It's Memorial Day weekend, which means we have an extra night to party, and an extra day to sleep it off. Thankfully, all kinds of interesting new options for getting your drink on, from inventive craft cocktail menus to agave-centric cantinas and local wine bars. Try one of these five now.
Taste the New Tipples on Bitter and Twisted's Fourth Annual Book O'Cocktails Menu
Bitter & Twisted proprietor Ross Simon shows off the bar 's latest menu, their most expensive to create thus far.
Their first menu update since receiving a Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar nomination for the 2016 Spirited Awards, the Oscars of the cocktail world, the new menu invites guests to "gather ‘round and drink from the looking glass" via a landscape storybook menu that ranges from the seemingly simple to unabashedly complex drinks, like the sensational Taste The Rainbow, which shakes up house-infused kaffir lime gin with sloe-berry gin and fresh lime, pineapple, and strawberry, finished with a tricolor rainbow dusting atop its foamy hat.
Do Some Day Drinking at Tacos Tequila Whiskey
The Cafe Hacienda and the Mexico '70 at Tacos Tequila Whiskey in Arcadia.
Mehdi Taghavi (architect-mehdi)
Try the brunch-only cocktails at this new Arcadia haunt, like the Cafe Hacienda, a combination of Patron Café, 1921 Tequila Cream, and cold-press coffee, with a Mexican cocoa & spiced vanilla rim, or the Mexico '70, featuring Sauza Cucumber Chili tequila, agave, lime, and sparkling wine. If you miss brunch (served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays), head there to try inventive happy hour drinks like the pinche sodas.
Grab a Glass of Arizona Wine at FnB
A photo in Gourmet inspired the design of the original FnB, which then inspired the design of FnB Bar.
In national food circles, FnB is often highlighted in the context of Pavle Milic's Arizona-centric wine program. The FnB co-owner and beverage guru created a wine list a few years ago that has been deeply influential in spreading the word about (and love for) Arizona "grape juice." Milic even has a label of his own, Los Milics, which is available at the restaurant.
Cap Off Your Night with a Pastry and Pint at Cornish Pasty Co. Downtown
Upstairs there is a massive bar, plenty of tables, and pool as well. Downstairs from the street level bar and kitchen areas is a lounge area with booth seating and a third bar.
Take a seat at one of the downtown Cornish Pasty Co.'s three bars, order a beer, and watch the chefs prepare the restaurant's signature Cornish hand pies filled with either savory or sweet ingredients. The bar serves food until 1 a.m., making it an ideal place to enjoy last call and satisfy end-of-the-night carb cravings.