Yes, Melinda’s Alley is hard to find, and it’s only open two nights a week, but this hidden spot is worth seeking out. Enter on the side of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel under the colorful mural, and head downstairs into a red-hued space. Seriously, it’s super red as the lights make any other color disappear. This spot is moody, intriguing, and a feast for the senses. Check the chalk board for a rotating list of cocktail specials served in coupes, crystal-cut rocks glasses and other glamorous vessels. After securing your drink at the bar, wander around and explore the different seating arrangements, most of which comprise low coffee tables surrounded by vintage velvet- and fabric-upholstered chairs and settees.