5 spots for late-night drinking, dining in downtown Phoenix

by Megan Finnerty and Kellie Hwang – Oct. 19, 2011
Courtesy of The Arizona Republic

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Although downtown Phoenix’s dining and drinking destinations are on the rise, quality late-night options can seem limited. Here’s a sampling of five of the best.

Margarita on the rocks with salt


This stylish lunch, dinner and late-night restaurant is known for super-thin-crust pizzas and idiosyncratic offerings, including Pork Milanese, a prosciutto and hearts of palm sandwich and an arugula salad. Crowds come for the cocktails and to see and be seen.

Details: 40 N. First St., Phoenix. 602-252-2285, hannys.net.

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

The bar and restaurant at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix is a comfortable and unexpectedly trendy place to grab happy hour with the post-work crowd, to see live DJs on weekends or to slip in for a late drink after a show at the Herberger Theater Center.

Details: 320 N. Third St., Phoenix. 602-817-5400, districtrestaurant.com.

Copper Blues

At CityScape, this bar and lounge serves the Stand Up Live comedy club with a classed-up comfort food menu designed by notable Valley chef Aaron May. The second-story patio offers stunning views of downtown.

Details: 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. 480-719-5005, copperblueslive.com.

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

This rowdy chain restaurant and bar is known for skimpy-kilt-wearing servers and hearty portions of Shepherd’s Pie, potato skins and Gaelic chicken. That said, it’s mostly about the sexy servers.

Details: 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. 602-293-3888, tiltedkilt.com.

Coach & Willie’s

This upscale sports bar and restaurant has an inviting patio and an interior filled with cushy seating, almost-countless televisions and several pieces of Arizona-team memorabilia hanging throughout.

Details: 412 S. Third St., Phoenix. 602-254-5272, coachandwillies.com.


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