Signature Tempe crafted cocktails

Author: Alicia Kentz

Posted on: November 24, 2015
Last updated on: November 15th, 2018 at 12:03 pm

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One of my favorite guilty pleasures is going out to a restaurant, grabbing the menu and skipping right past the food options and 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.

The Handlebar Tempe
680 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 474-4888

Tempe’s contemporary American beer garden, The Handlebar Tempe, has been awarded the ‘Best Beer Cocktail’ by the Phoenix New Times for their Gooseneck crafted cocktail. The Gooseneck is a twist on the classic Tom Collins, substituting the soda with an IPA, which blends the citrus aroma and the beer’s biting hops.

La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar
699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 219-9510

La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar is a sophisticated spot on Mill Avenue that offers numerous selections of handcrafted cocktails. La Bocca is equipped with a full bar of top shelf liquors, imported liqueurs, herbal extractions, aromatics and scintillating spirits. Try their house specialty cocktails like the Desert Oasis, Icelandic Mule, Pisco Sour, or even their famous house-made Limoncello.

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 while grubbing on 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.

Blasted Barley Beer Co.
404 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 967-5887

Tempe’s very own microbrewery is known as the “oasis” for beer lovers, however, their hand crafted cocktails by Clint James Manning is just another thing people are getting all hopped on. The Bacon Throwback is a common go to for all bacon and cocktail lovers, as it’s comprised of One Crown Maple, bacon fat, simple syrup and predictably it is served with a side of bacon. Nothing can get better than that!

Pedal Haus Brewery
730 S. Mill Ave. #H102
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 314-2337

Built to be a haven for lovers of bikes, Pedal Haus Brewery brings together European-style crafted beers and cocktails. The Haus Margarita and the Peacemaker Paloma gives you just the right amount of liquid courage to crush anyone in a game of corn-hole, ladder-ball or ping pong.

El Hefe
640 S. Mill Ave. #110
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 257-2797

There is no better combo than tacos and tequila, am I right? El Hefe’s crafted cocktail menu has just about every mixed tequila drink you can think of that can be perfectly paired with any of their “super macho tacos.”

Pitchforks & Corks
660 S. College Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 727-4546

Located on the second floor of College Avenue Commons, Pitchforks and Corks is a great location to gather with friends and enjoy creative beverage options like the Cubra Libre or the Sangria Blanca.

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!

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! Tickled Pink and Louie’s Cosmo are among the house favorites, while their margaritas, sangrias, and mojitos are nothing short of exceptional.

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 Spiced Ginger Mojito or the Blood Orange Cosmo.

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




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