Best Scottsdale Underground Bars
For a night filled with intrigue and mystery, the Oracle knows just what you need. Rather than heading out to run-of-the-mill bars and pubs, let's head below ground. Featuring cool vibes and unique drink options, there are plenty of adventurous underground bars right here in Scottsdale. If you're looking for a casual night out with your friends or something a little wilder, we know that one of these bars are in your near future. Let's explore the unique nightlife that Scottsdale has to offer by going to some of the most unique venues throughout the city. Here are some of the top underground bars in Scottsdale and what you should order to fit in like a local!
2525 E Camelback Rd #120, Phoenix
2525 E Camelback Rd #120
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Featuring swanky vibes and excellent drinks, MercBar is a must-see on your list of local Scottsdale bars. The New York-style lounge is actually a satellite location of the original MercBar in New York City. Ideal for a romantic date or a sophisticated evening with friends, you'll enjoy soft leather seating, relaxing mood lighting, and a long list of high-end drinks and small plates.
Signature drinks include the delectable Mercer Sour, which includes bourbon, lemon, egg white, locally sourced honey, orange marmalade, candied orange peel, and orange bitters. For something even more unique, check out the famous Purple Rain, which is made up of Siete Leguas tequila, concord grape juice, lime juice, and agave. Don’t forget the food, which is nothing less than exceptional. Be sure to try the stuffed peppadew peppers or the house meatballs if you get the chance to check this place out. Put on your fanciest outfit and head out to MercBar for a night you'll never forget. Or relax with a few cocktails before heading out for a more substantial dinner at one of Scottsdale's excellent restaurant choices.
Renaissance, 50 E Adams St, Phoenix
Renaissance, 50 E Adams St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Melinda's Alley is one of Scottsdale's best-kept secrets. The intimate lounge setting is located in the basement of the Renaissance Hotel and provides an experience that you have to see to believe. No big screen TVs and bland chicken wings at this establishment - this classy speakeasy setting is nothing short of breathtaking.
Getting into the bar isn't as straightforward as getting in the hotel elevator and selecting the lowest floor available. In fact, the entrance is rather hidden, but the Oracle will let you in on a little secret. Head to the side of the hotel and search for a red light. If the single red light is on, the bar is open and you'll find the entrance along the wall. For even more hidden-bar magic, the unique cocktail menu changes weekly, so if you head there multiple times throughout the year you're unlikely to see the same drink twice. Step back in time for an experience you'll never forget at Melinda's Alley. While Melinda's Alley is certainly worth exploring, staying at the Renaissance Hotel may be a little too pedestrian for you. You can explore other (less corporate) hotel possibilities by peering into the Event Oracle's crystal ball to some fun and funky hotel choices.
7137 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale
7137 E Stetson Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
The story of Kazimierz Wine and Whiskey Bar is a tumultuous one, and one that the Oracle is glad to unfold. Originally named Kazimierz Wine Bar, the bar itself actually shut down in October 2018 after 15 years. New management, an updated interior, and VIP features have transformed the bar into something truly extraordinary. The cool vibe is inviting and casual, and with over 100 different wines to choose from and nearly 500 whiskeys (yes, you read that right), the drink list is phenomenal.
Kazimierz is the perfect place for a casual drink and small bites, and you'll love the regular live music from local artists. If you're a whiskey connoisseur or a wine aficionado, Kazimierz is the perfect place. Try one new drink every evening and you've got enough selection to keep you satisfied for years to come.
3620 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix
3620 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Let's take a journey to Polynesia without ever stepping foot outside of Scottsdale (the Oracle has that power you know). UnderTow is a fun bar experience like none other, creating a fun, vibrant atmosphere that resembles a lost ship at sea. Enjoy their long list of hand-crafted cocktails and unique atmosphere, two things that make this one of the most popular spots in Scottsdale.
The Oracle recommends making a reservation, especially if you have a large party. Space is very limited for walk-ins, but UnderTow only allows you to book a reservation a week in advance, so the timing can be tricky. The ever-rotating menu also changes the “story” you experience while in the bar, meaning you can have a completely different experience every time you go.
550 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale
550 N Hayden Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Not only is Salt Cellar a popular underground bar, but it's also a pretty phenomenal restaurant. Let's start with the bar - featuring hundreds of alcohol options and a long list of fresh seafood plates, the bar is a perfect blend of casual and upscale. Salt Cellar is a local hotspot for all things drink, food, and fun. If you're in the mood for some culinary mastery, order one of the specialties including the grilled bone-in swordfish chop, the broiled bank sea scallops, or the salmon wellington. Paired with a specialty wine or handcrafted cocktail, Salt Cellar truly is something special.
The exterior doesn't look like much, and if you're not familiar with Salt Cellar you might not even know what it is when you first see it. Featuring a stunning skylight over the bar, one look into the space is all you need to fall in love with this exceptional bar and restaurant.
Whether you live right here in Scottsdale or are visiting for a few short days, the Oracle can help make your experience an unforgettable one. High-end cocktails, intimate atmospheres, and unique eats are just a few steps underground all across Scottsdale. The bar and restaurant scene here in Scottsdale is vibrant and lively and is only expected to grow in the near future. There are plenty of underground bars and restaurants in Scottsdale, but with the Oracle's insightful suggestions and insider information, you'll be hitting up the hottest venues and experiencing Scottsdale like a true local in no time. Or if the bar scene isn't your thing and you need something perhaps more family friendly or only have the morning to explore, then visit the Event Oracle's calendar of events for Scottsdale for more great ideas.
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