Bars where Pete has had a drink

Saturday, June 30, 2012

#1713 - El Encanto, Cave Creek, AZ - 3/22/2012

From the outside, El Encanto looks rather uninteresting, but you enter to find a large shady patio that absolutely merits the name. Small waterfalls splash into a large pond with turtles basking on the surrounding rocks. They also serve very good Mexican food, offer a wide range of tequilas, and serve some good margaritas.



6248 E Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331 - (480) 488-1752
Est. 1989

elencantorestaurants.com - urbanspoon - gregfellin - yelp

#1712 - Hideaway Grill, Cave Creek, AZ - 3/21/2012

One of the most popular biker bars in the country. 



6746 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 - (480) 595-0358
Est. 1997

hideaway-usa.com - bikeweeknews - azcentral - yelp

#1711 - Cave Creek Tap Haus, Cave Creek, AZ - 3/21/2012

 A large seafood and pasta family restaurant with 50 beers on tap and an odd hodgepodge decor.


6900 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 - (480) 488-3300
Est. Nov. 2011
cavecreektaphaus.com - phoenixnewtimes - ratebeer - urbanspoon - yelp

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

#1710 - Cocomo Joe's, Cave Creek, AZ - 3/20/2012

A big sports bar in the guise of a tiki bar.


28244 N. Tatum Blvd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 - (480) 538-8008


cocomojoes.com - facebook - critiki - yelp - azcentral -

#1709 - Dirty Drummer, Scottsdale, AZ - 3/19/2012


Pleasantly divey.
 
2730 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85257 - 480) 949-2797
dirtydrummer.com

#1708 - En Fuego, Scottsdale, AZ - 3/19/2012

A pretty typical hotel restaurant and bar with pretty good food and not so good cocktails.



5401 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85250 - (480) 947-5400
web site - yelpazcentral

Thursday, June 14, 2012

#1707 - Bikini Lounge, Phoenix, AZ - 3/18/2012


I had few expectations of the Bikini Lounge -- I envisioned just a dive bar with a cardboard thick devotion to the tiki theme. I was delightedly surprised.

It certainly is divey, as many of the best tiki bars are, and it has its insensate, day-glo tiki after-thoughts. But it also has aged charm and quirky appeal. Duane, the bartender (and member of the band Iconoclast, although I imagine they spell it differently), happily told us a few stories of the place, with many of the items dating back to its 1947 founding. The centerpiece hula girl painting behind the bar is said to be to have the head of the original owner's wife and the body of his mistress. While it was owned by a gay couple, the hula girl apparently had her breasts painted over and the grass skirt added, then the subsequent owner restored the bosom to its former glory.

 The New Times claims that this is the oldest bar in Phoenix.  Basically, it has an earnest quantity of tiki, and everything a you need for a dive bar of integrity, including the location in a dicey neighborhood. I don't imagine that I will ever go to Phoenix again without stopping in.



1502 Grand Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85007 - (602) 252-0472
Est. 1947
thebikinilounge.com - tikicentral - critiki - azcentral - yelp

#1706 - Hula's Modern Tiki, Phoenix, AZ - 3/18/2012

Hula's is a swank, mid-century place with good tiki drinks and very good food.  We met fellow tiki aficionados Mike M. and his wife, who were very friendly, as tiki people generally are, and compared notes on Phoenix and Tucson (from whence they had just come and we were just heading).


Hula's has some familiar sites for the tiki crowd -- glass cases of Munktiki mugs under the bar, a Tiki Tony carving, a Bosko shield.  It's romantically lit and as full of mid-century shapes and angles as a Shag painting.  The concept is well executed and the people are friendly.  It's a great exception to the strip mall, chain store dreariness of so much of the valley of the sun.



4700 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85012 - (602) 265-8454
hulasmoderntiki.com - facebook - critiki - thetikichick - backpage - centralphoenixfoodphxrailfood - phoenixmag - yelp
Est. 2009

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

#1704 - Oasis Hookah Cafe, Scottsdale, AZ - 3/17/2012

4441 North Buckboard Trail Scottsdale, AZ 85251 - (480) 751-5362
yelp

#1703 - Rockbar, Scottsdale, AZ - 3/16/2012


"There won't be any pulsating electronica beats or brutal dubstep drops coming from Rockbar Inc. in Scottsdale." -- Phoenix New Times

DubRock Wednesdays at Rockbar.
Filter - Rockbar, Scottsdale - 3/16/2012


Bad Luck (Social Distortion tribute band), Rockbar 3/16/2012


4245 North Craftsman Court Scottsdale, AZ 85251 - (480) 331-9190
Est. Nov. 2011 
rockbarscottsdale.com - phoenixnewtimes - yelp

Monday, June 04, 2012

#1702 - Casablanca Lounge, Scottsdale, AZ - 3/16/2012

This place is less frenetic than most of Scottsdale, far better cocktails, an embracing dark decor with fires on the patio, and these fantastic cocktail menus that light up when you open them.

7134 East Stetson Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85251 - (480) 970-7888
Est. Oct 1, 2011
Previous bars in this location: Estate House, Napoleon Cigar Lounge
thecasablancalounge.com - facebook - phoenixnewtimes - azcentral - arizonafoothills - yelp

#1701 - The Herb Box!, Scottsdale, AZ - 3/16/2012


7134 E Stetson Dr, Ste 200, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 - (480) 998-8355
Est. Jan 1, 2011 
theherbbox.com - penandfork - phoenixmag - azcentral - yelp

#1700 - Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Club, Scottsdale, AZ - 3/15/2012


4341 N 75th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 - (480) 949-8454

Previous bars in this location: Drift
spanishflyscottsdale.com - facebook - yelp

#1699 - El Hefe, Scottsdale, AZ - 3/15/2012



4425 N Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 - (480) 945-6200
elhefetacos.com - facebook - yelp

#1698 - Shade Lounge, Scottsdale, AZ - 3/15/2012


7277 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 - (602) 405-0099
web site - facebook

#1697 #S1012 - TRACE, Seattle, WA - 3/12/2012

TRACE is the revamped lounge and restaurant where Earth and Ocean used to be in downtown Seattle's W Hotel. The name represents of a theme of being able trace back (locally sourced) ingredients to the place they were grown.

It is fairly swanky, as you would expect, and it serves fairly good cocktails, with fairly good food, on the slightly pricey end of the scale.

1112 4th Ave, Seattle - (206) 264-6000
Est. March 9, 2012 - Building constructed: 1998
Previous bars in this location: Earth and Ocean
traceseattle.com - eater - seattletimes - thrillist - porttle - seattleite - thestranger - yelp

#1696 - Black Bottle Postern, Bellevue, WA - 3/9/2012



919 Bellevue Way NE (at NE 8th St), Bellevue, WA 98004 - (425) 223-5143
blackbottlebellevue.com

Saturday, June 02, 2012

#1695 #S1011 - Empire Lounge, Seattle, WA - 3/8/2012

Update: The Empire Lounge closed in late 2012. It was replaced by the Ampersand Lounge, run by the Copper Cart team.


Among the many exciting changes in this place since it was the Copper Cart are ..... er .... um .....

The place says that it is "the ultimate in a sophisticated music lounge. With its modern, sophisticated furnishings complemented by multiple billiard tables, HD projectors and plasma TVs. [sic]." 


113 Bell St., Seattle, WA, 98121 - 206 239-0830
Est. March 9, 2012 - Building constructed: 1930
Previous bars in this location: Copper Cart Cafe
coppercartcafe.com - link - yelp