Here are 11 bar patios open now in metro Phoenix
After months of staying at home because of the coronavirus pandemic, many may be eager for a night out. Bars that serve food in Maricopa and Pima counties were permitted to reopen as of Aug. 27, so now, heading out for a drink in metro Phoenix is an option.
While there are still health risks associated with mingling with other people whether dining or drinking, experts say staying outside is a safer option when paired with social distancing, mask-wearing and sanitizing. And as Arizona's hottest summer ever recorded starts to wind down, patios become even more appealing.
For those looking to grab a drink, here are bars with patios open now around metro Phoenix:
The team behind Thunderbird Lounge fought hard to reopen through the state-mandated bar closures because much of the bar's seating is on the outdoor patio. A few small booths line a portion of one inside wall, but almost all of the tables are outback. Grab a drink under the twinkle-light wrapped saguaro or next to the glowing unicorn statue. Social distancing guidelines are in place, meaning tables are spread out and servers bring out drinks to prevent customers from gathering to place orders at the bar.
Details: 710 W. Montecito Ave., Phoenix. 602-283-4621, thunderbirdloungephx.com.
Gracie's Tax Bar
After a long closure dotted with windows of takeout service, Gracie's Tax Bar is finally reopening its patio. Enjoy a PBR and some cheese curds on someone else's lawn chairs at this downtown Phoenix spot. The patio has been expanded to accommodate social distancing guidelines, and hours are shortened to 6 p.m. to midnight Sundays through Thursdays. The bar will stay open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Details: 711 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix. 602-366-0111, instagram.com/graciestaxbar.
The hint is in the name of this Tempe bar. Shady Park boasts a large back patio complete with picnic tables, string lights and plenty of shade to help beat the heat. Customers can sip on a sake-based cocktail or drink a beer at this large and spaced out patio. Shady Park also serves ramen, sushi and pizza. As for coronavirus safety measures, masks must be worn at all times while not seated and guests must order with a server rather than at the bar.
Details: 26 E. University Drive, Tempe. 480-474-4222, shadyparktempe.com.
Doc & Eddy's
After a year and a half-long closure due to a fire that burned down the original bar, south Tempe neighborhood favorite Doc & Eddy's is finally back. The bar first reopened for takeout service at the end of July and as of Thursday, Sept. 10, it's inviting customers to stay awhile. Try one of the new "909" margaritas and enjoy either inside or out. The patio has been newly rebuilt and expanded with more misters and TVs than before.
Details: 909 E. Minton Drive, Tempe. 480-831-0635, docandeddystempe.com.
Another Tempe spot with a large space for outdoor dining and drinking is the original Pedal Haus Brewery. The bar and restaurant, located in the heart of the Mill Avenue shopping and dining area near the Arizona State University campus, offers socially distanced patio seating with misters and large fans to make sitting outside more comfortable. The brewery is also working with QR code menus and sanitizing stations throughout.
Details: 730 S. Mill Ave., No. 102, Tempe. 480-314-2337, pedalhausbrewery.com.
The indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar Sandbar Mexican Grill has patios open and is serving customers in three locations around the Valley. Each month, Sandbar features a specialty margarita served frozen or on the rocks, which customers can find at the Gilbert, Desert Ridge and Chandler locations. In Chandler, Sandbar has every other table closed and pairs of bar stools separated by 6 feet from the next pair in efforts to keep staff and customers safe.
Details: 7200 W. Ray Road, Chandler, 480-961-1700. 1975 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert, 480-428-8444. And 21001 N. Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, 480-585 5900. sandbaraz.com.
Lylo at Arrive
Whether customers are looking to cool off with a dip in the pool or with a frozen cocktail, uptown Phoenix has a new option. Cocktail master Ross Simon of Bitter & Twisted and Little Rituals has opened Lylo, a pool bar at the new Arrive Hotel on Camelback Road. Sip on a rum-soaked dole whip or frozen berry bellini while outside in the fresh air. The bar also offers a variety of Japanese and Hawaiian-inspired dishes to eat. For the bar, walk-ins are welcome, but capacity is limited, so reservations are recommended. Pool entrance requires a food and drink minimum spend.
Details: Lylo at Arrive Hotel, 400 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 480-536-8900, arrivehotels.com/phoenix.
Linger Longer Lounge
The owners of Linger Longer Lounge have been adamant about keeping their doors closed in order to keep staff and customers safe. Now, with Arizona's numbers continuing to slowly decline, even some of the most cautious bar owners are opting for outdoor service. Linger Longer Lounge is now open for patio seating and takeout. There are also a couple of tables inside the game room for when it's a little too warm to enjoy the weather. The bar now has a new food menu from Der Wurst Hot Dogs for customers to try as well.
Details: 6522 N. 16th St., No. 6, Phoenix. 602-694-0342, instagram.com/lingerlongerloungeaz.
Kelly's at SouthBridge
Pull up a seat or slide into a velvet sofa at Kelly's at SouthBridge. Located just south of the Scottsdale waterfront, this Old Town bar is now open with indoor and outdoor seating for both food and drinks. Capacity is limited and groups are limited to a 10-person maximum.
Details: 7117 E. Sixth Ave., Scottsdale. 480-393-3205, kellysatsouthbridge.com.
Blue Clover Distillery
For those in the mood for not just handcrafted cocktails, but drinks created with spirits made on the premise, head to Blue Clover Distillery in Scottsdale. The patio, newly updated with misters, offers a cool spot to sip a cocktail or on weekends, enjoy brunch with bottomless mimosas.
Details: 7042 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale. 480-946-1062, bluecloverdistillery.com.
The Duce is many things; a bar, a restaurant, a music venue, an antiques market and a boxing gym in one. And while some aspects of this neighborhood hangout, such as dancing, are not currently permitted due to health guidelines, the patio is open and ready. Reservations are recommended due to capacity limits.
Details: 525 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-866-3823, theducephx.com.
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