816 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ, USA
The Roosevelt Phoenix Reviews
May 06, 2007
Like so many among us, my soul dies just a bit every time I spend an evening in a generic and uninteresting bar. You begin to feel an urge to don a cape and become the "Cool bar superhero" that could secretly fly through the city and actually FIND these illusive, fabled places that are supposed to exist out there but are so hard to find...
And then, lo and behold, you come across a place like The Roosevelt bar in Central Phoenix, in the heart of the Arts District.
This must be how Superman felt when he first found the Fortress of Solitude.
The bar is in a restored vintage bungalow home from the 1900s; small but very cool. Square and brick, very much in keeping with the rest of the historic center of Phoenix.
While they kept the ideas of rooms, so you can wander from room to room in the the tiny house; and each has it's own feel to it, there is very little in the way of furniture; some rooms have a few couches and chairs, others have a collection of raised tables, just the size for two people, and raised bar stools. No matter which room you enter, the lighting is cozy and warm and the candles are glowing; against all the rich polished wood that makes up the interior of this gorgeous home there is really nothing that could could be more attractive.
A local brewery here in town, "Four Peaks Brewery", supplies a lot of the ale; including the "house ale", which is a Pale Ale, and quite good. The options here are all top class, ranging from said local to all sorts of strange and enticing options from both all over the country and all over the globe. Also, men seem to turn into content boys after a couple of drinks and a chance to stare happily into the "Glass Enclosed Keg Room". Have at it boys.
The drinks here seem to come out especially cold. 29 degrees. (That's -1.66 in Celsius) Matt, the owner, gave a lot of thought to how to accomplish this. The process is as follows: The cooler keeps it at around 34 to 38, and then they have a glycol system that cools it another four degrees when it goes through the tap lines. And then, they serve it to you in a frosted glass - takes the temperature down two or three more degrees when it hits that. Bravo.
The wine list is also worth mentioning. The owners took GREAT care when making their selections, and if you ask someone more knowledgeable about wine than I, they will tell you that it shows. If you don't know someone more knowledgeable about wine that has been there, and only instead ask ME, I will simply tell you that it makes me laugh they have Aqua Pumpkin Pinot Noir. I really do have to go back and try that out.
The snacks are quickly becoming famous for their oddity as well; they put some fancy food up on offer, and then turn around and offer "campfire beans and franks". Why? I don't know. This is offered right next to the artisan cheese plate.
Anyway, come, relax, enjoy, and let someone else in some other city save the world tonight; Phoenix is currently safe from soulless bars, and you'll know it when you're tucked into the warmth of The Roosevelt.
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