Phoenix's best cocktail bar is closed while a buzzy hotel moves in. What fans should know

Michael Salerno
Arizona Republic

Work on a new downtown hotel expected to open in spring 2023 is coming along, but the next phase of construction will temporarily close an acclaimed cocktail bar.

Staff at Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, located in the historic Luhrs Building in downtown Phoenix, posted on its website that PEG Companies bought them out for the next month so its staff could move forward with work on the upcoming Moxy Hotel.

PEG Companies staff told The Arizona Republic that it bought out Bitter & Twisted for the next month to mitigate the impact of the business being closed.

Bitter & Twisted owner Ross Simon said PEG Companies is providing rent relief while the bar is fronting the money for his staff's payroll during the time the bar is closed.

"We're super happy we could provide that for our amazing team," he said.

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How long is Bitter & Twisted closed in downtown Phoenix?

The Redenbacher is comprised of sous-vide popcorn, butter-washed bourbon and cocchi Torino, stirred with a salt solution, brown butter syrup and bitters.

The bar will only close for about a month to allow work on the building, such as plumbing, to go forward in a safe, clean and efficient manner, said Julie Melander, portfolio manager at PEG Companies, who's overseeing its work on the project.

Bitter & Twisted staff will post updates when they're ready to reopen on Instagram @bitterandtwisted_az.

Simon said he's targeting a Nov. 1 reopening.

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How far along is the Moxy Hotel construction?

The interior of the historic building was gutted, then reconfigured and rebuilt. The hotel's 164 rooms were framed out and PEG Companies staff is in the middle of finishing them, Melander said.

Staff is also working on the lobby and mezzanine floor, she said.

Will the work disrupt any other downtown businesses?

No. Most of the tenants of the Luhrs Building, located on the corner of Central Avenue and Jefferson Street, moved out after PEG Companies and A.G. Hill Partners bought it in 2020 to develop a hotel.

The Moxy Hotel will operate out of the first floor space that's not occupied by Bitter & Twisted and the entirety of the second through ninth floors. The top floor will remain occupied by the Hagens Berman law firm.

When will the Moxy Hotel open?

The Moxy Hotel is expected to open in May 2023, according to Visit Phoenix.

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