Best Patios in Old Town – The survey says:
It’s officially patio season and Schmooze recently conducted an in-depth survey on the Best Patios in Old Town (ok really we just spent all of last week having a glass of wine on the patios of our favorite places). After much research we have come up with this list of our favorite patios in town. Take the list as it is presented, completely biased and flawed and you won’t be disappointed. If you are looking for a great patio in Old Town to spend the evening enjoying the great weather, you can’t go wrong checking out these places! Enough said!
In no particular order:
5th and Wine
Schmooze is guilty of being creatures of habit and we find ourselves gravitating to 5th and Wine frequently to enjoy a nice glass of wine on one of the best-hidden patios in town. Starting Thurs night, 5th features some great live music as well. This is our favorite patio to bring friends to for a nice chat under the stars on their comfy couches. 5th and Wine gets busy on the patio during the weekends, so reservations are recommended if you want to make sure to get outdoor seating.
7051 East 5th Avenue
The Grapevine is famous for it’s second floor patio, overlooking Old Town and rightfully so. One of the best known patios in town The Grapevine is a must see if you are really looking to get a feel for living in Old Town. From it’s great vantage point at the start of Brown Street, you can see all the comings and goings of everyone out on the town (did we mention it’s one of the best places to people watch around). The Grapevine gets a mixed crowd of locals and visitors so you can always find a friendly face at the upstairs bar. If you are hungry, make sure to try the Lavosh (it’s one of the Grapevine’s specialities)
4013 N Brown Ave
Old Town Tavern
Located at the North End of the Civic Center Mall near the horse carriages, Old Town Tavern has a great mix of local bands, performers, sports, ambiance, and movie nights (yes movie nights!). There is always something fun going on at OTT and you can guarantee it’s on our agenda every weekend! Starting with live music almost every night of the week and a great crowd of locals, you really can’t go wrong here. OTT features some of our very favorite local musicians and a patio large enough to dance on but cozy enough to hang out on. If you are in the area Saturday or Sunday afternoon, make sure to stop by and listen to Boston Joey on the patio starting at 2pm. A full schedule of bands at OTT for the month can be found on their website here!
Old Town Tavern
7320 E Scottsdale Mall
Looking instead for a romantic place for a date night or dinner for two? Have we got the perfect spot for you! As the event planner for all of our single friends (yes, our blog got started for you!) we have recommended Cafe Monarch hundreds of times and have made countless dates successful! Yeah, we know, it’s a tough job! The whimsy of Cafe Monarch is apparent as soon as you step foot inside the gate and see where the name originates. Real Monarch Butterflies flit around the patio while you are enjoying some of the best food in town cooked with love by Chef Christopher. Just a few suggestions, Cafe Monarch doesn’t serve alcohol so bring your own bottle of wine (the Circle K around the corner has an amazing selection of wine, really!). There is a $10 corkage fee. Also Cafe Monarch has limited seating, so reservations are required, (Cafe Monarch closes for the summer).
6934 E 1st Ave
Frank and Lupes
Ready for Margaritaville? Be sure to check out the back patio of Frank and Lupes for some great Mexican food and a refreshing margarita! Don’t worry, that stuff at the office can wait! Schmooze loves to grab the Chicken Mole Enchiladas (fabulous) with a ginormous (yes it is in the Webster dictionary now) margarita on the rocks and enjoy the great weather Scottsdale has to offer. The back patio is hidden from the traffic and pedestrians of Marshall way and offers a south of the border feeling when you want a little retreat. What better place to have a siesta!
Frank and Lupes
4121 N. Marshall Way
Oldest. Bar. In. Old. Town. (yeah we know Rusty Spur claims the title too, but we are biased). What The Coach House lacks in sophistication it makes up for in character. This is where all the locals can be found. No frills though, this is a real Old Town bar. See those hitching rails up front, yeah occasionally you will actually see horses tied up there right next to the Harley’s. Everyone is welcome here. Often the start of Pub Crawls and Bachelor parties, The Coach House has a real diverse crowd, but that is the charm. Did we mention that you can smoke on the patio? Look for The Coach House to have live bands for special events and we will keep you informed via Facebook of when they do. Every Sunday at 2pm, they also offer a FREE BBQ to guests… yep it’s yummy!
The Coach House
7011 E. Indian School Rd
Prettiest patio in town. It overlooks the Civic Center Mall across from SMOCA. The red awnings and flowers on the tables is a class act that can only be matched by the stunning array of martinis that AZ/88 is famous for. Not a martini fan, they also have a great selection of wine and other cocktails too! With a collection of art that changes regularly and inventive food, AZ/88 is another can’t miss patio in town.
7353 Scottsdale Mall
Okay so are you impressed yet, I told you we did a comprehensive study to bring you some cool patios to check out! (okay so we lied, we hit these places every week)!