Check Out the Best Bars and Restaurants in Old Town Scottsdale


Old Town Scottsdale is a fantastic food destination in Phoenix that has some of the best restaurants and bars around. From delicious American comfort food to mouthwatering Tex-Mex to great Latin American inspired cuisine, there are plenty of great options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for creative cocktails, fine whiskey, craft beer, or a filling meal, you’ll be more than satisfied with the offerings in this area. If you’re still not convinced, here’s our list of the best bars and restaurants that you’ll find in Old Town Scottsdale.

Barrio Queen

If you’re looking for authentic Mexican cuisine in Old Town Scottsdale, then look no further than Barrio Queen. This restaurant features exquisite dishes that are authentically Mexican, but with a little extra flair. We recommend trying the delicious pomegranate guacamole, the Chiles Rellenos, the amazing tacos, or the stuffed cemitas poblanas sandwiches. The Barrio Queen is also a tequileria and features some of the most mouth-watering Tequila-based drinks on this side of the border.

Get ready for tasty guacamole choices at Barrio Queen.
Get ready for tasty guacamole choices at Barrio Queen.


Mediterranean classics are front and center at Virtu, which is a small cafe with a world-class personality. The cafe is located inside of the Bespoke Inn and infuses a Southwestern zest with traditional Mediterranean flavors. It was even featured in Esquire Magazine’s annual Best New Restaurants in America list in 2013 after only a few months of operation and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Be sure to try the tender-cooked grilled octopus, served with fennel, arugula, lemon chickpeas, and Calabrese chile butter and one of their hand-crafted cocktails.

Second Story Liquor Bar

The Second Story Liquor Bar is a themed restaurant and whiskey bar that’s a one-stop shop for delicious food, drinks, and storytelling. The upscale bar features over 200 whiskeys and craft cocktails that are sure to please, along with creative New American plates and entrees. The bar also features two-levels of upscale chic and an immersive lounge environment. We recommend trying the roasted ratatouille with savory white beans and cabbage rolls on the side when dining at this tasty spot.

Second Story is the perfect place to sip on whiskey and hang out with friends.
Second Story is the perfect place to sip on whiskey and hang out with friends.

Citizen Public House

In the heart of Old Town is Citizen Public House, a trendy upscale gastropub that features modern twists on classic American fare. The restaurant was established in 2011 and quickly won praise for its unique food offerings, earning itself the title of “Best New Restaurant” by The Arizona Republic. Contemporary cocktails and craft beers are also in abundance here, making the Citizen Public House a great place to spend an evening for any occasion. The smoked pork belly pastrami or the gastropub’s signature chopped salad is perfect if you’re looking for a meal that won’t disappoint.

The Mission

Featuring upscale Latin cuisine, The Mission is a dimly lit lounge and restaurant oozing of chic, modern ambiance. The chef, Matt Carter, brings the essence of Latin American and Spanish foods by using the traditional “plancha” style grill and develops dishes that defy expectations. When dining here, we recommend trying the pork shoulder tacos, which are covered in a house pineapple glaze, cilantro, and red onions. You also can’t go wrong with the chorizo porchetta or the yummy swordfish Veracruz.

Guide to Phoenix Entertainment for the Recently Moved

If you’ve recently moved to the city of Phoenix, you’ve probably already experienced some of the lively entertainment that’s offered around the town. From concerts to musicals to popular sporting events, Phoenix has a packed activities schedule that’s easy for residents to access. For those of you who are new to the city or just haven’t gotten out in a while, here’s a guide from ( to some of the best entertainment venues to check out while living in Phoenix.

Performing Arts

Those of you who crave high-brow entertainment will love the performing arts scene in Phoenix. With established performing companies that include symphonies, operas, and ballets, you’re sure to find plenty of enjoyment on this city’s stage.

The Phoenix Symphony Orchestra runs a regular concert season from September to May and boasts a full performance schedule that can include as many as 275 presentations. For those who enjoy live vocals, the Arizona Opera is headquartered in Phoenix and regularly stages five productions during their October to May season. The Ballet Arizona company also operates out of Phoenix and hosts multiple productions of both modern and classical ballets.

Public Auditoriums

In addition to the performing arts, Phoenix is also home to many public auditoriums that are used for concerts, shows, and other musical productions. The Phoenix Symphony Hall offers a space for symphonies and touring musicals and plays, and is perfect for those who enjoy theater performances. The Orpheum Theatre, which was designed in a Spanish Baroque architectural style, is a beautiful venue for live music and exciting performances as well and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places for its impressive restoration.

The Phoenix Symphony Orchestra has a full schedule throughout the year.
The Phoenix Symphony Orchestra has a full schedule throughout the year.

In Phoenix, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to see seasonal touring musicals or individual performers that include both famous bands and well-known comedians. With plenty of dining opportunities that are close to both the Symphony Hall and the Orpheum, the city’s public auditoriums are perfect for a romantic date or night out on the town with good friends.

Sports Teams

The city of Phoenix is one of the few major cities in the United States that participates in all four sports leagues: baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. If you love showing pride for a hometown team, you can happily root for various sporting events here in Phoenix. Basketball fans will enjoy cheering on the NBA Phoenix Suns and the WNBA three-time championship team, the Phoenix Mercury at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. You can also watch the Arizona Diamondbacks play a mean game of baseball at their home arena of Chase Field, or for football falls, see the Arizona Cardinals fight exciting home battles at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Phoenix has all of the major sporting leagues and hosts plenty of exciting games.
Phoenix has all of the major sporting leagues and hosts plenty of exciting games.

Zoo and Museums

The Phoenix Zoo is the largest privately owned and non-profit zoo in the United States. With two and a half miles of walking trails that contain over 1,400 animals, the zoo includes an extensive sanctuary for endangered animals and is an excellent place to spend with family.

With over 18,000 works on display, the Phoenix Art Museum features notable American artists such as Gilbert Stuart and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as famous European artists that include Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso. And with countless other museums around the city that include the Arizona Military Museum, the Hall of Flame Firefighting Museum, and the Arizona Science Center, you’re guaranteed to find many interesting exhibits, galleries, and presentations that residents of all ages can enjoy.


Best Happy Hours in Downtown Phoenix


Downtown Phoenix is full of exciting bars and fun pubs that are perfect for after-work drinks and appetizers. If you’re looking to gather a few friends for an evening of enjoyment without breaking the bank, here are some of the best happy hour specials that the city of Phoenix has to offer.

The Arrogant Butcher at Cityscape

This downtown landmark has something for everyone, and offers delicious food and drink specials on Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Drinks are priced at $4 during happy hour and include specialty cocktail favorites such as The Mule and The Maid. Along with several draft beers that start at $2 a bottle, the menu also offers tasty appetizers such as house-made soft pretzels and an antipasto platter that are priced from $4 to $8.

Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen

If you’re in the mood for live music and a wild time, Copper Blues is the place to be! Happy Hour is offered every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $4 drink specials that include many local IPA and Pale Ale options. The menu also includes special prices on their famous brick oven pizzas, house-made pickled vegetables, and crispy dinner chips. And with a rotating tap, a large variety of menu options, and a fun environment, it’s a great place to let loose!

With drink specials and live music, Copper Blues is great for a fun night out with friends.
With drink specials and live music, Copper Blues is great for a fun night out with friends.


At FEZ on Central Avenue, you’ll experience authentic Arizona cuisine at low prices from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day (and after 11 p.m. until close as well). Drink specials are $5 here and include a deliciously unique margarita that’s made with apricot, lavender, or even tart apple. Food specials include $2 off the appetizer menu, which includes everything from tasty nachos and tacos to hummus and lamb sliders. With something for everyone, it’s a great place to sit down and nosh after a long day at the office.

Chambers on First

This classic Irish venue has half-priced appetizers from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and includes Irish tacos, sliders, fried pickles and a unique take on the classic bangers and mash and bangers in a blanket. Chambers also has $4 imperial pints, $3.50 wells, and $5 glasses of the house wine. And with live music and a cozy atmosphere, it’s easy to spend an entire night at this fun Phoenix spot.

Chambers has a large selection of beers and brews with bargain Happy Hour prices.
Chambers has a large selection of beers and brews with bargain Happy Hour prices.

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

Those of you who are looking for a more sophisticated establishment will love the atmosphere at the District American Kitchen and Wine Bar. Their happy hour options are available on Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (as well as from 10 p.m. to closing time) with delicious $5 drink specials that include white peach and American Red Sangria options. Draft and local beers are $3 each, and the tasty appetizer menu offers discount prices on the District Mac N Cheese and the Downtown Dirty fries.