With the players of the PGA Tour making their way to Arizona for this week’s Phoenix Open, one of the first things that comes to mind is what the city of Phoenix has to offer. For those of you who find yourself in the surrounding area, or are making the trip to the desert to catch the action, here are some of the best bars, clubs, beers and restaurants worth checking out in your down time.
For the Beer Drinkers: The Hungry Monk
Located in neighboring Chandler, Ariz., The Monk is the perfect place for anybody who appreciates quality craft beers. With over 30 craft beers on tap, The Monk was recently voted as the “Best Beer Bar” by Phoenix NewTimes. The award clearly shows that The Hungry Monk has built up quite a reputation for itself. If you fancy yourself an aficionado of craft beers, be sure to make your way to The Hungry Monk and enjoy some of the best the West has to offer.
For the Whiskey Snifters and Cigar Smokers: Old Town Whiskey
Whiskey has always been a popular spirit among golfers. Well, if you’re in the Phoenix area, Old Town Whiskey is the beginning and the end of the list of the best whiskey spots around. With over 100 types of Scottish, Irish and other imported and domestic brands, Old Town is the perfect place to kick back with a snifter full of some fine whiskey and spark up that cigar you’ve been waiting to smoke.
For Everybody to Cool Off: El Santo Cantina
Right in the heart of Scottsdale, El Santo Cantina offers the best of both worlds; booze and a pool. It really doesn’t get much better than throwing back cocktails while cooling off from the Arizona sun in a 2,800 sq. foot pool. Lord knows it’s hot out in the desert so, if you’re trying to take a break from the heat, be sure to shoot over to El Santo Cantina for some quality drinks and fun in the pool.
Best Bar to Watch the Super Bowl: 16th Street Sports Bar
If you’re lucky enough to get to Arizona for the Phoenix Open, then you’re most likely going to miss your usual Super Bowl party. In that case, if you’re worried about missing the game as the final round of the Open comes to a close, hit up 16th Street and enjoy some $2.50 domestic drafts and daily liquor specials.
Best Place to Stay: JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa
If you’re going to watch some golf in Phoenix, you’re probably going to want to hit the links yourself, no? Well, if you can afford to pony up the dough for a weekend at the JW then you’re in luck. The resort features 36 championship holes and is within walking distance of plenty of activities in the Phoenix community. To get the true experience of not only watching, but playing some great golf, the JW is the place to be.