Shh, Don't Tell Anyone, But There's a New Speakeasy Open in Downtown Phoenix

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.

Editor's Note: According to a spokesperson from the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown, Melinda's Alley opens at 9 p.m. 

Look for the single red light bulb. 

That's the advice we got from someone who visited downtown Phoenix's newest watering hole, Melinda's Alley, during its debut on Friday, January 1. The new bar is a speakeasy in the modern sense of the word, which is to say it's not an illegal Prohibition-style saloon, but rather a bar with no signage, no website, and a menu of craft cocktails. 

If you want to check it out for yourself, you'll probably have to do a little searching. There's no official address, but we can tell you it's located in the basement of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel and is accessible on Central Avenue south of Monroe Street and north of Adams. 

According to the hotel, Melinda's Alley is open on Fridays and Saturdays. For now, the bar accepts cash only. 

Good luck.

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.