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Downtown Dominates Best of Awards

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Welcome Poster 2010

We’ve known it all along – the best of the Valley really is in Downtown Phoenix. Don’t believe us? Just read on.

With over 90 business around the Greater Downtown area being named as a best restaurant, venue, festival and more by the Phoenix New Times, Phoenix Magazine and Arizona Republic this awards season,  the results speak for themselves. And, it just so happens, we’ve compiled a complete list of them here for your viewing pleasure.

Additionally, we’ve created this map for easy navigation of Downtown Phoenix Best Of award winners.

Welcome Poster 2010

Downtown Phoenix Best Restaurant Cluster – Arizona Republic

Angels Trumpet Ale House

- Best Reimagined ‘60s Standard (TV Dinners) – Phoenix Magazine

- Best Beer Selection – Phoenix Magazine

- Best Brew and Bite - Arizona Republic

Bliss/reBar Best Gay Bar – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails – Best Destination for A Girl’s Night Out - Arizona Republic

Bonjour Vietnam

- Best-Kept Restaurant Secret - Arizona Republic

-Best Happy Hour - Phoenix New Times

Bragg’s Factory Diner

- Best Waffles (Coconut Curry Waffles) – Phoenix Magazine

- Best Vegan Restaurant – Phoenix New Times

Cibo Urban Pizzeria Cafe

- Best Neighborhood Restaurant - Phoenix New Times

- Best Place for a First Date – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

Cocina 10 at Crescent Ballroom

-Best Burritos - Phoenix New Times

- Best Post-Event Downtown Eats - Arizona Republic

Downtown Phoenix Public Market Best Farmers Market – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

The Duce Best Cocktails (Retro) – Phoenix Magazine

Duck and Decanter Best Downtown Lunch - Phoenix New Times

Friday’s Front Row Best Sports Bar, Downtown Phoenix - Phoenix New Times

Giant Coffee Best Shot of Espresso - Phoenix New Times

Hanny’s Best Vintage Downtown Building to Poke Your Head Into - Phoenix New Times

Lustre Rooftop Garden Best Poolside Happy Hour - Phoenix New Times

Matt’s Big Breakfast

- Best Breakfast/Brunch - Phoenix Magazine Reader’s Pick

- Best Neighborhood Breakfast, Downtown Phoenix – Phoenix New Times

- Best Hangover Breakfast – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

- Best Breakfast - Arizona Republic

Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Cafe Best Soul Food Restaurant – Phoenix New Times

Nobuo at Teeter House

- Best Japanese Restaurant For Izakaya – Arizona Republic

- Best Japanese Restaurant - Phoenix New Times

Phoenix Food Truck Fridays Best Place to Find Food Trucks - Arizona Republic

Phoenix Public Market Café Best Universally Pleasing Eatery - Phoenix Magazine

Pita Jungle

-Best Downtown Lunch - Phoenix New Times Readers’ Pick

-Best Gluten-Free Restaurant - Phoenix New Times Readers’ Pick

-Best Mediterranean Restaurant - Phoenix New Times Readers’ Pick

-Best Vegan Restaurant - Phoenix New Times Readers’ Pick

-Best Vegetarian Restaurant - Phoenix New Times Readers’ Pick

-Best Healthy Restaurant – Arizona Republic

-Best Lunch – Arizona Republic

-Best Mediterranean Restaurant - Arizona Republic

Pizzeria Bianco
-Best Gourmet Pizza – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

-Best Pizza – Arizona Republic

Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana Best Neighborhood Pizza, Downtown PhoenixPhoenix New Times

Rose & Crown Best English Pub - Phoenix New Times

Seamus McCaffrey’s Best Neighborhood Bar, Downtown Phoenix – Phoenix New Times

Short Leash Hot Dogs Best Hot Dog - Phoenix Magazine Reader’s Pick

Songbird Coffee & Tea House Best Homegrown Culture-and-Coffee House - Phoenix Magazine

Tammie Coe Cakes Best Bakery – Phoenix Magazine Readers’ Pick

Thai Basil Best Thai Restaurant – Phoenix New Times Readers’ Pick


- Best Cold-Brewed Coffee (Mornin’ Moonshine) – Arizona Republic

- Best Neighborhood Breakfast, Central Phoenix - Phoenix New Times

Welcome Diner Best Fried Chicken – Phoenix Magazine

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Arizona Theatre Company performing at Herberger Theater Center Best Equity Theater - Phoenix New Times

Ballet Arizona Best Performing-Arts Company – Arizona Republic

Chris & Lena Jàcome (at Province every Friday night) Best Flamenco Duo – Phoenix Magazine

Crescent Ballroom

- Best Live Music Venue - Arizona Republic

- Best Live Music Venue – Phoenix Magazine

- Best Live Music Venue – Phoenix Magazine Reader’s Pick

- Best Dance Floor – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

- Best Place to be Seen – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

- Best Venue for Local Acts – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

- Best Venue for National Acts - Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

- Best Place to Take a Scenester – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

Downtown Phoenix Zombie Walk Best Family-Friendly Flesh-Eating Festival - Phoenix Magazine

Fashion Collection at Phoenix Art Museum Best Museum Collection – Arizona Republic

Feast on the Street Best New Food Event - Arizona Republic

FilmBar Best Independent Movie Theater - Phoenix New Times

Foul Play, Fridays at Bar Smith Best Weekly Dance Night – Phoenix New Times

Grand Canal Best Downtown Run - Phoenix New Times

Gypsy Bar

- Best Party Destination – Arizona Republic

- Best Bar with an Arcade - Phoenix New Times

Last Exit Live Best Comeback - Phoenix New Times

The Lost Leaf Best Place to Be Seen – Phoenix New Times

Lucky Strike Best Bowling Alley – Phoenix Magazine Reader’s Pick

Lunchtime Theater at Herberger Theater Center Best Afternoon Quickie – Phoenix Magazine

McDowell Mountain Music Festival

-Best Music Festival – Phoenix New Times Reader’s Poll

- Best Reinvented Music Festival - Arizona Republic

Monarch Theatre

- Best Dance Club - Arizona Republic

- Best Place to See Turntablists - Phoenix New Times

The Nash

-Best Jazz Joint – Phoenix New Times

-Best Local Effort at Raising the Profile of Jazz - Arizona Republic

Outside of the Channel 12 EVB Live studio Best Place to Make a Fool Out of Yourself on Live TV – Phoenix Magazine

Phoenix Mercury Games Best Cheap Seats – Phoenix Magazine

Rose & Crown Pub Best Bar Trivia Night (Wednesdays) – Phoenix Magazine

Silent Sundays (Orpheum Theater) Best Vintage Film Series - Phoenix New Times

Sky Lounge Best Latin Club – Phoenix New Times

The Turf Irish Pub Best Place to Drink Guinness and Play OTB – Phoenix New Times

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ASU Art Auction at First Studio Best Place to Buy Photography - Phoenix New Times

Central and McDowell in Phoenix Best Hot Spot for the Arts – Arizona Republic

Combine Studios Best New Gallery – Phoenix New Times

Her Secret is Patience Best Public Art - Arizona Republic

The patio behind Drive-Thru Gallery and 1Spot Best First Friday Hangout - Phoenix New Times

Sarah Hurwitz’s “Everything I have ever wanted to own” Best Stop on Art Detour 2013 - Phoenix New Times

Space 55 Ensemble Best Black Box – Phoenix New Times

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greenHAUS Best Eclectic Boutique - Phoenix Magazine

Bison iPhone sleeves Best Urban Cowboy Accessory – Phoenix Magazine

Flag World USA Best Place to Buy a “Parking for Estonians Only” Sign – Phoenix Magazine

Downtown Phoenix Public Market

- Best Farmer’s Market – Phoenix Magazine Reader’s Pick

- Best Farmer’s Market – Phoenix New Times

Phoenix Spokes People Best Bike Advocacy Group - Phoenix New Times

Altitude Aerials & Dance Co. Best Place to Learn How to Fly – Phoenix New Times

Vintage Industrial Best Industrial Vintage Goods – Phoenix New Times

Jackalope Trading Post Best Shopping on Grand Avenue – Phoenix New Times

GROWop Best Homegrown Boutique - Phoenix New Times

Easley’s Fun Shop Best Costume Shop – Phoenix New Times

Cellar Door Vintage Best Vintage T-shirts - Phoenix New Times

Lawn Gnome Publishing Best Used Bookstore - Phoenix New Times

MADE art boutique Best Retail Gem - Phoenix New Times

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The Icehouse Best Rooftop View of Downtown Phoenix – Phoenix New Times

FQ Story Best Neighborhood - Phoenix New Times

Willo Best Home Tour - Phoenix New Times

Deals, Discounts and Free Fun for Students

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Civic Space Park

Welcome back to school, ASU Downtown Phoenix students!

In between all the learning and memory-making, we understand you will want to have a little fun around our Urban Core. We also understand that college-student budgets are tight.

That’s why we have compiled this short, handy list of awesome deals and free events all around Downtown.

First things first, download and print our ASU Downtown Super Deals coupon sheet. It’s stuffed to the brim with sweet deals on everything from food, to gym memberships, to even shoe shines. Be sure to take advantage of these offers soon, as most of them run until Sunday!

Next, check out these fun, free Downtown events going on this week.

Tomorrow evening, be sure to head down to the open air Phoenix Public Market. Here, you can taste, sample and buy the best in home-grown agriculture and cooking. Stock up on fresh, healthy snacks, or buy some beautiful flowers for your budding college sweet heart. The market runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Thursday, get terrified with your new friends at the Arizona Science Center, with their “Creature Feature Film Series.” This week’s free showing is the body-horror classic, “The Fly.” The mad science starts at 7 p.m.

Already tired of dorm food? Well then head back to the Phoenix Public Market the next day for lunch at Food Truck Friday. You’ll find a bodacious food court comprised of trendy mobile culinary innovators.  Nosh on an eclectic set of offerings, like Cajun burritos and authentic Filipino street cuisine. Food Truck Friday runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Afterward swing over to the Pop Up Park at Civic Space Park, which runs from 1 – 3 p.m. The Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors bring out games, books, soccer nets and more.

Looking to start the semester off the healthy way? Then join us for the Community Yoga Project in Civic Space Park on Saturday morning. Practice liberating Ashtanga yoga while surrounded by the park’s beautiful scenery. Be sure to bring your own mat, some water and friends. The fun starts at 8:30 a.m.

Are you a yoga-fanatic? Well then also check out “Sweat Your Asana Off” at Lustre Rooftop Garden on Monday evenings. This free, hour-long yoga session features guest instructors, a rooftop pool and a great view. Get flexible starting at 7 p.m.

* Photo by Michael Ruiz

Lunch on the Street Six Days a Week

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

“Fooood trucks! Fooood trucks! Fooood trucks!”

It may not be quite deafening, but you can just about hear the chant of food enthusiasts roving the streets of Phoenix in search of gourmet bites from the restaurants on wheels, can’t you?

food truckNearly 18 months ago, fancy food trucks started rolling down Phoenix streets, popping up in parking lots and appearing at all manner of culinary festivals. By all accounts, these un-restaurants have become as big a part of the culinary scene as, well, restaurants. There’s just something magical about ordering a high-end, specialty dish from a truck that roams the city, isn’t there?

Spurred by the Phoenix Street Food Coalition, the trucks have expanded from Food Truck Friday and Phoenix Public Market appearances to a full fledged, city-wide operation. And their success has encouraged other food truck posses – including The Streat Fleat Regime – to get in on the action.

And all this bubbling, and growing and food trucking has created a magical moment where food truck fare is available Downtown six days a week. Here’s where to go:

Monday: The newly launched Lunch at Luhrs runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Monday. It features Short Leash Hot Dogs, Hey Joe, Luncha Libre, Taste Rite, Mamma Toledo’s, Shinobu Diego and Mojo Bowl.

The fun takes place: In the alley behind the Luhrs Tower, 11 W. Jefferson St.

Tuesday: The Streat Fleat Regime hosts a food truck gathering on “the other side of the tracks” from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. It features Shinobu Diego, Q Up! Barbeque, Aji Mobile, Luncha Libre and Buzz N Beez.

The fun takes place: At the historic Phoenix Seed and Feed Building, 411 S. Second St.

Wednesday: A handful of food trucks show up every week at the outdoor market on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The lineup varies, but it’s a great chance to grab some hot food while you stock up on fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies.

The fun takes place: At Phoenix Public Market, 721 N. Central Ave.

Thursday: The Streat Fleat Regime at Phoenix Seed and Feed.

Friday: Food Truck Friday has become a Downtown staple since kicking off in November 2010 and is still the place to lunch in the misters and check out the widest variety of the trucks. It features Short Leash Hot Dogs, Jamburritos, Mr. Softee, Emerson Fry Bread, Hey Joe, Mojo Bowl, Taste Rite, Pizza People, Burgermania AZ, Luncha Libre, Torched Goodness and Mamma Toledo’s.

The fun takes place: At Phoenix Public Market, 721 N. Central Ave.

Saturday: Like the Wednesday evening market, the bustling Saturday morning market hosts a crowd of food trucks from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (1 p.m. in the fall). The lineup is typically a smaller version of Food Truck Friday.

In the fall, food trucks will return to Civic Space Park during lunch.

To know where a specific truck will be, the safest bet is to check their twitter, Facebook page or website – all of which are linked above.

Downtown Goings On Feb. 23-26

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Cactus League games don’t begin until next week but you needn’t wait to enjoy the beautiful weather in Downtown Phoenix.

Pop Up Park at CityScape

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday head over to Patriot’s Square at CityScape to enjoy the Downtown Ambassadors’ Pop Up Park. Challenge friends to a game of corn bag or basketball, check out a magazine or board game, or simply find a place to sit and enjoy your lunch in the Arizona sunshine. As a special treat, on Thursdays and Fridays you can listen to DJ Sean Watson and DJ William Reed play everything from Animal Collective to Yeasayer. (I don’t believe Zac Brown Band or ZZ Top is in either of their repertoires, but feel free to make a request.)

Food Truck Friday at Phoenix Public Market

Get your food truck fix every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Valley’s preeminent mobile food vendor gathering. Dine on all your favorites–Short Leash Hot Dogs, Sweet Republic Ice Cream, Riteway Catering, Jamburritos Cajun, Hey Joe Filipino, Torched Goodness, MOJO Bowl, Emerson Fry Bread, and the carside, Pizza People–and maybe meet some new friends in the process.

matsuiMatsuri: A Festival of Japan

One of the most highly anticipated festivals on the calendar takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Square. Matsuri featuring Japanese exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, children’s activities, bonsai displays, food, and three stages of live entertainment. 2012 Arizona Matsuri commemorates the centennial of the gifting of cherry blossom trees from Japan to the U.S. Admission is free.

Four Peaks Kilt Fest

If you thought the Strong Beer Festival was end of Arizona Beer Week guess again. The week long celebration of ale culminates Saturday from 12-5 p.m. at CityScape. There will be food, entertainment, and of course beer. Get a glimpse and taste of Arizona’s up-and-coming craft beer scene. Admission is $5.

Second Annual Downtown Symphony Stroll

Sunday’s second annual event,which takes place from 4-7 p.m.,  includes Corner Bakery (Pianist Ed Madden), My Big Fat Greek Restaurant ( Guitarist Peter Pancrazi), Copper Blues (Brazilian Jazz of Beth Lederman Duo), Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery (Jazz Saxophonist Paul Brewer), Hanny’s (Harpist Paula Provo), and Kincaid’s (Guitarist Stan Sorenson).  Walk from location to location to enjoy a beverage, appetizer, and classical music. $65 ticket includes three drinks. Hosted by Phoenix Symphony Allegro to benefit the Phoenix Symphony Music Outreach Program. For more information call (480) 419-8580.

Have a great weekend in Downtown Phoenix!

Asahi Beer Garden open both Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM ~ 5 PM
Taiko performance by TAIKOPROJECT from Los Angeles, CA
Release of Sunny Seki’s new book, Yuko-chan and the Daruma Dolls
The Tomodachi Fundraising Project: Pendant and Pin sales booth with profits going to Tohoku area’s reconstruction
Opportunity for kids to make their own daruma
New sakura decorations
Three stages (traditional arts, taiko and martial arts)
Over 40 merchandise vendors
A dozen food vendors
Shan Ichiyanagai, the “Candyman”
Kendama tournament
Calligraphy and more!

Downtown Lowdown

Monday, February 14th, 2011

We’ve reached one of the best stretches of the year in Downtown Phoenix. The weather is idyllic, the Diamondbacks and the rest of the Cactus League will soon report for Spring Training duty, and there’s no shortage of great events happening right here in our city’s core. Here are just a few of this week’s highlights:

Body Worlds & The Brain

Gunther von Hagens’ famous exhibit features more than 200 authentic human specimens–including entire bodies, organs and transparent body slices–to form the most awestriking walking health sciences class in the world. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday 5:15-7 p.m.


From Eric Idle, the deranged mind who brought the world Monty Python, comes this Tony Award-winning musical chronicling the adventures of King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, Sir Dennis, and the Knights Who Say “Ni!” Orpheum Theater Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Ten Chimneys

In this lavish Arizona Theatre Company comedy, we discover what every Broadway star already knows – that the real drama on stage happens when the curtain is down. It is the late 1930s, and Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, the two most revered stars of the Broadway stage, have decided to perform Chekhov’s masterpiece, The Sea Gull. But first they must retreat to ‘investigate’ the play at Ten Chimneys, their legendary Wisconsin estate, where they are surrounded by actors, family and hangers-on. When a young actress named Uta Hagen arrives, a romantic triangle begins to mirror the events in Chekhov’s play about passion and art. The result is a funny, poignant and revealing look at the private lives of great artists who never really leave the stage. Herberger Theater Center Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Alice In Wonderland

This is your last week to see Valley Youth Theatre’s presentation of Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s tale. And at $20 a pop, VYT continues to be one of the Downtown’s best stage values! Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Food Truck Friday

Downtown’s latest food craze happens every Friday at Phoenix Public Market (peep the Market’s fancy new web page), where from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the finest mobile vendors in the city turn the parking lot into a bodacious food court offering everything from cajun burritos and gourmet hot dogs to authentic barbecue and rockin’ grilled cheese. 

Third Fridays

In addition to several Downtown art spaces being open late to the public, Third Fridays events include Emerging Artists at Hard Rock Cafe, 3rd Annual KYSS Dance-a-Thon, Third Friday Latino Style at ALAC featuring “Madonnas, Saints and Sinners,” Live Fridays at Seamus McCaffrey’s and Live Band Karaoke at Friday’s Front Row. Click links for specific times.

A3F4Almost Famous Film Festival Kickoff Party

At 5 p.m., hundreds of aspiring filmmakers will congregate at Majerle’s, where they’ll receive everything they need to shoot a short film: a single line of dialogue, a prop, a theme, and 48 hours to make some magic. For more information on this awesome event read Downtown Blogger Daisy Anderson’s preview of the event here.

Marrakesh Night at Children’s Museum of Phoenix

The Children’s Museum’s annual fundraising gala always offers an evening of fun and food and this year is no different as the museum will be transformed into a Moroccan-style bazzar. 7-11 p.m.

Alabama Symphony Led Zeppelin #4.jpgThe Music of Led Zeppelin

“Kashmir,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “Thank You,” “Stairway to Heaven,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Since I’ve Been Loving You,” are just a few of the classic Led Zeppelin songs featured in this touring production that gives classic hard rock a symphonic treatment. Comerica Theatre 8 p.m.

But wait, there’s more!

Be sure to check out the AAA Arizona Travel Show, EPIK Dance’s Common Ground, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2.

Have an amazingly fun and safe week, Downtowners!