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With slats on the windows allowing air to blow in and cigarette smoke to blow out, the Maverick Saloon is considered a patio. At least that's the technical term, and how owner Alfonso Larriva sidestepped state regulations after an 18-month renovation to allow smoking inside this North Phoenix bar. At first, newcomers may feel a little naughty about lighting up, but soon they'll be puffing away with a lively stable of locals, bellied up to the bar or relaxing on a corner couch in an atmosphere of dark wood and dim lights. Think the Maverick's all smoke and no action? Think again. With eight TVs, kick-ass country on the jukebox, and live entertainment Wednesday through Saturday, this tobacco-friendly joint's got the goods, including Junior, the grill man who whips up pub grub that costs less than a pack; and Sue, Jennifer, and Jessie, bewitching barkeeps who'll make sure your stay at the Maverick is one smokin' good time.
It's not a bar -- it's a patio. At least, that's the technical term and how owner Alfonso Larriva got the city off his back after an 18-month renovation to allow smoking inside the Maverick Saloon. With slats on the windows allowing air to blow in and cigarette smoke to blow out, patrons can puff away with lively locals bellied up to the dark wooden bar, or they can relax on a corner couch listening to kick-ass country music on the juke, watching TV, or enjoying live entertainment... More »
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