Check out these Top 5 hotspots for singles in the Valley.
5455 E. High St., Suite 101, Phoenix, AZ 480.638.2583 web
Blue Martini lounge is for singles who enjoy a great martini and like some entertainment to go along with it. You shouldn't be afraid to bust a move, either, because the live band here knows all the hits and trust us, they will make you want to get off of that barstool and shake something. On Monday evenings, karaoke fans can even try their best to sing along with the band (always a great ice breaker opportunity ...). Throw some of the place’s specialty martinis into the mix, and then you have a party. Check out such cocktails as the Espresso Martini, Masterpiece Bleu, 007, Mochaccino, Grape Bomb, Cookies and Cream, Goose O Cosmo, Skinny Bitch, Mango Madness, the signature Blue Martini, of course, and many, many more.
2525 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 602.508.9449 web
Hey, if it's good enough for "Tron" cutie Garrett Hedlund and "Twilight" "it" girl Kristen Stewart, then it's good enough for us, right? Well, actually, the MercBar, located opposite Biltmore Fashion Park, is a lot better than just good -- it's excellent. This is the place for the big-city transplants; MercBar's sister location is in the Big Apple, and the haunt gives off a cosmopolitan vibe for sure. Those who haven’t been before usually report having had a hard time finding it, but once inside, they discover that the cozy booths and dark lighting ooze a sexy cool. The dimly lit interior, ultra-sophisticated decor, incredible cocktails and obscured entrance make MercBar a favorite hangout for the Phoenix elite crowd, such as the city’s professional athletes, major players and socialites.
1514 N. Seventh Ave., Second Floor, Phoenix, AZ 602.254.1646 web
In our experience, this place pulls a diverse crowd. It's hip, but not too hip, it's laid-back, but not too laid-back, it's expensive, but not too expensive, it's classy, but not too classy. Seating arrangements range from casual to intimate, and the lighting is appropriately dark. If you need a little (or a lot) of liquid courage, happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. -- an excellent opportunity to try one of the more than 45 beers they serve, as well as 40-plus wines, served both by the glass and by the bottle, in addition to a full bar, of course. We like to think of SideBar and the Goldilocks of lounges in town.
40 N. First St., Phoenix, AZ 602.252.2285 web
Calling all the Don and Betty Drapers of Phoenix ... Originally built in 1947 as Hanny’s the department store, today, Hanny’s the restaurant and bar offers guests a unique, old-school kind of atmosphere. Conveniently located close to the Light Rail stops, the place is an excellent “last stop” on your cocktail tour of downtown, and the bar pours until 1:30 a.m. every night -- champagne, red and white wine, rose, summer coolers, classic cocktails like a Moscow Mule, or champagne cocktails. There’s also about a dozen beers to choose from, and well, let’s not forget the martinis. Maybe at Hanny's you'll find someone else who shares your love for retro fashion. Hey, you never know.
2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 602.522.2344 web
Sexy sophistication awaits you at Crush Lounge, the cocktail area in conjunction with the restaurant Christopher's Crush. And we're not sure whether it's that people have already filled up on chef Christopher Goss' mind-blowing cuisine, or that the wine list is so exceptional it's earned the "Award of Excellence" from "Wine Spectator" magazine nine consecutive years, or that the ultra-classy urban decor brings out the chic socialite in all of us, but ... people are crazy friendly once they make their way into the Crush Lounge area toward the end of the night. If you normally find yourself being a little on the shy side, strut in here and strike up a conversation with a total stranger. It'll be easy.