While it might be tough trying to find some elbow room at this tiny Tempe tavern -- which is usually packed to the rafters with hard-drinking scenesters -- one thing you won't have any trouble locating is the sports memorabilia that takes up practically every available inch of wall space. The place is a favorite hangout for fans of Boston sports teams, various umpires who visit the Valley during spring training, and local college kids cashing in on dirt-cheap drink specials. Just try to keep from knocking their drinks over as you navigate your way to the restroom.
Baer's Den used to be one of those blink-and-you'll-miss-it kind of bars, as its teeny-tiny former location tucked alongside a motel was literally about the size of a one-car garage. After moving about 200 feet down Apache Boulevard earlier this year, however, this sports and spirits paradise is now housed in bigger and much more prominent digs. Thankfully, owner Scott Baer kept the bar's wood-paneled walls, as well as the cozy aura and amiable atmosphere that's not unlike the convivial... More »