Citizen R&D takes making a great drink to an art form. This Scottsdale speakeasy is hidden away above their restaurant counterpart, Citizen Public House, where you must enter via an outside back alley staircase. Look for a little notice posted on the bottom of the staircase with a phone number you must call before entering the outside gate in order to get entry in.
Don't let the instructions to get in scare you off as this is one of the most creative, unique cocktail lounges in Downtown Scottsdale. The bar, named after Research & Development, doesn't make substitutions to their drinks and thankfully they don't have to. Each drink is meticulously made with homemade ingredients and unique flavors. You can even get a drink served over cotton candy.
They try to create a really fun, comfortable atmosphere here. Be sure to review their "Protocol for Proper Cocktailing," since women can approach men here but not the other way around. Don't learn the hard way that they take this rule pretty seriously. So come with a great group of friends and enjoy some scientifically good cocktails.
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Bacon Fat Popcorn
A contemporary take on a traditional pub, Citizen Public House is known for its craft beers, creative classic and modern day cocktails, and interesting “pub grub.” Snacks include bacon fat popcorn and beer fondue made with the local Kilt Lifter brew. Main courses like short ribs in a coffee rub and pan seared scallops with grits are hearty and delicious. The spot is beautiful, too, with mahogany furniture, oversized leather booths and a large stainless steel-topped center bar. Speaking of the bar – Citizen Public House is a good spot to tip one back with the locals. They support Arizona brewers and wineries, so you’ll find Four Peaks Hop Knot IPA and Pillsbury Wild Child white blend on the list, along with wines from Caduceus Cellars and Dos Cabezas.