La Pequeña Sucia

La Pequeña Sucia, $10, pictured at Scott and Co.’s sister restaurant next door 47 Scott.

Andi Berlin / Arizona Daily Star

Any Tucsonan that's of  legal drinking age knows that there are no shortage of bars, clubs and restaurants serving up drinks.

And while beer, wine and standard mixed drinks can be found anywhere, a truly wonderful cocktail can sometimes be a little harder to track down.

Enter the cocktail bar, where "mixologists show off their skills, crafting up creative concoctions to satisfy customers’ taste buds," according to BestThingsAZ.com, a website that prides itself on picking out the best of everything in the state.

The website has chosen what they say are the 10 best cocktail bars- three of which can be found in Tucson- calling the spots "sleek, classy establishments" that "show off unique drinks in a trendy atmosphere."

The first Tucson cocktail bar to make the list is Scott & Co., attached to the popular downtown restaurant, 47 Scott.

"Scott & Co. has all the elements of a great cocktail bar: attentive service, creative mixologists, and a nice ambiance," the article says, adding that some of the favorite cocktails include the Brick House Old Fashioned and the Secret Garden.

The second Tucson spot is the Sidecar Bar, which opened a few years ago in the Broadway Village shopping center.

"It might not draw you in immediately, but that’s part of the appeal," the article says. "It’s a cocktail bar through and through. You won’t find any food or TVs at this trendy establishment."

Drink options at Sidecar include dark and stirred, light and stirred, herbal, and frothy and shaken.

While the last Tucson spot on the list is certainly a local favorite, the ambiance at The Shelter Cocktail Lounge is quite a bit different that the aforementioned locations.

Tucson's only "60s retro lounge," The Shelter shows classic movies on TV and is packed full of 20th century memorabilia.

"This cocktail bar is so unique that young and old alike enjoy it," the article says. "It’s also home to a number of signature cocktails and the best martini in town."

Check out the rest of the list here.

 

 

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