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Phoenix Gets Two ‘Big City’ Bars in Hotel Palomar

Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Updated: Thursday, August 9, 2012 14:08


Tiera Allen

The pool at Lustre

The new Kimpton Hotel Palomar at CityScape, on the corner of Central Avenue and Jefferson in downtown Phoenix, is in a prime location for shopping, dining and sporting events. It’s also a great spot for a bar.

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails and Lustre rooftop bar, are the new hotel’s dining and drinking establishments. They serve as excellent additions to the Phoenix nightlife scene and are key to what planners hope will become a hustling and bustling metropolitan area. 

Blue Hound sits on the first level of the hotel inside the CityScape plaza, with a private entrance. The gastro-lounge concept of the bar makes it a good place for high-end dining and drinking. It’s a small but appealing space filled with beautiful dark woods and dim lighting. Blue Hound is sophisticated, intimate and very urban. It lends itself well to the downtown scene and truly feels like a big-city bar. For a moment, as I sat at the bar looking out to the buildings and people on the street, I almost forgot I was in Phoenix. I’ll admit, it made me quite proud of my little desert city.

The menu items at Blue Hound are straightforward. Flatbreads, fish and meat items are all present, but what really makes the dishes unique is the manner in which they are served. Executive Chef Stephen Jones, has created a tapas style dining concept which means food is served in smaller portions on smaller “social plates” for sharing.

The drink menu is just as unique with 33 specialty hand-crafted cocktails designed specifically for Blue Hound, 20 bottled beers and a slightly limited selection of beers on tap. The bar atmosphere is cozy enough for a date but relaxed enough for a post-work or pre-game beer. If you really want to unwind, then head upstairs to the hotel’s second level for the pool deck and rooftop bar, Lustre.

With a sparkling pool, lime green cabanas and a beautiful panoramic view of the city, Lustre is real gem. Don’t let the pool fool you; even though guests are free to take a dip, Lustre is just as welcoming to non-swimmers, who can sit at the bar or lounge at one of its many trendy tables and chairs.

From the top, a fine view of downtown buildings and the beautifully captured Chase Field and US Airways Center make for a nice backdrop for sipping on one of the bars craft cocktails or beers.

Though the drink selection is similar to the bar downstairs – give or take some cocktails – the food menu is quite distinct with a more poolside friendly fare such as mini ceviche tostadas and an assortment of flat breads, salads and sandwiches.

Thursday through Saturday, guests can enjoy free DJ entertainment, and Monday through Friday, from 3 to 6 p.m., happy hour prices at both bars.

Though business is still picking up at the boutique hotel’s bars, their urban appeal, proximal locations and tasty drink selection will definitely make Hotel Palomar a destination spot in the heart of the city.

Downtown Phoenix, it’s about time.


Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails (Lustre Bar on second level), 2 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.258.0231

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