Take a flight (of stairs) to meet these lofty drinking and dining destinations.
The Perch, a charismatic, upstart brewpub in historic downtown Chandler, offers the option of rooftop seating. A slight breeze and perhaps some live music (at least twice weekly) make quite the ambiance for appraising, say, a house porter called Airing of Grievances, or India pale ales with essences of rosemary or lemongrass.
At a particularly busy point along Phoenix’s Camelback corridor, Del Frisco’s Grille provides settings and menu selections suited to several kinds of diners. The interior vibe is businesslike by day—just right for power-lunch meetings and entrée salads—and transitions to romantic or celebratory in the evening, when steaks of beef or ahi tuna are solid choices. The space that’s always chatty and easygoing is the rooftop lounge, where flatbreads and other utensil-free foods feel right, and views skip right over Camelback Road traffic onto the mountains a few miles away.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, a restaurant right off the second-story lobby of Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix, treats staples like sea bass and chicken with zippy sauces and spicy sides; the aggressively playful cocktail program is an antidote to highrise-induced humdrum. Even higher at Hotel Palomar: Lustre, the third-floor rooftop pool and bar, which serves finger food, salads and craft cocktails at “eye level” with Chase Field.
Friday’s Front Row slings wings and domestic drafts while overlooking Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks—even at non-game times.
Dominick’s at Scottsdale Quarter is for high rollers and celebrators, with 28-day wet-aged beef and lots of market-price selections from the sea. Tables along the rooftop reflecting pool are the most coveted—but the restaurant’s main room is hyper-elegant too.
Guests of Second Story Liquor Bar in downtown Scottsdale climb narrow stairs to a chandelier-centered space with a plot-themed menu and mindfully mixed drinks.
RnR’s loft level opens as rowdy droves dictate, and upscale burgers, BLTs and entrée salads are always available on the ground floor.
The Attic rotates an eclectic variety of taps, proudly displaying past craft-tap handles as décor, and serves hearty burgers on pretzel buns to patio diners above Phoenix’s Indian School Road.
At the intersection of 7th Avenue and McDowell Road, Sidebar mixes mean sidecars and other complex cocktails for a conversant clientele. It helps to be smart here—or at least dressed smartly.
And not just “upstairs” but all the way to the 15th floor is Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort, which serves foie gras and crab legs with a view of the McDowell Mountains to the east and Camelback Mountain to the west.