In Arizona's arid climate, thirst is never far away. That's why the state has an ample collection of historic, dark bars and saloons. They don't have mixologists or cocktail programs. These joints have worn-smooth bar tops, chill bartenders, cold beer and icy drinks.
You can quench your thirst and cool your eyeballs down when you walk in from the blinding sun for happy hour or at night duck inside to bathe in the reds, greens and blues of bar neon.
These are our favorite Arizona saloons, a thirsty dozen of them:
Museum Club, Flagstaff (1931)
Stock Exchange Saloon, Bisbee (1905)
Spirit Room, Jerome (1898)
Canyon Club, Williams
The Palace, Prescott (1901)
Drift Inn, Globe (1902)
Crystal Palace, Tombstone (1882)
Buffet Bar, Tucson (1929)
St. Elmo Bar, Bisbee (1902)
World Famous Sultana Bar, Williams (1912)
Paul & Jerry's Saloon, Jerome (1899)
Nellie E. Saloon (Desert Bar), Parker (1983)
Abe's Old Tumacacori Bar, Tumacacori
Buckskin Tavern, Fredonia
Cleator Bar, Cleator (1903)
Durant's, Phoenix (1950)
See Arizona's Best Neon:
Editor's note: The dates for these saloons refers to when each building first opened but not in every case as a saloon.