The 10 Best Bars In Scottsdale, Arizona

Photo of Ross Walker
9 February 2017

If there is anything that all of the bars on this list have in common, it’s that they have plenty of options for their clientele. If you’d like a craft cocktail, then you can choose from over 30 original drinks, and if you’re a beer drinker, the craft brew spots will have you drooling over their bottle lists. Read ahead for our favorite bars in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Citizen Public House

Gastropub, Bar, Pub, Restaurant, American, Contemporary, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
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Citizen Public House is a craft cocktail lounge and a gastropub. The creativity from the chef must spill over to the bartender, who mixes drinks like The Im-Port, made with Irish whiskey, port, tobacco bitters, and Guinness foam on the rocks. Expect to enjoy your drink in a casual restaurant environment, free from any rowdy patrons or tacky flat-screen televisions.

AZ88

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
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AZ88 is a self-described ‘modern saloon’ with a large patio area. AZ88’s cocktail list is extensive, but look through the whole list before making a decision, and remember, you can always order more than one. Craft is a good adjective for everything on the menu, from the cocktails to the beer and even to the liquor itself; AZ88 takes great care to offer small batch spirits and local brews.

Coach House

Bar, American, Beer, Wine, Cocktails
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Coach House is a historic little tavern that serves happy-hour-priced drinks all day long – so how cheap is it really? Well, drinks come in a short glass for $3.50, domestic beers are $3, and higher end beers (including a few craft brews and local brews) are $4. If you are looking to take everyone out to the bar after work or if you’re just looking for a homey place to kick back, then Coach House if the best (and cheapest) bet.

Rusty Spur Saloon

Bar, American, Wine, Beer, Cocktails
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Rusty Spur is the oldest bar in Scottsdale, and it’s also got the most country flair. You’ll find cowboy boots and hats, and it’s very likely you’ll hear some live country music at Rusty Spur. Not surprisingly, the bar is stocked with American whiskey and a lot of American beer, but the Rusty Spur Saloon is more about atmosphere than anything else.

Skeptical Chymist

Bar, Pub, Irish, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Pub Grub, $$$
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If you love beer and great drinks specials, then head down to the Skeptical Chymist. This Irish bar shifts gears a bit with its apothecary theme, and is stocked with strange roots and herbs as well as potion-making accessories. As for the drinks, the Chymist stocks the finest craft beer and rotates the taps often. Regardless of when you visit there will be a drinks special – come on Monday for a $4 Deschutes Mirror Pond or on Friday for $5 Irish Car Bombs.

Kazimierz World Wine Bar

Bar, Wine Bar, American, Wine, Beer, Cocktails
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Kazimierz (call it Kaz for short) World Wine Bar has a wine list of over 70 pages. The list is well-organized (by type and price), but you’ll still need the help of your waiter or bartender to choose the wine suited to your taste. Luckily, at Kaz’s, they’re happy to assist. Kaz’s hosts entertainment nightly, ranging from smooth jazz bands to DJ sets.

The 4th Floor Grille & Sports Bar

Bar, Wine, Beer, Cocktails
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The 4th Floor Grille & Sports Bar takes it name from its location on the 4th Floor of the Chaparral Inn and Suites. It is not a typical hotel restaurant, as many locals flock here to watch the game due to the tasty bar snacks and the friendly servers. On Mondays, 4th Floor has ‘reverse Happy Hour,’ meaning after 9pm the drinks and some of the food become quite cheap.

Papago Brewing Company

Papago Brewing Company first opened its doors in 2001 to serve some of their fine craft brews, but now have 30 beers on tap – some of their own, but many from all corners of the world. While there, definitely try one of the Papago brews, like the Coconut Joe, which is a stout with flavors of coconut and coffee.
Address and Phone Number: 7107 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 (480) 425-7439

The Beverly

Bar, Cocktail Bar, American, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, Fast Food, $$$
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The Beverly serves up craft cocktails with a splash of nostalgia. Unlike the western saloons in other parts of Scottsdale, The Beverly calls up a more recent past – the early 1900s. While The Beverly isn’t necessarily a speakeasy style bar, it is small, darkly lit, and a little hard to find. On the weekends, The Beverly invites DJs and other local performers to liven up the bar.

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