Mexican restaurants to dive bars: Where to eat and drink on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix

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The Roosevelt Row Art District is a destination for locals and visitors alike. The walkable area bounded by 16th Street, Seventh Avenue, Interstate 10 and Fillmore is home to colorful murals, art galleries, boutiques and an ever-evolving lineup of dining and nightlife options.

Restaurant choices abound, from buzzy taquerias to playful French wine bars, to knockout burgers and pizza. Bars run the gamut from cocktail bars to craft breweries to an agaveria.

Whether you're looking for a place to party with your furry friend in tow, or raise a glass of champagne and a piece of fried chicken, there's likely something to sate your craving in this downtown corridor.

Here's a guide to great places to dine and drink right now on Roosevelt Row in Phoenix.

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Arizona Wilderness Co.

Arizona-centric beer, duck fat fries and a pup-friendly patio are some of the goodness at Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. Some of the Arizona ingredients the brewers use in their brews are prickly pear, Arizona citrus and mulberries. As for food, the classic pub grub of fries, nachos, burgers and sandwiches also includes vegan and plant-based options.

Details: 201 E. Roosevelt St.

Bad Jimmy's

If it's smashburgers you're looking for, look no further than Bad Jimmy's. The owner, James Piazza, started with a food truck that became wildly popular. In November 2023, he opened a brick-and-mortar with a counter service diner on one side and a hip bar on another. Go for the double burger and a cocktail and wrap things up with vanilla soft serve with olive oil and salt.

Details: 108 E. Pierce St., Phoenix. @badjimmys on Instagram.

Barcoa Agaveria

This bar has a simple mission: educate people about agave spirits in hopes that they'd fall in love with mezcal, tequila, bacanora or sotol (technically not agave, but certainly local and very good) and the cultures they originated from. Housed in a historic hardware store, Barcoa divides into a moody basement bar and an energetic cantina upstairs. Choose your own adventure. The menu at the downstairs, reservation-suggested space includes pages of local spirits and cocktails made with them.

Details: 829 North 1st Ave., Phoenix.

Recordbar Radio is an internet radio run out of Central Records Wine Cafe in downtown Phoenix.
Recordbar Radio is an internet radio run out of Central Records Wine Cafe in downtown Phoenix.

Central Records

Central Records, a kissa-inspired bar (kissas were Jazz cafes in Japan in the '20s), is owned by a group of DJs, so music plays an important role, from live DJ sets on Fridays and Saturdays to jazz nights on Thursdays and open deck DJ sessions on Tuesdays. Find wines by the glass and bottle, a few cocktails and beers on the beverage menu and a small food menu to snack on. In addition to music and food, Central Records sells books and records.

Details: 824 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-638-0433,

Châm Pang Lanes

Inside the teal and pink space, a circular bar sits in the middle with a cluster of disco balls above reflecting all its colors. It's a high-energy spot with DJs playing music and people playing pool and bowling. That's right — bowling — and enjoying champagne and fried chicken. In addition to fried chicken, find sushi, fries and bulgogi beef nachos on the menu.

Details: 903 N. Second St., Phoenix. 602-922-2235,

The Churchill

This 9,000-square-foot courtyard surrounded by restaurants, bars and shops is a great place to try new concepts, many of which graduate to their own digs later. The pro move is to order a cocktail or two from Brill Line and get a pie to share from Freak Brothers Pizza.

Details:  901 N. First St., Phoenix.


Located at the corner of Filmore Street and Fifth Avenue Cibo serves up delicious Neapolitan-style pizza and a dash of romance on the patio. Skip the indoors and take a seat under the tree canopies that twinkle with small lights at night. Wash it down with wine or beer.

Details: 603 N. Fifth Ave., Phoenix, 602-441-2697,


Dialog is a beautiful, open and airy design store and coffee shop with modern furniture, home goods and books meant to inspire conversation. Grab a coffee, pastries or a non-alcoholic beverage with snacks and enjoy them inside the store while people watching or in the lobby. The shop also offers events such as yoga, live music or cannabis-infused mocktail hour. Dialog hosts food pop-ups as well.

Details: 1001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

Disco Dragon

Open every day from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., this colorful bar calls itself a modern izakaya and serves craft cocktails, Southeast Asian beer, sake and a pan-Asian food menu with Chinese and Filipino influences. Look for green neon lights next to Taco Chelo, a block from the owners' original Roosevelt bar, Killer Whale Sex Club.

Details: 509 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. 602-960-0406,

Farish House restaurant in the Roosevelt Row neighborhood takes its name from the name of the home, which was built in 1899 by Howard Cassidy.
Farish House restaurant in the Roosevelt Row neighborhood takes its name from the name of the home, which was built in 1899 by Howard Cassidy.

The Farish House

The Farish House is a charming restaurant located inside a historic home, which was once home to a tavern. The five rooms are decorated in turn of century style in canary yellow, rose pink and deep red. As for the menu, the chef describes it as French scratch-cooking methods applied to American cuisine, but you also find a few Italian dishes, like a crostini and tiramisu on the menu.

Details: 816 N. Third St., Phoenix. 602-281-6659,

First and Last

First and Last is a husband-and-wife-owned, ingredient-focused restaurant with a basement speakeasy called Little Debbie's, inspired by one of the owner's mom's Italian hospitality. Tall ceilings impart an open feeling to the upstairs dining area and plants brighten the space. One thing to remember is that ingredient-driven means the dish your friend fell in love with may not be there by the time you decide to go. Cocktails, beer and wine (by the glass and bottle) are on the beverage menu.

Details: 1001 N. Third Ave., Phoenix. 602-975-8297,


This sleek, chic, minimalist coffee shop offers a modern twist on traditional Mexican drinks. The menu features coffee drinks, tea and pastries. Futuro also stocks works by local artists, from candles to porcelain.

Details: 909 N. 1st Street, Phoenix.


FYPM is a reservations-recomended cocktail bar hidden inside Disco Dragon, from the same owners. Reservations are for 90-minute windows and cost $25, for which the guest is entitled to a welcome shot, first cocktail and a snack. The menu features 25 cocktails and no wine or beer.

Details: 509 East Roosevelt St., Phoenix.

Kim Haasarud and her husband, Kevin, turned a Phoenix neighborhood home into a bar, called the Garden Bar.
Kim Haasarud and her husband, Kevin, turned a Phoenix neighborhood home into a bar, called the Garden Bar.

Garden Bar Phoenix

Garden Bar Phoenix is not a typical bar. It's housed in a historic bungalow on Sixth Avenue, just south of Roosevelt Street. The house allows multiple seating spaces in different rooms for an intimate night out. Seats at the bar are best for those who want to watch the action. The menu reflects years of experience by the owner Kim Haasarud, beverage consultant, author of multiple cocktail books, judge of "Iron Chef America" and former president of the U.S. Bartenders Guild. Expect creative tipples that push boundaries, but are always delicious. Bread and charcuterie boards are available to help soak up the alcohol. A word to the wise, though it may not always taste like it, Garden Bar does not skimp on the booze. You've been warned.

Details: 822 N. Sixth Ave., Phoenix. 602-612-4438,

Ghost Donkey

Ghost Donkey first started as a speakeasy in New York. Now it has locations in multiple cities, including Las Vegas, Denver and even Auckland. Of the trio of bars that share an address on Second Street, Ghost Donkey is the most low key with string lights twinkling and fading between red and purple over cozy booths and bar seating. The menu focuses on agave spirits, especially mezcal.

Details: 903 N. Second Street, Phoenix.

Gracie's Tax Bar

First the name: it's a combination of Grace Perry, former singer of local metal group Landmine Marathon and the Abbey Tax Group that occupied the building before it became a bar. Second, the promise: "We are nice, have food and cheap booze, so you should come hang out." Third, where to sit: inside, so you can choose your own music from the jukebox or on the dog-friendly patio where the DJ takes care of the music for you.

Details: 711 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix, 602-366-0111,

Greenwood Brewing

Greenwood is an award-winning, woman-owned brewery in downtown Phoenix. Have a seat at the bar or on the patio and people watch as you sip one of eight flagship, two seasonal and four experimental craft brew options. Dogs are welcome on the patio.

Details: 922 N. Fifth St., Phoenix.

Hot Daisy

Pizza by the slice makes Hot Daisy perfect for variety lovers as the offerings include both classics, like margherita and pepperoni and unusual options like the popular corny baby-elote, made with mozzarella, roasted corn, cilantro, cotija cheese and chipotle oil. Love a kick? Order any slice firefighter style with Calabrian chili, pickled jalapenos, chipotle and pepperoncini. The crust is a thing of beauty. No surprise as the pizza shop is the creation of Tammie Coe, a classically trained pastry chef and founder of Tammy Coe Cakes, who describes her slices as "New York style meets California."

Details: 610 E. Roosevelt Street, #145, Phoenix. 602-840-3644,

Tacos at Huarachis Taqueria on Central Avenue in Phoenix.
Tacos at Huarachis Taqueria on Central Avenue in Phoenix.

Huarachis Taqueria

2024 James Beard finalist Rene Andrade’s taqueria is full of life. Upbeat music fills the space, inspiring some patrons to get up and dance mid-meal. Huarachis is not a place you go to have dinner conversations. You won't be able to hear each other. Just focus on the music and enjoy the chiltepin crema slathered fried potatoes and lineup of tacos from pescado to tripa.

Details: 814 N Central Ave, Phoenix. 602-773-1413,

Hugo's Cantina

In a renovated 1937 building that formerly housed Sin Muerte, Hugo's Cantina was opened by Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup's Pool Brothers as a no fuss, no muss place for people to gather and have fun. Hugo's Cantina is inspired by the Pool brothers' travels to Ibiza, which they described as bright and chill with good music. It's a bar first with some appetizers like chips and salsa, nachos and rolled tacos; sharable plates, like enchilada and taco platters along with their mom's ice cream sandwich for dessert. Hugo's also offers brunch with a menu of burritos, Mama Linda's quiche, cheese crisps, chilaquiles and tacos.

Details: 817 N. First St., Phoenix. 602-767-5600,

Il Bosco

Wood-fired pizza on an airy patio, understated salads and draft beer, wine and cocktails make Il Bosco a consistent crowd-pleaser. Plan ahead, there are 24 pizzas on the menu to choose from.

Details: 918 N. Fifth St., Phoenix. 602-612-2470,

Kahvi Coffee + Cafe

Kahvi's owners bring a love of Tulum and Scandinavia to their cafe, where they aim to serve quality coffee in a relaxed environment. Aside from coffee and tea, Kahvi offers cocktails, wine and beer in addition to a breakfast menu. Kahvi Coffee + Cafe hosts events like drag brunches and yoga classes.

Details: 214 E. Roosevelt St., #2, Phoenix.

Killer Whale Sex Club

Looking to party until the wee hours of the morning? This is the place. The bar is one of a collection of Roosevelt Row bars and restaurants from owners Sam Olguin and Brenon Stuart. The others are Disco Dragon, FYPM and Pretty Penny. But, housed in an eye catching bungalow festooned with a turquoise wall, maroon mandalas, yellow rays and a large Pegasus, Killer Whale Sex Club was their first. Inside, behind the black and gold bar there's a wall dedicated to compromising Polaroid photos of customers, which gives the space either a sultry or a frat boy vibe, depending on your perspective. Reservations are recommended and last 90 minutes.

Details: 922 N. Sixth St., Phoenix.

Lom Wong

James Beard Award semifinalists Alex and Yotaka “Sunny” Martin serve regional Thai food recipes — a third from central Thailand, a third from Sunny's mother and grandmother from Chiang Rai and a third of Moklen specialties. The couple cooks for guests "as if you are family" with homestyle dishes like Ae Kan Khlak Ti, made with Moklen seabass curry in hand-pounded curry paste, coconut cream, lime leaf and Thai chili. For small groups, choose Arai Koda, which means "I'm down for anything" and let the chef surprise you.

Space is limited, so make a reservation.

Details: 218 E. Portland St., Phoenix.

Lucky’s Indoor Outdoor

Inspired by Austin's day drinking culture, this eclectic bar consists of a 2,400 square-foot indoor cozy lounge and a 4,000 square-foot dog-friendly patio with picnic tables and bocce ball. Lucky's hosts local food trucks for eats to pair with craft cocktails.

Details: 817 N. Second St., Phoenix,

Moon Pie: Patio and Pizza

Can't agree on where to go? Moon Pie might be the answer. The interior is partitioned into a bar area with high tops and bar stools where sports fans can enjoy pizza and drinks while watching their favorite teams play. On the side closer to the patio, there's a seating area for those looking to relax and have a drink, sans the television. Plants soften the space, which offers sofas, booths and tables seating. The patio offers more seating and a stage for local musicians. The menu centers around Chicago tavern-style pizza boasting a cracker-like thin crust, salads, sandwiches and an array of cocktails, including adult slushee options.

Details: 1001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 480-584-6134,

The ÒKha Soi CowboyÓ cocktail at Mr. BaanÕs Bar and Mookata on Nov. 2, 2023, in Phoenix, AZ.
The ÒKha Soi CowboyÓ cocktail at Mr. BaanÕs Bar and Mookata on Nov. 2, 2023, in Phoenix, AZ.

Mr. Baan's Bar and Mookata

Mr. Baan's Bar and Mookata is tucked behind Lom Wong and is run by the same owners. The drinks are an ode to Thai flavors. For example, Som Tum Smash is made with Bacardi white rum, tamarind syrup, lime juice, muddled cherry tomatoes, fish sauce and a tincture of Thai chili. The namesake mookata is a tabletop charcoal grill that allows guests to grill their own meat and seafood. The bar accepts walk-ins, but the mookata experience should be reserved in advance.

Details: 218 E. Portland St., #B, Phoenix. 602-675-0522,

The Pairing Room

The Pairing Room soft-opened in the space formerly occupied by chef Stephen Jones' award-winning restaurant The Larder + The Delta. The owners are beverage industry folks who also own Arizona winery Coronado Vineyards and Throne Brewery. As the name would indicate, the eclectic menu was designed to pair with their locally made beverages.

Details: 200 W. Portland St., #101, Phoenix.


Part of a trio of Second Street bars, Palma restaurant shares space with Cham Pang Lanes and Ghost Donkey. At Palma guests sit on the patio under a canopy of palm trees or tucked into one of a few booths in the bar area, all of which look like Instagram backdrops. From brunch to late night drinks and bites, this restaurant is a scene. The menu riffs on Japanese, Korean, American, Szechuan and Southeast Asian flavors turned bar snack. Think popcorn chicken, furikake fries and bubble waffles.

Details: 903 N. Second Street, Phoenix.

Pedal Haus and Sake Haus

Pedal Haus is an award-winning brewery based in Tempe. The downtown tap room offers a wide selection of fresh brews and 25 televisions showing every conceivable sport. Escape the fans on the sprawling rooftop or opt for the adjacent restaurant Sake Haus, which serves sushi, sake and Japanese whisky.

Details: 214 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. and

Pretty Penny

This restaurant and cocktail bar is the newest concept by the group behind FYPM. The globally inspired menu features seafood and brunch. On the beverage menu, find wine, agave spirits and beer.

Details: 504 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix.

Rough Rider

Named in honor of Teddy Roosevelt, the moody bar and restaurant, replete with leather chairs, wooden panels, flickering candles and black marble tables, is hidden in the basement of the Ten-O-One building on the corner of Central Avenue. Order a Victorian-era cocktail and shared plate or sign up for one of the tasting experiences, like a four-course, 16-person whiskey dinner with Yellow Rose Distilling.

Details: 1001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

Escargot from Sottise, a trendy French restaurant that's part wine bar, part vintage music venue in Phoenix.
Escargot from Sottise, a trendy French restaurant that's part wine bar, part vintage music venue in Phoenix.


Sottise is a French restaurant from TJ Culp and Esther Noh that's housed in a picture-perfect, restored bungalow. The Republic's former critic called it a "love song to Parisian cafes and homey dishes inspired by the French countryside." Part restaurant, part wine bar, it offers small plates fit for an upscale French restaurant. Intimate and airy, the space fills up with music as the night progresses. Reservations are highly recommended.

Details: 1025 N. Second St., Phoenix.

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