Phoenix Area - Best Drinks With A View?
Going to Phoenix in 2 weeks and would like recommendations for outdoor bars/patios with great valley or mountain views, especially at night. Will be staying north of Phoenix at JW Marriott Desert Ridge, so close to there would be nice but am also open to places near South Mountain as well, as long as the view is worth the drive.
I've never thought much of the food there, but there are few views in this world better than the one from Elements at Sanctuary.
The Point at Tapatio has that place all the way at the top of the mountain if its still around.... its quite a view.
Lastly, I've always been a fan of the compass room for a view of downtown. Might not be what you're looking for, but still lovely, particularly for brunch.
Four Seasons (Troon North I think is the name) is in North Scottsdale, and has wonderful views of Piewesta Peak, and the Boulders area (ie. the mountains that they built the Boulders Resort around). It is relatively close to Desert Ridge.
They recently remodeled the lounge (and maybe more), and the Onyx bar is uber cool. Get there around sunset, and if you are lucky enough to catch it on a good night, you will be amazed.
Tapatio North (which is also close) has great views (they have a lounge on the top of the mountain). The view is terriffic, but otherwise, I am not sure I can recomend it. I paid $20+ for 1 (double) greyhound, which was made with shelf liquor, and canned grapefruit juice (blech).
Phoenician (or for that matter, almost any of the resorts in the Camelback Mountain corridor) will have great views. I would recommend doing a mini tour of each of the resorts (you could hit the Montelucian, Phoenician, Biltmore, and Sanctuary very easily in the same night - they are all within a mile or two of each other). This comment reinforces the other comments that recommend Elements, and J&G which are restaurants in these resorts.
There's not much close to the JW Marriott Desert Ridge with a view and certainly nothing around South Mountain. Elements is probably your closest but consider two other places; First, the Phoenician. The main bar has indoor/outdoor seating and beautiful views of Phoenix. Second, Lon's at the Hermosa Inn. From some of the outdoor seating you get views of Camelback but even without a view, it's just a great setting outiside
I second a couple of places mentioned already with views, but also make excellent cocktails - the Jade Bar at Elements at Sanctuary, and J&G Steakhouse at the Phoenician. Jade Bar has a creative drink menu and uses seasonal fresh ingredients, and J&G has a cocktail menu created with consultants from Employees Only in NYC, with cozy couches and tables next to the floor-to-ceiling windows in the lounge.
6000 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
5700 E McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
J&G was my first thought. Personally I kind of dig the Westin Kierland resort, out on the patio behind main hotel facing the golf course, with a huge fire pit and bagpipe player at sunset - it's kind of unique. It's only a couple of miles away from where you're staying.
Westin Kierland Resort Spa & Villas
15620 N Clubgate Dr, Scottsdale, AZ
As other have said, Jade Bar at the Sanctuary is good for mountain views.
For city views, the bar on the rooftop of the Clarendon Hotel in Midtown is popular, and you could have dinner downstairs at the impressive new Gallo Blanco restaurant before or after.