Some of our favorite bars are just that – bars. And all too often, before we head out for a drink, we don’t have time to fill up our stomachs. Good thing there are bars and taprooms across the Valley that allow patrons to bring in outside food.
It’s also on the level, according to Johnny Diloné, public information officer for Maricopa County’s Environmental Services Department. “It’s just like you ordering food from any restaurant and having it being delivered to your home,” he says. “There would not be a need for regulating such a thing.” Diloné says food permits aren’t required for food in bars because they they’re not the ones preparing it, and “it seems like in most cases, people are ordering it from a permanent establishment” or just bringing a snack from home. “What they’re doing is just to make it easier for their customers,” he says.
With that, grab some takeout menus or call for delivery at these 17 bring-your-own-food bars in metro Phoenix.
1502 Grand Avenue
This charming Polynesian stop is a staple of the Grand Avenue Arts District. Open since 1947, the tiki-themed Bikini Lounge has booths, high-tops, and a pool table to accompany its cash-only bar, where patrons are allowed to enjoy outside food. “We do allow people to bring in food, especially if they share,” says owner Matt Tomb in an email. The Bikini is also known for some raucous DJ nights, which may be a good way to work off that sub you just destroyed at the bar.
You can still get a stiff drink and a good meal (if you bring it yourself) at Champions.
Champions Sports Saloon
211 North Gilbert Road, Gilbert
Champions Sports Saloon has been some sort of bar in Gilbert since the 1940s. Amenities include pool tables, TVs, darts, pinball, arcade games, and retro Arizona sports team posters. They also have snacks, a deep fryer, and a pizza oven, or you can bring in food from one of the many surrounding restaurants. The pennies on the bar are gone, but you’ll still get a stiff drink at this neighborhood bar. You’re also welcome to bring in any take out from the Heritage District’s many surrounding restaurants.
There’s pizza, food trucks, and as always, cider.
31 South Robson, #103, Mesa
An Arizona craft cider shop, Cider Corps opened on Veterans Day 2017, and operated by brothers Jason and Josh Duren. Set off Main Street as ones of many bars and eateries in historic downtown Mesa, the cidery has a number of unique flavors on tap, including Purple Heart, Secret Squirrel, and Mango Foxtrot. Myke’s Pizza recently started operations in the back of the craft cidery, offering slices from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. However, when Myke’s is closed, Cider Corps will host a revolving line of food trucks, as the taproom is always BYOF.
Cocktails mix with joystick classics and whatever you’d like to eat at Cobra Arcade.
Cobra Arcade Bar
801 North Second Street, #100
Downtown Phoenix’s Cobra Arcade Bar features 40 vintage arcade games, 14 beers on tap, and several arcade-themed cocktails like Krazy Kong and the Garbage Pail Kid. Customers are allowed to bring in their own food, especially from the food trucks and carts set up outside from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. You can even order a pizza and have it delivered there whenever you want.
BYOF from nearby Mexican food restaurants at this Mesa neighborhood bar.
Courtesy of Kay’s Place
315 South Alma School Road, Mesa
Since 1969, Kay’s Place has graced its Mesa neighborhood with beers on tap, pool tables, a busy jukebox, and the “Wall of $2 Cans.” Kay’s also features its “Mesa-Style” happy hour – running weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. The bar also allows outside food at their many high-tops and at the bar. Surrounding restaurants include Taquitos Jalisco Mexican Food and Los Dos Molinos.
Kings Beer & Wine
2811 North Central Avenue
Set on the southeast corner of Central Avenue and Thomas Road, Kings Beer & Wine is craft beer and wine store that also welcomes those who’d like to dine in. Guests may bring in a sandwich from Honey Bear’s BBQ to pair with the Double Oatmeal IPA from Fate Brewing Co. or Stellar Tidal Disruption by O.H.S.O. Brewery. This low-key beer shop and convenience store has a narrow bar to set up your lunch, and a few four-top tables in case you have some friends or co-workers with you.
Bring your own snacks to Kobalt for karaoke, drag shows, and RuPaul’s Drag Race.
3110 North Central Avenue, #175
You can’t enjoy RuPaul’s Drag Race with just beer and/or cocktails alone. Good thing, then, that you can bring your own snacks for seasonal viewings of RPDR at the recently relocated Kobalt in Park Central. This lively gay bar also features everything from drag bingo and raucous live shows to karaoke five nights a week, which can all be paired with…