There’s a special energy in the Arizona air as the beloved Phoenix Suns face off against the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals! Even though tickets to the games are tough to get, restaurants all over the Valley are celebrating with specials deals and high-energy viewing parties. Here are a few restaurants in the Valley where you can get into the spirit of the playoffs and watch the Suns games.
Dave & Buster’s Tempe Marketplace
Dave & Buster’s at Tempe Marketplace is the best place to go to watch the Suns and for every NBA Finals game. With over 36 TVs and a 40-foot WOW Wall, there will be endless screens available to catch all the action. Happy hour takes place daily from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring half-priced cocktails, $1 off 22oz. drafts, $1 off wine glasses and $3 of wine bottles. They also recently added some great new dishes to their menu including the Beastmode Bacon Burger, Creole Shrimp Dip, Hawaiian Chicken Sandwich, IPA Fish & Chips and more. Book a viewing party or watch it with friends on one of the many big screen TVs. For more information, visit https://www.daveandbusters.com/locations/tempe.
With almost 100 large screen TVs, 29-degree draft beers, craft cocktails and scratch-made food, this is the place to watch. All four Valley locations will be showing the finals. 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 and The Wine Bar
Tarbell’s has Suns fans covered with two different Phoenix Suns inspired cocktails! The Sun King ($12) is a fitting orange drink with the combination of lemon and lime juices, simple syrup and Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon with Arizona-made Blue Clover Burnt Orange Bitters, garnished with an orange twist. The Gorilla’s Dream ($12) is created with another Arizona local Blue Clover Gin, Cointreau Orange Liqueur, with lillet blanc and lemon juice. This purple drink will get you all fired up for the big game!
Information: 3213 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; (602) 955-8100; www.tarbells.com
The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen
The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen is the ultimate spot for sports fans to watch the Suns! With one location off Mill Ave, the restaurant focuses on providing the best neighborhood service and food from their scratch-kitchen. Their entrees are famous with the Triple D Burger and Pork Green Chili being featured on Diners, Drive-in and Dives! The Sasquatch burger has been ranked one of the best burgers in Phoenix because of its excellent taste and impressive size. It was also featured on the Food Network. The restaurant is part owned by NFL star Jared Allen and celebrates sports all year long.
Stop by for daily food and drink specials and cheer the Suns on with a viewing party on their expansive patio with ample seating and TV’s throughout the space. 26 S Farmer Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281.
Blue Clover Distillery
Blue Clover is serving a delicious fiery orange Signature Suns Drink ($9) created with their own Blue Clover grapefruit vodka, Italian aperol and lemon juice, and is topped with prosecco garnished with a dried blood orange wheel. This drink mimics the beautiful sunsets in the Valley of the Sun.
Information: 7042 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale; (480) 946-1062; www.bluecloverdistillery.com
Thirsty Lion Gastropub
Rally the Valley at Thirsty Lion Gastropub with an electric crowd at any of their Valley locations. Watch the game of one of the flat screen TV’s and enjoy chef made entrees from their expansive menu. The summer menu is available now and features entrees like Spicy Shrimp Ceviche, Wagyu Beef Burger or Seared Atlantic Sea Scallops. An all-new drink menu features fresh cocktails like
the Raspberry Mint Mule-jito and Jalapeño Paloma Margarita. Go Suns!
Visit one of the four Valley locations at 21001 N Tatum Blvd, 2212 E Williams Field Rd, 2000 East Rio Salado Pkwy and 3077 W Frye Rd or visit www.thirstyliongastropub.com.
Belle’s Nashville Kitchen
Try out The Rising Sun ($10) from Oldtown Scottsdale’s favorite country bar! This purple and orange cocktail includes Ketel One Vodka, Gran Gala Orange Liqueur, club soda, with sweet pea flower simple syrup and a splash of sprite. The gorgeous drink is garnished with a full orange moon “basketball.”
Information: 7212 E. Main Street, Scottsdale; (480) 590-3190; www.bellesnashvillekitchen.com
Match Market and Bar
The Phoenix Suns are on fire and Match Market and Bar is celebrating their ongoing success in the playoffs with dedicated specials. Hoops fans are invited to come cheer them on and enjoy the following dishes and drinks, available exclusively during the team’s upcoming games:
• Planet Orange Chicken (a la carte), $13
• Planet Orange Chicken served with a draught beer, $15
• The “Point God” Smash Cocktail (named in honor of Chris Paul), $14
Information: 1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 85004; 602-875-8080; www.matchphx.com.