RELAX, REWIND AND REFUEL IN MESA
Here, patrons are invited to journey down the stairs to the Sun Devil Liquors’ fine wine cellar where wine and beer tastings are commonly held. Much of what is offered is hard to find elsewhere or procured from distilleries, wineries, or breweries located throughout the region.
235 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa
Flashing neon lights illuminate this family entertainment center and video arcade in Mesa. Mini-bowling and laser tag are just two of the gaming options you can choose from at Jake’s Unlimited. Fun-seekers and night owls alike looking to mix-things-up can pull up a seat at one of two full-bars that fill up quickly for “Jake’s After Dark.” Sweet tooth’s will love the Cotton Candy Martini. And traditionalists have a long list of drinks to choose from, ranging from bottled beer to signature cocktails.
1830 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa
At Postino guests can expect thirty-six unique, approachable wines all paired with simple, locally sourced food. The unexpected element here is the atmosphere which is always buzzing day and night and the many specials that pair bottles with their famous bruschetta boards. The 2,500 square foot building features a stunning layout that includes an indoor-outdoor bar, wrap-around patio, and an outdoor lawn for bocce ball and more.
302 N. Gilbert Rd., #102, Gilbert
Barrio Brewing Co.
Travelers can come upon a selection of award-winning craft beers on-tap at this brewery adjacent to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. In addition to a fine lineup of craft beer, Barrio Brewing Co. offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner to hungry patrons. And it’s all served in a contemporary tap room setting outfitted with chargers for electronics, televisions, and expansive windows with sweeping views of the runway where aircrafts can be seen taking-off and landing against a desert backdrop.
5803 S. Sossaman Rd., Mesa
Arizona wine is the name of the game at this “experimental winery” tucked inside of the Agritopia neighborhood community space, Barnone. A destination for canned breakfast wine and inventive takes on spirits, Garage-East often plays host to live music acts and serves as the setting for community-focused winemaker dinners known to last well past the twilight hours.
3000 E. Ray Rd., #7, Gilbert
This stylish drinkery harkens back to the days of the Prohibition era, a time where imbibing in Arizona was outlawed, thus done in secret. In true speakeasy fashion, this new hot spot requires guests to provide a secret password to gain entry through its disguised entrance. Once inside patrons can expect to encounter a selection of classic handcrafted cocktails which can be paired with their offering of small bites, including charcuteries, olive trays, and duck wings.
207 N., Gilbert Rd,, Gilbert
Submerse yourself in the ‘coolest’ bar in town, this epic frozen experience is the first ice playground in Arizona. As you embark on your polar adventure, everything from the lights to the music creates an Antarctic atmosphere like none you’ve experienced in this region before. The journey doesn’t end there, once exiting the polar zone, you enter the warm embrace of ‘the lodge’, where you will find beautiful wood décor creating a true cabin like ambiance.
9500 E. Via De Ventura E-104, Scottsdale
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About the Author: Lauren Reichert is a Valley-based multimedia storyteller and content creator. Her work has been featured in local travel guides and national publications. A graduate of Arizona State University, Lauren has offered her services independently since 2014. @hungryinphoenix.