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We’re at least 300-odd miles from the shore in Phoenix, so the concept of some kitschy dockside bar native to port cities is a foreign notion to us landlubbers. Except when we drop anchor for an evening with the scurvy dogs at Swizzle Inn, that is. This notorious north central Phoenix landmark of a maritime bent is the kinda place where vintage diving helmets, surfboards, and depth gauges are objets d'art, and a large photograph of a great white hangs above the pool table. Its inky eyes seemingly follow us when we wade through a crowd three deep to sample the sea of spirits available behind the bar. Conversation tends to resemble a roar as patrons often shout to be heard over the blaring jukebox, especially when it’s playing a crowd favorite like Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.” You can even hear it from your car while parking, which indicates that another memorable night at the Swizzle is on your horizon.
The epitome of a dive bar. Complete with cheesy Christmas decorations all year round, bumper stickers for wall paper, neighborhood gossip, and cheap $2.00 beers. You also have to love that they have a "mystery shot" for $2.00, which is a brown paper bag wrapped around a bottle of booze.
It is an older crowd here, 40 - 60's, but don't let that hold you back. There are a few late 20's mid 30's that pop in. Here, everyone wants to know your name and your thoughts. It truly is a magical divey bar. Love that the bathroom is literally a step away from the bar, so you don't have to worry about your beer getting too cold ;)
It's a Tuesday, and I'm on my way home. "Frustrated" is an understatement. Sometimes you leave work happy and content, and other times you want to set the world on fire. The sky is raining fire today, so I decide to meet my friend D up at the... More »
Like most good dive barflies, we're not exactly stoked to share our favorite hideout with the masses. But what the heck -- we love this place! It's dark, it's grimy (though the ladies room is so clean, it won a Best Of), and it has an atrium. It's the Swizzle Inn. Lurking behind the Starbucks on the southeast corner of 16th Street and Bethany Home Road sits a little piece of dive bar heaven, where the drinks are always strong and the Christmas light are on 365 days a year. Whether... More »
Late night at a dive bar is great fun -- unless you happen to be of the gender that pees sitting down. And while ladies across the land have certainly mastered the hover (for you men who need an explanation, use your imaginations), it's much tougher to pull off such a balancing act after a night of cheap booze.We have found a dive bar that has a women's bathroom so clean and beautiful, your cheeks will be happy to rest on the sparkling porcelain. Not only does the Swizzle Inn take pride... More »
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