OK, so it's not so secret after all. But, we've always liked how Merc Bar has managed to avoid cheesy gimmick specials and overexposure to draw a crowd.
The Place: 2525 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix.
The Cover: Free.
The Parking: Garage behind the shopping center.
The Bar: The bar has understated feeling that's cool without feeling stuffy and the copper-topped, group-friendly seating's a nice change from most Valley hangouts.
The Music: Event creators Sean Watson and William Reed put a new spin on laid-back lounge music that at times feels a little "club," but definitely adds a different feel from other nights at the bar.
The Drinks: There's a full drink menu, but no drink specials, so be prepared to pay a little above average for a drink.
|photo by Ryan Wolf|
|Bartenders at Ultra Lounge|
The Style: Merc has a dress code -- no casual shorts, tank tops, sandals, etc.
The People: Trendy but not trashy. Most guests at Ultra Lounge are in their 20s and 30s.
What we loved: This is a great place to have in your book when you're looking for a chill place to hang out for the night.
What we didn't love: Expensive drinks.
Would we go back? For sure.