Lauren Cusimano

Mountain View Pub

In downtown Cave Creek’s crowded food-and-drink scene, look for the giant Guinness banner. It’ll lead you into Mountain View Pub, which has the usual Irish bar traits: plentiful imported beers, pub fare, occasional rowdiness. Inside is an assortment of antique furniture, an internet jukebox, a stage framed by exposed cobblestone where live rock and country bands perform, and more natural sunlight than most pub drinkers are accustomed to. As its name suggests, MVP’s massive back patio also offers breathtaking views of a river valley and the north Valley mountains. Drink those sights in from the balcony’s high-top tables and booths, and order a margarita, a house favorite that’s served in a Guinness pint glass. To eat? Stay on the ol’ Emerald Isle; we like the Irish breakfast platter, Irish pub nachos, and the Reuben, which is made with corned beef cooked daily in Guinness.