AFJ LATE NIGHT DOWNTOWN PHOENIX GUIDE
COMPILED BY CONFERENCE TEAM AND SHELBY MOORE, A FOOD AND DRINK JOURNALIST BASED IN PHOENIX.
Bar Bianco | 623 E. Adams St., 602 528 3699, pizzeriabianco.com. 4p-11p Mon-Thu, 4p-12a Fri-Sat.
Next door to Pizzeria Bianco, the tag line is “not just for waiting.” Sweet little bar with astonishingly great cocktails, thoughtful wines, bar nibbles in an old creaky cozy historic house.
Bitter & Twisted | 1 W. Jefferson St., 602-340-1924, bitterandtwistedaz.com. 4p-2a Tue-Sat, HH 4p-7p Tue-Fri.
Housed in the former Arizona Prohibition Headquarters, B&T is a world-class, award-winning cocktail bar with stylish food (B&T opening for lunch exclusively for AFJ attendees on Thursday but go experience the full effect after hours.) Reservations highly recommended, especially weekends.
Valley Bar | 130 N. Central Ave., 602-368-3121, valleybarphx.com.4p-2a Mon-Fri, 6p-2a Sat-Sun.
Ultra-hip basement bar (entrance in the West-side alley) with daily happenings, decent beers and cocktails. Check the website for what’s on tap, whether it’s a DJ spinning tunes or a party-for-a-cause or something else.
The Churchill | 901 N. 1st. St., thechurchillphx.com. 10a-12a Mon-Wed, 10a-2a Thu-Fri, 8a-2a Sat, 8a-8p Sun.
Spanking new collection of 10 businesses housed in shipping containers with a shared courtyard. Eclectic but synergistic community-collaborated mix of shops, eats, and drinks. Early word is Pobrecito Cocktails is legit.
Rum Bar (at The Breadfruit)| 108 Pierce St., 602-267-1266. 5 p-10p Mon-Thu, 5p-12a Fri-Sat.
Rum flights and balanced cocktails tucked on a quiet street near the hotel. Laid-back Jamaican vibe. Warm hospitality. Open late weekends. Next door The Breadfruit restaurant, from chef Danielle Leoni, is on Dominic Armato’s favorite restaurants guide.
Still thirsty? Other downtown bars to consider:
• Cobra Arcade Bar | modern feeling arcade bar | cobraarcadebar.com
• Melinda's Alley | speakeasy close to hotel | 50 E. Adams St.
• Hanny's | sleek, funky, downtown institution | hannys.net