Coffee is a big deal for many Phoenix locals, and it tends to be a pretty serious thing. Yet, so is the drinking scene — be it craft beers or handcrafted cocktails. What’s great about Phoenix is that there are various coffee shops that offer both at once: Boozy, caffeinated beverages make the best of both worlds. Whether it’s through espresso martinis or something less classic and more creative, consider the ways that these five awesome locations can delight and even surprise you.
4501 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85018
This local roastery has been sowing its beans all throughout Phoenix, but they’re not just known for its carefully crafted coffee drinks. They also use plenty of different spirits — even amaro — to create alcoholic beverages like the Bruto Americano, while the fall seasonal menu here includes coffee-cocktail combinations like “As Time Goes By” or the “Coffee Mimosa.” No matter what kind of concoction you’re looking forward to here, the atmosphere and the delicious flavors are well worth the visit.
Sip Coffee & Beer
3617 N Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Whether it’s a cold beer, a sweet latte, or a cocktail like the Java Fashioned, there’s something at Sip that can get you going. This hot spot for drinks of all kinds prides itself on offerings of coffee-inspired beverages as well as the classics, like their Negroni, and their much-loved cold brew, which you can buy as a nitro or not. In addition, drinks at this drive-thru can also consist of Bananas Foster lattes or Mushroom Mochas — hot or iced “lattes” that use mushrooms as a source of energy and flavor instead of the caffeine found in coffee.
First Draft Book Bar
Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W Camelback Rd #1, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Anyone believing themselves a writer has to visit First Draft at least once. Playing off the trope that every writer finds themselves in a coffee shop (or at the bottom of a whiskey bottle), this bar loves to showcase its craft beers just as much as its espresso beverages. Even if you don’t have the tastes of a writer (whiskey or coffee or both), you might instead have the soul of a book club member, whose tastes you can satisfy at this bar with wine — even locally produced ones — as well as a draft list of beers that includes delicious porters, lagers, and even a coffee stout.
Snakes & Lattes
20 W 6th St, Tempe, AZ 85281
By far, the best way to enjoy your game night is by drinking. Now, if you need to focus — like in a long campaign of Monopoly — you might need caffeine. However, if you’re playing Pictionary, there’s nothing better than doing it after you get a good buzz going around the table. Whether you’re holding a chess night or enjoying a bout of Dungeons & Dragons, Snakes & Lattes is a game-friendly spot that serves both drinks like the Monstrous Mule and the coffee cocktail Mexican Mudslide, as well as café staples like lattes and chamomile tea!
5450 E High St, Phoenix, AZ 85054
It doesn’t get much clearer than a name like this. The Boozy is home to delicious alcoholic drinks as well as a coffee beverage menu. Their favorite way to do this is at brunchtime with drinks like The Dude, featuring cold brew, Kahlua, vodka, and half-and-half. If you need a fix that includes both booze and caffeine, there’s no better place than The Boozy.