McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon, which now has locations from coast to coast, first opened its doors just a few blocks from Times Square in New York City in 1977. The founder, Steve McFadden, drew upon his Irish heritage when creating the menu and even incorporated his family's own shepherd’s pie recipe. Diners will also find international pub grub such as burgers, sandwiches, and hand-cut top sirloin to accompany the bar’s full selection of beers and cocktails. The atmosphere gets lively after dark here, as groups cheer on their favorite sports teams, shimmy to DJ-spun music, and perform round-off back-handsprings.
Phoenix chef Christopher Gross is something of a local legend, having pulled in a James Beard award for his upscale French cooking. At his eponymous Christophers Restaurant, the star chef plates up dishes like a lobster pot pie or wood oven pizza, topped unexpectedly with duck confit, goat cheese and figs. But even amid the sleek, upscale bistro setting with a glass-encased kitchen, he keeps things fun, peppering the menu with playful bites like an excellent burger that’s topped as you wish. At Crush Lounge, next door, the mood is sexier, with loud music, a busy bar and small plates like roasted rabbit salad or a house smoked salmon “BLT” sandwich, each to be paired with the restaurant’s list of over 50 by-the-glass wine choices. Stick around long enough and chef Gross might emerge from the kitchen himself to check in on your table with a handshake and a smile.
Rambunctious headliner Chris Bennett, a comedian previously featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, will comically congregate with top local comedians for Hidden House's signature Comedy on Tap night, a stand-up show that left the Phoenix New Times "feeling buzzed and re-energized." Nosh on Hidden House's cocktails and snacks that can be delivered from Mexican restaurant Mi-Patio (not included in the Groupon) as Bennett slings his high-energy and sometimes improvisational comedy. Three local acts will warm up the crowd, helping them forget about haunted board meetings of the past week, before Bennett takes the stage. Conveniently located near the light rail, visitors need not worry about operating cars or rocket-powered Vespas after having a couple of libations at the show.
Bliss/ReBAR is truly an urban, downtown Phoenix escape with a variety of spaces to meet all your needs. Serving affordable classic comfort food. More intimate interior and patio dining complete with a chef-inspired open kitchen. More upbeat and bar/pub interior and patio spaces complete with TV's & rustic, contemporary bar.
Blue Martini's eponymous cocktail might be the first on their list of "classic" martinis, but those ordering it shouldn't expect it to look traditional. For starters, it's not clear, but blue (of course). It also eschews the usual glassware, arriving over ice in an oversized snifter rather than a martini glass. The drink gets its hue from a dose of Blue Cura?ao, and its taste from a blend of vodka, Cointreau, and orange juice, a mixture patrons can continue to stir with the glow stick that comes propped inside the glass. Blue Martini is able to take such liberties with their libations because they've created 40 unique specialty martinis, a list that draws from flavor inspirations as varied as cucumber, caramel, and sour apple. There's even four different "skinny" martinis, which weigh in at less than 250 calories each.
It's not all martinis, though; bartenders are adept at crafting limitless cocktails, popping bottles of champagne, and pairing guests with selections of red and white wines almost exclusively from California. To keep their drinks company, guests can order from a succinct, yet diverse menu of dishes including a beef tenderloin flatbread and seared tuna with an Asian seaweed and calamari salad. The upscale, sizable environs at each Blue Martini location make them ideal party venues; in fact, hosts can even treat their guests to bites from party platter menus designed to feed up to 400 people or one really hungry garbage disposal.