Like voluntary tasings and constructive criticism, some meals are best when delivered in small doses. Snack in stride with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of small plates and cocktails at The Casablanca Lounge in Scottsdale.
Guided by the black-and-white swagger of Bogart and Bacall, The Casablanca Lounge shares small plates, premium cocktails made from more than 300 spirits in stock, and a large selection of wine and beer with sophistication-seeking guests browsing iPad menus. Falafel bites get a kick from greek salsa ($7), and the Market Street short rib tacos come doused in grilled onion, cotija, corn, and avocado ($13) and form a tastier way to soak up liquor than bowls of packing peanuts. Star mixologists draw from all across the visible spectrum of intoxicants, lacing the white-rum-based Violet’s Ruin with lime and mint ($10) and synthesizing Plymouth gin, tea syrup, and yellow chartreuse with fresh lemon to balance the Stetson 75 ($12). Among simpler potions, Stella Artois foams gracefully ($5) while a fruity bouquet unfolds from Bex riesling ($8/glass). The lounge’s Vegas-style seating taps into Sin City’s charm while skipping the sentient slot machines, and three panoramic patios overlook Camelback Mountain and starlit Scottsdale.
The Casablanca Lounge
Guided by the black-and-white swagger of Bogart and Bacall, The Casablanca Lounge shares small plates, premium cocktails, and an extensive wine and beer selection with sophistication-seeking guests. Casablanca’s Vegas-style seating taps into Sin City’s charm, but skips the sentient slot machines, and three panoramic patios overlook Camelback Mountain and starlit Scottsdale.
The third-floor lounge's cuisine includes cheese and charcuterie boards featuring artisan cheeses and cured meats. These bites complement the bar's offerings, which include eight rotating drafts from breweries such as Founders and Stone, as well as a sparkling-wine menu featuring Moët & Chandon's Nectar Impérial and bubbles from Dom Pérignon. However, it's the craft cocktails that take center stage. Guests can order a classic libation or peruse the menu of seasonally rotating libations, all of which are made with the utmost care. The star mixologists' attention to detail has even earned them praise from the Phoenix New Times: "As much art as science, the intricate drink-making process involves measuring exact jiggers from an enormous surplus of first-class intoxicants, including more than 200 different bourbons and scotches, or muddling finely-cut ingredients to create spirits with swagger."