Downtown Phoenix is growing and changing at an almost dizzying pace these days, with a plethora of new bars and restaurants popping up all over the city.
The Roosevelt Row Arts and Entertainment District continues to fill with new dining destinations along the downtown northern outskirts, while the Phoenix Convention Center will soon have a new function hall.
Residents and visitors alike have a boozy bowling alley, sweatshop, and French café to look forward to, and can enjoy exciting new coffee and brunch options now.
Here are 12 new bars, restaurants, cafes and cafes that have recently opened or are coming soon to downtown Phoenix.
This upscale American diner is no stranger to downtown Phoenix, but it has found a new home. Anhelo was previously located in a historic bungalow in Heritage Square. But, faced with another summer without air conditioning, the team decided it was time to move. The previous location closed in June and in mid-September the restaurant reopened at Orpheum Lofts on Adams Street.
Details: 114 W. Adams Street, Suite C103, Phoenix. 602-596-7745, anhelorestaurant.com.
Tasty Ingo Food
Popular Arcadia area restaurant Ingo’s Tasty Food now has a new location in downtown Phoenix. In the morning, the new spot functions like a cafe, evolving to serve lunch and dinner later in the day. The menu includes a selection of salads, sandwiches, and burgers that pair with craft cocktails, local beers, and wine. Find the new open and airy restaurant on Washington Street.
Details: 101 E. Washington Street, Suite A, Phoenix. 602-825-3000, ingostastyfood.com.
Morning Squeeze, a small chain of breakfast and brunch restaurants with locations in Scottsdale and Tempe now has a place in downtown Phoenix. Open September 17, the downtown Morning Squeeze serves a wide selection of breakfast cocktails, including five different Bloody Mary options. The menu includes Benedictines, omelets, salads and sandwiches.
Details: 1 N. First Street, Ste 100, Phoenix. 602-675-2641, morningqueeze.com.
Cie of the coffee of the valley
Located on Portland Street next to Larder + The Delta, FOUND: RE Phoenix Hotel and Match Market & Bar, Valley Coffee Co. opened on September 18. The cafe menu offers classic coffee options and some sweet pastries. The real goal is art. A 20-foot wall features artwork from local artists in the valley.
Details: 100 W. Portland Street, Suite 108, Phoenix. 602-734-5550, valley-coffee.com.
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Coming soon to downtown Phoenix:
The unassuming rear entrance to a downtown Phoenix art collective will soon be revealed as a two-story agave wonderland. Barcoa, a Mexico-themed agave bar owned by festival producer David Tyda, is slated to open this fall behind Xico Inc. On the ground floor, a cantina will provide a relaxed experience with a roll-up door. opening onto the food trucks parked in the alley. Downstairs in the basement, guests should expect an agave-centric experience. The bar will serve a variety of Mexican spirits and provide education on where each was made. In the meantime, until Barcoa’s official opening, Tyda operates an agave bottle shop at the back of the art gallery, selling bottles and small vials of mezcal.
Details: 829 N. First Avenue, Phoenix. barcoaphx.com.
Ghost donkey and more
The impending arrival of Ghost Donkey shows just how much Phoenix is growing and becoming a part of the national food and drink scene. This trendy underground bar-style bar started out in New York City and now has locations in Denver and Las Vegas. Phoenix is next on the list. Ghost Donkey is set to take over part of the Second Street building that was previously under construction to become Punch Bowl Social.
Ghost Donkey is just one part of the new concept entering space. A bowling alley and a champagne bar called Châm Pang Lanes and another spot called Palma will share the building. Details on opening dates have not yet been released.
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One of Arizona’s largest breweries is opening a bar and pub at the Phoenix Convention Center. Huss Brewing Co. started in Tempe, and the downtown Phoenix location joined another in Uptown Phoenix as the company’s third taproom. The menu for the convention center location will focus on ingredients sourced from Arizona and, of course, local beer. The brewery should open its doors at the end of October.
Details: 225 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix. hussbrewing.com.
Restaurateur Julian Wright has opened the first Pedal Haus location in Tempe. Last year he added another to Chandler. Now it’s downtown Phoenix. The popular brewery sells award-winning beer and classic pub fare. The new Phoenix location will find its place in the iconic white-painted MonOrchid building on Roosevelt Row and is slated to open in October.
Details: 214 E. Roosevelt Street, Suite 4, Phoenix. pedalhausbrewery.com/phoenix-location.
Sottise Sound Room and Off The Record
Phoenix food lovers may be familiar with Chef TJ Culp of Progress Restaurant in the Melrose District. But now he and his business partner Esther Noh are bringing their talents to downtown Phoenix. The duo purchased the historic Knipe House on Second Street, built in 1909, and plan to convert it into two new concepts. La Sottise Sound Room, a French bistro, will occupy the ground floor. Off The Record, a high-end cocktail bar, will be located upstairs. Both sites are expected to open before the end of 2021.
Details: 1025 N. Second Street, Phoenix.
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