Beneath the gaze of the numerous chimps painted on Nimbus American Bistro N' Brewery’s walls, the Tuscan-based brewery's craft beers mingle with gourmet versions of pub favorites. Chef Josh Tomczyk and his kitchen crew simmer fresh seafood and meats in beer-based sauces before transforming them into burgers, pasta dishes, and steaks. Their wood-fired oven bakes artisanal pizzas, pairing with specialty cocktails or pints of Nimbus pilsners, stouts, and ales. In the expansive dining room, warm lights and vibrant brewery-inspired murals dazzle eyes from the ceiling, and rows of tables and booths scatter the hardwood floors. A patio hosts outdoor dining, welcoming patrons to bring along their dogs or goldfish disguised as dogs. The restaurant hosts special events throughout the week, including pool tournaments on Tuesdays and live entertainment on Saturdays.
Old World Brewery ferments European-style brews with the occasional American twist ranging from light honey wheats to chocolaty dark porters. European malts give the crisp and light Nitro Blonde ale a semi-sweet taste and cryptic accent, and Columbus and Saaz hops characterize the floral essence and malty finish of the Four-Leaf Irish Red Ale.
The bar at Public House was discovered in a hayshed in 2009. How it got there, though, involves a history lesson that takes the listener back to Dublin in 1916. It’s a wild story, too, complete with raids, the military, and gun fights that ended with a dead British intelligence agent and a cracked mirror. Although the bar’s been mostly restored, the crack on the back mirror remains. The bartenders at Public House might be kind enough to fill in the rest of the details over a pint of Guinness and some bangers and mash. Even if you don't get around to hearing the rest of that enthralling tale, though, there’s plenty of pub food, Irish whiskey, beer, and to make you feel like you’re practically in Dublin.
Urban Dare Adventure Race is a fast-paced competition that challenges two-person teams to decipher clues, navigate the city, and perform playful stunts. A dozen trivia-based clues lead contestants to checkpoints all over Phoenix, where they must use a camera to document their presence and, in some cases, complete challenges, such as scaling a wall or solving a puzzle. In addition to running and walking, contestants may use public transportation to move from checkpoint to checkpoint, though taxis, cars, and bikes are off-limits. Races generally last less than four hours, and the winning team receives free entry to the Super Dare, a cruise-based take on the Urban Dare concept that features a $5,000 grand prize. Proceeds from the race will be used to help battle breast cancer.
Jerry’s Liquors’ expedient service and diverse selection of age-restrictive elixirs earned it the Phoenix New Times award for Best Drive-Thru Liquor Store, East Valley in 2011. The libation emporium’s convenient drive-thru service allows customers to retrieve their socially lubricating potions in a timely fashion, ensuring they won’t miss a minute of weekend revelry or any hilarious mid-party attempts at deconstructing Finnegans Wake. Open until 2 a.m. 365 days a year, Jerry’s graciously slings suds for late-night beer runners and jaded Santa Clauses from its spot beneath its vintage neon sign.
There are no marketing gimmicks or cutesy names for menu items at Sevens’ Bistro. When preparing for their August 2012 opening, the owners kept their sole focus on delivering simple, mouthwatering American fare, and it paid off. Though modern light fixtures, tiled accent walls, and a neon-blue bar transform the dining space into a chic hangout, the spicy beef sliders and caprese grilled-cheese sandwiches deliver accessible takes on comfort classics. An Ahab-like obsession with hunting down fresh ingredients leads to plates of ginger-glazed miso salmon and bowls of creamy tomato bisque. Not content to remain a happening lunch- and nightspot, Sevens’ Bistro serves breakfasts of custom omelets and four variations on eggs benedict, including a meat lovers’ version layered with prosciutto and jalapeño bacon.