Newcomers’ Guide to The Best Downtown Phoenix Cocktail Bars

Editorial StaffNovember 4, 2022
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Skip the sticky floors and watered-down rum and Cokes at these swanky purveyors of drinkable art.

Little Rituals. Photo by Rob Ballard.
Little Rituals. Photo by Rob Ballard.

Little Rituals
This cocktail palace from mixology maestros Ross Simon and Aaron DeFeo offers a surprise at every turn, from the Careless Whisper (a session cocktail regaled with fresh fruit) to their snarky version of a Boilermaker, with a beer can rigged to your glass like a drive-in speaker.
132 S. Central Ave.
602-603-2050, littleritualsbar.com

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour
From Arizona Cocktail Week founder Ross Simon come wildly creative drinks and a tidy but exquisite food menu in Downtown’s coolest vintage digs. Kitchen open until 1 a.m.
1 W. Jefferson St.
602-340-1924, bitterandtwistedaz.com

Pigtails
This cocktail haven at CityScape is the handiwork of the folks who brought The Whining Pig to the Valley. Amusements include a seafood raw bar and baroque libations like the Black Hog Down, made with sotol, Montenegro, crème de cacao and mole bitters.
1 E. Washington St.
602-675-4416, pigtailscocktails.com

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