UnderTow’s New Cocktail Menu Explores the Yucatan’s Mysterious ‘Golden City’

Phoenix and Glendale’s award-winning cocktail lounge, UnderTow, is not just a standard underground bar. The extravagant drink menu, intricate decor and creative storytelling transport guests into a completely different world—seemingly far from Arizona. 

For the past eight years, UnderTow’s theme centered around the nautical adventures of revered Captain Mallory. Starting June 4, UnderTow will bid farewell to its debut storyline and reveal a brand-new saga through the mysterious 1560s Yucatan Peninsula. 

In the decades from the 1510s to the 1540s, Spanish conquests ousted the indigenous Aztec communities and colonized the area. Legend and rumor of a “Golden City” continued to entice visitors, treasure hunters and colonists in the area. The new theme revolves around the character Ysabel Seville Tozi, who is also referred to as the Lost Daughter of the Yucatan, Keeper of the Cradle and Key and Pirate Misstress of the Western Seas. 

“Our heroine is a female pirate with tangled lineage, but her purpose is divine: she is the living key to the real city of gold,” says Jason Asher, owner and operator of Barter & Shake. “Only she and her crew can navigate the mazes of the underground waterways to unearth the Lost City of Gold and the overall ride to get there is wild.” 

The new cocktails support the Yucatan storyline. Inspired by the Yucatan Peninsula, the bartenders will incorporate innovative techniques and exotic ingredients into each of the specialty beverages. A few sneak peeks from the menu include the tantalizing “Lai Lani Volcano,” the enchanting “Under the Harvest Moon,” the communal experience of “Gathering of the Souls” and others. 

“This isn’t just a menu change; it’s an invitation to immerse yourself in a world of wonder,” says Mat Snapp, EVP of Operations at Barter & Shake Cocktail Entertainment. “With each sip and every detail, we’re bringing the captivating history of the Yucatan Peninsula to life for a tale of mystery and treasure-hunting on the high seas like never before.” 

For the past eight years, UnderTow has been pushing the boundaries of a cocktail experience. As the new menu begins June 4, reservations are highly encouraged. To book a reservation visit drinkundertow.com and follow @drinkundertow on social media. 

Photos courtesy UnderTow

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