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Rough Rider interior | Photo by Madison Rutherford   This Theodore Roosevelt-themed bar/restaurant fits in with its surroundings. For starters, a colorful portrait of the former president adorns one side of the Ten-O-One building where Rough Rider resides, not to mention its position in the heart of the Roosevelt Row arts district, which also houses Roosevelt-inspired beer bar The Theodore. The area is rife with homages to Roosevelt, most of which are done in tasteful...

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The Mix Up Bar interior | Photo by Nikki Buchanan   The Mix Up Bar, tucked away to the left of T. Cook’s at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa, is one of my favorite places to hang out over a cocktail. Like the lovely old resort in which it’s nestled, the room is gracious, intimate and — if you time it right — blessedly quiet, the kind of place where you might strike up...

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When UnderTow, Phoenix’s premier underground cocktail lounge, moved from below Sip Coffee & Beer in Arcadia Lite to Century Grand next door, we’ve all been curious about what would occupy the intimate, 600-square-foot subterranean space. Would it be something equally as immersive? Would it offer similarly unique cocktails? Our questions were answered in early July when 36 Below, a Walipini greenhouse-inspired speakeasy officially opened. The new bar is the brainchild of Sip owners Josh Katz...

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  Photo courtesy Buck &Rider   THE SCENE “I don’t eat seafood in landlocked states.” That sentence – along with its cousin, “Seafood in the desert? Pass.” – is up there on the list of trite refrains I regularly field from friends and relatives about dining in the Valley. When I hear someone say it, I have to fight a visceral urge to shake them and bellow, “Do you think we’re still in the 1950s?!” In a time before overnight shipping and advanced packing and cooling techniques, sure, you would have...

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  Pigtails Downtown interior | Photo by Nikki Buchanan   Maybe I’ve read The Great Gatsby too many times, but I’m fascinated by the speakeasies of the ’20s and early ’30s — back when bars, liquor and the drinking of liquor were made illegal by the Volstead Act, which, of course, just encouraged people to seek out illegal bars selling illegal liquor, where they could happily drink illegally as long as they did it quietly...

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Photo courtesy Studio Alcott   For fans of creative cocktails with sweeping Valley views, the highly anticipated Don Woods’ Say When rooftop lounge is finally open in Uptown Phoenix. Cocktailian Ross Simon (of Bitter & Twisted and Little Rituals fame) heads up the beverage program at this vibrant retro rooftop bar. If you live in the Uptown area, you have probably driven by the enticing dark neon sign for more than a year, anticipating its...

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Stay cool and start your summer off right with these fresh and fortifying libations from local bars and restaurants.   Photo courtesy The Maggiore Group   The Big Hash Tequila Sunrise from Hash Kitchen It takes two to make a thing go right – team up with a pal to partake in this chilled cocktail for two ($26) and cheers to the long weekend. Made with 100 percent blue agave tequila, muddled orange and pomegranate...

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Cool down during the sweltering summer months ahead with these refreshing cocktails from Valley restaurants. Photo courtesy Zinqué   Zinqué Sangria Take your mind off the heat with this tasty tipple from Scottsdale Fashion Square’s French-inspired eatery, Zinqué. The ice-cold beverage ($13) consists of chilled wine and seasonal fruit like lemon, lime and various berries. 4712 N. Goldwater Blvd., 623-745-9616, lezinque.com   Photo courtesy The Knight Agency Blue Clover Distillery Lemon Dropsicle This micro distillery in...

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Photo by Will Coles    Mellow evening temps are here for a brief visit in the Valley before the sweltering summer months, and with them come my favorite springtime activity – drinking on rooftops. I could always opt for a White Claw on the sundeck of my Midtown Phoenix apartment complex, but why do that when I can venture to Scottsdale and enjoy a craft cocktail, the sunset and sweeping views? Well, that is precisely...

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Photo by Tayden Savage   The Valley is home to many breweries and restaurants with craft alcoholic beverages, but Old Town Scottsdale features the always crowded Blue Clover Distillery (7042 E. Indian School Rd). As the area’s first ever microdistillery, Blue Clover is famous for its small-batch, hand-distilled vodka and gin. With an indoor-outdoor bar and huge dining patio, it’s perfect for laidback dinners and weekend brunches. Because of its growing popularity, Blue Clover has...

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Peanut butter and jelly. Macaroni and cheese. Matcha and vodka?! OK, it may not be an iconic duo… yet. But these local bars and restaurants are mixing green tea into their cocktails in such fun and creative ways that it might just be the next big thing. And because it’s loaded with antioxidants, sipping a green tea cocktail will technically improve brain function and prevent diseases. To your health! Shogun Powder from Highball We got...

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James Beard-honored mixologist Kim Haasarud has worked with hundreds of liquor brands, restaurants and hotels to create one-of-a-kind cocktail programs across the globe. She established her beverage consulting company, Liquid Architecture, nearly two decades ago and recently created The Cocktail Collaborative (nicknamed “The Lab”), a Phoenix-based nonprofit that serves as a space for budding beverage professionals to hone their mixology skills. Now, she’s helming a homegrown hospitality concept in the heart of Phoenix, with an...

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UnderTow was one of Scottsdale’s premier bars before its closure in December due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, that didn’t mean its staff was done working. A new UnderTow pop-up recently opened at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. I took a visit to see how the Valley’s standout tiki bar has fared during the sea changes. Location 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale Opened: January 2021 The Scene: This tropical oasis feels like you’re taking...

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It wouldn’t be overstatement to say that 2020 drove us to drink. Off premise and online liquor sales boomed this past year as we stayed away from bars and restaurants — which have had a dismal year by contrast — and drowned our coronavirus sorrows in home-made cocktails. As the owner of perennially popular Park Plaza Liquors & Deli in Prescott, Trevor Phillips could see that opening a boutique liquor store in South Scottsdale might...

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