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12 best bars for ASU students in Tempe (AZ Central)

12 best bars for ASU students in Tempe

By Kellie Hwang on Saturday, August 12, 2017 | Travel Pulse

empe, home to Arizona State University, is packed with nightlife hot spots. Revelers never run out of options in this beer-loving town, with a number of breweries and beer bars opening on busy Mill Avenue and south of downtown.

Here are our picks for the top bars for ASU Tempe students (who are 21 or older, of course).

Pedal Haus Brewery

Mill Avenue’s hip brewery is ultra cyclist-friendly with ample bike racks. Pedal Haus went through a remodel and expansion in 2016, with bungalows and fire pits added to the spacious 6,000-square-foot outdoor beer garden. The patio surrounds the perimeter of the restaurant, with games like ping pong, cornhole and ladder ball. Look for more than 20 beers on tap, or try one of the signature cocktails. Happy hour runs from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Sunday Funday features $3 Pedal Haus beers and mimosas, $5 margaritas and half-off chicken wings and other specials all day long.

Details: 730 S. Mill Ave., Phoenix. 480-314-2337, pedalhausbrewery.com.

Taste of Tops

This cozy bar is for beer connoisseurs and anyone who wants to break from Keystone and Natural Ice. Taste of Tops is attached to Tops Liquors, which features an extensive collection of beer, wine and liquor, including many hard-to-find varieties. There are 30 rotating taps and 600 bottles and cans, and 20 wines by the glass. The bar does growler fills, and you can go next door to get a keg filled with a wide variety of brews.

Details: 403 W. University Drive, Tempe. 480-967-5643, topsliquors.com.

Culinary Dropout

 Culinary Dropout anchors The Yard, which is a big hit in Tempe. Order from the main sleek bar serving cocktails with names like the Irish Hipster, Deviant Behavior and International Affair. The bar overlooks a covered patio with cushy couches and lawn games. The Yard also houses a large private event space and Madison Improvement Club, a cycling/yoga studio.

Details: 149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe. 480-240-1601, culinarydropout.com.

Postino Annex

Got a hot date or want a classier night out with friends? Head to one of the most popular wine bars in the Valley, which has five other Arizona locations. On Mondays and Tuesdays, after 8 p.m., pay $20 for a bottle of wine and a bruschetta plank — plenty for two people. Happy hour is from open to 5 p.m. daily.

Details: 615 S. College Ave., Tempe. 480-927-1111, postinowinecafe.com.

The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen

Modeled after a mountain cabin, this was a popular in Scottsdale that closed to make way for apartments. Now, it’s open in Tempe, serving tasty American fare and cold drinks. Great specials throughout the week include all-day happy hour on Mondays; mimosa refills for 5 cents, Blood Mary specials and $20 beer buckets on weekends; and ladies night on Thursdays with $3 glasses of wine and $4 Effen vodka drinks. A pool table, backyard games and chandeliers made from antlers and wood sasquatch statues add to the fun vibe.

Details: 26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe. 480-967-0578.

Four Peaks Brewing Company

The state’s largest brewery has expanded quickly since it was purchased in 2016 by Anheuser-Busch InBev. The Tempe brewery and pub on Eighth Street is the original, and last year the space added a new bar, shop and larger patio. The bar pours eight permanent selections in addition to seasonal picks, and you can see the tanks and fermenters from your table in the sports bar. Sandwich selections include a salmon BLT, Italian-beef beer bread and green chile pork poutine. Four Peaks is a short walk from the light rail, so you always have a designated driver.

Details: 1340 E. Eighth St., Tempe. 480-303-9967, fourpeaks.com.

Rula Bula

This longtime Mill Avenue favorite draws crowds with its casual vibe, huge patio and live music. You’ll find energetic bands on Friday and Saturday nights, and open jam sessions on Tuesdays. For a more relaxed experience, drop in on Wednesdays for the pub quiz at 8:30 p.m. When the weather is nice out, the patio is often full with sparkling lights and plenty of room to mingle. Food, served until 1 p.m., includes fish and chips, Irish potato skins and loaded fries.

Details: 401 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. 480-929-9500, rulabula.com.

Low Key Dueling Pianos

This underground bar is always upbeat, featuring talented players who sing and play popular songs on dueling pianos. It’s nonstop entertainment for the crowd, which often sings along with the pros. If you’re coming in with a group, be sure to reserve a table. Specials include $4 Fireball shots on Wednesdays; a pint and shot for $7 on Thursdays; and happy hour from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Details: 501 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. 480-355-1705, lowkeypianobar.com.

The Funky Monk

This new spot on Mill Avenue has a ’60s psychedelic theme and is one part restaurant, one part bar, one part nightclub. You’ll find a wide variety of playful drinks, and specials throughout the week, such as two-for-one “pre-game” cocktails from 8 p.m. to close Thursdays.

Details: 530 W. Broadway Road, Tempe. 480-219-1376, funkymonktempe.com.

Casey Moore’s Oyster House

Casey’s is special for three reasons: An awesome wrap-around patio, a haunted legend and Jimmy Eat World-inspired fame. You’ll find patrons of all ages and walks of life here in a laid-back atmosphere that encourages strangers to become drinking buddies. The Irish bar and restaurant is a hot spot to enjoy a craft beer or a stiff drink.  As the name suggests, you can enjoy oysters fried, Rockefeller, in a shooter or on a half shell.

Details: 850 S. Ash Ave., Tempe. 480-968-9935, caseymoores.com.

El Hefe Tempe

El Hefe is a lively restaurant by day and party spot by night. Because Thursdays are the typical college night out, the place hosts #BossThursdays with music from DJ Diesel. The bar is known for its Loaded Cerveza (a shot of Bacardi lime rum in any beer), beer-garitas and signature margaritas. Happy hour runs from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays. Also check out its sister restaurant/bar next door, Whiskey Row, a country-themed party spot.

Details: 640 S. Mill Ave., Suite 110, Tempe. 480-257-2797, elhefe.com.

Yucca Tap Room

Popular among artsy kids from ASU and hip adults, Yucca Tap Room is a live music venue, dive bar and hip lounge all in one. In the main room, there’s live music every day. Next door in the lounge, there’s a great selection of craft beers and creative takes on pub food dishes, such as the bulgogi nachos and bacon-wrapped mac and cheese egg rolls.

Details: 29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe. 480-967-4777, yuccatap.com.