Citizen R+D: Getting in to this "secret" and serious cocktail bar requires traipsing up a fire escape and dialing a number before scoring one of notable Valley mixologist Richie Moe's exceptional creations. 7111 E. 5th Ave. | 602-904-3904 | www.citizenrandd.com

The House Brasserie: The "remedies" served at chef Matt Carter's new bungalow-turned-restaurant are made with the same dedication to detail as his first-rate, Euro-style fare. 6936 E. Main St. | 480-634-1600 | www.thehousebrasserie.com

The Mission: Tempting cocktails like the Pineapple Ginger Mojito and the Cocobanana, made with Bacardi and banana and chocolate liqueur, are as seductive as this restaurant's modern Latin scene. 3815 N. Brown Ave. | 480-636-5005 | www.themissionaz.com

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5 PLACES FOR HAPPY HOUR

The Mint: A former bank whose centerpiece is a giant vault door, this stylish hotspot is a place to see and be seen whether it's happy hour or the witching hour. 7373 E. Camelback Road | 480-947-6468 | www.themintaz.com

Barrio Queen: Silvana Salcido Esparza's upscale Mexican spot serves up three-buck house margaritas and drafts as well as two of her chef's choice tacos for $3. 7114 E. Stetson Drive | 480-656-4197 |www.barrioqueen.com

Don & Charlie's: This sports lover's haven features a daily happy hour from 5 to 9 p.m. with $2 domestic beers, well cocktails, and glasses of house wine to go along with an array of classic American appetizers. 7501 E. Camelback Road | 480-990-0900 | www.donandcharlies.com

Pig & Pickle: Shake the working man's blues at this casual spot, where $5 classic-minded cocktails pair perfectly with $5 small plates, like the addictive beer cheese nachos. 2922 N. Hayden Road | 480-990-1407 | www.pigandpickle.com

Sushi Roku: Score killer happy hour deals at this high-end sushi spot, including $5 cocktails, $3 beer and sake, and a snazzy array of sushi and small plates priced between $3 and $5. 7277 E. Camelback Road | 480-970-2121 | www.sushiroku.com


5 PLACES FOR DINNER

FnB: At this venerated restaurant, Charleen Badman's rustic, seasonal, and locally focused creations celebrate produce at its most delicious. 7125 E. 5th Ave. | 480-284-4777 | www.fnbrestaurant.com

Posh Improvisational Cuisine: Working with an ever-changing list of ingredients, chef Joshua Hebert puts together ambitious plates based on a "wish list" from each diner. 7167 E. Rancho Vista Drive | 480-663-7674 | www.poshscottsdale.com

ShinBay: Shinji Kurita prepares exquisite Japanese cuisine to pair with an impressive list of sakes and craft beers for a top-notch experience from start to finish. 7001 N. Scottsdale Road | 480-664-0180 | www.shinbay.com

Virtú Honest Craft: This tiny, wonderful cafe of elegant, ever-changing Mediterranean-inspired dishes from chef-owner Gio Osso is one of the Valley's best new restaurants of the year. 3701 N. Marshall Way | 480-946-3477 |www.virtuscottsdale.com

Renegade by MOD: The Valley's most daring new restaurant at the moment comes from ex-Kai chef Michael O'Dowd, who serves up an electrifying menu of re-invented foods from around the globe. 9343 E. Shea Blvd. | 480-614-9400 | www.renegadecanteen.com


5 PLACES FOR DESSERT

Atlas Bistro: This tiny, laid-back BYOB's desserts — like sticky toffee date cake and Hudson Valley foie gras apple pie — put a gourmet spin on familiar favorites. 2515 N. Scottsdale Road | 480-990-2433 | www.atlasbistrobyob.com

Andreoli Italian Grocer: When it comes to Italy's culinary gift bag of sweet treats, you'll find many of them — like homemade cannoli, tiramisu, and sfogliatelle — at Giovanni Scorzo's well-respected restaurant and market. 8880 E. Via Linda | 480-614-1980 | www.andreoli-grocer.com

Citizen Public House: Sweet-treat maven Tracy Dempsey graces this contemporary American restaurant with endings like sticky bun bread pudding and a chocolate brownie with caramel popcorn. 7111 E. 5th Ave. | 480-398-4208 | www.citizenpublichouse.com

Cowboy Ciao: Chef Country Velador makes a case for dessert first at this venerable establishment with an ever-changing menu of sweetly inspired creations as inventive as they are decadent. 7133 E. Stetson Drive | 480-946-3111 | www.cowboyciao.com

Petite Maison: Indulge your sweet tooth the Francophile way by tucking into a dark chocolate soufflé, crème brûlée, or sumptuous peach cobbler at this Parisian-style bistro. 7216 E. Shoeman Lane | 480-991-6887 | www.petitemaisonaz.com


5 PLACES TO PARTY

Mabel's on Main: Forget Throwback Thursday, because speakeasy-style bar Mabel's makes a habit of serving up old-timey cocktails (try the Hemingway) and such snacks as deviled eggs on the daily. 7018 E. Main St. | 480-899-5580 | www.mabelsonmain.com

Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Club: Pool-partying is this club's specialty, with private cabanas, an outdoor bar, and resort-style lounges. 4341 N. 75th St. | 480-949-8454 | www.spanishflyscottsdale.com

AZ 88: Head to Karl Kopp's swanky lounge for a post-performance martini (or two) and order up a plate of waffle fries. 7573 Scottsdale Mall | 480-994-5576 | www.az88.com

T.T. Roadhouse: This small, beer-centric biker dive holds one of the Valley's best jukeboxes, full of rock, reggae, and punk jams. 2915 N. 68th St. | 480-947-8723 | www.facebook.com/pages/tt-roadhouse/277715827837

The Western: The team behind Phoenix's Crescent Ballroom hosts country eats, honky-tonk tunes, and a crowd that knows how to two-step at this cool country bar. 6830 E. 5th Ave. | 480-947-3585 | www.thewesternaz.com


5 ARTISTS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

Russ Kazmierczak: This comic book artist runs Amazing Arizona Comics, a small-press series that blends real Arizona news and superheroes. www.karaokefanboypress.blogspot.com

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