttime, there's also wine.

455 N. 3rd St., #100
, Phoenix
602-258-8472, starbucks.com

Most like drinking on your couch

Lux Central
In the heart of Phoenix, Lux Central provides a homey experience that is one-of-a-kind. Offering blends from Ethiopia, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Brazil, Lux’s coffee selections are as diverse as the place's ambiance. They offer an extensive list of wine and beer along with a list of cocktails based on their “daily provisions.” Whether you want a quiet morning on a floral-patterned couch with earl grey tea or an evening of booze on the patio, Lux Central has the means to make it happen.

4402 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
(602) 327-1396, luxcoffee.com

Most Hipster

Cartel Coffee Lab
Known for its hipster takeover of Southern Arizona, Cartel has fully embraced the concept of a full “brew bar,” by offering both craft coffee and craft beer. Although this idea was originally intended to exist in a single space, the brews have since been separated into coffee shop and neighboring lounge. Some of their beers include D.P.A (Desert Pale Ale), Coffee Brown, Amber Rye and F.Y.I.T.M., a blend of 6 different Hops.

225 W. University Dr. #101, Tempe
(480) 621-6381, cartelcoffeelab.com

Most “Weeknight Out”

Sip Coffee & Beer House
Not quite your quiet neighborhood coffee shop, Sip is the perfect kick-back for a night that comfortably lounges in the space between quietly sipping tea in the corner and dancing after cocktails. This music-centric hangout offers a full menu of coffee drinks along with 19 rotating craft beers and 100 bottled brews, available for grab whenever necessary. Sip features live music Thursday through Sunday and on open mic night Wednesdays.

3617 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale
(480) 625-3878, sipcoffeeandbeerhouse.com

Most Convenient

Urban Beans Bar & 24 Hour Cafe
Much more than a coffee shop, this 24-hour café located in Downtown Phoenix serves breakfast, lunch and an occasional three course dinner. Unlike many of the coffee bars, Urban Bean sells handcrafted cocktails alongside wine, beer and coffee blends. The endless list of beverages and bites makes the idea of actually staying for 24 hours less pipe dream and more typical Tuesday night.

3508 N. 7th St. #100, Phoenix
(602) 595-2244, urbanbeans.squarespace.com