For those of you who haven't read my other thread -- am moving back to Central Phoenix after 2 years in Seattle.
As much as I've enjoyed eating in Seattle, I think I've been even more spoiled by the cocktail scene here. I live in a very hip & bustling part of town and there are tons of great bars within walking distance of home. It has been more than easy to find places using fresh fruit juices, house-infused liquors, house-brewed ginger beers & tonics, etc.
I realize that "walking distance" is going to be a lot trickier in Phoenix, so I'll have to be moderate in my imbibing (or use the light rail/bus, or have a designated driver), but I'm willing to travel a little if need be.
I would LOVE recommendations for craft cocktail-type bars as described above...especially if I can pay $10 or less per drink (as expensive as Seattle is -- especially with new liquor laws -- I can get some GREAT drinks for $5-9).
The bar I'll miss most in Seattle: Montana, a divey little bar that features house-brewed Rachel's Ginger Beer. Best Moscow Mules EVER, as well as other great on-tap cocktails. If there's anywhere in the Phoenix area making a ginger beer that's even half as good as Rachel's I'll be happy, and if anyone can point me in that direction I'd be ever grateful. But I'm definitely on the look out for other interesting cocktails as well (I'm generally a tequila girl, but willing to branch out!).
Was never much of a drinker when I lived in Phoenix (because I usually was the responsible one!) but now that I've been spoiled by Seattle, it'd be nice to know some comparable options in Phoenix (especially CenPho).