Late Night Eats

By local contributor
Dawson Fearnow

Late night cravings are no problem at these after dark dining hotspots.

Tin Roofs & Penny Floors

Hidden away amidst the art galleries and Native American trading posts of downtown Scottsdale’s Main Street, The Beverly is Scottsdale’s best-kept secret. Only open at night, this intimate craft cocktail lounge boasts a vintage vibe thanks to the pressed tin roof, the polished leather banquette seating and the distinctive copper penny flooring in the bathrooms. Even better, The Beverly also offers a variety of Small and Big Bites served all night long. Think classics like Deviled Eggs with bacon and chives and Fish & Chips served with caper aioli, or more unique nibbles like pan-seared Filet Bites with horseradish cream or a spicy Sonoran Chicken Sandwich. Cheers! 

Experimental Eats

A tiny bar with an outsized reputation as one of Scottsdale’s most inventive cocktail destinations, Counter Intuitive doesn’t just serve late-night eat, that’s all it serves. Only open Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., you never know quite what to expect even when it’s open considering the food, drinks and even the décor are all switched out every six weeks or so in order to make way for an all-new theme such as previous favorites like “Big Trouble in Little China.” You can’t go wrong with the award-winning cocktails, but the real secret here might be the talented chef, who moonlights from his regular gig at the adjacent Cowboy Ciao, a longtime Scottsdale gem.

Party, Recover, Repeat

As you might guess with a place called RnR Gastropub, this two-story bar and restaurant right on Scottsdale Road is a great place to rest and recover from a big night out thanks to the hearty, from-scratch breakfasts served everyday until 2 p.m. and a popular weekend brunch boasting bottomless Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. Plus, RnR’s dozens of big-screen TVs and spacious upstairs patio overlooking downtown Scottsdale make it a perfect place for both day drinking and watching the big game with friends. But RnR also caters to night owls, serving a full menu until midnight on weekends, and 10 p.m. on weekdays. 

East Meets Mexico

Once dismissed as the culinary equivalent of a car crash, fusion restaurants are suddenly trendy again thanks to restaurants like Sumo Maya, which combines the bold, spicy flavors of Asia with the bold, spicy flavors of Latin America. Think traditional pad Thai noodles with fork-tender with “al pastor” pork, Korean beef tacos or sushi rolls stuffed with crispy chicharrón (or pork rinds)—don’t knock it till you try it. Food is served until midnight every weekend, so settle in at the sushi bar and watch the action at the large exposition kitchen, or corral some space on the colorful patio for a little late-night al-fresco action. 

Zu Who?

Tucked inside the swooping, glass-lined lobby of the mid-century modern Hotel Valley Ho, ZuZu restaurant is worth a visit just for the funky décor and retro-cool details. But there’s nothing kitschy about ZuZu’s chef-crafted menu, including a new selection of plate-bending burgers such as the Merlot Melt (wine-braised onions, p’tit basque cheese + peanut butter spread on toasted brioche). Plus ZuZu’s lounge stays open till at least midnight, and serves up an impressive selection of pastas, soups, salads and snacks, all paired with handcrafted “potions” like the spicy-sweet jalapeno margarita.