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    October 6, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    TEXAZ Grill Now through Sunday, October 19 In true Texas fashion, TEXAZ Grill is going big to celebrate the annual State Fair of Texas. That means that now through October 19 you can head to the Phoenix restaurant for dishes such as Fletcher's Original State Fair Corny Dog ($6) and a Frito Pie ($5) ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    How to Make a Satan's Whiskers Cocktail

    Satan's Whiskers is sure one hell of a name for a drink. (Pun most definitely intended.) It's yet another in the long line of drinks with lurid names to get a drinker's attention. These days, the name Satan's Whiskers almost seems quaint instead of titillating. Still, the drink is a darn fine one. ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour Preview Event: Grand Opening Is Tonight (PHOTOS)

    The highly-anticipated Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour opened its doors for a few hours Thursday night to give guests a taste of downtown's newest hotspot before officially opening Friday, May 30. Saying that people were eager to get in would be an understatement. The bar area was full before th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    9 St. Patrick's Day Parties in Metro Phoenix

    With St. Patrick's Day landing on a Monday, this year the celebration starts on Friday and goes for a long 4-day weekend. That means there's every reason to partake in a little Irish culture with traditional food and all varieties of imbibing, whether you prefer after-work drinks on Friday, singing ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    Crudo and AZ Distilling Co. Join Forces for a Cocktail Dinner on November 17 in Phoenix

    Get ready for a match made in Phoenix imbibing heaven when Arizona Distilling Company pairs with the folks at Crudo for a one-of-a-kind cocktail dinner. The local whiskey maker, reportedly the only one to legally produce spirits in Arizona since Prohibition, has quickly made a name in local watering ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Last Call Mailbag: What the Hell Is Triple Sec?

    This week, the mailbag fell open to reveal this missive: "I have a bottle of triple sec on my shelf, and I have no idea why I have it. What is it, and what should I do with it?" As you might have guessed by the pictures on labels, triple sec is orange-flavored liqueur. It's a very versatile liqueu ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    Crudo and Noca Team Up for a One-Night-Only, Five-Course Cocktail Dinner in Praise of the Tomato

    Some say tomato. Others, tomahto. But when it comes to to enjoying the flavor of this perfect summertime fruit, you'll want to say "reservations, please" when venerable East Phoenix restaurants Crudo and Noca join forces to praise it proper. See also: - English Rose Tea Room to Host Royal Baby Show ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012
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    September 1, 2011

    Three Favorite Phoenix Rum Cocktails

    The Dark & Stormy cocktail at J&G Steakhouse is the perfect late-summer cooler​Crisp, citrus-y and mixed liberally with ice, a nice tropical tipple is the perfect late-summer cooler. Here are three Valley bars serving up great rum cocktails. 1. The Dark & Stormy at the J&am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Avalon: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: Avalon 7707 East McDowell Road, Scottsdale 480.656.0010 Catherine Slye  

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    April 2, 2010

    Top 5 Cocktails For Easter the hatch ... er, rabbit hole.​Church. Hiding plastic eggs for unappreciative children. Cooking a huge dinner. Putting up with painfully unlikable family members. Whatever your Easter entails this Sunday, there's a good cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Top 5 St. Patrick's Day Drinks That Aren't Green Beer

    Not this year, buddy.​As the old adage goes, "Everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day." That does not, however, mean you have to celebrate your "honorary" Irish heritage by swilling pints of leprechaun piss until the inside of your mouth starts to look more like Shrek's. So while others go fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Behind the Bar: Steve Howard's Papa Smurf

    ​When Steve Howard (whom we profiled yesterday) of downtown Chandler's Murphy's Law creates drinks for customers, he lets the drinker name the cocktail. This one has a blue tinge from the Blue Curacao that's sunk into liquid, which inspired his patron to call this drink Papa Smurf. It looks p ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Behind the Bar: Steve Howard of Murphy's Law

    Nicki Escudero Ready to serve you​It's easy to see why Steve Howard of Murphy's Law in Chandler is a popular bartender. The handsome 25-year-old is extremely charming, doing tricks behind the bar and letting customers name drinks he makes for them. And he's had plenty of time to build up a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Happy Hour Cocktails at Spotted Donkey Cantina

    ​This winter season, the specialty cocktails offered on the happy hour menu of Spotted Donkey Cantina in north Scottsdale will have you feeling like it's a lot warmer, as the chic southwest Mexican restaurant presents sweet, brightly colored drinks more suited for the beach than for cold mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Shark Fart at the Swizzle Inn

    Adriane GoetzThe $2 Shark Fart at the Swizzle Inn.​The Shark Fart tastes better than it sounds, I promise. This is one of Dar Bieling's favorite drinks to make because she loves shaking the hell out of the tumbler. Hey, she's gotta get that aggression out somehow if she wants to remain, as ow ... More >>

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    October 23, 2009

    Recipe: Rhythm & Blues From Rhythm Room

    Benjamin LeathermanThe Rhythm and Blues, as created by Mona Watkins.​The Rhythm Room has built a reputation over the past two decades as the Valley's premier destination to hear the best in rootsy, down-home music like the blues, Americana, and rockabilly. But what about its drinks? Not so much. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Recipe: Mai Tai from Trader Vic's

    Lauren GilgerThe Mai Tai at Trader Vic's.​When J.K. Grence is working behind the bar at Trader Vic's at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, he imagines himself to be playing Penn to the other bartender's Teller. "I'm standing there talking constantly," he laughs, "while he's just standing the ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 23, 2009
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    August 29, 2008
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    July 11, 2008
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    November 14, 2002

    The Last Straw

    Iguana Mack's lacks flavor, flair