A contemporary take on a traditional pub, Citizen Public House is known for its craft beers, classic and modern cocktails, and interesting pub grub. Snacks include bacon-fat popcorn and a beer fondue made with the local Kilt Lifter brew. Main courses like short ribs with a coffee rub and pan-seared scallops with grits are hearty and delicious. The spot is beautiful, too, with mahogany furniture, oversize 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. Because the bar supports Arizona brewers and wineries, 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.
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Scientifically Good Cocktails
Editors' note: Citizen R&D has closed, but Citizen Public House is still in business.
Citizen R&D turns making a great drink into an art form. This Scottsdale speakeasy is hidden away above its 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 gain entry. 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 its drinks, and thankfully it doesn't have to. Each drink is meticulously made with homemade ingredients and unique flavors. You can even get a drink served over cotton candy. The staff tries to create a really fun, comfortable atmosphere. Be sure to review the "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.