Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour

1 W. Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
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Heather Hoch


  • 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday
  • $$; $$$
  • Dinner, Late Night, Snack Food
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
The work of veteran barman Ross Simon and partner Bob Tam, known for rethinking bar food with an Asian flair, Bitter and Twisted is first and foremost a bar. The cocktail menu is 24 pages long, while the food menu is a single page. Lunch and dinner offerings include a house pate that’s tasty, if insubstantial, served with a generous helping of tasty, chewy brown bread from Noble bakery. The pretzel burger is excellent — a nice, meaty puck of ground sirloin with a freshly grilled flavor complemented by a sunny side egg and a soft, fresh-baked pretzel bread croissant. An order of Seoul fried chicken is less successful, and the green chili mac with bacon isn’t perfect, either. Although the elbow macaroni is overcooked, a zesty combination of jalapeño and smoky bacon, stirred into a smooth four-cheese sauce and topped with a crisp panko crust, is nice. Desserts change daily, and Tuesday cupcakes tend to sell out early.

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