Best Nightlife and Cocktails in Phoenix: 2013


Sometimes we all need to feel the energy of a nightclub, kick back with a specialty martini or brew and groove to the beats of local DJ’s. Grab a cocktail and look through these picks for the best nightlife and cocktail options in Arizona.

These are the winners of Best Of Our Valley 2013 in the Nightlife and Cocktails category – the best of the best in Arizona. The winner each category this year will be featured in Arizona Foothills Magazine’s March 2013 issue, a tell-all guide to the coolest people and places in the Valley of the Sun, as chosen by its residents. The winner with the most total votes will be featured on the cover of Arizona Foothills Magazine’ s Best Of issue (but we aren’t telling who won the cover just yet!). All those who won this year can download their 2013 Winners logos here.

To nominate a business, person or item for the 2014 contest, e-mail by September 1, 2013. 

Best Arizona Craft Beer

WINNER: Papago Brewering Company

The Phoenix Ale Brewery
Four Peaks Brewing
Oak Creek
Sun Up Brewery
San Tan Brewing
Sleepy Dog Brewing
Grand Canyon Brewing Co.

Best Arizona Winery

WINNER: Caduceus Cellars

Page Springs Cellars
Pillsbury Wine Company
Arizona Stronghold Vineyards
Alcantara Vineyard
Dos Cabezas Wineworks
Callaghan Vineyards
Javelina Leap Vineyards
Oak Creek Vineyards & Winery
Jerome Winery
Kokopelli Winery

Best Bartender

WINNER: Scott Wolf, Smashboxx

Joe Wasneski, AZ88
Lindsey Greene, The Mint
Gabriel Alvarez, Wild Knight
Conor Cook, RNR
Megan McDonnell, El Hefe Bartender
Jamil Hyatt, Praying Monk
Glenn Llaneza, Smashboxx
Sarah Aguirre, El Hefe
Stephen Sperry, Zuma
Keegan Curran, Loco Patron
Brittany Doster, Dollhouse
Jana Lundstrom, Revolver
Sierra Claudio, Smashboxx
Michael Flynn, Martini Ranch
Austin Clark, Spanish Fly
Summer Farnsworth, Stingry Sushi Oldtown
Kyle Macy, Wild Knight
Justin Massey, Epiq
Jennifer Phillips, Spanish Fly

Best Biker Bar

WINNER:Greasewood Flat

The Hideaway Grill
Shot Gun Betty’s
Dirty Dogg Saloon
Harold’s Corral
Steel Horse Saloon

Best Cocktails

WINNER:Blue Wasabi Sushi & Martini Bar

The Mint
Last Drop Bar at Lon’s at the Hermosa
Bar Crudo
Caffe Boa
Citizen Public House
The Mission
Jade Bar, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
Christopher’s Restaurant/Crush Lounge
Fogo De Chao
Blue Martini
The Rum Bar at The Breadfruit
Old Town Whiskey
Del Frisco’s Grille
Geisha A Go Go
Mastro’s Steakhouse
Praying Monk
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

Best Comedy Club

WINNER:Stand Up, Scottsdale

Stand Up Live
Jester’s Improv Comedy
The Comedy Spot

Best Cougar Bar

WINNER: The Mint

Blue Martini
Michael Dominick’s Lincoln Avenue Prime Steakhouse
City Hall
Mastro’s Ocean Club
Mastro’s Steakhouse
Modern Steak
Merc Bar
Mabel’s on Main
Jade Bar, Sanctuary
Olive & Ivy

Best Dance Music

WINNER: Axis Radius

Wild Knight
Dollhouse Cocktail Lounge
Monarch Theatre

Best Dive Bar

WINNER: The Closing Soon Saloon

The Lodge
Patties First Ave
Shotgun Betty’s
Barnies Boat House
American Junkie
Road Runner

Best Gay Bar

WINNER: Kobalt

BS West
Roscoes on Seventh
AZ 88
The Rock

Best Happy Hour

WINNER: The Mint

Sushi Roku
El Hefe
SOL Cocina
5th and Wine
RA Sushi Bar Restaurant
Mbar, Montelucia Resort and Spa
Cadillac Ranch
Renegade Tap and Kitchen
Postino Winecafe
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Geisha A Go Go
The Vig
Roaring Fork
Culinary Dropout
Stingray Sushi
Kona Grill
Flo’s Asian Kitchen
San Felipe’s Cantina
Eddie’s House
Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill
Blue Martini Lounge
Wildfish Seafood Grille
Canteen Modern Tequila Bar
Morton’s The Steakhouse

Best Margarita

WINNER: Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville

SOL Cocina
Carefree Station
The Mission
Los Sombreros Cafe
Blanco Tacos + Tequila
Barrio Cafe
La Hacienda, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Salty Senorita
Tee Pee Mexican Food
Margarita Rocks Beach Club
Old Town Tortilla Factory
Cien Agaves
Jalapeno Inferno
El Encanto Mexican Grill
Los Olivos Mexican Patio

Best Morning-After Bar


The Lodge
Coach House
Saddle Ranch
Tee Pee

Best Nightclub or Lounge

WINNER: Smashboxx

The Mint
Martini Ranch
American Junkie
Wild Knight
Revolver Lounge
The Lodge
Narcisse Champagne & Tea Lounge
Copper Blues
Pussycat Lounge
Hurricane Bay Nightclub
Old Town Whiskey at The Saguaro
Bar Smith

Best Nightlife Photographer

WINNER: Brian Kelly

Joseph Greenbaum
Jay Elite Photo Phoenix

Best Place to Stock Up on Alcohol

WINNER: Sportsman’s Fine Wine & Spirits

Total Wine & Spirits
AJ’s Fine Foods
Liquor Wheel
AZ Wine Co.
5th & Wine
Queen Liquors

Best Pool Bar

WINNER: W Scottsdale

Hotel Valley Ho
Talking Stick Resort
El Santo
The Saguaro
Spanish Fly
Hotel Palomar

Best Pub and Brewskis

WINNER: Papago Brewing Company

The Phoenix Ale Brewery
World of Beer, Tempe
Four Peaks Brewery
Casey Moore’s Oyster House
Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub
Clancy’s Pub and Grill
Copper Blues
Sun Up Brewery
Mellow Mushroom
Yard House
San Tan Brewery
Citizen Public House
The Vig
Mad Hatter Brewpub
Robbie Fox’s Public House
Gordon Biersch
Culinary Dropout

Best Speakeasy or Hidden Spot

WINNER: Mabel’s on Main

Citizen Public House
The Lost Leaf
Copper Blues

Best Spot for Drinking Activities

WINNER: Lucky Strike Bowling

Ipic Theatres
Dave & Busters
Dos Gringos
Harold’s Corral
Copper Blues
Old Town Whiskey
Geisha A Go Go
Saddle Ranch Chop House Scottsdale
The Duce

Best Wine Bar

WINNER: Terroir Wine Pub

Postino Winecafe
Kazimierz World Wine Bar
District American Kitchen & Wine Bar
Cheuvront Restaurant & Wine Bar
Uncorked, The Unpretentious Wine Bar
The Living Room
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
5th & Wine
Rhythm & Wine
Armitage Bistro
Christopher’s Restaurant/Crush Lounge
Cork Restaurant
Grazie Pizzeria & Wine Bar
Amaro Pizzeria & Vino Lounge
Rare Earth Pizza & Wine Bar

Most Beautiful People Bar

WINNER: Smashboxx

The Mint
W Scottsdale
Wild Knight

Most Glamorous Place to Party

WINNER: The Mint

WET Deck, W Scottsdale
Degree 270 at Talking Stick Resort
Jade Bar, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
Michael Dominick’s Lincoln Avenue Prime Steakhouse
Thirsty Camel, The Phoenician
Narcisse Champagne & Tea Lounge
Modern Steak
El Chorro Lodge


1 comment
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts