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.
The Tavern On Mill's 7,000-square-foot grounds, bar, restaurant, and open-air patio set the scene for long afternoons or nights of craft brew-fueled sports watching and feasts of Southwestern–inspired fare enjoyed over specialty cocktails. HD widescreen TVs⎯37 of them⎯entertain guests with all the major satellite packages plus video games. At tables, diners feast with relish on fish tacos, carne asada burritos, and jerk chicken sandwiches. All the dishes shine with little touches of Southwestern flair including lime and cilantro or the earthy notes of chipotle en adobo, and the restaurant's colorful decor boasts surfboards and tiki carvings to celebrate Arizona's well-established surfing and seafaring traditions. Two full-service bars deliver frosty glasses of craft and domestic beer, fueling friendly socialization on the two outdoor patios and energetic high-fives after memorable football plays.
Today's side deal slides your funny bone a tall, calcium-rich glass of milk. For $10, you get one ticket (a $20 value) to see acclaimed joke-jockey Marc Maron fling cutting witticisms and acerbic satire from the stage of MADCAP Theaters in Tempe. Arrive 30 minutes before the show to pick up your tickets at the will-call area.
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.