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Guys Night Out: Phoenix’s Whiskey Bars and Cigar Lounges

Compare notes while tasting a flight of whiskeys or lounge in the company of fellow cigar enthusiasts.

Whether it’s a bachelor party, weekend reunion or just a typical night on the town with your buddies, Phoenix’s whiskey bars and cigar lounges are sure stops for an ideal guys’ night out.

As spirit tastings gain popularity nationwide, the Valley’s dining scene has a handful of locales with extensive menus of whiskeys, scotch and bourbons to choose from. Seek knowledgeable guidance from your bartender and order a flight or settle in with a scotch on the rocks. Entrée selections at places like The Gladly and Second Story Liquor Bar transform the evening to an upscale affair.

Afterwards, step inside one of the city’s cigar lounges. Ranging every atmosphere—from a sports bar setting to a speakeasy to a formal-wear-optional lounge—you’re sure to find your fit, and shop assistants take care in pairing taste preferences with an ample selection of fine cigars.

Kick up your feet for a night of sipping and smoking.

Whisk(e)y Bars

Compare notes while tasting from a long lineup of whisk(e)ys and single-malt and blended scotches at The Gladly in Phoenix’s Biltmore neighborhood. This handsome restaurant presses the perfect ice ball for those who like their liquor on the rocks—and $1 from each ice ball order goes to the Southwest Autism Research & Resources Center. Entrées range pan-seared scallops to a duck meatloaf and the large patio is the ideal setting for groups. 

At downtown Scottsdale’s Second Story Liquor Bar, flights of three include: Across the Pond, Pappy Van Winkle, Buffalo Trace Distillery and Bottled In Bond. Sip through your selection and bite into a bison burger or flat iron steak while inside the elegant dining room or overlooking Scottsdale Road from the patio.

While at The Scotch Library at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, “ambassadors” recommend from a list of more than 200 single-malt, blended and rare labels. The selection includes three limited, vintage single malts: Glenfiddich 50, Balvenie 50, and Macallan 62.

Most well known for its breakfast and burgers, all three locations of The Haymaker Restaurant Co.—Peoria, Goodyear and Phoenix—also feature build-your-own whiskey flights from a menu of options priced at $3, $4, $5, $6 or $9 for each pour.

Choose from more than 140 spirits at Bourbon Jacks Bar & Grill. The “urban country” restaurant has a location in downtown Chandler and North Scottsdale, both of which host live country music and serve up a variety of contemporary American and Southern dishes.

For a taste of Ireland, downtown Phoenix’s Seamus McCaffrey’s pours a long list of Irish whiskeys—a perfect accompaniment for the restaurant’s corned beef cabbage. Premier League games are regularly shown and the bar is open until 2 am daily.

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Smokeasies

Valley-wide cigar lounges cater to smokers’ desires with comfortable leather recliners, speakeasy-style bars, flat-screen TVs, long-winded liquor lineups and, of course, cigar-choosing expertise.

Lounge in the company of fellow cigar aficionados in an upscale setting at Ambassador Fine Cigars, where knowledgeable staff help guide you to your perfect cigar match based on taste preferences.

In the West Valley, Magnum’s Cigars, Wine & Liquor provides a quaint speakeasy-style lounge to enjoy a cigar in one hand and a handcrafted cocktail in the other.

For a more casual experience, kick back on the patio at Gilbert’s Fox Cigar Bar and sip one of more than 400 premium spirits or head inside and watch the game on one of the flat-screen TVs.

Scottsdale’s neighborhood Cigar King, a family-owned business since 1960, offers a sports-lounge setting and casual cigar-, watch- and luxury-rich shopping.

Events span live music, spirit tastings, UFC and Sunday game days at Torch Cigar Bar in Phoenix’s High Street entertainment district. With plenty of dining options and a comedy club just down the street, High Street provides all the entertainment needed for a guys’ night out.

And The Breadfruit & Rum Bar is a restaurant, rum and cigar destination. Pair cigars and fine rums and relax in the lush courtyard in downtown Phoenix.

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