By JENNIFER GRAHAM
If you are considering a weekend excursion during spring break, consider visiting Old Town Scottsdale. It houses more than 80 establishments ranging from whiskey bars to wine lounges, night clubs to restaurants.
To reach Old Town from Tucson, take Interstate-10 west to East McDowell Road in Phoenix. Follow McDowell to North Scottsdale Road.
It would be nearly impossible to visit every Old Town business, but here are few to consider:
Giligan’s has daily happy hour specials from 4-7 p.m., food challenges that award you a $50 bar tab, Sunday vodka specials and Tuesday night gold fish races.
Address: 4251 N. Winfield Scott Plaza
Details: giliginsbar.com or (480) 874-2264
El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria
El Hefe, a Mexican restaurant by day and bar by night, is a favorite of many who frequent Old Town. California native Mitchell Dembitzer calls El Hefe his favorite spot. “Collectively, everyone is in the right mood,” he said. “No one cares about getting too drunk, everybody’s here just to have fun.” El Hefe hosts a Sunday party from 4-10 p.m. and offers VIP bottle service and table taps reservations.
Address: 4425 N. Saddlebag Trail
Details: elhefescottsdale.com or (480) 945-6200
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
The unique selection of whiskey and beer concoctions makes this a great stop for any Old Town outing. Most interesting is the boiler bomber, a shot of whiskey dropped into a beer. Aside from a curious drink menu, Whiskey Row offers brunch from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Address: 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail #105
Details: dierkswhiskeyrow.com or (480) 945-4200
Derby Public House
This fairly new addition to Old Town boasts a carefree ambiance and imaginative dishes. It is a comfortable place to enjoy a cocktail and the company of others. The interior, unlike most bars in the area, is well lit and has an interesting modern vintage feel.
Address: 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail (adjacent to Whiskey Row)
Details: derbypublichouse.com or (480) 999-3311
International calls itself a champagne bar/boutique nightclub inspired by years of world travel. You won’t necessarily feel as if you’ve been transported to another city, but it’s a great place to dance. It offers an ample dance floor, two bars and an outdoor patio.
Address: 4405 N. Saddlebag Trail
Details: intlscottsdale.com or (480) 213-9500