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Film Bar is one of the few independent movie theaters in Phoenix.
NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

A guide to local favorites in Downtown

Film Bar is one of the few independent movie theaters in Phoenix.
  • By Carrie Wheeler
  • Photos by Dominic Valente
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It wasn’t so long ago that downtown Phoenix turned into a ghost town after 5 p.m. Since those days, a lot has happened: Arizona State University and the University of Arizona have moved campuses downtown; the CityScape retail and food hub and the light rail were built; and new bars and restaurants, art galleries, and music venues have emerged, ultimately making the city center a bona fide walkable downtown experience.

Meet Carrie Wheeler

Carrie has lived in the Phoenix area since 3rd grade. She left for short stints in Osaka, D.C. and L.A., but has always found her way back to the desert. One of her favorite things about living in the Valley: the smell of creosote bushes after a rain. Her biggest dislike: finding live scorpions in and around her house.

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Downtown Phoenix

Arizona Wilderness DTPHX
Arizona Wilderness features a winning combination: a wide selection of sustainable beers and a large outdoor patio on which to enjoy them.
Arizona Wilderness DTPHX, 201 E. Roosevelt St. Phoenix, Ariz. 85004
Sauvage Bottle Shop
This postage-stamp-size wine stall inside the Churchill sells wines made with minimal additives at four price points ($15-$30). It will uncork the wine for you so you can drink it in the Churchill’s outdoor communal dining area, and cork up the remaining to bring home.
Sauvage Bottle Shop, 901 N. First St., No. 109. Phoenix, Ariz. 85004
FilmBar
One of the few independent theaters in town, FilmBar shows art movies, foreign films, cult classics, vintage favorites and even the occasional singalong. Enjoy the movie with wine, beer, Tamale Store tamales and snacks from the concession stand.
FilmBar, 815 N. Second St. Phoenix, Ariz. 85004
Cobra Arcade Bar
Play vintage arcade games and pinball machines while sipping video-game-inspired cocktails and a rotating menu of draft beers. On weekends, DJs and food trucks join the mix. Check the website for free-token nights.
Cobra Arcade Bar, 801 N. Second St., No. 100. Phoenix, Ariz. 85004
Antique Sugar
Vintage-lovers will find a great selection of wearable and collectible clothes and accessories for women and men, along with a few items for kids.
Antique Sugar, 801 N. Second St., No. 104. Phoenix, Ariz. 85004
Phoenix Public Market
Seven days a week, Phoenix Public Market serves up seasonal fresh food, pastries, coffee and drinks in its casual dining room, bar and patio. Every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon (1 p.m. from fall to spring), it’s also a popular open-air farmers market with local produce, prepared foods, product vendors, artists and food trucks.
Phoenix Public Market, 14 E. Pierce St. Phoenix, Ariz. 85004
Valley Bar
Travel through a back alley and descend a staircase to this basement bar for a music and events venue, a lounge, and a game room with two billiards tables, Skee-Ball, shuffleboard and video games. Make sure you get a good look at the art installation above the bar based on the 1930s-era story of Winnie Ruth Judd, who killed her friends, packed them in a suitcase and transported them from Phoenix to Los Angeles.
Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, Ariz. 85004
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Carrie Wheeler
Carrie has lived in the Phoenix area since 3rd grade. She left for short stints in Osaka, D.C. and L.A., but has always found her way back to the desert. One of her favorite things about living in the Valley: the smell of creosote bushes after a rain. Her biggest dislike: finding live scorpions in and around her house.
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Dominic Valente
Dominic is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in Phoenix.

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