Monday, April 4, brings the official start of the 2016 baseball season, which means baseball fans will be heading downtown to see the Arizona Diamondbacks compete at Chase Field. And if you're concerned about the lack of dining and drinking options in the surrounding neighborhood, we're here to put those worries to rest.
These days, you'll have no shortage of options when it comes to dining and drinking around Chase Field. Whether you're looking for the perfect sports bar for a beer before the first pitch, or a great spot for dinner after the action's over, we've got your complete guide to dining and drinking around downtown Phoenix.
If you're looking for a spot for pre-game drinks...
Try Alice Cooper'stown, located at 101 East Jackson Street, about a 10-minute walk from Chase Field. As you may have gathered from the name, rock n' roll legend Alice Cooper owns this downtown Phoenix standby and in keeping with the theme, it offers sports- and music-centric decor. From 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, you can cash in on happy-hour deals that include $4.50 drafts and $4 Tito's vodka drinks. Food includes the usual bar fare — think chicken wings, nachos, and all sorts of deep-fried eats.
If you're parking at the stadium, Coach's Corner Grill will be a more convenient option. Located just west of Chase Field on Jefferson Street, this cozy sports bar and grill is known for its friendly staff, cold beers, and above-average bar fare. From the patio, you'll have a front row view of D-backs fans as they pour into the stadium, and as an added bonus, the bar and restaurant's located just steps from the Third and Jefferson streets light-rail station.
Rose and Crown Pub, located at 628 East Adams Street, will be about an eight-minute walk from the stadium and offers a homey, British vibe. The bar, which is housed in a converted cottage at Heritage Square, offers happy hour deals from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday including $4 drafts and well drinks, in addition to half-price burgers on Monday nights.
If you're looking for a spot for dinner near the stadium...
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails is one of downtown Phoenix's favorite destinations. Located at the trendy Hotel Palomar at CityScape, this handsome dining spot serves elevated gastro-pub fare such as shrimp and grits, handmade pasta, and braised pork shank. Dinner service starts at 5 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. most nights except on Friday and Saturday, when service runs an hour longer. From 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays, the Blue Hound bar also offers happy hour deals including $6 cocktails and snacks.
Also located at CityScape, just a seven-minute walk to Chase Field, Squid Ink Sushi serves Japanese fusion and, of course, sushi. The menu includes something for everyone such as Thai chicken-fried rice, filet mignon, quinoa salad, Japanese ramen and udon. On the sushi menu, expect the usual nigiri and sashimi options, plus house rolls made with everything from spicy tuna and soft shell crab to tempura chicken and jalapenos. The restaurant's open until midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
La Pizza PHX also makes a great spot for food either before or after the game. Located at 1 North First Street, on the northeast corner of First and Washington streets, this family-owned pizzeria is about a 10-minute walk from the stadium. Here, you'll find Neapolitan-style pies made with top ingredients including homemade mozzarella, homemade dough, and San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy. The restaurant is open until 9 p.m. during the week and until 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
If you're heading out for post-game drinks...
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Don't miss Bitter & Twisted, one of the Valley's hottest cocktail bars. Located inside the historic Lhurs building, about an eight-minute walk from Chase Field, this bar and restaurant offers one of the most inventive cocktail menus anywhere in town. Whether you want the perfect martini or something a little more playful — like the Duck Bath Punch, which comes in a miniature porcelain tub — the talented bartenders at this spot will be able to shake up a satisfying drink. As a bonus, chef Bob Tam's created a food menu that includes one-of-a-kind dishes such as the Dumpling Burger, made with a beef-and-pork patty and served on an English muffin.
Copper Blues, on the second story of CityScape, make a more casual destination. Beer lovers will find more than 50 options on tap, ranging from local favorites such as Papago Orange Blossom and SanTan Hop Shock IPA to national and international names including Odell brewing, Sleepy Dog, and Chimay. Non-beer fans will have a decent selection of affordable wines from which to choose, plus a full bar. The real draw, however, is the live music: You can almost always find a band or musician on the stage at this self-described "rock pub."
And there's always Hanny's, downtown Phoenix's most popular spot for a classic martini; they always cost $5 at this well-designed spot. The food menu here isn't anything special, but you can always count on a lively but grown-up crowd at this department store turned bar and restaurant. The drink menu includes a few specialty cocktails (mostly classics including a negroni, Moscow mule, mojito), plus a solid list of wines and a small list of beers both on tap and by the bottle. Located at 40 North First Street, Hanny's is just about a 10-minute jaunt from the ballpark.