A Night Out at the Hotel Bar

By local contributor
Biannca Dominguez

The combination of excellent guest service, diverse crowds, savory bites by notable chefs, inventive beverage programs, and exquisitely designed and decorated spaces make these hotel bars must-visit-destinations.


Jade Bar at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort


Jade Bar is truly a cocktail connoisseur’s dream with its resort-casual vibe, acoustic live music and stunning views of Camelback Mountain and the Praying Monk. Stop by for The Pour, Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and enjoy happy-hour pricing on premium craft cocktails like the Cantaloupe Martini and Bees Knees. There’s also “The Pour” of the week, an exclusive creation by Jade Bar’s mixologist. While there, enjoy the full menu from elements restaurant, helmed by Celebrity Executive Chef Beau MacMillan.


The Mix Up Bar at Royal Palms Resort & Spa


The only difficult decision that you’ll make at The Mix Up Bar is whether or not to have wine or a cocktail. Whatever direction you choose to go with will be a good one as the bar is known for their creative mixology program and for having a Coravin, which allows guests to indulge in wines by the glass that are normally offered only by the bottle. Like the “garden-to-glass” cocktails, the dining menu at the bar is prepared with only the freshest ingredients by renowned Executive Chef Todd Allison of the property’s T. Cook’s Restaurant. Along with delectable sips and eats, the bar has a high-end rustic feel and is frequented by local neighbors, business travelers and resort guests. I suggest stopping in on one of their fun theme nights to enjoy “Tacos & Tequila Tuesdays,” “Bourbon & Burgers Thursdays” or live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.


Living Room and Shade Lounge at W Scottsdale


W Scottsdale is a nightlife destination hotspot known for its posh atmosphere and elite crowds. Both bars in the hotel offer a swanky experience but the vibe shifts as you move from the downstairs Living Room to the rooftop Shade Lounge.  The W did away with the traditional guest lobby and created the Living Room, an open space that is a great place to mingle and grab a martini or bottle service. Offering both lounge-like DJ beats and live music from local and national acts, the Living Room is the place to hang if you’re feeling a bit more mellow. Sophisticated and sexy, Shade Lounge is where you want to be if you’re thinking along the lines of traditional bottle service with a classier spin and want to listen to the DJ spin Euro-inspired tracks.


ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho


On the edge of downtown Scottsdale sits ZuZu at the retro-hip Hotel Valley Ho.  The location, locally-sourced menu, craft cocktails, high-quality wine list and modern-yet-vintage vibe at ZuZu make for a relaxed atmosphere. One of the best times to experience ZuZu is during happy hour, which runs from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Mon. – Fri.  Order up the Fried Chicken Wings with Korean barbeque dip or Basket of Fries with truffle ketchup and pair it with signature cocktails like the Mole Margarita or Orange Breeze.


Degree 270 and Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort


After a short elevator ride, Talking Stick Resort guests can take part in two different types of nighttime experiences. If you’re looking for a relaxed and elegant experience, stop at Orange Sky Restaurant on the 15th floor to take in the breathtaking views from the floor-to-ceiling windows while listening to nightly live tunes. Enjoy a craft cocktail or select an award-winning wine from a list brimming with 30 different wines by the glass. If you’re looking for more of a party, head down one floor to Degree 270. Named after the spectacular views, this nightclub has a lively crowd that is not too shy to get out on the dance floor.


Last Drop Bar, The Hermosa Inn


A bar with a cowboy history and a prohibition-style cocktail list to match, the Last Drop Bar inside Hermosa Inn is an Arizona staple. With Hermosa Inn guests in mind, Last Drop went under a huge renovation to double its size and make it easier to enjoy the views of the crackling fire and live music (Thurs. – Sun.) coming from the patio. Set in a desert landscape dream, this is the quintessential place to sip a cocktail with an Arizona feel. Don’t forget to check inside the original Stetson hat, which features the design by original inn owner Lon Megargee. This design can now be found in all Stetson hats.