The thirsty, after-work crowd may bring to mind busy restaurants and bustling neighborhood bars. But what about those on the graveyard shift, folks who have been up all night, and people who just want to a sip of something good in the morning? Where can we early drinkers find a Bloody Mary at 6 a.m.? Here are seven food-serving bars open in the early morning hours.
Jimbo's Bar & Grill
12224 North 51st Avenue, Glendale
Open daily at 7 a.m., Jimbo's Bar & Grill offers cold drinks and a free breakfast (we’re talking three eggs, two bacon, two sausage, hash browns, and toast) with purchase of a beverage between 8 a.m. and noon. You can belly up to the horseshoe bar, order from a full menu with a famous wine burger, and keep an eye on one of the TVs or projectors around the room. You can also play pool, darts, or shuffleboard, or just admire the scenery. Find the Jimbo’s entrance under the martini glass-adorned sign out front.
3215 East Thomas Road
The busy intersection of 32nd Street and Thomas Road is home to the Hideaway Lounge – a no-frills sports bar and drinking-holiday gathering spot opening at 7 a.m. each day. They start serving food early, including specials like chicken-fried steak and breakfast-themed drinks like one inspired by Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Be sure to check out the spicy Bloody Mary.
Ole Brass Rail Bar & Grill
3738 East Thomas Road
Find a seat at Ole Brass Rail in central Phoenix for breakfast served daily at 6 a.m. (when the bar opens) to 2 p.m., with lunch and dinner menus to follow until midnight. Breakfast features omelet and egg choices galore. Of course, there’s also all the morning cocktails or cold beers you can order up. With a slogan like “game on, drink on, sing on, and dine on at the Ole Brass Rail,” you’re sure to have a good time.
Playa II Bar & Grill
3217 East Shea Boulevard
This place draws a fun crowd and is captured by its slogan: "The liver is evil ... and it must be punished." The Playa has been around since 1984. It serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and most importantly, drinks. The place offers daily eats like a surf-and-turf burrito, pozole, chili, Cuban sandwiches, and a $1 whiskey, scotch, and bourbon special. Doors open at 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Stinger's Sports Bar & Grill
10040 North 43rd Avenue, Glendale
Found in the Great Skate Plaza, Stinger's Sports Bar & Grill opens for drinks and bar food at 6 a.m. each day. For those who aren’t regulars, you’ll first notice the massive amount of pool tables, and can probably find just about any sports game you want on the many TV screens. Stinger's serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as all-day drink specials. Breakfast options include a killer bacon or sausage spread.
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Westwood Tap & Grill
1818 West Glendale Avenue
The karaoke and pool-playing takes a break in the early hours at Westwood Tap & Grill – the self acclaimed dive bar and New American eatery set along the Light Rail. Happy hour goes from 6 a.m. (when the bar opens) to 8 a.m., and can be best followed by lunch after a couple hours on the stool. Try a bacon-and-egg sandwich if it’s your first meal of the day, or consider a burger or grilled cheese paired with onion rings or a basket of fries.
Yucca Tap Room
29 West Southern Avenue, Tempe
The Yucca Tap Room has been a stalwart live music venue in Tempe area since the 1970s. It doubles as a good place to drink. You can hit the Yucca for a Baileys as early as 6 a.m. We recommended the Yucca breakfast burrito, Coca Cola sous vide wings, chicken and waffles, and carne asada fries. This spot happens to be the official Arsenal football club pub in metro Phoenix, so you can anticipate a rowdy group of soccer fans in the early hours.