Phoenix, AZ

Explore these bars by the rail in Phoenix

Sandy Casariego

PHOENIX, AZ — Along the 28-mile stretch of Valley Metro Rail, there are many indie restaurants and bars that you can visit for a fun weekend. Here is a list of bars by the rail that you should visit along the Central Avenue corridor.

Bitter & Twisted

Located on the first floor of the Luhrs Building, Bitter & Twisted offers a variety of cocktails from Scottsman Ross Simon, a master mixologist. Their cocktails are made with freshly squeezed juices, handmade syrups, cool ice, and carefully curated liquor. Try the Hemingway daiquiri or cucumber spritzer when you visit them.

Location: 1 W Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ | (602) 340-1924

Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub

Located between Central Avenue and Van Buren, there is Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub that celebrates all things Gaelic. Opened in 1990, this local favorite offers chips and gravy, corned beef and cabbage, a sea of Guinness, and plenty of bagpipers.

Location: 18 W Monroe St, Phoenix, AZ | (602) 253-6081


Durant’s is a local favorite since it opened in 1950. Its original owner, Jack Durant, decorates the bar with red flocked wallpaper, leatherette booths, and low lighting. Their signature dishes are oysters Rockefeller, Durant’s ribeye dinner, and sauteed chicken livers.

Location: 2611 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ | (602) 264-5967

Southern Rail

With a patio that overlooking the rail line, Southern Rail is part of The Newton that was built in 1961 by restaurateur Jay Newton. During the renovations, the current owners preserved many architectural details, such as chandeliers and wood paneling, which were turned into light-filled, airy interiors. Their Southern menu will come with a generous offering of small-batch bourbons.

Location: 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ | (602) 200-0085


A favorite neighborhood hangout, Lux’s concept is a combination of a coffee shop and bar by the night. They serve teas, coffees, pastry, wine, beer, and cocktails. At Lux, you can find all kinds of guests, from high school students, young families, hipsters to retirees.

Location: 4400 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ | (602) 327-1396

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