Celebrate July 4th At The Phoenician, Enjoy The Show

June 28, 2012 | 10:00 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Kara Philp

Looking for a classy way to celebrate Independence Day in style and in air conditioning? Why not at the top of a Valley resort, in front of floor-to-ceiling windows where you can view firework shows stretching from Phoenix to Scottsdale?

The Phoenician’s J&G Steakhouse invites you to share this holiday in their restaurant’s open seating while enjoying specialty cocktails, a full a la carte menu or their Fourth of July-themed prix fixe menu Wednesday.

The July 4th Prix Fixe Menu includes three courses. Choose between local watermelon gazpacho, jumbo shrimp cocktail or heirloom Tomatoes with fresh raspberry vinegar and goat cheese for the first course. Next up is a grilled tuna burger, french fries, miso mayonnaise and yuzu pickles; barbecue sirloin tip with creamy local corn; or  a grilled pork chop, cherry mustard and sautéed mustard greens. The third course includes your choice of strawberry charlotte sundae, popping cherry pie or warm chocolate nougat tart with praline ice cream.

Festive 4th of July cocktails are available for $12 and include Red: Sour Cherry Caipirinha (Pirrasunga 21 Cachaca, cherry, lime), White: Vanilla Cream Soda (Svedka Vanilla Vodka, caramelized Sugar and club soda) and Blue: Blueberry Lemonade (Ketel One Citroen Vodka, lemon, blueberries and Sprite).

The July 4th Prix Fixe Menu is $45, is available Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 to 10 p.m.

Go Back To The Future With Iguana Mack’s

June 27, 2012 | 12:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

Unless you know someone in the Valley with a time machine disguised as a 1981 DeLorean or plan on buying a pair of Nike’s $37,000 Marty McFly shoes, we recommend you celebrate the past as well as the future by attending “Mack’s Back to the Future” party Saturday.

The event, hosted by Iguana Mack’s in Chandler, will commemorate the staff, drink specials and games that made the East Valley roadhouse famous over the past 10 years, while welcoming a new menu and a new look under the new management.

Participate in live lizard races, beer pong, flip cup, beer chugging, cornhole and hoverboard racing (you wish) beginning at 11 a.m. Prizes will be given away all day. Live music by local bands (sorry, not The Pinheads) kicks off at noon, followed by a patio barbecue and drink specials beginning at 1 p.m. Guest DJ’s, drink specials and games will continue until close (which, of course, is when need the time machine).

So, set your Casio digital calculator watches because the past, er, the party is something you won’t want to miss.

“Back East Pizza And Beef Joint” To Open In Scottsdale

June 21, 2012 | 4:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

Photo courtesy of K.I.S.S. Pizza.

The Venue of Scottsdale has announced plans to open a new “back East pizza and beef joint” in the space next door.

Keep It Simple Stupid (K.I.S.S.), a fast-casual concept eatery boasting simple ingredients and classic big city food, is expected to open by late July.

Under the command of chef Anthony Crocenzi, a native of Chicago, the restaurant will feature Chicago and New York style pizzas (whole or by the slice), Italian beef, Italian sausage and New York Italian grinder sandwiches, Chicago dogs and antipasto salads.

Also projected to open in the two-story space adjacent to the venue is V2 Lounge (pronounced “V squared”). Stay tuned for details or visit the K.I.S.S. Facebook page for more information.

Seasons 52 Introduces Summer Menu

June 21, 2012 | 1:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

The 11-ounce Piedmontese All-Natural Bone-In Strip Steak as featured on the new summer menu. Photo courtesy of Seasons 52.

There’s something about summer that has Arizonans craving change. It could be the temperatures, it could be allure of an ocean (however far away) or it could just be the exceptional measures Valley restaurants take to accommodate that summer state of mind.

Like many Valley restaurants, Seasons 52 has introduced a new summer menu that features seasonal offerings in celebration of those of us who stick around for the not-so-tourist season.

Known for its fresh grill and wine bar, Seasons 52 changes its menu four times a year to capture the flavors of the season.

“… the summer menu features a variety of grilled vegetables, seafood and poultry that depict the essence of the season,”  said Cliff Pleau, Senior Director of Culinary at Seasons 52.


The Valley’s First Men’s Night

June 19, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Bars | By Maxfield Barker

Wait, what? Yes, you read correctly. We all know that countless bars, clubs, and restaurants have exclusive Ladies’ Nights where fine females don’t have to pay a cover and get free booze. That’s cool, but where’s the motivation for opposite sex? In a society where gender roles are slowly going the way of the Dodo, Blue Wasabi Sushi and Martini Bar in Scottsdale and Gilbert is starting a revolution.

Starting tonight, Blue Wasabi is introducing the Valley’s first men’s night with ‘Rocks and Rolls,” which features smoking deals on drinks on the rocks and awesome sushi rolls. Clever, no? Sorry ladies, this deal is for the guys only. With names like the ‘Chuck Norris Roll’ and the ‘Fightin’ Irish’ cocktail, these guy-specific items are definitely playing to a certain crowd.

“There’s no shortage of Ladies’ Nights around town, so we thought it was about time the guys had a night of their own — Rocks and Rolls at Blue Wasabi is exactly that,” Jim Moran, owner of Blue Wasabi said. 

The deal gets even better. Every Wednesday the guys will get the chance to win a pair of Arizona Diamondback tickets in a raffle and all you have to do is show up and enter.

“New drinks, the same great Blue Wasabi food on special and for a limited time, the chance to win Diamondbacks tickets,” Moran said. “Wednesdays officially belong to the guys now.”

For your nearest Blue Wasabi location, click here.


Palomar Hotel Completes CityScape Blueprint

June 19, 2012 | 1:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp
If CityScape is to Phoenix what Times Square is to New York City, then Kimpton’s Palomar Hotel is sitting on prime real estate. Since officially opening its doors June 7, the boutique hotel has been the talk of the town. See for yourself on their Facebook page.

Now that we’ve convinced you to view this urban property, don’t miss Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails where executive chef Stephen Jones and master mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout have complimented the already innovative “gastro-lounge” concept with their decadent menu items and lavish cocktail creations.

As you well know, no piece of real estate is compete without landscaping (i.e. the the hotel’s pool deck). This third floor “pool by day, lounge by night” features a 180-degree view of downtown as well as the Lustre Bar which is open daily from noon to midnight. »READ MORE

Mock Meat Monday: The International Veggie

June 18, 2012 | 1:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

Courtesy photo.

Eating foreign foods and bumbling over the basics of another language may sound like components of an unforgettable trip abroad, but we’re actually referring to international dining around the Valley. Much like traveling, food is best when shared with loved ones and good friends. Here are four international suggestions guaranteed to please the vegetarians and the carnivores in every group.

Mijana in Scottsdale is a Lebanese restaurant that has it all; flavor and class, more vegetarian options than you could possibly consume and live music and entertainment. Catch the buffet Wednesday through Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m. After 2 a.m. the place transforms into Hoookahmania lounge and offers a wide variety of Hookah flavors. »READ MORE

The Weekender: Boulevardier

June 15, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

Photo courtesy of Mastro's Restaurants.

Because June is about dads and grads, we’ve pulled out all the stops and brought back a sophisticated classic this week. The Boulevardier, courtesy of Mastro’s Restaurantsis not only a super manly cocktail with an interesting history, but also is defined as a wealthy and fashionable socialite (no joke, check Google). But hey, if the shoe fits.


3 count Bulliet Straight Rye Whiskey

2½ count Vya Sweet Vermouth

1 count Campari


1. Build in bucket glass over ice.

2. Garnish with a large orange garnish or orange twist.

Chow Down: This Week In Food Blogs

June 13, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

Sports? Father's Day? Why not celebrate with a locally brewed beer. Here are some recommendations. Photo courtesy of Yumsugar.

With the NBA Finals underway, Diamondbacks’ season in full swing and the Stanley Cup just wrapping up (great run, Coyotes) it is no surprise that we’re seeing an influx of beer news, beer consumption and beer recommendations. In order to remain relevant and keep our buzz going, here’s a redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs:

Let’s hope by now you’ve at least decided on a Father’s Day gift for dad (even if you haven’t crossed it off the shopping list yet), but for those of you procrastinators out there here are six brilliant beer suggestions based on your dad’s personality, thanks to Chow Bella.

If you’ve had your gifts for pop bought and wrapped for weeks now (and we’re boring you at this point), we turn to Mouth By Southwest for five fruit-flavored Arizona beer profiles. Don’t simply judge a beer by it’s cover fruit, be sure to try some of this frosty-cold, sweet summery bliss.

In other beer news, Mouth By Southwest is reporting that the opening of World of Beer in Tempe has been pushed back from July 2 to July 23. Construction permitting, you should be able to watch your favorite teams compete at the London 2012 Summer Olympics while sipping an international brew (since it is all about sports after all).

Yo Ho Ho and a Trip to Rum Bar

June 13, 2012 | 10:00 AM | Bars | By Alanna Watson

Work week got you down? If the daily grind is taking its toll on your, you know, “you-ness”, it might just be time to take a little trip somewhere more exotic for your nightly happy hour. Don’t fret, you don’t really have to travel far, just to Downtown Phoenix’s Rum Bar for their new ” A-RUM-a Therapy” punch social hour. Every weekday from 5-7 pm, you can now enjoy $5 rum punch and specially priced (delicious) food to help you relax after a tough day. The ever-changing bowl of punch will always feature the best ingredients, the freshest of fruits and the most carefully made concoctions to quench your thirst and relax your mind (as if owner, Dwayne Allen, would have it any other way). You can also look forward to a new menu of summer cocktails that Arizona’s only everyone’s favorite exclusively rum establishment rolled out just last week. Take a peek here  and be sure to take a little time to stop in Rum Bar or neighboring restaurant, The Breadfruit, to eat some authentic Jamaican cuisine and adopt a more Caribbean state of mind, if only for a little while.

Rum Bar l 108 E Pierce St., Phoenix, AZ 8500 l 602 267 1266 

Fleming’s Bar La Carte

June 11, 2012 | 12:05 PM | Bars | By Maxfield Barker

Being one of the most popular steakhouses around the Valley, Fleming’s is making sure to stay ahead of the game by introducing its new Bar la Carte menu this summer.

Exclusive to the bar, the menu offers guests six new dishes available any time, any day of the week. If you think these are just appetizers, you are mistaken friend. More substantial than the typical “bar bites” found at other restaurants, the addition of this Bar la Carte menu makes Fleming’s bar as much a destination for food as it is for wine and cocktails.

Fleming’s, being the classy bunch they are, have paired not only wine, but a variety of cocktails and beer with each of the six new menu items. Here’s how we know it’s good: Flemming’s spent over a year testing and tasting before deciding on the menu. Talk about research (where can we sign up for that job?)

Here’s a look at what the menu has to offer.

Salt and Pepper Shrimp ($15) served with crispy fried green beans, thin slices of lemon, and a caper-mustard dipping sauce; Prime Steakhouse Meatballs ($9) in a spicy peppercorn sauce with shitake mushrooms; Fleming’s Original Prime Rib Melt ($16) is slow roasted prime rib stacked on a toasted parmesan baguette with Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, whole-grain mustard, horseradish slaw, and au jus for dipping; Filet Mignon Flatbread ($12) is topped with Danish Blue and Monterey jack cheeses, and red onion confit.”

There are four Valley locations, to find the one closest to you, click here.


The Weekender: Apt. 5D

June 8, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

Photo courtesy of Del Frisco's Grille

It is no coincidence that Saturday marks both Arizona’s Annual Strawberry Festival and the opening of Del Frisco’s Grille at the Esplanade – the latter being home to Apt. 5D, our featured beverage recipe. This cocktail just so happens to be a strawberry celebration in and of itself. It’s simple, festive and certain to refresh.


3 oz. SKYY Vodka

1 oz. simple syrup

1 oz. lemon juice

¼ oz. Balsamic Vinegar

4 muddled strawberries


1. Combine all ingredients.

2. Add ice and shake (stirring optional).

3. Enjoy.

Staycation Dining: A Tourist Experience for Local Palates

June 6, 2012 | 3:00 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

Wish you were catching a wave at Waikiki beach or on a yacht cruising the Caribbean? How about a staycation dining experience at one of these five Valley restaurants. Photo by Kara Philp

Let’s face it, vacation season is upon us and while most Valley residents can’t take the entire summer off to soak up the sun poolside or sip tropical drinks on sandy beaches, we can still pretend. Enter the vacation dining experience; one part staycation and one part tropical cuisine and ambiance.

If seeing (and tasting) is believing, you could mistake these five local hotspots for an evening in paradise. Read all about it after the jump.  »READ MORE

Shake Things Up at Tilted Kilt

May 31, 2012 | 11:00 AM | Bars | By Staff

When life hands you lemons, you head down to the nearest bar and drink away your sorrows. Oh, that’s not how the saying goes? Well someone should tell the people down at Tilted Kilt because their new cocktails seem to suggest they think otherwise.  Like that lemons serve a much better purpose when they’re shaken to a pulp on the rocks with alcohol and we have to admit, we agree wholeheartedly. Starting June 11 – August 5th, Tilted Kilt will be serving seven new “Shaker” cocktails which are handcrafted at the bar in mason jars (um…awesome?) and then shaken at your table by a scantily clad plaid Tilted Kilt girl. Pictured is the Watermelon Shaker which includes Bacardi Superior Rum, Monin Watermelon Syrup, Finest Call Premium Lime Sour, Cranberry Juice and garnished with a cherry and, you guessed it, lemon slices. If you feel the need to mix up your summer routine, then shimmy on down to one of the six Valley locations  and just shake it off.

Chow Down: This Week in Food Blogs

May 30, 2012 | 4:17 PM | Bars | By Kara Philp

After a Memorial Day weekend that included the finale of Arizona Spring Restaurant Week as well as the end of Anthony Bourdain’s run with No Reservations, we’re nearly at a loss. Nonetheless, here’s the redux of this week’s happenings in our favorite food blogs: 

In case you’re looking to replace your Travel Channel foodie, we recommend checking out Valley restaurants as they are featured in the Food Network’s series, Mystery Diners. The season premiered Friday and here is the schedule courtesy of Chow Bella.

Since nothing quenches the incessant summer thirst quite like a day at the pool, bar, pool/bar, Scottsdale’s new El Santo is perfect for getting the job done. This pool-cantina-patio-bar hybrid is the brainchild of Bryan Chittenden and is a seasonal and flavorful oasis for those looking for more than just a tan. As featured by Chow Bella.

If flip flops and fish tacos aren’t your idea of a good time inland, perhaps The Phoenix Ale Brewery’s First Friday mash up of art, fashion, beer and music is more your speed. For more info, click here.

Photo Courtesy of El Santo Cantina.

Esquire’s Best Bars in America 2012

May 23, 2012 | 7:27 AM | Bars | By Staff

It’s another addition to our catalog of the best places to have a drink in America. As always, the project is guided by David Wondrich: Esquire’s drinks correspondent, the world’s foremost cocktail historian, and the best drinking partner anyone has ever had. So, here’s the list.

Read more via Esquire

Eat A Puck, Win Playoff Tickets

May 10, 2012 | 1:00 PM | Bars | By Maxfield Barker

Who would’ve thought a hockey team in Arizona would’ve made it this far this season? For those of you not in the Phoenix Coyote’s loop, you should know that the ‘Yotes have made to the NHL Western Conference Finals, a first in the their 15 year history. Lucky Break Billiards, Bar and Grill in Tempe, will be hosting a viewing party for Game 1 against the L.A. Kings, Saturday night. Two fans will have the opportunity to win tickets to game 2.  Here’s the catch: it’s a hockey puck eating contest.

Now we know that sounds a little dangerous but don’t worry, they’re aren’t actual hockey pucks, they’re frozen Hostess Ding-Dongs. Even so, it’s still quite the challenge. Lucky Break will take sign-ups to participate in which any fan can enter. However, they will only draw so many names of people who will actually try to eat the pucks. Any person who enters the contest must be present to have their name drawn-the eating contest will happen right on the spot.

Make sure to stop by Lucky Break this Sunday, May 13. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m., and the contest will take place directly after the game, which ends between 9:30-10:00. Go ‘Yotes!

Lucky Break Billiards | 1807 East Baseline Road | Tempe, Arizona 85283

Image via Paul Connors/AP

Mill Ave: The New Home To The World of Beer

May 7, 2012 | 3:50 PM | Bars | By Maxfield Barker

Mill Avenue, Tempe’s number one spot for drinks, dining, dancing, and all around good times, will be adding one more spot to quench your thirst this summer. Opening in early July, World of Beer will make Mill its first AZ location.

Actually this popular east coast bar will make Tempe its first west coast location and with over 50 craft and major beers on tap, we can barely hide our excitement. If any of you have been to Mill recently, then you surely remember the old bank/former American Apparel retailer on 6th street. That old bank will become the newest franchise of WOB. And they’re doing some pretty cool things to it. For instance, the bar is utilizing the bank’s vault and turning it into a safe room, complete with TVs and seating for up to 15 people. World of Beer is also working to restore the building’s old, red brick to its former glory.

Perfect for all of you ASU students on summer vacation, WOB will be looking for more than 30 new employees to work at the new Tempe location.  Information on a job fair in June will soon be available and interested candidates can sign-up online to be notified in advance.

We’ll see you at the Grand Opening in July!

World of Beer | 526 Mill Avenue | Tempe, Arizona 85281


Feasts and Drinks at The Saguaro

April 11, 2012 | 12:30 PM | Bars | By Maxfield Barker

The Saguaro Hotel in Scottsdale, known for its bright colors and contemporary vibe, is now offering you more than couple reasons to have a stay-cation this weekend, and every weekend after that. This popular Scottsdale hotel features two very cool restaurants, Distrito and Old Town Whiskey, both of which are introducing exciting, new specials.

Let us start with Distrito. They proudly present a new weekend brunch with bottomless cocktails (yes please). Spice your weekend up with new modern Mexican dishes ala Chef Jose Garces. Some of our new favorites include Distrito Eggs Benedict, chorizo, brioche, and a black truffle hollandaise. The Tres Leches French Toast is served with fresh berries and Chantilly Cream and Costillas, a Berkshire pork spare rib dish with a chipotle-cider mustard BBQ. To go along with the food, for $15 Distrito will offer bottomless Bloody Marias and Mimosas. It gets better when you realize these drinks are completely customizable with a list of 16 ingredients.

Old Town Whiskey is stepping up its game too with its Saturday Midnight Feast and Daily Happy Hour. When the clock strikes midnight every Saturday, the Whiskey will offer a complimentary Midnight Feast. We’re going to repeat that: a complimentary Midnight Feast. Enjoy Chef Garces famous fried chicken wings after a night of hitting the bars. Speaking of drinks, the Whiskey’s “Shoot ‘Em Up Early” happy hour is available 7 days a week, from 4 – 7 p.m. with cocktail, beer, and food specials starting at $4. Our favorites: BBQ Pork Sliders, Pickled Beet Crostini, and the Pony Express Old Fashioned.

We know what we’re doing this weekend, what about you?

The Saguaro | 4000 North Drinkwater Blvd. | Scottsdale, Arizona 85251


Mastro’s New Drink Menu

April 4, 2012 | 7:55 AM | Bars | By Maxfield Barker

All Mastro’s restaurants will be serving up a plethora of new uniquely-crafted cocktails aimed pleasing any and all palates beginning this week. These new drinks are mixed with the freshest ingredients and premium liqueurs and spirits. All of this combined with Mastro’s award winning menu and you have one of the best places to wine and dine in the Valley. Just take a look at some of these new drinks just added for Spring:  Preview the menu after the break »READ MORE

Chow Down: This Week in Food Blogs

March 28, 2012 | 11:30 AM | Bars | By Alanna Watson

Forgive us, but the only hunger games we’ve ever heard of come with tossing small, round foods into someone’s open mouth when bored. Or that one where we work out extra hard at the gym just to feel less guilty about the burrito we shove in after. To each his own, right? Play with us as we recap this week’s food blogs:


Worth Repeating: A (Charitable) Glimpse of Postino East

March 18, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Bars | By Staff

As chosen by you, here are the most popular stories of ALL TIME  aka last week, just in case you missed them.

Upward Projects will kick the doors open a few days early for a first glimpse of Postino East, the sister project of Central Phoenix’s original wine café Postino, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, March 17. Open to the public, guests are encouraged to hop on their beach cruisers and pedal over to the event, which will benefit Gilbert Public School’s partnership with Arizona Brainfood, an organization that discreetly provides a backpack of food to feed hungry school children on the weekends. For a nominal donation, ($25 for adults, $10 for kids at the door or online), Gilbert residents and those that make the trek out East will be treated to an entertaining afternoon of wine, bruschetta, live music and neighborhood family fun. Tickets are limited. To purchase, click here.

Postino East’s official Grand Opening is Monday, March 19: expect thirty-six unique wines; simple, delicious food prepared with local ingredients such as bruschetta, paninis, salads and soups, and a warm, friendly culture that brings people together.

Postino East 302 North Gilbert Road | Gilbert, AZ 85234

Girls Night Out Just Got Better

March 6, 2012 | 7:55 AM | Bars | By Staff

Ladies, Wednesdays are about to become less boring. At 9 p.m every Wednesday starting March 7, The Mint in Scottsdale will present “Soiree de la Femme,” a monthly affair of elegance and indulgence for  all of the girls in your life. Get the VIP girl’s night out treatment with mini-manicures and free hair styling by Primp N’ Blow – not to mention sweet treats, a champagne bar and half-price cosmopolitans till 11 p.m. Along with half-off beer, champagne, cocktails and wine starting at 10 p.m., female DJ’s will rock the evenings away till 2 a.m., starting with San Diego’s Tara Brooks, who has played the Winter Music Conference in Miami and at various Las Vegas and Hollywood hotspots. Girls who attend will also receive gift bags filled that items that we love, such as gift cards, coupons and beauty supplies.

For more information, click here.

Worth Repeating: 120 Seconds: Joshua James of Parlor Pizzeria

February 26, 2012 | 2:43 PM | Bars | By Maxfield Barker

As chosen by you, here are the most popular stories of ALL TIME aka last week, just in case you missed them.

Devour Phoenix is looking for the number one bartender with the Third Annual Bartending Competition hosted at the Vig Uptown, Wednesday March 7 at 6:00 p.m. Twelve of the Valley’s best will be going head to head to claim the title of Top Bartender. Using locally distilled Arroyo Vodka to create signature cocktails, who will be triumphant?  One strong contender is Joshua James of Parlor Pizzeria. For this 120 Seconds we had to opportunity to talk to James and learn what’s he’s drinking, 3 rules every patron should adhere to, and more.

DLT: What makes you AZ’s greatest bartender
Joshua James: A healthy dose of humility.

Your favorite drink to make?
My favorite drink to make is a rye old fashioned.

Least favorite to make or serve?
My absolute least favorite to drink to make is a Bloody Mary. The smell of tomato juice makes me cringe.

List three dont’s that every bar patron should adhere to »READ MORE

The Weekender: A Day at The Spa

February 24, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Bars | By Staff

The refreshment of a trip to the spa can be found in a cold glass of a “Day at The Spa” cocktail from El Chorro. Refreshing, yet spicy, the cocktail will be available through spring along with 11 others until temperatures hit triple digits. Considering asking your drinking buddy for a foot massage while enjoying your Day at The Spa for a spa-like experience at the bar. We kid. Bring the spa home with recipe below.

A Day at The Spa Cocktail

1 ½ oz Grey Goose La Poire
1 oz St-Germain Elderflower liqueur
2 cucumber slices
2 jalapeno slices
Soda water

Muddle the cucumber and the jalapeno in a tall glass. Add Grey Goose and St-Germain.
Top with equal parts Sprite and soda water.
Garnish with a cucumber slice on the rim.

***Tip: Remove jalapeno seeds for a milder cocktail.

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