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Top 7 Oldest Bars in Phoenix You Should Visit

Step into a bygone era of charm and history with our guide to the best oldest bars in Phoenix.

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These venerable establishments have withstood the test of time, each brick and beam echoing with tales of the past.

Join us on a journey through vintage taverns and time-honored pubs, where every drink is a sip of local lore.

Discover the enduring spirits of Phoenix as we raise a glass to tradition and legacy.

Rusty Spur Saloon

7245 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Phone: (480) 425-7787
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Rusty Spur Saloon always comes to mind when I’m in Old Town Scottsdale and wonder where to get a drink.

It’s one of the oldest bars in Phoenix and is a laid-back country bar with live music on a small corner stage and genuine Wild West saloon doors to push through.

Their beer options include domestic, Mexican, and premium options.

They also make a mean margarita, with the Prickly Pear, using cacti syrup, being my favorite.

Check out unique cacti at the Desert Botanical Garden nearby.

Garden Bar Phx

822 N 6th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 824-2385
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Garden Bar Phx is a cocktail bar in Phoenix, just off the North 7th Avenue exit of the Papago Freeway.

The bar is an old house with a gorgeous yard, and the interior feels just as homey.

The bar serves local beers depending on the season, but I can never resist custom cocktails made with natural ingredients.

The pistachio daiquiri is something I’ve never had anywhere else, with real crushed pistachios enhancing the flavor.

The Little Woody

4228 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: (602) 955-0339
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The Little Woody is one of the oldest bars in the Windemere district of Phoenix.

I love the classic feel of the bar, down to playing darts and skeeball while I sip my drinks, and since it’s open until 2 a.m., it’s a fun place to get some drinks.

The draft beer list changes often, but they always have numerous domestics and imports.

I enjoy their unique cocktails, like the Arizona Mule, using fresh mint, lime, and Angostura bitters.

HB Hanratty’s Pub

537 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: (602) 274-3067
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HB Hanratty’s Pub is one of the best places to go out in the Uptown area of Phoenix.

It’s tucked into a strip mall, but the exterior is a welcoming front porch.

The inside is everything I could want from a dive bar, with pool tables, dart boards, and tons of drink specials.

The bar has tons of liquor on display, which the talented bartenders use to make custom cocktails.

They also have beers available on draft or in cans and bottles. If you’re wondering where to get a drink, choose HB Hanratty’s Pub.

Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub

18 W Monroe St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 253-6081
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After spending time downtown in Civic Space Park, which has a stunning light sculpture that brightens the night, I head a couple blocks south to Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub.

It’s one of the oldest bars in Phoenix with a classic Irish pub vibe.

Nearby, you can see stunning American Indian art at the Heard Museum.

They have some of my favorites on draft, like Four Peaks Kilt Lifter Scottish Ale, Harp Lager, and Kilkenny.

They also have imports and domestics in bottles.

George and Dragon English Pub

4240 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: (602) 241-0018
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I love Irish pubs, but English pubs are also fun places to get drinks, and George and Dragon has the most authentic British vibe in Phoenix.

The bar is right next to the Steele Indian School Park, which is a place to spend time in the garden or on the basketball court.

The bar serves standard beers like Blue Moon and Lagunitas but imports like Carlsberg Danish Pilsner and Smithwick’s Irish Red Ale.

Charlie’s Phoenix

727 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Phone: (602) 265-0224
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Charlie’s is one of the oldest gay bars in uptown Phoenix, blocks away from Colter Park.

The bar has a country vibe, including a DJ and line-dancing with special events daily.

I love stopping by when they have karaoke or foam parties during happy hour so I can enjoy entertainment with my beers.

Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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