Nightlife in Flagstaff is varied and fun. Many places have live music, and most have local beer, wine, or spirits. If you’re looking to have a craft cocktail in a classy lounge or pound a few beers with some college kids, you’re in luck in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Beaver Street Brewery
Pub, American, $$$
Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge | BriYYZ/Flickr
Beaver Street Brewery serves award winning beers along side amazing snacks and meals. Try the Great American Beer Festival’s Gold Medal winner Big Rapid Red, a full bodied ale with notes of caramel. While enjoying any of Beaver Street’s creative brews, you must order fondue. Beaver Street serves two styles, and we recommend their classic pub-style made with Railhead Red Ale.
Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge’s atmosphere is somewhere in between a dive bar and a kitschy karaoke lounge, with a side of funk. The bar often hosts musicians and other performers, and has many game nights as well. The specials are solid, so you won’t spend too much money at Monte Vista. One thing to keep in mind, the Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge is inside the infamously haunted Monte Vista hotel.
If you’re looking for a high end bar, your best bet is Cuvee 928. Cuvee is a restaurant and wine bar with an extensive list featuring American and international brands. If you aren’t a wine drinker, the bar also has a diverse cocktail list. Try the Añejo Fashioned, a tequila take on the classic whiskey drink.
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A Creative Commons Image: Museum Club Sign | Cali to Chicago/Flickr
Take what you know about pool halls and throw it out, and then imagine a classy bar with a few pool tables and you’ve got Uptown Billiards. Uptown has a classic vibe, as the bar itself was built in Belgium in the early 1800’s, and it is now, in its original state, at Uptown. The cocktails are reasonably priced, so try the ‘Can’t Remember,’ a diabolical blend of tequila, triple sec, sour mix and ginger beer.
It’s hard to pin down what The Museum Club actually is, but in a few words it’s a historic landmark, concert hall, and a community center that sells outrageously cheap drinks. There are daily events like poker night, and on Wednesdays they sell beer for a dime (seriously). If you are looking for a good time and a great place to meet people, head to Museum Club. Address and Phone Number: 3404 Historic Rte 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86004 (928) 526-9434
Charly's Pub & Grill
Bar, Gastropub, Pub, Pub Grub
Charly’s Pub & Grill is inside of the historic Hotel Weatherford, which is worth checking out even if you aren’t staying there. The pub is a cozy space with plenty of tables and plenty of room at the bar, with a beautiful fire place to warm you up on cooler Northern Arizona nights. The pub has a great selection of craft beers for a reasonable price, as well as spirits and wine.
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The sushi at Karma is amazing, as are their creative Japanese tapas, but Karma holds its own as a bar as well. Karma serves speciality cocktails like Hibiscus Lemonade and makes three types of mules and four types of martinis. Karma likes a party and also serves house sake bombs, so have a Karma Bomber, which is sriracha ginger sake dropped in a 22 oz. beer of your choice.
Craft brew aficionados will love Hops On Birch. The menu rotates often, with three pints served at three price ranges. Hops has 28 different kegs tapped at once, featuring anything from the crispy Left Coast Hop Juice to the dark and bold Rogue Mocha Porter. The folks at Hops on Birch love dogs as much as they love beer, so feel free to bring your pooch. Address and Phone Number: 22 E Birch Ave #2, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (928) 774-4011
The Green Room
Bar, Pub Grub
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The Green Room is Flagstaff’s main concert hall, hosting local bands and traveling bands as well. Be forewarned this is not a bar with a stage where you can casually sip a martini and listen to jazz, as this is a live music venue with a bar. The bar itself only serves Arizona beer and wine, so it’s a great place to try local products.
The McMillan Bar and Kitchen is an eclectic venue with a lot of beer choices and craft cocktails. A large part of the fun at The McMillan is the ambiance. They have a classic bar with 18 different bourbons, and it is situated in an old building almost as old as the road it’s on, Route 66. In the back there is a game room with pinball, foosball, and a few other fun games.