Lounges in Peoria

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Surprise Hookah Lounge’s menu of more than 50 shisha flavors ignites olfactory senses with the tastes of sweet fruits and savory chocolate. Designed with relaxation in mind, the lounge lets visitors kick back under plumes of hookah smoke or try their hands at games of pool. Music, movies, and belly dancing serve as weekly entertainment. During karaoke on Tuesdays and Thursdays, singers belt out their favorite tunes or hum along to the constant buzzing sounds in their ears.

12751 W Bell Rd
Surprise,
AZ
US

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.

2502 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix,
AZ
US

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.

5455 E High St
Phoenix,
AZ
US

In 1947, Hanny’s Department Store opened in downtown Phoenix. Its clean, functional structure, following the International Style of architecture that had recently come into vogue, represented the city’s first step into post-World War II’s commercial era. The modern design was so striking that it prompted other buildings in the area to update their looks. The department store’s racks helped locals update their looks, too, until 1986, when Hanny’s closed its doors for good. The building stood mostly abandoned for more than two decades, until restauranteur Karl Kopp purchased it from the city in order to fulfill his vision for a new, modern eatery. Three years of renovation later, Hanny's was reborn. Today, a sleek center bar and intimate booths line the once cavernous sales floor. Settled into their tables, diners dig into such upscale entrees as the pork milanese, seared and drizzled with lemon-butter sauce, along with creative sandwiches and Roman-style pizzas with crisp crusts etched to resemble a gladiator’s chest plate. At the bar, mixologists tap craft beers, pour global wines, and craft classic cocktails in a throwback to their 1940s surroundings.

40 N 1st St
Phoenix,
AZ
US

You’d be forgiven for assuming that Shady’s was anything but a dive bar tucked away on Indian School Road. Even the exterior – all dark windows on a nondescript building façade – seems to indicate that Shady’s is exactly as their name suggests, but inside the ample bar space is a thriving hub of local activity. As a fun, cherished neighborhood hangout, this simple bar space is enlivened by a jukebox instead of blaring TVs, letting guests grab a swanky banquette near the pool tables for conversations that can actually be heard. Others get comfortable on the bar stools and order up an expertly crafted Moscow Mule, Old Fashioned, Corpse Reviver or lemon drop martini. Craft beers are another good option – there’s reason that the sign out front says “Fine Ales & Cocktails.”

2701 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix,
AZ
US

FilmBar

Beyond FilmBar’s colorful marquee lie two separate, yet complementary spaces. At the beer and wine bar, bartenders fill glasses with a dozen wines and more than 25 craft beers, including brews from Four Peaks and Deschutes. A candy stand and murals depicting Chevy Chase and Queen Latifah hint at what else is here: a 70-seat “microcinema” where audiences take in foreign, independent, cult classic, and local films. The theater is completely soundproofed, so moviegoers won’t have to tune out the buzz of lingering barflies, and bar patrons won't have their evening ruined by the sound of Arnold Schwarzenegger's sobering singing voice.

815 N 2nd St
Phoenix,
AZ
US