Heather Hoch

Jade Bar, the upscale watering hole at the boutique Sanctuary Resort, is an urban paradise in every sense. Just a few steps out of the heart of Paradise Valley and situated just high enough to provide breathtaking views, this bar is a genuine retreat. Best of all, the resort recently redid the entire bar space, installing a removable curved glass wall that ensures imbibers will have great views no matter what time of year. Sitting at this posh spot with a craft cocktail — paired with charred edamame, BBQ oysters, or another item from the creative bar menu — while looking out over the Valley's most exclusive neighborhood is about as lavish as a drinking experience gets.

Jackie Mercandetti

Aside from the round chef's counter inside this tiny cylindrical restaurant, the entire dining room is al fresco — and even then, it's not all that large. But size doesn't matter when you're sitting on the outdoor tables at this Arcadia restaurant. This newest addition from LGO Hospitality proves that by now, the company has the art of creating cozy spaces with a community vibe down pat. It's impossible not to feel warm and fuzzy when you're digging into an Ingo's burger, made with grass-fed beef while watching families ride up to the restaurant on bikes. And even if you're not there for the excellent burgers, Ingo's delivers salads, wine, beer, and other beverages perfect for enjoying outdoors on a pleasant evening.

Lauren Saria

Truth be told, you'd probably enjoy a cold hot dog more if you ate it at Onyx Bar. The impressive space, located adjacent to the resort's dining outlet Talavera, boasts some of the best views of Pinnacle Peak and Troon North that you'll find. Luckily, you don't have to eat anything even close to that hot dog while you're there. The resort recently updated the bar, launching a menu of luxurious small bites and a well-tailored selection of wines and cocktails. Nothing seems more decadent than tucking into a seafood platter loaded with an array of crab, prawns, oysters, lobster, and more while taking in breathtaking views of the Sonoran Desert. Chef Mel Mecinas' housemade charcuterie also is worthwhile, including truffle salami and roasted truffle Brie served with marinated olives and seasonal jam.

Whether it's for happy hour, late-night eats, or a casual dinner, Citizen Public House's bar makes a great place to enjoy a meal. We have many fond memories of nights that either started or ended with a drink and a small bite at this Scottsdale spot. Part of the draw is the fact that the four-sided bar is located in the center of the restaurant's dining room. The prime location lets you feel like you're in on all the action without forcing you to mess with fussy white tablecloths and a full-blown dinner. We also love Citizen's friendly bartenders, who make great cocktails and equally great conversation. Plus, the bar is where we usually enjoy Citizen's ever-changing late-night menu, served Thursday through Saturday until 1:30 a.m. There's no better way to end the evening than with a good drink and a bowl of bacon fat heirloom popcorn.

Patricia Escarcega

Sometimes, after a night of drinking, the only thing that will cure a hangover is hair of the dog. Hey, we're not judging. We just want you to do it right. With a full menu of New Mexican fare, you're sure to find something full of flavor and with just the right amount of kick to bring you back to life. However, if that doesn't work, you can switch to something a little stronger. The special house Bloody Mary ought to do the trick. The devilishly spicy housemade tomato base is as important as the vodka it's mixed with if you're looking for something to make you feel better. Plus, the beer chaser helps you wash down this miraculous, albeit hellacious, cocktail.

Over at Vintage 95, the name says it all — it's pretty much all about the wine. Sure, the cozy, swanky Chandler lounge serves lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, but for the Southeast Valley's wine connoisseurs, this spot is the ideal place to geek out. With a 13-page list of wines sold both by the bottle and by the glass, there's a lot to peruse. Do you go for a bottle of Arizona Stronghold or a glass of Roux Père & Fils' Chardonnay? It might take you a while to mull over the full list, but immersing yourself in the selection of local, domestic, and international wines in red, white, and rosé definitely is an adventure worth exploring.

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Lauren Cusimano

Downtown Phoenix has come a long way. Just look at Hanny's. This former midcentury department store turned destination for a late-night dinner and drinks keeps the curfew-breaking crowd classy till at least 1 a.m. every night with handcrafted cocktails that cater to the classics, freshly sliced prosciutto charcuterie boards and sandwiches, a resident DJ, subtle art installations, and mirrored dressing rooms renovated into restrooms — in truth, they're better suited for Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory than drunken night dwellers with poor depth perception. Regardless, insomnia never seemed so enticing.

It's 2:05 a.m. and your feet are starting to ache as you stumble out of the bar. Going home right away just isn't an option, as the idea of getting in a vehicle is making you nauseated. The only logical option is to head to Gus', a 24-hour pizza joint conveniently located smack in the middle of the Old Town bar scene. At any and all hours of the night, you'll find this restaurant packed with well-dressed diners looking for something starchy. Okay, it's not the best pizza you've ever had, but it's not horrible — and it's cheap. One slice is enough to make the room stop spinning.


A good hangover meal needs to be starchy or greasy. That's why we love Snooze, an AM Eatery after a night of boozing. For starch-seekers, there's a selection of pancakes that ranges in flavor from the mildly unexpected sweet potato to truly unique pineapple upside-down cake. Is alcohol still clouding making it hard to decide? No matter, just go for the three-pancake flight. Greasier options include the Sandwich I Am on a fresh pretzel roll or the housemade corned beef hash, both of which will settle your churning stomach. The only downside to this hangover-recovery option is that there's usually a wait. The upside? Free coffee and games to keep you entertained — and awake.

What's not to love about someone who calls out food blogs for being "the endless repetition of one superstar's chef recipe, regurgitated straight from the page of the latest high-priced hardcover cookbook"? Nothing. That's what. And that's exactly why we love Cucumbers and Limes, the food-centric blog of local chef Minerva Rincon. In the past year, she's tackled a variety of topics ranging from David Chang's recipe for pickled mustard seeds (Rincon offered her own version in place of the chef's, of course) to the proper way to eat a Mexican papaya. She even took to the blogosphere to defend the honor of her often-overlooked East Valley neighborhood and to tell us how to infuse mezcal with fruit. Talk about useful knowledge! We love that we never know exactly what we'll find on Rincon's online home, but we know it will delicious, informative, and fun.

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