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Ice House Tavern

Ice House Tavern
Lauren Cusimano
Obvious, but: the Ice House Tavern is cold. Multiple layers of glass separate the bar from AZ Ice Arcadia, the hockey and ice-skating rink it shares space with, but the chilly air finds a way through. During Phoenix summers, of course, it’s a godsend. You can enjoy a domestic or craft beer and fried pickles while gazing out on the ice. What’s out there depends on the time of day. It could be a free skate, with new couples flirting and adorable toddlers teetering. Or it might be an adults' league hockey match. Or maybe the Zamboni’s just giving the old girl a shine. The bar itself has gone through many iterations over the years; it used to be called Fireside Chalet, and in the 2000s it was a haven for punk bands and comedians. These days, it has a hockey theme and serves cold beers and bar food. Cold is a hot commodity in Phoenix, and if that’s what you seek, this place is tough to beat.
3855 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, 85018