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  1. Jimmy the Saint

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    Wren House, Sun Up, the Shop
     
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  2. Nashville Knight

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    What about a bar area to day drink and bar hop? Staying at the Hyatt Regency Downtown PHX but will obviously Uber/Lyft to anywhere. We want a low key, nothing fancy day/night so we can be in bed by 10 PM and start drinking for the game at 7 AM the next morning.
     
  3. Jimmy the Saint

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    He’s either kidding or picky. It’s not Portland or anything but there are a lot of solid ones. Biggest issue is they’re all spread out, definitely going to rack up some big Uber expenses.

    Downtown PHX is pretty low key. Stay the fuck out of Old Town Scottsdale and off Mill in Tempe, especially on NYE. Downtown I highly recommend the Whining Pig and Bitter and Twisted. I can get into more detail on downtown bars/restaurants if you want.
     
  4. BP

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    North Mountain also. Looks like a hole in the wall but its nice.
     
  5. Todd Bonzales

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    Wren House has awesome beer, but it’s small and I would go early in the day because it doesn’t seem like a big NYE spot, if that’s what you’re also looking for. Still, I would t miss it.
     
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  6. Jimmy the Saint

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    Forgot about this one. Scottsdale Brewing Company and McFate are also nearby-ish.
     
  7. Louis Holth

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    I just never found any to be particularly great. And like you said, they’re very spread out.
     
  8. The B1G Kucktis

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    Wren House
     
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  9. The B1G Kucktis

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    Also, it’s not a brewery, but Coach House is awesome
     
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  10. Nashville Knight

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    Thanks for all of the recommendations!
     
  11. Todd Bonzales

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    Waiting on that NFL schedule because I will be back in that butt for the Cardinals-Browns game.
     
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  12. wes tegg

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    Coincidental bump. It just so happens I'm going to be in Phoenix this weekend.

    :cerealkiller:
     
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  13. Eathan Edwards

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    Separate note, Phoenix open was nuts two weeks ago.

    Probably the most fun golf tournament I’ve ever attended.
     
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  14. wes tegg

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    Who has the best tacos in the Phoenix area? Downtown or Scottsdale, preferably.
     
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  15. Jimmy the Saint

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    Tacos Chiwas. It’s not downtown exactly but it’s close. Paz if you’re deadset on it being downtown.
     
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  16. HotMic

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    Thinking about doing 3-4 day resort getaway in Sedona for our anniversary next year. Have any of you guys been, any recommendations or suggestions?

    Enchantment seems pretty sweet.
     
  17. Jimmy the Saint

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    Just stayed at Enchantment for the weekend 3 weeks ago. It's a nice place, definitely relaxing if that's what you're looking for. Lots of great hikes around that resort as it's super secluded. We Uber'ed to downtown from there and it was a bit of an ordeal but not much of an inconvenience if you are just going to drive or just stay at the resort.

    Sedona is beautiful but it really isn't my ideal idea of a vacation destination with the limited dining and drinking scene. Elote Cafe is a must if you venture outside the resort. Sedona Brewing Company and Mooney's (not far from Elote) are also worth a stop.

    Fly into Phoenix, Flagstaff and Prescott will be much more expensive and maybe save you 30-60 minutes driving. Fire away if you have any specific questions, The B1G Kucktis and I have been there several times.
     
  18. Detlef Schrempf

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    Prescott’s a fun town, was there for a wedding a couple of months ago, and it’s great. I also really enjoy Sedona, it’s surreal to look at the first time.
     
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  19. Lyrtch

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    Mariposa restaurant was good, killer view if you can get a table on the patio.
     
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  20. Jimmy the Saint

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    Next time we end up there I think we'll do that. Mariposa and Elote seem to be the best. I believe the owner of Mariposa has a few other restaurants up there and basically runs the limited dining scene that doesn't include Elote.

    For how many tourists go up there it really blows my mind how few really good restaurants there are.
     
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  21. Lyrtch

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    yeah the food and drinking aspect of going there was mostly all bad

    not really why you go there but was a bummer
     
  22. Detlef Schrempf

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    Don’t disagree with this at all. Although to be fair I don’t think Phoenix has a top tier dining scene either. Did have a great meal at Quiessence at the Farm though on south mountain. Did the tasting menu a couple of years ago and it was great.
     
  23. Jimmy the Saint

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    Quiessence is awesome, I've done the tasting menu there as well.

    The Valley has a good emerging dining scene, certainly not anything top tier though. There are some really spectacular restaurants but the food culture here is really just starting out. It's definitely not a dining destination by any means but I think there's a pretty wide array of good options if you look in the right places.
     
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  24. Lyrtch

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    CRUjiente tacos was really interesting high end tacos. Killer margaritas/tequila based cocktails too.

    Taqueria la Hacienda was a great taco truck right by the airport.

    Only spent like 36 hours in Phoenix though.
     
  25. Detlef Schrempf

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    There’s certainly good places to eat in Phoenix, didn’t mean to imply it’s a shit hole in that regard but i do wish it had some really truly elite options, and I feel like Quiessence is as close as it gets in that regard.
     
  26. Jimmy the Saint

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    https://binkleysrestaurant.com

    Have been told it's actually worth the money, I haven't eaten here myself.

    https://www.facebook.com/RestaurantProgressPHX/

    Better than Quiessence IMO
     
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  27. Jimmy the Saint

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    I don't think you're ever going to find any Michelin-starred places here, just a tough sell outside of tourist season.
     
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  29. Todd Bonzales

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    We stayed at the Hilton Bell Rock and loved it.

    We only ate out once and it was at Hideaway House. It was very good.
     
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  30. The B1G Kucktis

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    Tons of great hikes and Enchantment is awesome. We normally stay at Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek - I’d highly recommend if you want to zen out and eat some amazing food.

    Elote is the best.
     
  31. devine

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    I’ll be here in October
     
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  32. Jimmy the Saint

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  34. devine

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    I have a free night and can stay anywhere. Should we go out in Phoenix, Tempe, or Scottsdale?
     
  35. Jimmy the Saint

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    What do you want to do? Scottsdale or Phoenix can be clubby or chill, Tempe is just a college town with nice weather.
     
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  36. devine

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    Bar hop. Not clubs
     
  37. Jimmy the Saint

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    I think downtown Phoenix has the best mix; I'd do Bitter & Twisted, Whining Pig, Little Rituals (hotel bar but worth it), Hanny's, the Churchill (container park of different places) Angels Trumpet, Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company, Carly's Bistro. Plenty of other options but those are all the top cocktail bars and beer bars/breweries . I've lived in this part of Phoenix for 5 years, it's changed a lot with stuff opening up. SoSoBa has a reverse happy hour every night 12-2 AM if you like ramen and/or cheap stiff drinks. It's a little bit off the main drag of bars but walkable.

    Old Town Scottsdale is fine too, the clubs are avoidable. It's just much more touristy. Brat Haus and Goldwater Brewing Co are my favorites there. Tempe's main drag is all college bars. It's not a bad scene if that's what you're looking for.
     
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  38. The B1G Kucktis

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    Go to Valley Bar and Coach House.

    But Jimmy the Saint isn’t wrong with his suggestions.
     
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  39. Jimmy the Saint

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    Yes, these were glaring omissions.
     
  40. devine

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    Any recs on where to stay?
     
  41. Randy Dangus

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    Come shack up with me, bb
     
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  42. devine

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    Ok
     
  43. The B1G Kucktis

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    The Phoenician
     
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  44. kennypowers

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    Hey I’m moving to Tucson next month, that’s basically Phoenix right?
     
  45. Jimmy the Saint

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    How much you looking to spend?
     
  46. Zack Zedalis

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    This is the answer
     
  47. The B1G Kucktis

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    It’s not, but I live in Tucson. PM if you need any advice
     
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  48. LuPoor

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    It's much better than Phoenix :twocents:
     
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  49. kennypowers

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    I’m there a lot for work but usually just stay in the airport vicinity. Since I’m now moving the family out there I just found a place to rent in oro valley for the first year to get our bearings. I’m excited, exploring the non airport regions of Tucson has been eye opening.
     
  50. The B1G Kucktis

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    It’s a cool city and gets a bad rap. Once you get settled I’ll give you some recommendations.