20 places to celebrate Memorial Day in Metro Phoenix

Experience AZ | 31 May |

From pool parties to fast cars to delicious food and drinks, Memorial Day weekend offers something for everyone in the Valley. With Memorial Day weekend around the corner, here are 20 ways to observe enjoy the long weekend in Metro Phoenix.


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Valley restaurants celebrating Memorial Day in a big way

STK Steakhouse

On this Memorial Day weekend, STK is honoring veterans, active duty and frontline essential workers, and celebrating all that they do. On Monday, May 31, head to STK Steakhouse and Receive 20% off the check with valid ID! Plus, enjoy $7.99 burgers when you takeout or deliver and brunch all weekend long. Make your reservation at STKsteakhouse.com. STK is located at 7134 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. 480-581-5171.

The Boozy Bomb Pop from Blue Clover Distillery. (Photo courtesy of The Knight Agency)

Blue Clover Distillery

Oldtown Scottsdale’s first ever micro distillery, Blue Clover Distillery, took a unique take on staying cool this year with three new boozy snow cone cocktails. The Lucky Lady Dreamsicle ($10) features two layers of gin, creme de violette elderflower and citrus made into a snow cone with whipped cream separating the vibrant blue layers. With the Boozy Bomb Pop ($10), you get the best of two worlds while experiencing the nostalgia of a 90s’ kid favorite– firecracker popsicles! The bottom icee layer of this drink, separated by a layer of whipped cream in the middle, is pink lemonade and gin. The top blue layer has creme de violette elderflower, gin and citrus. The last icee cocktail in the limited-time series is the Lemon Dropsicle ($10). This cocktail is a classic Lemon Drop made into a snow cone with a whipped cream middle. The drink features the distillery’s handcrafted vodka, fresh squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup. Try these refreshing boozy snow cones before they’re gone! Blue Clover Distillery: 7042 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251; 480.946.1062; bluecloverdistillery.com

Belle’s Nashville Kitchen

Oldtown Scottsdale’s favorite honky tonk bar will shake up the holiday weekend with The Smoke Show ($12), a bright, refreshing, easy-sipping cocktail. Belle’s Nashville Kitchen combines Union Mezcal, real passion fruit puree, Torani Almond Orgeat syrup, freshly squeezed lime juice and hibiscus infused simple syrup then coats the rim of the cocktail glass with hibiscus sugar. Belle’s is located at 7212 E. Main St., Scottsdale; (480) 590-3190; www.bellesnashvillekitchen.com 

Dave & Buster’s Tempe Marketplace

Dave & Buster’s at Tempe Marketplace is offering 20% off to active, retired and veterans with its Military Discount. Plus on Sunday night, enjoy a special late night happy hour before you hit the arcade area to show off your gaming skills. Dave & Buster’s is located at 2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy #1100, Tempe, AZ 85281. 480-281-8456. More info at www.daveandbusters.com

Pedal Haus

Pedal Haus will have happy hour all day and will be giving our free ‘day drinker’ t-shirts to anyone with a military ID who orders a Day Drinker Light Lager (while supplies last). Bottomless breakfast will be available for $12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes the diner’s choice of a select Pedal Haus beer, mimosa, beer-mosa, or Bloody Mary. The eatery will also have its usual Monday promotion, which is half off a ‘day drinker’ t-shirt with the purchase of a Day Drinker Light Lager. The Chandler location will also open early (at 11 a.m.) to celebrate.

Chaco Flaco

Ditch your White Claws this year– we’re leveling up. Sip poolside with an emerging titan in the canned cocktail industry. Chaco Flaco’s are flavor-first craft cocktails in a can that are all-natural, dairy free, contain no HFCs (high fructose corn syrup) and are lower calorie, low sodium and lower carb. The best part of all of that? The flavor wasn’t sacrificed for those bonuses. The first three sparkling Chaco Flaco flavors are a strawberry daiquiri, a smoky habanero mango margarita (you can actually taste that the habanero was fire-roasted) and a vodka berry mule. Chaco Flaco is available in AJ’s Fine Foods, Whole Foods and Bashas’ for $14.99 for a pack of 4. Local restaurants includingThe Local (Chandler), The Porch (Tempe/Arcadia), Handlebar Diner (Eastmark, Mesa) and La Cocina (Central Phoenix) also carry Chaco Flaco.

Chin Up Donuts

Chin Up Donuts will be making their red white & blue donuts for the holiday weekend in honor of our fallen military personnel! Chin Up Donuts is located at The Promenade in North Scottsdale at 7325 E Frank Lloyd Wright Suite 103. For additional information on Chin Up Donuts, please visit chinupdonuts.com or on InstagramFacebookLinkedIn and TikTok.

Hash Kitchen

The Big Hash Tequila Sunrise ($26) is made for two and is the perfect cocktail to cheers with for a long weekend. Celebrate the holiday weekend with a boozy brunch at Hash Kitchen and enjoy this chilled cocktail made with 100 percent blue agave tequila, muddled orange and pomegranate grenadine all served in a 50-ounce fish bowl glass with candy sharks as garnishes. Locations:

• 2855 W. Ray Road #4, Chandler; (480) 909-4270

4315 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; (602) 612-5580

8777 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; (480) 947-3214

14838 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.; (480) 361-5228

• 9780 W. Northern Ave. #1110; Peoria; 623-471-5471

Information: www.hashkitchen.com

Twin Peaks

For Memorial Day, the ultimate sports lodge Twin Peaks will be offering a 10% discount for ALL military, active duty or retired, with a valid ID. With almost 100 large screen TVs, 29-degree draft beers, craft cocktails and scratch-made food, this is the place to celebrate. All four Valley locations will be participating in the special. Twin Peaks locations: 2135 E Camelback Rd. in Phoenix; 8787 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. in Scottsdale; 6922 N. 95th Ave. in Glendale; and 2050 E Rio Salado Pkwy in Tempe. For more information visit www.twinpeaks.com

Tarbell’s

Slow Rind, Take It Easy ($17) is a refreshing summer cooler is like a slice of watermelon in a glass. Fresh watermelon juice, lime juice, Oleo-Saccharum, Mezcal NARAN and water are all combined then carbonated and bottled to create a fizzy summer drink. Tarbell’s: 3213 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; (602) 955-8100; www.tarbells.com

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is offering 15% off to active, retired and veterans with its Military Discount, available year-round. Grimaldi’s has seven locations in Arizona including Gilbert, Chandler, Peoria, Flagstaff, and three in the Scottsdale area. For more information or to find your neighborhood location, visit grimaldispizzeria.com.

The Italian Daughter

The Daughter ($15) is an effervescent libation that has bubbly prosecco, Belvedere Vodka, strawberry-infused syrup, prickly pear infused syrup and fresh lemon juice. The crisp prosecco and fruity accents of strawberry and prickly pear makes a refreshing pink drink as an end resul The Italian Daughter: 23655 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite #120; Scottsdale; (480) 404-6085; www.theitaliandaughter.com

Diego Pops

Diego Pops in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale is celebrating Memorial Day fiesta-style with a three-day celebration starting Saturday the May 29th that will include food and drink specials, DJs and live music throughout the day and night. On Monday, May 31stguests can take advantage of Diego Pop’s popular Taco Monday specials with $3 tacos all day and happy hour from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.diegopops.com. 

The Humble Group

Humble Pie, with two locations in Scottsdale and Glendale, and Humble Bistro, located in High Street City North, are offering 10% off for all military with valid ID, available year-round. For more information, visit humblepieusa.com. Humble Bistro is located at High Street City Northing opening at 3pm. For more information, visit humblebistro.com.

The Sicilian Butcher

Enjoy the buzzing atmosphere at The Sicilian Butcher during a well-deserved three-day weekend and cool down with the restaurant’s new summer cocktail menu (all drinks are $12)! Expert mixologist Matt Allen crafted this menu with summer-cooldown in mind, including bright colors and bold flavors to match the energy of a fun and relaxing summer. The Amalfi Spritz will transport you to summertime in the Amalfi Coast with its sparkling prosecco, Fiorente Elderflower, Orchard Pear Liqueur, Combier Le Bleu and Mediterranean Tonic Water. Locations:

• 15530 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 160, Phoenix; (602) 775-5140

3151 W. Frye Road, Chandler; (480) 573-8550

9780 W. Northern Ave #1100, Peoria; (623) 471-5721

Information: www.thesicilianbutcher.com

Angry Crab Shack

Angry Crab Shack offers 10% off year-round for all military with a valid ID at all locations. Locally owned and operated, Angry Crab Shack was founded in 2013 by Ron Lou with the headquarters in Mesa, Arizona. It is not the traditional crab in a bag boil, but rather a hands-on dining experience. The menu features seafood boils with Asian-Cajun flavors and signature sauces with Snow and King Crab, shrimp, crawfish, lobster and Dungeness crab. For more information or to find the nearest location, visit angrycrabshack.com.

The Montauk

The Montauk is taking their weekend brunch into Memorial Day on Monday, May 31st with live music in the morning that will continue into happy hour with a DJ spinning music throughout the night. Monday Funday anyone? Brunch items include their McMontauk and Prime Rib Breakfast Sandwiches among other breakfast classics. While you’re there, don’t forget to try the Montauk Frose, a frozen cocktail-twist on the classic rosé wine. More information available at www.themontaukaz.com.  

Zinqué 

French-inspired hautespot, Zinqué, serves chilled cocktails ideal for pre-and-post shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Square or for any reason to imbibe like Memorial Day. The gin-based Matcha and Melon ($15) cocktail is a match made in heaven with Spring 44 Gin, egg white, matcha, melon liquor by Midori and fresh lime juice. This refreshing summer melon cocktail is a vacation in a glass with its fresh fruit and lighter, well-balanced flavors. Zinqué: 4712 N. Goldwater Boulevard, Suite 110; Scottsdale; (623) 745-9616; www.lezinque.com

W Scottsdale kicks off summer with pool party

This Memorial Day, the WET Deck at the W Scottsdale is more than a place to catch rays – it is the liquid pulse for the start of summer. Friday, May 28 through Monday, May 31 and from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., hotel guests can enjoy W Scottsdale’s activated pool parties, featuring live DJ performances from Cutswell, Aaron Taylor, Javin, Complex, and more. Guests will enjoy dancing and bronzing pleasures, bottle service served from a captain’s boat, and craft popsicle “refreshers” made from local ingredients.  

The festivities will take place on W Scottsdale’s WET Deck, a true showstopper. Underwater lighting and music keep the vibe going below the surface, while temperature controls ensure the water is kept perfectly chilled. The WET pool is perched dramatically over the hotel’s entrance with four large portholes at the bottom, offering sneaky, cheeky peek-a-boos below. In addition to socially distanced daybeds, 11 private cabanas come complete with flat screen TV’s, high speed Wi-Fi and personal service. 

W Scottsdale is located at 7277 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. All non-hotel guests must reserve a table or cabana for entry, as general admission is no longer offered. To reserve a table or for more info on pool parties, call or text (602) 405-0099 or email vip@spellboundeg.com. To book additional special offers, visit www.wscottsdalehotel.com or call (480) 970-2188. To view the hotel’s full cleaning and safety protocols, visit https://clean.marriott.com/.

Free Memorial Day fun for veterans and military

Side-by-side Scottsdale entertainment concepts Mavrix and Octane Raceway will celebrate veterans and active military with FREE family fun on Memorial Day, May 31. Plus, Mavrix will light its bowling lanes red, white and blue in honor of the occasion! 

• Mavrix will open early to kick Memorial Day off right! From 11 a.m. to close, veterans and active military personnel and their families can bowl for FREE. Fee for shoe rental applies. Must show military ID to receive free game. Mavrix is located at 9139 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. Learn more at www.mavrix.com

• Go full throttle this Memorial Day at Octane Raceway, the country’s only indoor-outdoor go-kart track. Active military and veterans get BOGO racing and virtual reality gameplay sessions. Must show military ID for discount. Races and VR gameplay must be used on day of purchase. Octane Raceway is located at 9119 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. Learn more at www.octaneraceway.com

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