If you're looking for a good drink in Scottsdale, the options are endless. You've probably heard of the staples, like Second Story Liquor Bar and Citizen Public House. But those aren't the only places you should wander to. Here's my list of places to grab a cocktail in Old Town if you want to mix things up.
Cocktails at the Beverly are pretty simple and classic. What I personally like is the ambience --old red bricked walls, a hidden speakeasy, plenty of seating, and live DJ spinning deep house on weekends. Plus, their happy hour menu lasts until 7pm with lots of snack options and cocktail savings you won't want to miss.
My personal favorite on the list, CI delights any palate in unexpected ways with rotating menus of delicious craft cocktails and carefully themed decor. You'd think a small bar like CI would be too packed to visit during prime weekend hours, but you can usually find more than one available table and a server to take your order. Don't fall in love with any cocktails, though, because the bar theme changes a few times a year and creates a brand new menu to match the new theme. Find it between Cowboy Ciao and Kazimierz.
Pig & Pickle
If you're willing to venture a mile southeast of Old Town, you'll be happy to stumble upon Pig & Pickle, a refreshing scene amongst the usual Scottsdale fare. P&P offers a variety of unique craft cocktails and absolutely stellar service. Best of all, they have plenty of seating and a covered patio, so you won't have to worry about waiting forever to order your drink.
Pro Tip: The sample drink menu on their website hasn't been updated since 2013. They often add and switch out many delicious drinks, which are all worth a try in my opinion, especially during happy hour.
Some might consider AZ88 as one of Scottsdale's iconic bars, yet it's tucked away in the Scottsdale Mall area, easily forgotten by many cocktail-seekers. AZ88 is a trendy dinner spot, but also a great option for seriously chic patio seating and 32 different cocktails and martinis. Find it behind the Saguaro Hotel past Old Town Tavern.
Hula's Modern Tiki
Tiki. Cocktails. Need I say more? Hula's is an adorable Polynesian restaurant with killer specials and even better drinks. My personal favorite is the Dr. Funk, served in a tall tiki cup. All day happy hour on Sundays mean this spot is a favorite of mine for brunch, too. If you're in the mood for some rum-heavy tropical cocktails, stop by Hula's.