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.
A native of the Sonoran Desert, the brittlebush looks like a humble, gray-leafed scrub for most of the year. In late winter and early spring, however, it blossoms with bright yellow petals that evoke its cousin, the sunflower. It's a local treasure that changes with the seasons?much like the foods at Brittlebush Bar & Grill, located on Kierland Resort.
The chefs here draw from locally-sourced ingredients, pushing the bounds of gastropub creativity with each new recipe. Dishes such as salmon sliders and scotch onion soup?made with single malt scotch whiskey?match well with the drink list, which includes a nice selection of locally crafted beers on tap. The eatery's decor is likewise warm and welcoming, combining copper accessories and exposed wood beams with views of the beautifully landscaped golf course and herds of wild golf carts.
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.
The decor inside Wine Warehouse is so intricate, you might think it was lifted straight from a movie set. A bronze chandelier illuminates stacked rows of rustic wooden crates and shelves populated floor-to-ceiling with bottle after bottle of wine. Of course, Wine Warehouse isn?t a movie set?it merely combines elements of a modern warehouse, a retail shop, a social club, and a wine bar into a single, stunning presentation.
Amid these surroundings, guests stock up on bottles, cases, and barrels of the store's encyclopedic selection of wines and craft beers. Those looking to kick back for a bit or discover a new grape-flavored mouthwash can enjoy one of Wine Warehouse?s daily tastings, which often come with a platter of artisanal cheeses.