Six regions?Speyside, Islay, Highland, Islands, Lowland, and Campbeltown?are responsible for all the scotch distilled in Scotland. Located at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, The Scotch Library shelves single malts and blends from all six. In fact, the tasting room?s selection of more than 160 labels?including Johnnie Walker and Glenlivet?hail from almost half of Scotland?s distilleries. Served in 2-ounce pours, the scotches themselves run the gamut from 10 to more than 50 years old. To help navigate the choices, Scotch Library Ambassadors dispense tidbits such as which scotches have fruity notes and which turn into scotch tape if you freeze them.
TK's Urban Tavern carefully constructs a menu of timeless pub staples using local farm ingredients, regional elements, and a modern flair. The open-show kitchen forges meals in full view of eager diners, putting on display such succulent entrees as the oven-roasted chicken, paired with polenta and dressed in an anchochili glaze ($15). Traditional tavern selections include a range of thin-crust pizzas ($10–$12), groups of medieval travelers, and innovative sandwiches such as the BLT ($9), which casts off its stodgy acronym by nestling wild arugula and a wayward fried egg in with applewood bacon and tomato on toasted nine-grain bread. Youthful appetites delight in a range of nutritious kid's entrees ($6), and grownups can complement menu choices with an extensive drink list populated by draft and bottled beers ($3–7.50), wines by the glass ($7–$12), and specialty cocktails ($8–$12). Located in the bustling Scottsdale Quarter, the tavern's savory selections make ideal openers or afterglows to shopping, movie outings, or long days as a human statue.
It's easy to see why Hoookahmania won Phoenix NewTimes' award for "Best Hookah Lounge" in 2012. Smoke wafts over the dimly lit lounge, carrying aromas of flavors such as tangerine, sweet melon, or chocolate. Waiters might also assemble one of their unique blends, including Mijana Lover: a mix of orange, strawberry, safari melon, and pineapple. Hoookahmania also serves the perfect complement to these hookah creations?plates of shawarma, hummus and other Middle Eastern entrees.
Conversations flow just as easily as the hookah smoke, thanks to the lounge's comfy armchairs and round tables. Visitors might play cards or dance to Arabic pop music from the in-house DJ Wednesday?Sunday or watch performances from skilled belly dancers on Friday and Saturday nights.
Arena Sports Grill's diverse menu revolves around a stable of burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, and other American staples, with Italian and Mexican dishes also vying for stomach space. Wake up drowsy taste buds with nine flavors of sauce to coat wings ($6.99 for 12), such as honey barbecue or teriyaki. The vodka pasta quells more querulous hungers with sautéed chicken breast and ham over penne in a vodka cream sauce ($9.99), whereas the fish dinner ($12.99) sidelines a sizable piece of Icelandic cod with french fries and coleslaw. But be sure to save room for the cookie-monster dessert, a jumbo-sized chocolate-chip cookie half-baked and topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce ($4.99), which is best when devoured quickly with loud "om-nom-noms" so that most of it flies out of your mouth.
Drinking wine is an activity that sometimes makes people believe they’re funnier, smarter, and two feet taller than they actually are. Today’s Groupon prolongs the sweet, confidence-boosting non-truths with $35 worth of wine and savories for $15 at Crush’d Wine Bar in Scottsdale. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
On any day, White Chocolate chefs fire entrees of seafood, steak, and pork on a wood grill. At this restaurant from the makers of the White Chocolate Grill, they blend American and international culinary traditions to craft a citrus-soy-glazed salmon, new york strip with steakhouse butter, and slow-smoked pork ribs. Servers ferry these dishes—and flights or recommended pairings of craft whiskey, along with a selection of wines—to diners in the main space where the architecture evokes the inside of a brewer's daydream.