Citizen Public House & Casablanca Lounge

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This blog experience was made possible through the support of the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. All thoughts, opinions, and comments are those of Fit, Fun & Delish.

Last weekend Paul and I decided to have a date night so we ventured out to Downtown Scottsdale for the night. We all know that the best night life in the Phoenix Metro area resides in Scottsdale. For some reason other areas of the valley have failed to develop a hot spot for fun seekers where dinning and entertainment is all within walking distance. The locals know that Downtown Scottsdale is where the fun is at!

I will admit that Paul and I have not gone out to clubs in a while since the age skews toward a younger crowd and we can’t crash that party anymore (ha, ha).  Well we found a cool spot that we will definitely go back to and we fit in just fine.  Read more about it down below.

For our dinning experience we decided to visit Citizen Public House. We made reservations for 9 pm knowing we wanted to have a late night and I’m glad we did.  The place was packed when we got there and remained that way the entire time of our stay.

We really liked the warm, lively and open atmosphere. People were dressed well across the board. If you’re in downtown Scottsdale on a weekend night I always recommend you dress up rather than down ;).
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From their Drinks menu, we ordered the Hot Pink Palomas.  The Paloma is our signature drink.  We discovered it one New Year’s Eve and even featured it at our wedding reception.  You usually don’t see it that often on drink menus so we were excited.  We  ordered the Bernie’s Mac and Cheese ($9) from the Starters menu. It had a good flavor but arrived almost cold.   The wait staff wasn’t around much so we ended up eating just a little bit instead of complaining.

(Please excuse my bad lighting on the photos but we were seated in a nice booth that was very intimate and comfortable thus the lighting was dark for atmosphere)

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I ordered the Pan Seared Scallops ($26) … so good! The Scallops were seared to perfection. The roasted corn grits was the perfect side to go with it.

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Paul ordered the Fair Trade Short Ribs ($30). They were good but for that price he wasn’t impressed with the overall dish.
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Many people were celebrating birthdays and/or large groups of people just having a good time. Overall it’s a fun, feels big city, place to gather!
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Citizen Public House
Craftsman Court & 5th Ave
Old Town Scottsdale

After dinner we headed out to The Casablanca Lounge, within walking distance from Citizen Public House.  The cover charge was $10 each.

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We went there because of the live music and we heard it was gonna be the Blues. We love the Blues.  That night they had The Sugar Thieves band – they describe themselves as “Arizona’s Finest Meat-Shakin’ Blues Band”. That sounds like fun right? They are very good.  A unique blending of blues and jazz with New Orleans influence.

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We sat out on the terrace. The view was great overlooking 5th ave. The holiday lights were still hanging from the trees and that made it extra special.  We had a couple of drinks – wine for me and a specialty drink for Paul.  He said his drink was terrible.  Unfortunately we can’t remember the name of the drink and couldn’t find it on their website.  Paul thinks it might have been a new bartender who looked nervous while making the drink and probably didn’t know what he was doing.  Another cool thing about this place are the menus.  They’re back lit so when you open them up they glow and are easy to read.  Same with the check portfolio when you pay.

They have a good sized fire pit and space heaters, plenty to keep everyone warm on this “semi-cold” January night. We definitely want to go back to The Casablanca Lounge. Next time we will invite some friends since it’s a great place to hang out.  The terrace is comfortable and the layout is perfect for group gatherings and conversation.

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The Casablanca Lounge 
7134 E. Stetson Drive, Third Floor
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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  • 01/27/2014 - 8:53 am

    Tracey - I need to move to Scottsdale!ReplyCancel

    • 01/27/2014 - 10:28 am

      ana @ fit, fun & delish! - That would be fantastic Tracey! We can workout together too :)ReplyCancel

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