Signature Tempe crafted cocktails

Author: Alicia Kentz

Posted on: November 24, 2015
Last updated on: August 6th, 2019 at 3:02 pm


One of my favorite guilty pleasures is going out to a restaurant, grabbing the menu and skipping right past the food options and go straight to the handcrafted cocktail section. There’s just something about a perfectly mixed drink that makes for a great evening out. The term “crafted cocktails” has become a popular description for cocktails that mix traditional spirits and other specific elements that are carefully thought out and “crafted” into perfection. Making a crafted cocktail is combination of art and science, as it focuses on flavor and high quality ingredients. Check out these restaurants and bars for some of the best Tempe cocktails.

Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe
149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 240-1601

Check out the Vices menu at Culinary Dropout for a wide range of crafted cocktails. From their “Light and Easy” section, where you can choose from one of the various cocktails that are as easy on the eyes as they are to drink.  Or you can choose from one of the many classics under the “Classic Dropout” section and experience your old time favorites with a Dropout twist.  Enjoy your cocktail with some of their delicious food, or you can take it next door to The Yard and challenge your friends to a game of ping pong or cornhole.

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 2- 5 p.m.

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
640 S. Mill Ave. #120, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 794-1477

Experience a night of crafted cocktails and country music at American gastropub, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row. Whiskey Row has everything from amazing food to 50+ crafted beers and specialty cocktails that make for a great evening out!

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri,  4-7 p.m.

Bar Louie
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1220, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 658-1600

Eat, drink and be happy at Bar Louie. Known for their contemporary casual dining bar experience, Bar Louie at Tempe Marketplace is a must! The Diva and Louie’s Cosmo are among the house favorites, while their margaritas, sangrias, and mojitos are nothing short of exceptional.

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 4-7 p.m.

Thirsty Lion
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1041, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 968-2920

From signature cocktails to modern classics, Thirsty Lion at Tempe Marketplace is a crafted cocktail dream! Choose from their robust selection of handcrafted cocktails like the Grapefruit & Basil Matini or the Blood Orange Cosmo.

Happy Hour: Everyday, 3-6 p.m.

House of Tricks
114 E. 7th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 968-1114

Who doesn’t want to sip on a cocktail while sitting in a beautiful, vine-strewn courtyard? Sounds like pure bliss to me! Tempe’s local favorite, House of Tricks, is known for their wine selection, but don’t be fooled, their cocktail selection are just as impressive. From seasonal cocktails to altered classics, House of Tricks is a soothing alternative to the hustle and bustle of Downtown Tempe.

Happy Hour: Everyday, 4-6 p.m.

Cotton & Copper
1006 E. Warner Rd. #113, Tempe, AZ 85284
(480) 629-4270

There are things in life that simply just work better together. For instance, peanut butter can only be enhanced by jelly, macaroni can’t be enjoyed without cheese and cocktails are best when crafted by Cotton & Copper! This modern public house proudly nestled in the neighborhood of South Tempe, brings crafted cocktails to the forefront. Their menu is primarily comprised of crafted cocktails, so you will be in good hands with plenty of options.

Happy Hour: Tues-Fri, 3-6 p.m.

Ghost Ranch
1006 E. Warner Rd. #102-103, Tempe, AZ 85284
(480) 474-4328

South Tempe is quickly making a name for itself as the best place to get a handcrafted cocktail and I could not agree more!  Hands down the best crafted cocktail drink has to go to the Prickly Pear Frozé ‘Rita from Ghost Ranch! As the staff would describe it, “it’s a frozen margarita that fell in love with a glass of cold rosé and had the most perfect, well-balanced, cocktail baby”. I mean, after that description, how could you not try it?!

Happy Hour: Everyday, 3-6 p.m.

Americana Tempe 
350 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 699-2018

Known for burgers, beer and brunch, Americana has an extensive menu that includes a cocktail list like no other. Pick from the Bellini’s Flight where you can choose from four flavors, drink an endless amount with “Almost Bottomless” Amerimosa’s, or try one of the many beer or coffee cocktails.

Happy Hour: Everyday, 3-7 p.m.

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 350-9160
Also at Tempe Marketplace, Kabuki is well-known for its excellent Japanese cuisine. You could also visit just for a cocktail or two. Their Instagrammable cocktails include the bright blue Tiki Tiki Shinjuku, a rum based drink, and the Lei’Lani, a tropical drink with Roku Gin, French aloe chareau and lime, pineapple, almond and rose water.
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 3-6 p.m.

To learn more about Tempe’s restaurants and nightlife, visit our website or call 480-894-8158.

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