Sazerac PHX is a really cool cocktail/cigar bar. Growing up as a Phoenix native, I always enjoy seeing owners come in and resurrect some of these old buildings. This one was designed with a 30’s speakeasy vibe to it with a cool dim-lighted interior and an outdoor patio area. Inside is a beautiful long red oak bar and an old school black piano for live music. Outside is spacious and has a vacancy sign that came from Sheriff Joe’s old tent city days. They serve craft cocktails and craft beer and have friendly helpful bartenders. My first visit here was a Mezcal tasting they were hosting after a showing of a Mezcal documentary over at FilmBar. Some popular drinks include Trade Secrets, Side Bar, Milli Vanilli and their house Sazerac. I ordered the Smokin’ Berries to keep with the Mezcal theme and enjoyed the smoky liquor with the blackberries. This is a great place if you really want a relaxing evening with a nice cocktail and some live music.
My friend Katrina introduced me to a new coffee shop – Sip Coffee & Beer House. I can totally seeing this becoming my south Scottsdale hangout. They are all about bringing the coffee and beer crowd together under one roof. They have about 20 beers on tap alongside their large selection of bottled beers. For coffee, they use Cartel coffee and serve up a variety of espresso drinks, cold brew and teas. In addition to coffee and beer, they have a light menu that includes sandwiches, salads, breakfast and a cocktail menu. The best part of this place for me is the laid back atmosphere. It’s a great place to read a book or meet with friends while getting a great cup of coffee. The staff was great for my first visit! They were super nice and answered any question I had. I got their cold brew which was super clean and smooth. If you want to sit outside, the patio area is nice and shaded. Thanks Sip Bar for creating a great space for us quiet busy bodies that appreciate good beer or coffee. Definitely check out happy hour from 4-7 or some hear some live music in the evenings. There’s usually available parking spots behind the building on Bishop Ln. Old town Scottsdale is just a few blocks away if you are up for a stroll after your beverage.
When I was in Chicago earlier this year, I must have eaten out three times a day just so I could try all the food that Chicago had to offer. The one place that I tried to fit in on my trip was this little chain sandwich shop called Potbelly. It didn’t work out for me because of time. But now Phoenix has opened a few Potbelly locations across the Valley. Potbelly Sandwich Shop got its start in Chicago at an antique store off Lincoln Ave. A couple started serving toasted sandwiches there until someone bought the store and turned it into a restaurant with the idea of selling their popular sandwiches. Now there are over 200 stores in the U.S. Potbelly is also known for their shakes and showcasing musicians. A girlfriend of mine and I attended their opening week at Cityscape. The employee recommended I try their popular sandwich The Wreck – salami, roast beef, turkey, ham and swiss cheese on fresh-baked bread. Of course I loaded it with peppers too and got a bowl of soup. I was really impressed! I loved that they had live music from a local artist as well going on in the background.
8th Day Coffee & Culture is the newest coffee-house in downtown Phoenix. They have partnered with Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company and serve 100% Arabica, community-traded coffee from Rwanda, Haiti, and Thailand. They are also the first coffee shop to bring community-traded coffee to the Phoenix area. On the weekends they showcase live music and local art and on Sundays, St.Georges Anglican Community meets here for worship. It’s been an answer to prayer for me to discover this place as I have partnered with Thousand Hills coffee for some time. I’m excited to see community-trade coffee being served here in the Valley and strategically it’s located in a great place being in the arts district. Drink coffee, Do good.
Casa de Reyes is one of my favorite stops in San Diego. It is part of Fiesta de Reyes, a dining and shopping experience located in the heart of Old Town (the birthplace of San Diego). The original Mexican pueblo was established in 1821. There is live music and beautiful art in the plaza. Casa de Reyes is an outdoor restaurant that serves up traditional Mexican fare with flare. I ordered the Dos Beef Tacos platter and a Reyna’s sangria. It was delicious and filled me up for the evening.