So you’re a scotch drinker? How very “Mad Men” of you. With scotch, the setting is almost (we said almost) as important as the drink, so take our advice on the Top 5 places to swill this classy libation for the ultimate scotch-sipping experience in Phoenix.
1 Magnum's Cigars, Wine & Spirits
You've heard us rave about Magnum's before, in our "Top 5 Cigar Bars in Phoenix" feature, so this one should already be on your radar. Not only do you have your pick of cigars from their 450-square-foot, walk-in humidor, you also have a long list of spirits to choose from in the lounge, particularly under whiskeys and scotches, of which Magnum's stocks some 500 bottles. If you like vodka and cigs, you're in luck too, because they keep the former uber-cold, just the way you like it, and they also permit the latter, which goes hand in hand with a good libation for so many.
2 The Rim Lobby
We bet you didn't know that on Saturday nights The Rim Lobby at Westin Kierland Resort & Spa offers scotch tastings featuring Johnnie Walker Scotches. The scotches are even presented by Johnnie Walker brand ambassador Tom Turner, so get ready to ask all the scotch-related questions you've ever wanted answers to. Entry to the tastings is $35 per person and times can vary. Usually the event takes place around 6 p.m., but it's best to call the resort to confirm beforehand.
3 Mabel's on Main
Newcomer Mabel's on Main has all the luxurious, old-school glamor that should go right along with every scotch, don't you think? With it's high-backed leather chairs and dark wood interior, fabulous chandeliers and complementary dark browns, blacks and coppers. Not only do they have a collection of scotches that reflects the restaurant's upscale style, we also love the fact that so many of the drinks here have a classic, throwback quality to them. Like you could pick up your glass, swirl it, taste it, and then suddenly find yourself in the middle of the century.
4 Estate House
The Estate House is for the scotch drinker who likes an elegant, but slightly more contemporary setting. Adjacent to the Scottsdale Waterfront area, the restaurant is an ideal stopover after shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Square for a fine meal and a near-the-end-of-the-night nightcap. Here you'll find 55 different scotches, mostly candles in lieu of chandeliers, and cognac-colored furniture. Enjoy the champagne bar and live piano music in the evenings, too. Ladies, this could be your new late-night spot.
5 Mastro's City Hall Scottsdale
Mastro's is so very modern and retro all at once, with its long dark wood bar and high-backed, perfectly coordinating leather chairs, funky chandeliers, stark-white linens and interesting choice of colors and glass elements. This is definitely the place to be seen; do as you should and order your scotch at the bar so you can spend some time mingling there before making your party's way to the dining room to feast on prime stakes, Alaskan King Crab, Maine Lobster and Mastro's Signature Warm Butter Cake.