Local Attractions

The central Phoenix cooridor is full of lively fun spots for dining and entertainment.  Here are just a few of my favorites:

DINING and BRUNCH

The Vig
The vibe is great and a little different at each location.  In Phoenix (Uptown, Arcadia and Downtown) The Vig provides a relaxed attmosphere.  You can even play bocce ball.  A great place to have a business lunch, and even better place to hang out and chill on Sunday.  They serve a good variety of American cuisine make some really good drinks.

The Rokerji
It's four restaurant scenes in one!  Choose between the speak-easy in the basement, the outdoor patio dining, the indoor fine-dining area, or the original (reincarnated) Richardson's.  They serve southwestern cuisine, and it's great for date night, or if you like Bloody Mary's for brunch on the weekends!

 

WINE BARS

Postinos
People that like wine seem to love Postinos.  It’s all in the details - inspiring yet familiar surroundings, high quality, approachable wines and fresh, colorful bruschetta boards built for sharing. We’re on a mission to make sure every moment shared within the space of our four walls is one that leaves you feeling dang good.  

Jamie's Wine Bar at Wrigley Mansion
If you haven't been to the Wrigley Mansion you should definitely take the time to check out this historic monument.  And when you drop into Jamie's you'll see breathtaking mahogany walls, sparkling chandeliers, leathered granite, soft candlelight and the perfect music. You’ll be dazzled by the ambience as well as the selection of wines. 

DIVE BARS

Pomeroy's
They have billards, darts and other bar games, plus late night food.  This neighborhood bar is a great place to hang out with friends and watch sports.  No website for this one...that's too fancy!  It's located at 5551 N. 7th St.


H.B. Hanratty's Pub
My new favorite place to hang out.  When you're just looking to hang out, play pool, throw darts, and enjoy some cheap drinks, this is a great place.  Everyone is nice too!  Also no website, but located at 537 E. Camelback Rd.

 

THEATERS

AMC Esplanade Movie Dine-In
This is my favorite place to take in a movie.  Typically I'll eat nearby before or after, but sometimes I'll eat during the movie!  They have a pretty good menu and an expansive drink list...and YES, you are served dinner, desert and drinks all while you watch your movie!  Parking is free, so don't forget to validate.  Warning:  Once you experience a luxury movie theater, it's so hard to go back to the plain theaters.  

Herberger Theater Center
The Herberger Theater Center was conceived as a pivotal piece in the redevelopment and revitalization of downtown Phoenix. Built in 1989 to support and foster the growth of performing arts in Phoenix as a performance venue and arts incubator, the Herberger Theater Center has contributed to the cultural and educational development of the Valley. Each year, approximately 120,000 patrons, including 30,000 school-aged children share the unique experience of live performing arts.  

 

 HISTORIC

The Biltmore Area and The Wrigley Mansion
The Biltmore is an upscale residential neighborhood & financial district in the northeast area of central Phoenix.  It's perhaps the city's most acclaimed neighborhood, largely due to its location, near the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. The local landmark was opened on 23 February 1929. The Resort is surrounded by two 18 hole championship golf courses built in 1928 and 1977 along with some of the most exclusive homes in the Valley of the Sun. The greater area is known as a financial district surrounded by upscale shopping, dining, and for its quality of life. The financial district is clustered with business and residential mid-rise tower buildings and gated neighborhoods along street line known as the "Camelback Corridor" which extends from Central Avenue, East on Camelback Road into Scottsdale.

The Biltmore is anchored at the intersection of North 24th Street and East Camelback Road, where one will find shopping at Biltmore Fashion Park, a The Camby Hotel, and several large office buildings. The neighborhood is also the site of the famed Wrigley Mansion, built atop La Colina Solana, a mountain bluff overlooking the resort neighborhoods.     (Source:  Wikipedia)

Taco Guild
As featured on the Travel Channel, Taco Guild is a hip gastropub taco restaurant located within a historic church building.  If you like tacos and tequilla you're definitely going to appreciate the historic atmoshpere.  

 

HIKING

Camelback Mountain
This isn't the hike for beginners, and I warn you to take plenty of water.  Luckily we've got a great rescue teams, but know that you're likely to be on the news if you require rescue!  Seriously though, it's a tough hike but the views are worth it.  There are two trails to choose from, so you don't have to kill yourself the first time out!  

Piestewa (Squaw) Peak
Natives Phoenecians (like me) grew up knowing this as Squaw Peak, but it was renamed to honor an Arizona Indian Native and Wartime Veteran Lori Piestewa.   The hike is 4.4 miles long and offers great views.  Get there early if you want to avoid the crowds. 

 SPORTING EVENTS

Football and hockey fans will have to drive over to the City of Glendale to take-in Arizona Cardinalsdia football or Phoenix Coyotes hockey.  The drive isn't too bad if you're a fan, only 45min to an hour depending on traffic.

However, for my baseball and basketball fans, downtown Phoenix is where all the best action is at.  The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Phoenix Suns both play downtown, where there is no shortage of bars, restaurants and hotels.