Whether you want to kick off your evening with a creative concoction, enjoy a classic with dinner, or sip sophisticated drink at the end of the night, you don’t have to go far for a craft cocktail. Here are seven great places for craft cocktails in Chandler.
10 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday – Saturday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The former mixologist at Citizen Public House, one of the Valley’s premier purveyor of craft cocktails, now heads up The Ostrich, a neighborhood craft cocktail lounge located directly below Crust in Downtown Chandler. Emphasis here is on the classics as well as historic cocktails like the Scofflaw and Trader Vic’s Mai Tai. Attention to detail—The Ostrich handcrafts its own ice and makes its own soda water from a jerk—sets this mixology program apart. That, and its tableside Old Fashioned program, extensive Collins menu, and Tiki Tuesday parties.
The Brickyard Downtown
85 W. Boston St., Chandler
Hours: Sunday, Tuesday – Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. (closed Monday); Thursday, 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday – Saturday, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The cocktail menu at The Brickyard Downtown is divided into two sections: the classics and the customs. Classic offerings include the French 75, Pimm’s Cup, and Old Fashioned; custom offerings are the handiwork of head mixologist Bobby Kramer. Try a Root Beer Flip, featuring rye whiskey, Demerara, egg white, cocoa bitters, and root beer. Or, opt instead for the Ain’t Cho Paloma, made with chili-infused reposado, grapefruit shrub, ancho chili liqueur, and sparkling soda. The Brickyard also serves non-alcoholic selections such as the Big Kid Slushy, mix of juices balanced with Orgeat.
3065 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler
Hours: Sunday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday – Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Even though it’s known for its wine program, The Keg takes its cocktails very seriously. Signature drinks include the London Buck, a mix of Boodles gin, fresh lemon and lime juice, simple syrup, muddled mint and raspberries, and a float of ginger beer, and the Drunken Cherry, made with Casamigos Blanco tequila, triple sec, house-made drunken Bing cherry juice, agave syrup, and fresh lemon and lime juice. Or, opt for a classic like a margarita or dark and stormy. Drink specials are available in the bar and on the patio from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
3435 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
This chain restaurant makes its own mixers in house and features fresh fruit in its cocktails. Try Firebirds Wood Fired Grill signature martini, the Double Black Diamond, featuring Svedka All Natural Citron Vodka infused with fresh pineapple for 21 days and garnished with a sweet pineapple slice, any time of the year. Seasonal offerings include the Black Cherry Mule, the Ginger Basil Mango Mojito, and the Desert Pear Margarita, made with tequila, desert pear juice, Grand Marnier, and house-made sweet and sour mix.
Sheraton Grand at Wildhorse Pass
5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Craft cocktails at Kai showcase the flavors of the Southwest such as mesquite and sage. Order a Du’Ak Schedak (Blue Mountain), a combination of Junipero Dry Gin, Lillet Blanc, fresh lime juice, mesquite syrup, blackberry, mint and cucumber. Or, try the Mesquite Rouge, made from Templeton Rye Whiskey, Lillet Rouge, mesquite honey, a splash of lime juice, muddled cherries, and sage. Cocktails at Kai, located at the Sheraton Grand at Wildhorse Pass, are usually available at its sister restaurant Ko’Sin and other resort bars, all of which feature an impressive selection of high-end scotches, whiskeys, bourbons, and vodkas.
95 W. Boston, Chandler
Hours: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday – Thursday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Expertly crafted classics are served, often with a creative twist, at Vintage 95. Take, for example, the Mainstay Manhattan, which mixes Bulleit Rye with the herbal liqueur Amaro Nonino, Luxardo Morlaccco Cherry Liqueur, and apple bitters. Similarly, the Vintage 75, an interpretation of the classic French 75, replaces champagne with Prosecco and adds St. Germain Elderflower to the mix. Of course, you can always order your traditional favorites here as well.
D'Vine Bistro & Wine Bar
3990 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler
Hours: Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Don’t let the fact that D’Vine Bistro & Wine Bar is primarily a wine bar fool you—the staff can mix up a mean cocktail, too. Check out the cocktail of the day, which is usually something creative like Watermelon Lemonade, made with watermelon liquor, vodka, and fresh lemonade. Tip: Come on Mixologist Tuesday, when depending on how busy the bar is, the mixologist will break away from the bar and offer free samples (with any purchase) of the featured cocktail. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.