Marauders, a pirate-themed bar and restaurant that recently opened in south Tempe, is “built by musicians for musicians,” according to owner D.L. Marble.
The singer-songwriter identifies with the pirate lifestyle, spending much of his time on his sailboat in San Carlos, Mexico and frequently visiting San Diego.
He is also a yacht rock enthusiast, so he named many of the nautical watering hole’s cocktails after songs of the genre. Marauders features drinks, many of which are rum-based, such as Sister Golden Hair and Deacon Blues. There’s also a whole menu of Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine tequila cocktails. Marble says some of the most popular beverages are the Jolly Roger Paloma, which features Mexican Moonshine Reposado, grapefruit soda, salt and lime, and Marauder’s Margarita, made with Mexican Moonshine Tequila Silver and the bar’s signature margarita mix. Marauders also has 17 beers on tap.
It also offers an upscale culinary experience with “first world favorites and flavors from third world ports.” The food menu features everything from chicken wings to swordfish and offers vegan and vegetarian options. “We make everything from scratch, so it takes a little bit of time to make everything but it’s delicious,” Marble says.
What sets Marauders apart from other bars in Tempe? Its seafaring theme and anti-sports bar setup, Marble says. “It’s a nice, upscale place to hang out and enjoy and talk to your friends. I mean, very few people even ask for the WiFi password. People hang out and talk to each other.”
Guests can enjoy live music on Fridays and Saturdays. “It’s all the best bands from Tempe and around the Valley, so you’re not going to hear a crappy cover band and have to leave because it’s so loud,” Marble insists.
The bar, which occupies half of the former Mac’s Broiler & Tap space, features rose-colored chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, beige world map wallpaper and a mural of the Marauders logo – a pirate sporting sunglasses.
“I really set it up to be an environment where I’d want to hang out, where I’d want my friends and my family to chill,” Marble says.
6430 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe