Tempe Craft Cocktail Guide

Explore Tempe’s cocktail scene, from mules and mai tais to old fashioneds and more.

National Cocktail Day is March 24. National Gin & Tonic Day is April 9. National Martini Day is June 19. National Tequila Day is July 24. National Rum Day is August 18. You get the idea!

If your tendency when dining out is reaching, first, for the handcrafted cocktail menu, we think you’ll agree that there’s just something about a perfectly mixed drink that elevates any great evening out.

The term “craft cocktails” has become a popular description for beverages that comprise traditional spirits, house-made ingredients and other thoughtfully curated elements for signature perfection. Making a craft cocktail is both art and science, as it focuses on flavor notes and high-quality and, in many cases, local ingredients.

If you’re still reading, you’re in for a treat at these restaurants and bars — where some of the best cocktails in Tempe are being served.

Alter Ego
108 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281 | 602-612-7871

Alter Ego serves elevated fusion cuisine expertly executed by executive chef Ken Arneson. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and also offer inventive hand-crafted cocktails. Sip your selection and enjoy your food in the gorgeous interior space, on the outdoor patio, or order from their rooftop lounge, Alibi.

Arizona Distilling Company
601 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281 | 602-391-3889

Tempe’s local micro-distillery, Arizona Distilling Company, captures Arizona’s rich history and culture with each glass. Billed as “traditional distilling with an outlaw spirit,” this distillery is dedicated to manufacturing premium, small batch craft spirits. The crafted cocktail list will leave you to answer two questions: Vodka, gin or whiskey? Then, shaken or stirred? Lucky for you, Arizona Distilling Company specializes in all of the above.

Bar Louie
2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, #1220, Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-658-1600

Eat, drink and be happy at Bar Louie. Known for its contemporary casual dining and bar experience, Bar Louie at Tempe Marketplace is home to the Fizzy Lizzy and the Bourbon and Spice — among other new house favorites — while their margaritas, sangrias, and mojitos are nothing short of exceptional.

Barrio Queen
31 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-912-4052

Handcrafted cocktails are delicious, but handcrafted margaritas are in a class by themselves! And Barrio Queen at Tempe Marketplace has an entire menu dedicated to handcrafted margaritas. If you want to test your margarita limits, we dare you to try the Death’s Door margarita, which encompasses Habanero, jalapeño, & Chile de árbol Infused Tequila, Ancho Reyes, Azuñia, Agave Nectar and Fresh Lime Juice. Warning, this drink is not for the faint of heart.

Chic Chef 77
1221 E. Apache Blvd., Suite #104, Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-564-1089

Open since February 2023, Chic Chef 77 is Arizona’s first Black-owned wine bar. But don’t let the “wine bar” title throw fool you: Chef Nik Fields has curated an exciting and sophisticated concept that includes a variety of music-inspired crafted cocktails, too. Notorious is her version of a classic Sidecar, Wu-Tang is the Chic Chef Mai Tai, and Old Dirty Bastard is, you guessed it, her spin on a dirty martini — and this is just the beginning of the playlist. The theme continues across appetizers, entrees, desserts and live music.

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

Check out the drink menu at Culinary Dropout for a wide range of crafted cocktails. From cocktail classics like margaritas, sangrias, mules and more to Culinary Dropout favorites like the Deviant Behavior that features Ketel One Vodka, strawberry, lemon, and Shock Top Belgian White. Enjoy your cocktail with some of the delicious food offerings, or you can take it next door to The Yard and challenge your friends to a game of ping-pong or cornhole. 

Devil’s Hideaway + Idle Hands
401 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-698-6646

Open since March 2024, Devil’s Hideaway is more than a cocktail lounge. This truly unique space draws inspiration from a futuristic underground tunnel system circa 2054. Billed as an adult playground — complete with craft cocktails and small bites — we can’t think of a better place to sip on the trendiest spirit of them all. The Oaxacan Ranch Water features Naran Mezcal, Mineragua sparkling water, hibiscus and lime for balanced and futuristic sipping experience.

Turn one of the corners within the brick labyrinth and you’re at the door of Idle Hands Enchanted Cocktail Bar, a distinct, 90-minute cocktail experience of its own. Video projections across window pane walls depict other-worldly scenes landscapes pair perfectly with the equally exclusive cocktail program for a one-of-a-kind speakeasy vibe. Order the #33 and you’re in for a surprise.

Kabuki Tempe
2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-350-9160

Along with amazing sushi and Japanese dishes, this popular restaurant in Tempe Marketplace serves up delicious signature cocktails that just happen to be photo-worthy. Try the very fun to say Tiki Tiki Shinjuku, made with Bacardi, Grey Goose, pineapple juice, orange blossoms, almonds and rose water, with Blue Curacao.

Pedal Haus Brewery
730 S. Mill Ave., #102, 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 give you just the right amount of liquid courage to crush anyone in a game of cornhole, ladder-ball or ping-pong.

The Peppermill
7660 S. McClintock Drive, #104, Tempe, Arizona 85284 | 480-590-6755

The Peppermill is more than just your typical steakhouse. It has a full-service bar with specialty cocktails ranging from their signature Vanilla Fashion to the Sidecar and Elder Gimlet. Also, check out their classic steakhouse dishes and not-so-classic inspirational entrees.

The Porch
1128 E. Baseline Road, Tempe, AZ 85283 | 602-777-1757

The Porch is known for fun and fabulous cocktails. From frozen floats to giant hand-crafted sharable cocktails, this place knows the recipe for a good time. Whether it’s brunch, lunch, dinner or late-night, the best way to enjoy your perfectly manicured cocktail is from a seat on the wraparound patio, which has an oversized chair, oversized games and tire swings. It’s a must for cocktails and happy hour.

Snakes & Lattes
20 W. 6th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-361-6644

Sip and play all day at Snakes & Lattes! From coffee cocktails to crafted classics, Snakes & Lattes combines the art of mixology with the joys of playing board games. Enjoy food and drinks alongside a library of thousands of playable games, old and new.

20 E. University Drive, #204, Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-550-7801

Looking for a change of scenery to go with your happy hour? Society by EVO might just be the place. This upscale, high-energy dining (and drinking) concept pairs secret garden vibes with swanky touches (check out the chandeliers) for an overall refreshing aesthetic — and we haven’t even gotten to the cocktail menu. The Floor is Guava, Passion Be Thy Name and Beach Please round out the carefully curated menu. No matter what you decide on, your tastebuds are in for an adventure.

Spinato’s Pizzeria and Family Kitchen
96 S. Rockford Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-967-0020
Spinato’s has out-of-this-world pizza and even better crafted cocktails. Pretty Ugli and It’s Peachy are both must-trys. But, then again, they’re all delicious. Pair your specialty cocktail with house favorite, Mamma’s Signature Pizza. Choose between thin crust, Sicilian crust, or the calzone option. Not a pizza person? No problem. Their menu includes salads, sandwiches and pasta dishes galore.

Thirsty Lion
2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, #1041, Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-968-2920

From signature cocktails to modern classics, Thirsty Lion at Tempe Marketplace is a crafted cocktail connoisseur’s dream! Choose from their robust selection of handcrafted cocktails, including the Raspberry Drop or the Blood Orange Margarita.

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