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Spirits of the Season 2014

Monday, November 24th, 2014

holidayscroppedMake a toast to friends, family and loved ones with Spirits of the Season, a five-week holiday cocktail competition in Downtown Phoenix Nov. 29 through Dec. 17. Create a festive happy hour after work or turn a normal Saturday into a fabulous self-guided cocktail tour. Sample all 11 holiday-inspired concoctions at participating Downtown bars and restaurants and pick your favorite. Voting begins Nov. 29 and the winner is announced Dec. 18. All drinks are available until Jan. 1, 2015.

Vote here for Most Spirited Holiday Cocktail 2014.

catchafirethumbCatch a Fire

Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails at Hotel Palomar, $8

10 Cane Rum, coconut cream, allspice dram, cinnamon syrup and grated nutmeg.

dirysnowmanthumbThe Dirty Snowman

Copper Blues, $10

Baileys Irish Cream, Rumple Minze Peppermint Schnapps, Kahlúa, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur and cream. Garnished with carrot, mint, chocolate and cinnamon.

RudolphsredemptionthumbRudolph’s Redemption Cider

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, $9

Redemption Rye, ginger beer, orange bitters, lemon juice and homemade hard apple cider over holiday ice cubes made with rosemary and maraschino cherries.

southcentralnogoutthumbSouth Central Nog-Out

The Duce, $10

Crusoe Organic Spiced Rum, egg nog, Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee, cinnamon and nutmeg.


Hard Rock Cafe, $8.25

Maker’s Mark Kentucky Bourbon Whisky, Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla Ice Cream and simple syrup infused with pumpkin puree.

renhotelcroppedR Merry Cocoa

Icon Lounge at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, $9

Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, peppermint schnapps, hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, a drizzle of crème de menthe and candy cane sprinkles.

SantajitoMojitothumbSantajito Mojito

My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, $8

Three Olive Raspberry Vodka, fresh raspberries, fresh lime, muddled mint leaves, Sun Orchard Margarita Mix and a splash of Sprite.

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Province at Westin Phoenix Downtown, $9

Peppermint schnapps, Midori Melon Liqueur, Prosecco sparkling wine and a Bing cherry served in a sugar-rimmed champagne glass.


Squid Ink Sushi, $9

Vanilla vodka, Kahlúa, hazelnut liqueur, milk, cinnamon, homemade salted caramel and topped with toasted marshmallows.

strandcroppedAlmond Joyful

The Strand Urban Italian, $8

Malibu coconut flavored rum, chocolate, caramel and cream.

kentuckykringlethumbKentucky Kringle

1130 The Restaurant, $10

Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon, spiced turbinado syrup made in-house and chocolate bitters.

Celebrate All Things Mom In Downtown Phoenix

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Maya's Farm Table

Why stop at brunch? Make this Mother’s Day weekend a full affair and spend the day celebrating the much loved—often under-appreciated—women in your life.

Saturday Morning Yoga at Civic Space Park

Head to Civic Space Park this Saturday morning for free yoga from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. brought to you by the Community Yoga Project. This weekly Ashtanga-style yoga class makes for perfect bonding and relaxing time for overstressed moms. Bring a mat, your mother and some water, and enjoy a beautiful morning in the park.

May Day at Heritage Square

Spend this Saturday afternoon in Heritage & Science Park learning about the history of May Day and celebrating around a festive maypole. The event is free and includes a make-your-own May basket and paper flowers to take home with you. Just look for the white tent between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Mamapalooza at the Saturday Open-Air Market

Nothing shows mom you care like a morning at the Phoenix Public Market. And this Saturday’s isn’t your ordinary affair; enjoy a mimosa or bloody mary from the Café, make a bouquet for mom with local flowers from Maya’s Farm, and shop local vendors offering gift options including skin care products, jewelry and more. Better yet, it’s a kid-friendly event with special activities lined up for the little ones.

Comedian Jon Lovitz at Stand Up Live

There’s no need for Mother’s Day to be a bore–spice up your weekend plans and see comedian Jon Lovitz perform at Stand Up Live this Saturday and Sunday night. He’s been in the funny business for the last 20 years and is known for his acts on Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons and The Critic.

Sunday Night Trivia and Show at Crescent Ballroom

Take mom on a lat(er) night out on the town at one of Downtown’s favorite venues—Crescent Ballroom. Go for the free trivia, and stay for the food and drink specials as well as a free performance by local band Burning Palms.

Mother’s Day Brunches

Spend Sunday morning and afternoon bonding with mom over delectable Mother’s Day spreads at several Downtown restaurants. Dine with a view at Compass Arizona Grill; or feast on local fare at District; play ping pong at The Duce; or build-your-own mimosa at Province–Check out what restaurants are serving up this Sunday:

The Arrogant Butcher

Though its normally closed on Sundays, The Arrogant Butcher will open its doors for Mom’s special day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They’ll be serving up brunch specials like a kale and sweet corn frittata and brioche French toast as well as the regular lunch menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner service starts at 4 p.m.

Compass Arizona Grill

Enjoy brunch with a view at Compass Arizona Grill, which has a special brunch buffet lined up for this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They’ll have everything from the traditional eggs benedict to a savory prime rib. Oh, and did we mention the full-fledged ice cream sundae bar? $69 per person, $30 for ages 5 to 12, children under 5 free.

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

Brunch at District is guaranteed fresh—After all, the ingredients and herbs come from local farms and their very own garden. Besides great food specials, the restaurant will also have endless champagne and a rose for moms this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $34 per person, $17 for ages 12 and under, children under 3 free.

The Duce

Celebrate mom with great food, drinks and games this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during a special Mother’s Day brunch at The Duce. They’ll have complimentary champagne punch for moms (plus mimosa and bloody mary specials all day), free boxing sessions for kids, and games like ping pong, corn bags, shuffleboard and more. $25 per person, kids are $12.


Make Mother’s Day yours with several build-your-own stations this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Province restaurant. The Mother’s Day brunch features a seasonally inspired menu with a build-your-own-omelette, belgian waffle and carving station. Live on the wild side and go for the build-your-own bloody mary and mimosa bar for just an extra $5. $39 per person, $12 for ages 5 to 12, children under 5 free.

Project: Downtown Phoenix Stories – #DTPHXfoodie

Monday, April 21st, 2014

After this weekend’s Project: Downtown Phoenix Stories Instagram theme, #DTPHXfoodie, one thing is certain–Downtowners know how to eat. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites below, but you can see the rest of them by checking out the hashtag for yourself!

Follow @downtownphoenix and look out for the next theme for a chance to be highlighted on our blog!


@sheratonphxdtwn – Be a #dtphxfoodie with us at @districtkitchen.


@dtphxdarcy – The best part of waking up #DTPHXfoodie #brunch #thehenry


@jtanghal – Sunday brunch. Brioche French toast and eggs Benedict. #dtphxfoodie #sundaybrunch


@quinncw – Taking in the tasty sights of the Shake Shack at the Duce! #dtphxfoodie


@quinncw – Homemade farmers market weekend scramble! #dtphxfoodie


The Most Spirited Cocktail Award Goes to District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

HogNogWe asked 11 Downtown Phoenix bars and restaurants to craft their best holiday drinks and compete against one another in our second annual Spirits of the Season holiday cocktail competition. Though the battle was tough, Downtowners have spoken and the results are in!

For the second year in a row, District American Kitchen and Wine Bar is taking home the coveted Most Spirited Cocktail award.

“This annual cocktail competition attracts people into the downtown area,” District mixologist Matt Tobey said. “And it allows us a chance to elevate the cocktail making experience by showing off our creative mixology skills.”

Perfected by Tobey, the Hog Nog is a dangerous combination of Schreiner’s Bacon-Infused Rogue Hazelnut Spice Rum, House-Made Cinnamon Eggnog, garnished with a piece of Candied Schreiner’s Bacon.

It was difficult to compete with bacon, but the three runners up are (in order): Santa-gria at Crescent Ballroom, Spiced Pumpkin Pie at The Duce and the Life and Limb at Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails.

Other participating restaurants include 1130 the Restaurant, Canyon Café, Hard Rock Café, Lustre Rooftop Garden, Portland’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, Province, Squid Ink Sushi and Tom’s Tavern.

For those who missed the voting deadline, there’s still a chance to try each spirited cocktail for yourself as each one will be available through New Year’s Eve. Find the full list of cocktails here.

And for the perfect evening out, enjoy the Hog Nog while you snack on favorite happy hour snacks like the District Mac N’ Cheese, Street Pork Machaca Sliders and Bacon Wrapped Yuma Dates all available for $4.

District was even kind enough to provide us with the recipe, so we can make our Hog Nog at home:

• 2 ounces Rogue hazelnut spice rum infused with Schreiner’s bacon*
• 4 ounces house-made cinnamon eggnog**
• 5-inch piece of candied Schreiner’s bacon

Preparation: Add rum and eggnog into an Irish coffee mug and either steam to serve hot or leave chilled. Garnish with candied bacon and pinch of cinnamon.

Bacon-Infused Hazelnut Spice Rum*
1. Cook off 11 pieces of thick cut bacon.
2. Combine bacon and 1 liter rum into sealed glass container for 4 hours.
3. Strain rum through cheese cloth three times and then once through a coffee filter to remove fat.

Eggnog Recipe**
• 2 cup sugar
• 4 cups whole milk
• 12 eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 teaspoon nutmeg
• 5 cups heavy whipping cream
• 1 cup dark rum
• 1 cup brandy

1. Pre-chill all ingredients for the best result.
2. Begin by combining sugar and milk over medium heat until it lightly simmers.
3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs together vigorously until very frothy.
4. Sprinkle nutmeg and vanilla into eggs while beating.
5. In another large bowl, beat the milk and cream vigorously until very frothy.
6. A little at a time, combine both mixing bowls together still beating.
7. Finally, beat in the rum and brandy.
8. Let set in fridge for 2 hours.

Spirits of the Season 2013

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

A 5-week holiday cocktail competition, Spirits of the Season toasts the holidays the best way possible—with festive drinks! Skip the traffic after work or turn a Saturday into a self-guided walking tour and sample the concoctions from over 10 Downtown bars and restaurants. The best part? You decide the winner. Voting is open until Dec. 18 in the quest to crown the Most Spirited Holiday Cocktail of 2013. Vote early, vote often, vote here. All drinks are available through Jan. 1, 2014.

1130Caramel Frappe Spiced Martini

1130 The Restaurant, $10
Baileys, Fireball, Frangelico, House Infused Vanilla Vodka, Half & Half, Whipped Cream with a Caramel Rim with Graham Crackers.

Blue HoundLife and Limb

Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails, $9
Woodford Reserve Bourbon, House-made Cold Brew Coffee, House-made Orgeat, Old Fashioned Bitters, Whole Egg, topped with English Cream Ale

Canyon CafeMistletoe Martini

Canyon Cafe, $8.50
Vodka, Crème De Noyaux, House-made Sweet and Sour Mix, Apple Pucker and dash of Pineapple Juice. Hand shaken with Muddle Mint garnished with a Cherry, Mint Leaf and Mini-Candy Cane and Sugar Rim


Crescent Ballroom, $5
Cabernet Savingnon, Pellegrino Aranciata, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Brandy, Peach Schnapps, Razzmatazz, Goldschlager, splash of soda

DistrictHog Nog

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, $9
Schreiner’s Bacon Infused with Rogue Hazelnut Spice Rum, House-Made Cinnamon Eggnog, garnished with a piece of Candied Schreiner’s Bacon

Hard RockWinter Sangria

Hard Rock Cafe, $10
Sandeman Port, Finest Call Red Sangria, Absolut Citron and garnished with Orange and Lemon

LustreCafe Racer

Lustre Rooftop Garden at Hotel Palomar, $9
Chai Tea Infused Vodka, Apple Cider, Cinnamon Infused Honey, Lemon Juice, Angostura Bitters

PortlandsPeppermint Mocha

Portland’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, $10
RumpleMinze Peppermint Schnapps, Three Olives Chocolate Vodka, Svedka Vanilla Vodka, Miscelad’oro Espresso, Creme de Cacao, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Cream

ProvincePerfect Candy Cane

Province, $5
Benadictine, Campari, Orange Juice, Simple Syrup, Lime Juice, Dry Vermouth, Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters, Orange Bitters

Squid InkThe Grinch

Squid Ink Sushi, $10
Green Chartreuse, Strega, Curry Bitters, Celery Juice, Egg White

DuceSpiced Pumpkin Pie

The Duce, $10
Crusoe Organic Spiced Rum, Pumpkin, Cream, Whipped Cream, Nutmeg and a Cinnamon Stick

Toms TavernVelvet Rope

Tom’s Tavern, $8
Velvet Rum Horchata, Captain Morgan, Crème De Alba, Cinnamon Sugar

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

Welcome Poster 2010

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

Welcome Poster 2010

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

Welcome Poster 2010

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

Welcome Poster 2010

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

Zombie Treats and Recipes

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

midday-zombiesHappy Zombie-tober!

Downtown Phoenix is officially zombie headquarters now that October has arrived.

Part of putting on a giant, fun and zombie-filled event every year is promotional appearances – and with that comes the need for Zombie props, lots of makeup and the occasional zombie treat to gross out the audience.

After a TV appearance or ten, we’ve got our recipes for edible-yet-gross zombie treats down. The great thing about these recipes is that you can knock all of them out in a night if you have a helping hand and, with the exception of the Spider Eggs, they all keep well overnight.

If you have a Halloween or – better yet – zombie party coming up, download our recipes and, please, share your own – we’re always on the lookout for new ways to feed the hoard.

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Spider Eggs

Spider Eggs are an easy way to transform a basic recipe for deviled eggs into a Zombie centerpiece. Be warned, however, these look fantastic but black olives AND deviled eggs? You’re going to want some a lot of gum. Download the recipe here.


Zombie Fingers

My favorite: Zombie Fingers which are surprisingly easy to make and, BONUS, look disgusting. They taste pretty good since they’re just hot dogs, onion and ketchup. If you’re in a pinch, you can knock out about 24 fingers in 10 minutes. Perfect for that TV deadline or last minute party addition. Creep out your friends, get the recipe here.

meat bars

Meat Bars

Meat Bars are our go-to dish. They are easy, easy, easy and they look just like raw hamburger when cut. And, since they’re just Rice Krispies treats and red velvet cake mix, you know they’re going to disappear. Taste great, look gross. Win win. Download the recipe here.


Blood and Bones

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Store bought bread sticks + marinara sauce = Blood and Bones. It can be a little tricky to get the perfect bone shape, but there’s two techniques to try: You can cut the ends of the breadsticks in half and then roll them to make little spirals (and hope they stick while they bake) or stretch the bread stick dough and tie little knots at the end. Your choice. Sprinkle with salt, cheese or herbs and serve with marinara sauce, or, for a sweet treat, use cinnamon sugar and red icing.


Pickled Brains

We typically create our Pickled Brains for display only – a head of cauliflower with some red food coloring in soda water or sprite is a very, very creepy display. But Martha Stuart has a recipe to make the gross treat not only edible but tasty, go figure.

Finally, we often use a carved pumpkin with some dry ice to finish off the look. That and some green punch (lime sherbet and sprite) make for a great table of zombie approved treats.


And, don’t forget – Zombie Homecoming is Friday, Oct. 4 at The Duce. Get your tickets before midnight on Thursday, Oct. 3 for $2 off with code PHXZOMBIE.

Urban Wine Walk Returns April 20

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Urban Wine Walk LogoSpring in Downtown Phoenix means two things: 1) The Diamondbacks begin their pursuit of an NL West championship and 2) The return of Urban Wine Walk, Downtown’s seasonal celebration of the grape.

Wine enthusiasts from all over the Valley—with palates ranging from rookie to refined—will pour into the streets April 20 from 1-6 p.m. to sample wine and snacks from 18 restaurants located in close proximity to METRO Light Rail as Urban Wine Walk makes its seventh appearance in Downtown Phoenix and the Central Corridor

Whether you’re passionate about food and wine or just looking for a good time, Wine Walk encourages urban adventurists to safely park-and-ride while soaking up some sunshine and our vibrant central city scene. With $4 all-day light rail pass in hand, Wine Walkers can pick a starting point and let their stomachs lead them from restaurant to restaurant to taste a wide variety of wines. Urban Wine Walk restaurants are strategically clustered to allow Walkers to maximize their experiences at each stop along light rail.

Participating restaurants will pour three featured wines from 1 to 6 p.m. but Wine Walkers will need to get to Tom’s Tavern & 1929 Grill early to get a gift. Commemorative Urban Wine Walk glasses will be handed out to the first 300 folks who purchase a wine sample at Tom’s, beginning at 1 p.m.

Participation is FREE and wine samples cost between $2 and $3.

In addition to Tom’s Tavern, featured Urban Wine Walk restaurants include 1130 The Restaurant, Bonjour Vietnam, Brick Pizzeria, Cheuvront, District American Kitchen, FEZ, Hula’s Modern Tiki, ICON, Kincaid’s, LUSTRE, Networks, Province, The Rose & Crown, Steve’s Greenhouse Grill, The Arrogant Butcher, The Duce and The Strand Urban Italian.

Make it a weekend getaway downtown and take advantage of special hotel room rates for Urban Wine Walkers at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel starting at $129 or The Westin Phoenix Downtown starting at $139. Use the code WINEWALK when you book.

Urban Wine Walk is proudly sponsored by the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and Tom’s Tavern & 1929 Grill.

For all things Urban Wine Walk, including maps and menus, visit

No Ticket No Problem

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

2013 Mardi Crawl Blog Image157x160So, you missed out on buying VIP Mardi Crawl tickets. Well, no worries. Why crawl when you can walk?

Enjoy all the drink specials, camaraderie and Mardi Gras Spirit with no additional charge at this year’s Mardi Crawl. All you have to do is plan your route, lace up those shoes and let the good times roll.

While we recommend starting the crawl at CityScape where all the Mardi Gras festivities are centered, you’re free to start at any location.

Uncover Mardi Crawl specials by exploring the map below or click here for a printable version.

We’ll see you Saturday at 9 p.m.!

(Please remember to drink responsibly and get a safe ride home from Discount Cab.)

View Mardi Crawl 2013 in a larger map

Spirits of the Season Competition Heats Up

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

cocktail-glassIt’s coming down to the final hours as 16 Downtown bars and restaurants fight it out to be named The Most Spirited Cocktail of 2012 in the inaugural Spirits of the Season competition.

With over 600 votes cast, this specialty seasonal cocktail competition is heating up as the five leading cocktails close in on the title.

Currently in the top five spots (in no particular order) are the Winter Wizard at Copper Blues, “Winter in Rio” Dulce de Leche Martini at Province Phoenix, Wild Turkey Cranberry Cobbler at The Duce, Santa’s Bellini at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar and the Pumpkin Smoretini at ICON Lounge.

The Most Spirited Holiday Cocktail of 2012 will be announced Dec. 21 and celebrated at a special happy hour at the winning establishment at 6 p.m. Look for the winner to be announced on Downtown Phoenix’s Facebook page.

Voting will take place online until Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. – so get those votes in while you still can.  All cocktails will be available through New Year’s Eve.

Participating restaurants include The Strand Urban Italian, District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, ICON Lounge, Province, Legends Sports Bar & Restaurant, Copper Blues, Thai Basil Signature Downtown, Majerle’s Sports Grill, Networks Bar and Grill, The Duce, Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, Kincaid’s, Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails, Hard Rock Café, Frank Murray’s Turf Irish Pub and 1130 The Restaurant.

For all things Spirits of the Season visit