Before sports bars, the only place to view eight games simultaneously was inside the brain of a spider. Achieve octovision with today's deal: for $15, you get $30 worth of drinks and savory eats at American Junkie, located in Scottsdale.
Named Best Sports Bar in Scottsdale in 2010 by New Times, American Junkie serves grilled eats and a wide range of drinks with a heaping side of sports and nightlife. Check out the menu, then sink a spice-tooth into the honey jalapeño chicken sandwich, sporting pepper jack cheese, bacon, tomato, and a lettuce bib dusted in house-made honey jalapeño sauce ($9). Tacos tackle shrimp, chicken, or fish with Cajun spice, pico de gallo, cilantro lime aioli, and shredded cabbage ($9), and can be rushed down the feeder with a beergarita of Jose Cuervo tequila, limeade, beer, and a wedge of fresh lime ($9). A popular watering hole for groups of adult avian enthusiasts, American Junkie developed the junkie duck ($25)—a 40 oz. mix of mandarin vodka, Southern Comfort, amaretto, sour mix, orange and pineapple juice, a splash of cranberry, and a rubber duckie presiding on top—best enjoyed through a pair of binoculars that have been hollowed out to act as a wide-mouth straw.
With flat-screen TVs lining the walls, a spacious outdoor patio accommodating air-breathers, and a large circular bar attracting barflies with its sweet, fermented nectars, the setup at American Junkie provides something for everyone, from the sportified masses to platform-teetering, glow-in-the-dark night crawlers. Come in with a group to eat and watch a game, or grab a late-night drink at the bar.
It's hard to define the vibe at American Junkie. Is it a sports pub? Is it a dance club? A craft-beer bar? In truth, it's a bit of all of these things, with the atmosphere and activities changing from the time it opens to the closing of the doors late into the night (3 p.m.–10 p.m. on Sundays or until 4 p.m.–2 a.m. Wednesday–Saturday). Oftentimes, the cheers of sports fans ring out as they follow American Junkie's resident teams: the Seattle Seahawks and the Ohio State University Buckeyes. The 20 HD plasma TVs also beam all the major UFC, boxing, and tickle fights.
Beneath several of the screens stretches a circular bar, where bartenders mix cocktails and pour all-American spirits—including craft beers, whiskey, bourbon, and wines sourced from California. But those drinks only account one part of American Junkie's menu. The rest comes from the kitchen, where chefs bake pizzas over mesquite wood, make grilled cheese sandwiches with gouda and crisp green apple slices, and slather ribs in barbecue sauce.
Meals often begin with housemade potato chips (complete with blue cheese dressing for dipping) and end in something truly decadent: a dessert called Half Baked. Vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup cover a half pound of cookie dough, which is baked in a deep-dish pan.