4 months ago
Picking a spot inside the Century Grand building is like deciding on your Mario Kart player - you can’t go wrong but everyone has a favorite. There’s a bar called Century Grand with an extensive cocktail and wine list, and dim sum-style carts that bring around throwback dishes like fried oyster Rockefeller and steak tartare with a cured egg yolk. There’s Platform 18, a cocktail bar that’s also a 90-minute train simulation. And there’s the Grey Hen, a bottle shop and whiskey bar with rare spirits. Regardless of where you end up, you’ll spend some money - nowhere this cool is cheap - but you’ll have found a new favorite drink or dish.
8 months ago
Jason Asher and Richard Furnari, the trailblazing cocktail duo behind Barter & Shake and underground tiki lair Undertow, continue to drive the expanding mixology scene in Phoenix. The pair have dropped their most ambitious concept yet, Century Grand, themed around 1920s rail travel. Bartenders look the part in period garb. One room, Platform 18, is even designed to emulate a bygone train car, complete with synchronized screens creating the illusion of scenery passing by outside train windows. The cocktail book, which comes with an ingredient glossary, includes drinks that reach back in time, and the bar also offers an extensive selection of whiskey and natural wine. Vegetable savant Sacha Levine produces quirky, market-driven dishes that servers wheel out on dim sum carts.