Bar to Bar Through Beantown
Special post featuring one of our favorite guest reviewers and a trip to a great bar in Phoenix, AZ!
Neighborhood: Phoenix, AZ
Address: 101 E. Jackson Street
Date of Visit: Thursday, March 8, 2012
Bartender Name: Mike
Alice Cooperstown’s tagline is “Where Jocks and Rock Meet,” and that couldn’t be more spot on about the kind of establishment this place is. Being Alice Cooper‘s restaurant, you’d expect a bit of eccentric-ism and we were not disappointed on that front. From the moment you walk in, the first thing you will likely notice is the black eye/face make up that all people who work their wear in tribute to the owner’s personal style. The interior is large, with a wooden bar spanning the room, and dozens of tables and high tops for eating. There is also an outside eating area complete with a second bar, and decked out like a baseball stadium. Inside, there are numerous projection TVs playing all of the major league games. The rest of the space is decorated in music memorabilia (think Hard Rock Cafe-esque) and sports items such as jerseys. Just a warning, we came here before the Suns/Mavs game and it was packed; we didn’t want to wait an hour for the table so ended up eating at the bar. Alice Cooperstown is perhaps known best for it’s signature dish, the “Big Unit” which is a 22inch full pound hot dog served on a whole baguette roll. Every time one comes out of the kitchen, a bell is rung and all of the servers yell “BIG UNIT!” (I can only imagine how old that must get to the people who work there). Check out this video about it!
Valerie’s Drink of Choice: Billy Madison’s Coco Mai
Ingredients: Ron Matusalem Rum, coconut rum, pineapple juice, Amaretto float
Review: The Coco Mai reminded me a lot of the Spaceman Colada I had at Cask ‘n Flagon back in Boston. It was tropical and sweet, and the rum balanced it out nicely to provide a bit of a kick (both taste and strength wise!). It was essentially like a lighter version of a pina colada, and that’s something I would never complain about! The only tricky part is that serving drinks in a plastic cup with a straw makes it go down quickly – if we weren’t in a rush to get to the basketball game, I would have ordered another one!
Guest Blogger Julie’s Drink of Choice: Bloody Mary
Ingredients: Vodka, tomato juice, other yummy things
Review: Since I was a little kid, I have loved tomato juice. Since High School I have loved Vodka. Mix those together and top it with olives and you get my favorite drink of all time- The Blood Mary. Many of you reading this may be thinking, “Is she eating brunch? At 7pm MST? That’s the only time I drink Bloody Mary’s”. Well, I say what is wrong with you??? Bloody Mary’s are not just for brunch people! In fact, I am pretty sure I have had one at every hour of the day over the course of the last few years. I’ve had them on planes, at bars in trains, etc. That being said, when I wanted something to drink after a long day of working in a city that was not my own, I went with my old steady the Blood Mary. This one did not disappoint. The spice was just right, not too much horseradish and the right vodka mix ratio. In fact I spoke so highly of my drink to Valerie that the guy sitting next to us got one himself. When his came it had more olives… so of course I had to have more too. Luckily even though the bar tender looked creepy in his Alice Cooper eye makeup he was awesome and gave me as many as I wanted. All in all this drink was awesome. Too bad we live like 2,000 miles away and I can’t go get one right now… because any time is the right time for a Blood Mary.
Wine Prices: There are five variations of Sutter Home wine offered by the glass for $6 each, as well as three other wines by the glass for $7 each. All bottles of wine are $25.
Beer Prices: Twenty three beers are offered by the bottle/can and there are sixteen beers on tap, including local selections. No prices were listed on the menu! They have a few beers that are dscounted on game days, to find out which ones, view their online beer menu.
Other: Cooperstown offers five margaritas including “Tom Arnold’s Butt Kicker Margarita.” They also have a specialty cocktail list with five other libations such as “Mo Diggity’s Jager Bomb.” No prices were listed on the menu!