2011 New Times Best of Tempe


  • Best bicycle in a Tree / 10th Street and Farmer Avenue
  • Best Rainbow / Tempe Light Rail Transit Bridge  www.bustersimpson/tempebridge
  • Best Place to Urinate in Public / The Blarney Stone, Casey Moore’s http://www.caseymoores.com
  • Best Strip Mall / Southwest corner of University Drive and Ash Avenue
  • Best Children’s Theater / Childsplay  – 900 S. Mitchell Drive http://www.childsplayaz.org
  • Best Community Theater  / Stray Cat Theatre  – Tempe Performing Arts Center http://www.straycatstheatre.org
  • Best Arts Center / Tempe Center for the Arts  www.tempe.gov/tca
  • Best Rock Climbing Gym / Phoenix Rock Gym – 1353 E. University Drive – http://www.phoenixrockgym.com
  • Best Splash Pad / South bank of Tempe Town Lake
  • Best Batting Cages / Kiwanis Park Batting Range – 6111 S. All-American Way –  www.tempe.gov/battingcage
  • Best College Athlete / Dallas Escobedo –  ASU
  • Best Coffee House /  Cartel Coffee Lab  – 225 W. University Drive #101  www.cartelcofeelab.com
  • Best Home Brewing Supplies / Brewers Connection – 1425 E. University Drive – http://www.brewersconnection.com
  • Best Drive-Thru Liquor Store East Valley /  Jerry’s Liquor  – 1217 S. Rural Rd.
  • Best Head Shop, East Valley /  The Headquarters – 219 W. University Drive –  www.420hq.com
  • Best Bookstore /  Changing Hands – 6428 S. McClintock Drive – http://www.changinghands.com
  • Best Comic Book Shop / Ash Avenue Comics – 810 S. Ash Ave. – http://www.ashavecomics.com
  • Best Art Supply Store / Wet Pain – 806 S. Ash Ave – http://www.wetpaintaz.com
  • Best Neighborhood Mican Restaurant / Casa Reynoso – 3138 S. Mill Ave.  – http://www.casreynoso.com
  • Best Neighborhood Pizzeria / Venezia’s –  33 E. Southerson Ave. – http://www.venezias.com
  • Best Romantic Dinner / House of Tricks – 114 E. Seventh St – http://www.houseoftricks.com
  • Best Breakfast  / Essence Bakery and Cafe’ – 825 W. University Drive – http://www.essencebakery.com
  • Best Bagels / Back East Bagels 1628 E. Southern Ave #2 – http://www.backeastbagels.com
  • Best Chicken Fingers / Rock-N-Roll Fingers – 937 E. Broadway Toad – http://www.rocknrollfingers.com
  • Best Ice Cream Sandwich / Cookiez on Mill – 514 S. Mill Ave, #102
  • Best Happy Hour /  Robbie Fox’s Public House – 641 S. Mill Avenue – http://www.robbiefoxs.com
  • Best Hookah Lounge / Crave Cafe & Lounge – 508 S. Mill Ave.  www.cravetempe.com
  • Best Smoking Patio / The Stray Cat Theatre – 2433 E. University Drive
  • Best Underground Music on Mill Ave / The Big Bang – 501 S. Mill Ave  www.thebigbangbar.com
  • Best Sports Bar / Boulders on Broadway – 530 W. Broadway Road  – http://www.bouldersonbroadway.com
  • Best Pool Hall / Q & Brew – 3400 S. Mill Ave.
  • Best Bottled Beer Selection / Taste of Tops – 403 W. University Dr. – http://www.topsliqors.com
  • Best Rock Club / The Sail Inn – 26 S. Farmer Ave. – http://www.thesailinn.com
  • Best Hip-Hop Night  / Blunt Club Thursdays – 29 W. Southern Ave – http://www.yucatap.com
  • Best Neighborhood Bar / Casey Moore’s Oyster House – 850 S. Mill Ave. – http://www.caseymores.com