Billing itself as a cocktail and seafood bar, Pigtails Phoenix is a tiny cocktail bar right in the heart of Cityscape in Downtown Phoenix; just look for the copper door. If you think you’re in the wrong place because you seem to be in a kitchen, just keep going. Head toward the door under the neon cocktails sign, and you’re there!
A Hidden Gem
A hidden, dark hideaway, Pigtails Downtown Phoenix really is a speakeasy. This narrow space is small and intimate. The inviting bar with leather stools stretches down one wall and the remainder of the space offers tufted leather seats in comfy booths. It may be a small space, but there’s lots going on. The back bar wall has a vibrant, green living wall that frames the liquor bottles and the stuffed javalina head, and cute little pewter pigs are everywhere. This place has atmosphere to spare.
It’s All About the Cocktails
Pigtails Phoenix is about the cocktails, and they will be more than happy to customize your drink using their selection of barrel-aged whiskey, organic vodka, botanically infused gin, and tequilas. Pigtails is the perfect place for cocktail fanatics! Their talented baristas are constantly coming up with new hand-crafted cocktails, including a recent special, the Open Sesame—Terroir gin & shochu fat-washed in sesame oil, mixed with sake and winter melon bitters, stirred and served up with a cocktail onion.
Their long list of house cocktails is broken into four sections. Light and Citrusy offers cocktails like The Haboob (Bluecoat Gin, Honey, Lemon, Mint and Sweetz Cold Brew), while Cool and Nerdy cocktails include the Pebbles Flipstone (Nikka Gin, Grapefruit, Cream, Lemon, Cherry-infused Bruto, and Fruity Pebbles), and the Purple People Eater (Plantation White Rum, Coconut, Jicama, Jasmine, Vanilla and Ube).
The Refreshing and Fun section includes the I Never Menta Hurt Ya (Lee’s Strawberry Ginger Gin, Coconut, Lemon, Mint and Cardamom), and the Bold and Boozy cocktails include the Black Hog Down (Sotol, Amaro, Crème de Cacao, and Mole Bitters). There are three aged Old Fashioneds, Cold Brew Shots, beer, wine, and the Pigtails Mystery Punch too.
Here’s the Seafood Part
If you’re hungry, choices include oysters on the half-shell, Shrimp Cocktail, Chips and Salsa, House Hummus with toast, Bacon Jam and Brie Dip, Wild Mushroom Flatbread, and Charcuterie.
Pigtails Downtown Phoenix is in the heart of Phoenix’s Cityscape, just north of the down escalator, at 1 East Washington Street. Hours of operation vary due to pandemic restrictions, but currently are 4pm to 12am Monday through Thursday, 4pm to 2am on Friday, 2pm to 2am on Saturday, and 2pm to 10pm on Sundays. Pigtails is walk-in only, no reservations at this time.