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Find the Best Cocktails in Scottsdale

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Find the Best Cocktails in Scottsdale

Dining | September 23, 2022 | SWSS Staff

Whether you enjoy sipping on a margarita or a martini, there aren’t many pastimes more enjoyable than savoring a drink and good conversation with friends at a spectacular cocktail bar.

When you visit Scottsdale and Greater Phoenix, you’ll be pleased to discover you never have to look far for a refreshing drink to quench your thirst in the Sonoran Desert.

From Old Town Scottsdale to Scottsdale Quarter, you’ll find tons of top-rated restaurants, cool cocktail bars, and other establishments serving up delicious drinks, award-winning cuisine, and top-notch entertainment.

Top-Rated Cocktail Bars & Craft Cocktails in Scottsdale and Greater Phoenix

If you’re looking for a restaurant or bar where you can grab a refreshing cocktail, don’t miss these popular cocktail bars in Scottsdale, Arizona:

Citizen Public House

Citizen Public House is an award-winning restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale known for its elevated ambiance, exceptional food, and, of course, cool cocktails!

Citizen Public House offers house cocktails, like the Dry Heat Margarita with Silver Tequila, Mango, Serrano Chile Syrup, Lemon, and Cayenne Salt. However, they also have a portion of their menu dedicated to barrel-aged cocktails, like the Rose Garland, with Bourbon, Blood Orange Liqueur, Marasca Cherry Liqueur, and Bitters.

This cocktail bar also has an impressive list of sparkling, blush, white, and red wine, in addition to local beer and spirits.

Fat Ox

Fat Ox is a chef-driven restaurant and locally-owned business focusing on homemade pasta, slow-roasted meats, and other Italian-style specialties. However, the bar shouldn’t be overlooked—they serve up some of the best cocktails in Greater Phoenix!

You’ll find several “Oxtails” on the menu—from the Jale Berry, with Corrido Tequila Blanco, Fresh Lime Juice, Blackberry Puree, and Fresh Jalapeno, to the Barrel-Aged Negroni, made with Tanqueray Gin, Aperol, and Martaletti DAL 1700.

Fax Ox also has an “Aperitivo Hour” daily from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM in the bar and lounge. You can order several bites, like Veal Meatballs and Grilled Calabrian Shrimp, for a discounted price, and you’ll also find select cocktails on their menu for $12 each.

Hula’s Modern Tiki

If you’re looking for one of the best places for tropical cocktails (and a killer happy hour!) in Scottsdale, look no further than Hula’s Modern Tiki.

Hula’s Modern Tiki has three locations across Greater Phoenix that each offer a taste of Hawaii with an island-inspired vibe, food, music, and drinks. Come prepared to try a refreshing cocktail from their signature menu, like Hula’s Mai Tai, with Bacardi Gold Rum, Orange Curacao, Pineapple and Lime Juices, Orgeat, and Dark Rum.

If you’re coming for happy hour, expect Hula’s Modern Tiki to be packed. It’s one of the most popular Scottsdale bars for a reason—all their craft cocktails are just $7 from 3:30 PM – 6 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 10:30 AM to 6 PM on Saturday and Sunday, and all night on Wednesday!

Olive & Ivy

Located along the Scottsdale Waterfront, Olive & Ivy is one of the most popular restaurants in Greater Phoenix. They are well-known for their upscale Mediterranean-style cuisine—and they just so happen to mix some top-notch cocktails too!

If you’d like to try something sweet, you can enjoy Ivy’s Summer Sangria, made with Kiwi, Strawberry, Lime, Brandy, and White Wine. Or, if you like your drink stronger, order the Perfect Old Fashioned, served with Maker’s Mark 46 Bourbon, Angostura, Orange Oil, and Luxy Cherry.

The Montauk

If you’re searching for one of the swankiest cocktail bars in Scottsdale—perfect for a birthday dinner, date night, or bachelorette brunch, look no further than The Montauk. In this establishment, the upscale Hamptons meet laid-back California to bring coastal-inspired food, sweet drinks, and a buzzing atmosphere to the Sonoran Desert.

Specialty cocktails include La Paloma, made with Altos Plata Tequila, Lavender, Chamomile, Lemon, and Grapefruit Soda, as well as Spa Water, made with Effen Cucumber Vodka, Lime, Ginger, and Soda. If you have a group of four friends or more, you can also order a “Punch Bowl” of your favorite cocktail to be served with a spoon around the table.

AZ88

If you’re looking for a cocktail bar that gives the same dedication to nightlife, entertainment, and art as they do to delicious cocktails, you’ll love AZ88. This bar is located between two museums in Scottsdale, including the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, so the restaurant itself is artistically decorated. And when you visit AZ88 on the weekend, expect a fun, party-like atmosphere with tunes mixed by a DJ.

When you’re at AZ88, ask your bartender to make a martini. AZ88 is one of the only cocktail bars in Greater Phoenix specializing in martinis, including the Espresso Martini, House Classic Martini, Key Lime Martini, and at least a dozen more. If you don’t like martinis—no worries. AZ88 also serves other cocktails, like a Mojito and a Margarita.

Sip & Savor Refreshing Cocktails at These Scottsdale Cocktail Bars

Whether you’re craving bourbon, gin, tequila, vodka, or another liquor, there is no shortage of excellent cocktail bars in Scottsdale, AZ, with fabulous drinks and charming ambiance to suit every palette.

If you’re planning a vacation to Scottsdale and are still searching for a place to stay, look no further than our beautiful vacation rentals with Stay With Style Scottsdale.

You can enjoy tons of unique amenities in each home, like resort-style backyards, chef-inspired kitchens, and more, that will allow you to relax and unwind after a night out in Scottsdale.

Browse our short-term vacation rentals to see which of our gorgeous, well-located homes are available for your upcoming stay!

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