Before you head out for a night on the town to celebrate the bride’s bachelorette party, begin with a chic and delicious dinner at one of these restaurants in Scottsdale.
The Melting Pot
8260 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale // 480-607-1799 // Meltingpot.com
Open until 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends
It might be a chain restaurant, but there’s a reason The Melting Pot is continually named a place for parties. Its interactive nature means that it promotes socialization, great for a bachelorette party where many of the gals don’t know each other (such as when you’re combining hometown friends, college friends and workplace friends from different locales). The food at The Melting Pot is cooked fondue-style, meaning the servers bring out meats to cook in broth at the table, or breads to dip in cheese fondue, and fruits and treats to dip in chocolate fondue. Tables at the Scottsdale location can hold up to 16 with a reservation (a reservation for more than five requires a credit card), but bigger parties can be accommodated by speaking to management in advance.
Kazimierz World Wine Bar
7137 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale // 480-WINE-004 // Kazbar.net
6 p.m.–2 a.m. (kitchen open until 1:30 a.m.)
You might not be able to pronounce (or spell) the name of Kazimierz, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth an excursion to kick off your shin-dig. (For the record, it’s Kaz-MEER-ehz, but employees don’t mind if you shorten it to Kazbar.) Find the entrance to the location – which, in speakeasy style, is somewhat hidden – at the rear of the building. Once you’re inside, this intimate wine bar is marked by stone walls, both high and low tables, cozy corners and plush sofas and chairs. The menu features 2,000 varietals of wine, making this the perfect starting spot for the bride who loves vino. Reservations are acceptable for groups of six or more; sofa reservations can be made with a credit card guarantee and food and beverage minimum. Located in Old Town, this wine bar also has a great location – once you’re done with dinner, head to any of the numerous bars or dance clubs located in downtown Scottsdale.
135 East Camelback Road, Suite 125, Scottsdale // 480-970-1700 // FoxRC.com
Open until 10 p.m. weekdays; midnight weekends
Looking for something a bit more casual that still has the right vibe and a tasty menu? Culinary Dropout might be just the ticket, as it offers a convenient location, trendy atmosphere and a menu that takes comfort food and twists it into modern and creative dishes. Over great conversation and craft beers, dine on dishes such as a pork belly cubano, fried chicken with a buttermilk biscuit or grilled cheese sliders. If you linger into the evening, you’ll likely be serenaded by up-and-coming musicians, but it’s easy to move onto another Scottsdale hotspot once dinner is done. Reservations are accepted at Culinary Dropout, and an inquiry sent via website or a phone call can help with private party logistics.
RA Sushi Bar
3815 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale // 480-990-9256 // Rasushi.com
7012 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale // 480-951-5888 // Rasushi.com
If you’re looking for sushi – a popular bachelorette party option – in Old Town Scottsdale or in north Scottsdale, RA is the place to go. The sushi menu is fresh and creative, but there are plenty of non-fishy dishes to please pickier eaters (pineapple cheese wontons? Yes, please!) The restaurant also features an extensive cocktail, wine, beer and sake list. However, this place is popular, and it doesn’t take reservations, meaning it’s best for a very early dinner or smaller group that won’t have to wait as long for a table.
Los Sombreros Café and Cantina
2535 North Scottsdale Road // 480-994-1799 // Lossombreros.com
Open until 10 p.m. weekdays; 11 p.m. weekends (Limited menu during final hour)
If you have bachelorette party guests coming from out of town, don’t miss the opportunity to introduce them to Arizona’s amazing Mexican food. The owner of Los Sombreros, which is located slightly outside of Old Town Scottsdale, is a native of central Mexico and offers up authentic tastes of enchiladas, carnitas, chiles rellenos and fish entrees, among other options. Plus, the extensive bar includes 50 premium tequilas and mescals, 12 varieties of margaritas made with fresh juice and 10 Mexican beers – now that’s a recipe for a good time.
Coup Des Tartes
4626 North 116th Street, Phoenix // 602-212-1082 // Nicetartes.com
Open until 9:30
Strictly speaking, this establishment is in Phoenix, not Scottsdale; however, it’s still worth a mention for its charming and elegant atmosphere. (After all, if you’re not going to end the night like a lady, you might as well start the night like one!) The real draw, however, to this bistro is its BYOB nature, meaning each gal can bring their own wine, beer or Champagne – a real treat when you’re working on a budget. Reservations are accepted online.
Which dining hot spot is perfect for your Scottsdale/Phoenix bachelorette party?