New Bike-Friendly Beer Garden Coming to Tempe

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Tempe-sians who like a little bicycle with their brats and booze will want to get their chainwheels checked before cruising down Mill Avenue in September. That's when the city's new bike-friendly beer garden, Handlebar & Grill, opens for business.

The concept comes from restaurateur Julian Wright, owner of two other Tempe venues: La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar and Canteen Modern Tequila Bar.

Located at 680 South Mill Ave (next door to Fat Tuesday) Handlebar will feature 24 craft beers on tap, a full bar, and German-inspired munchies like brats, sausages, fries, and Belgium pretzels.

And like any new restaurant preparing to open for business, Handlebar has already had a few challenges to address. For one, its name.

According to its Facebook page, Handlebar's pre-opening issues have included a pipe bursting open, the landlord rejecting the exterior sign, and the county health department saying hell no to plans for an outdoor kitchen.

Then there's the restaurants name, which, along with the concept, happens to be already taken by (whoops!) a place in Apache Junction. Not to worry though, Wright says he's worked it out with the owners and the Tempe Handlebar will keep its name.

When Handlebar does open in early September, it promises a "brewery meets urban loft" look with highlights like a 60-foot long indoor/outdoor bar, a 2,000 squre-foot and dog-friendly patio with hooks where customers can hang their bikes, and decor touches like reclaimed wood, brick, and white subway tile.

Take a video tour of Handlebar & Grill with owner Julian Wright below. Oh, and ignore the part about the outdoor cooking area. Ain't gonna happen.

Follow Chow Bella on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.