Priest/Washington

Where: Draw 10 Lounge, a 15-minute walk west of the station on Washington Street

Drink: 32-ounce "mega" mugs of draft beer, $4.50

Scene: Sports fanatics gather here to obnoxiously cheer, holler — so don't diss their team — and enjoy some male bonding over a few monster 32-ounce mugs — that's a beer the size of a Big Gulp. —B.L.

PHX Airport Shuttle

Where: The Crowne Plaza's Café Sha Lounge is across from the station

Drink: Whatever you can get them to serve you before they boot you

Scene: We would not send you into the tony Crowne Plaza hotel if there were any other option at this stop. You have no business being here, but it's super-close and Cafe Sha's lounge is open until midnight. There are probably some pathetic traveling businessmen that'll buy drinks for any ladies in attendance. —M.C.

38th St./Washington

Where: American Park 'n' Swap at Phoenix Greyhound Park. Can't miss it.

Drink: 16-ounce cup of beer, $3 plus a $2 admission to the swap meet

Scene: The American Swap Meet is like Wal-Mart, thrift store, and supermercado all rolled into one gigantic outdoor yard sale. Four times a week (Wednesday evening, Friday morning, all day Saturday and Sunday) denizens from across the Valley gather in the parking lot to hawk their wares on tables, out of vans, or in makeshift storefronts. Practically anything and everything you can think of is available for sale — including cold beer. — B.L.

24th St./Washington

Where: Chevron Station, located just west of the stop

Drink: 24-ounce Budweiser, $2.09

Scene: There's terribly little in the way of bars around this stop. What there is, in abundance, is greasy hangover prevention in the form of Carl's Jr., McDonald's, and Rally's. Pop a cold one from the gas station just to keep your buzz going and fill up on some fast food. — J.M.

12th St./Washington

Where: Los Dos Molinos, 1,000 feet west of the station on Washington

Drink: House margarita. Forget the frozen shit and order yours on the rocks with salt, $7.

Scene: Los Dos' Washington Street cantina is situated between numerous bridal stores. You may see some of the wedding dresses while you sit on the outside patio drinking your margarita, but don't let the alcohol give you any dumb ideas. — J.M.

Third St./Washington

Where: Majerle's, at 24 North Second Street. Walk a block west, head north on Second and you're there.

Drink: The Suns Bomber, a glass of orange energy drink and a shot of grapefruit liqueur — to be dunked Jäger-bomb-style.

Scene: When a bar is owned by former Phoenix Sun Dan Majerle, you know there's going to be a whole lot of sports going on. Check out the game on his HD screens. — J.M.

Central/Washington

Where: Copper Door at The Hotel San Carlos. From the train, head east on Central toward the historic hotel, about two minutes on foot.

Drink: The Humphrey's Palm Room Mojito, a cocktail combining Bacardi Razz with fresh black raspberries, mint, and sugar cubes, $8

Scene: Copper Door is one of the more upscale stops on our tour of depravity. Take in the ambiance while drinking a mojito and then consider a dip in the Hotel San Carlos' rooftop pool. Yeah, we know it's winter, but you're going to be so blitzed by the time you make it this far that you won't care. — J.M.

Van Buren/Central

Where: Seamus McCaffrey's, one block south and one block east from where you stumbled off the train

Drink: A pint of Guinness, $5.50

Scene: Seamus McCaffrey's has long been one of the Valley's premier Irish pubs. The place has a quaint, old-timey feel to it (essential for any pub worth its weight in shamrocks) and live Irish music on the weekends. — B.L.

Roosevelt/Central

Where: Portland's Restaurant & Wine Bar, directly across from the station

Drink: The Urban Cosmo, $10

Scene: Upscale living is king in this part of downtown Phoenix. As such, the wine-centric eatery is constantly packed with well-heeled urbanites and office workers who suck back chic drinks and spirits. Portland's serves top-shelf wines and liquors like the Urban Cosmo (a mix of Ketel One, Cointreau, cranberry, and lime juice). It's a tad pricey, but at least you'll feel like a highfalutin power broker after a few sips. — B.L.

McDowell/Central

Where: Cheuvront Restaurant & Wine Bar, one minute south of the station

Drink: Juan Gil Monastrell '05, a red wine from Spain

Scene: This joint is strictly upscale, so don't think you can stumble off the train in your cargos, flip-flops, and screened T-shirt and expect to fit in. After a hard day at your office high-rise or after taking in the symphony, this is a place people stop for a nightcap. — J.B.

Encanto/Central

Where: Switch, a four-minute walk north from the station

Drink: Caipirinha, $6.50

Scene: Switch is the kind of dimly lit swanky joint that evokes a big-city vibe. The happy-hour crowd is in an interesting one: equal parts gays, grandmas, boomer couples, and office chicks looking to blow off steam after sitting behind a desk all day. — J.B.

Central/Thomas
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craveswaves19
craveswaves19

What jackass organized the pub crawl in Ardmore!? It was a train WRECK, he not only tried to molest my friends but also their dinners. He got escorted out of the pub only after ripping the paper dispenser off the wall in the mens bathroom and making it fucking snow in there. He also paraded around and on the bar yelling "do u know who I am!?" While the owner was apologizing to us about to rediculousness involved, our friend found himself presenting himself on the bar for the third time that night. He also amused himself by blowing a train whistle. Constantly. Into people's faces. I've never wanted to punch someone so badly in the face, even with a police station across the street!

Laura
Laura

Applebee's is NOT the only bar within walking distance of the Central/Camelback lightrail stop. You never even mentioned Four Kings Central at 24 west Camelback, which is a shorter walk from that stop than Applebee's.I don't even know how you could have missed it, unless maybe you had a few too many at the other stops. Should have done your homework before you started drinking maybe? Maybe you could do an article how many businesses went under or are hanging by a thread , due to the lightrail and it's preceding construction.

Sonja Lockhart
Sonja Lockhart

You missed one of the best brew pubs in Phoenix at the Central & Camelback stop on the light rail system ... Sonora Brewing Company. Its located at 3rd Street & Camelback. All the beers on tap are brewed right there on the premises and I would recommend the Cream Light Rail Ale. For those who prefer more hops try the IPA. Great food too with a very comfortable atmosphere.

Kelly
Kelly

I'm one of the younger people that go to the 4 Kings on the weekends. I don't get the whole not liking hoodies and beat up sneakers? Is this sarcasm, cause that's all you see in that place. Lovin it though the 4 Kings is awesome if you like dives with creepy old men!

WessO
WessO

Too bad you'll have to drink and leave to catch your train just as all the rest are showing up to get their drink on. The Metro is a joke.

 
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