I wasn’t ready to call it a night quite yet after my visit to Hula’s. I guess I didn’t want my Phoenix layover to end! Not far down the road and within walking distance from the center of Old Town Scottsdale is a place called Second Story Liquor Bar. Do not let the name fool you. Not only does this speakeasy-esque place serve fantastic drinks, they also serve FANTASTIC food. I was seated at the bar by the gracious and friendly hostess, where Noah, the bartender, quickly introduced himself. I had their Ward 8 cocktail – bourbon, orange juice, lemon juice, simple syrup and grenadine, which was pretty and delicious.
From their very impressive food menu I chose the Togarashi Roasted Beets, which was stunningly beautiful in presentation, and absolutely amazing in taste. The beets were paired with glacier lettuce, cucumber, pimento cheese, salami (which were very flavorful crunchy bits), sprouted nuts, grapefruit and miso foam. It was a work of art.
I can’t wait for another PHX layover so I can go back to Second Story with a bigger appetite! It’s obvious the chef is extremely talented and takes a great deal of pride in his work. I highly recommend you seek out Second Story Liquor Bar in Scottsdale if you are in the Phoenix area. Besides the great food and drinks, it has all the charm of a speakeasy, minus the annoying passwords, special knocks, etc. Second Story Liquor Bar is located at 4166 North Scottsdale Road on the second floor. The super nice hosts outside will direct you!!