Summertime in Scottsdale
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Well f*#k. We had a good run, May was kind to us but as I sit here writing this here sentence it is a brisk 103 degrees outside. Native Arizonians will say “but, it’s a dry heat.” I don’t disagree that it is, in fact, dry. However, that dry heat is still hot af and feels like someone is just following you around with a hot blow dryer. Not good times. Of course, we may get blessed with a sub 100 day from time to time but mainly it’s butt outside. You know what I mean. As such, we know that you, like us, are looking for some good reasons to venture out of the air-conditioned house. Then into an air-conditioned car. Then into some sort of air-conditioned establishment for a meal and a nice cold beverage. But where to go? We know that we aren’t venturing out for just any restaurant during the hot summer months, no, it has to be special. Here is a list of some options we recommend that are worth venturing out. Enjoy and stay cool (fist pound emoji).
7018 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Why should you venture out: You already know that The Beverly has one of the best liquor selections in Scottsdale. But their food menu is very underrated and worth a try. Stop by this Old Town haunt and stay awhile to see why they truly keep it ClassyAF.
14950 N Northsight, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Why should you venture out: From the splash pad and perfect outdoor area for the kiddos to a food menu full of tacos, pizzas, and salads. Not to mention the margs and beers from their in-house brewery! It has a little bit of everything. A perfect spot to spend a Saturday afternoon in North Scottsdale!
3411, 4425 N Saddlebag Trail #105, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Why should you venture out: You are going to want to check out this brand new concept in the Entertainment District of Old Town Scottsdale. The South Beach decor will draw you in and their food and drink menu will keep you there. For probably longer than you expected. Try the Cubano. Just do it.
23335 N Scottsdale Rd, D105, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Why should you venture out: Need to catch up with a friend over some small bites and a drink? This is THE spot in North Scottsdale. Beer or wine flights and a plethora of slider options. PNPK is made conversation while trying a vast array of different food & beverage options.
6939 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Why should you venture out: By now, you have surely been to or know someone who has raved about the excellence that is Cafe Monarch. But did you know that you can go and sit at their bar for some phenomenal cocktails and order a la carte from their 4 course menu? No, well now you do and we will see you there!
7320 E Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Why should you venture out: Taco Tuesday? They got that until MIDNIGHT! Yes, that is right. That is a lot of tacos, margaritas and good times. We recommend Casa Amigos for the next time you are looking for some delicious tacos and a great vibe!
7306 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Why should you venture out: This is the third location from the Sip family and they continue to raise the bar. Repurposing an old bank into a warm and inviting space is not the only impressive feat they have accomplished. The expanded menu is impressive as well and you know they serve some of the best coffee options in the Valley. So whether you are looking for breakfast, lunch, coffee or a cocktail. Sip Kitchen is worth stopping in.
7117 E 6th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Why should you venture out: A unique atmosphere and wait for it, all day happy hour on Saturday. Come on. You aren’t really topping if you are near Old Town Scottsdale on a Saturday you are cheating yourself if you don’t stop in.
5550 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Why should you venture out: Looking for something unique for Sunday dinner? Look no further than El Chorro and their Nostalgia Sunday’s Pre Fix 3 course menu for $25 per person (click here for more). The menu will be available in addition to their regular menu on Sunday nights from 5-8 pm from June 24th to September 5th! Also, fyi they are closed Mondays and Tuesdays through to September 5th.
7320 E Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Why should you venture out: This is not your father’s bowling alley. No, this second floor Boutique Bowling Club is striking, vibrant, and high-tech! Home to six projector-mapped bowling lanes! A great spot to escape the heat for some friendly competition and of course some food and drinks!
2201 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Why should you venture out: The Original Chopped Salad. Mic drop. Ok, ok. If that isn’t enough to get you out of the house. First, weird. Second, have we mentioned that their food menu will leave you wanting to order wayyy more food that you can eat and their cocktail menu with over 200 whiskey options to choose from is one that will leave you always wanting “just one more.”
7042 E Indian School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Why should you venture out: A new spot in Old Town that distills their own vodka in-house and if that doesn’t excite you well, we can’t be friends. Jk but seriously, check out this unique and impressive restaurant. They also have an impressive food menu so make sure to scope that in-between tasting their vast vodka options!
We are hoping that there was at least something on the list that would entice you to venture out into the hot hot world? If not, please let us know in the comments what is your go to spot to hit up in the summer months to pass the time. Either way, we are truly blessed with some great restaurants and bars in Scottsdale so get out there and try them!
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