Phoenix Bar Concept Earns Spot on World’s 50 Best Bars List

Century Grand, the celebrated cocktail haven located in Phoenix, Arizona, proudly announces its inclusion on this year’s North America’s 50 Best list, taking spot #36. Established in 2019 by Barter & Shake Cocktail Entertainment, this recognition solidifies Century Grand’s status as a pioneering force in the global cocktail scene.

“Century Grand has always been dedicated to crafting unforgettable experiences, and being acknowledged among the world’s elite bars affirms our team’s passion and commitment,” says Jason Asher, Owner/Operator of Barter & Shake Cocktail Entertainment.

Century Grand offers an immersive cocktail experience, transporting guests to another time and place through three distinct cocktail bars, including Grey Hen Rx and Platform 18 – the two concepts honored on this prestigious list. Each venue provides a unique journey through time and flavor, enticing guests to savor meticulously crafted cocktails and engaging narratives.

Platform 18, drawing inspiration from 1924 New York City, invites guests on a luxurious journey aboard a Presidential Pullman-inspired train car for a 90-minute immersive experience. In contrast, Grey Hen Rx honors New Orleans’ storied past, delivering an elevated cocktail experience in a re-imagined apothecary setting.

Last year, Century Grand ranked 48th on the list, showcasing its steadfast dedication to crafting cocktails and immersive storytelling. This year’s placement further cements Century Grand’s position as an industry leader.

50 Best launched North America’s 50 Best Bars in 2022 to spotlight the region as a world-class drinks destination. The list, composed of bars from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, is voted on by a panel of 260 industry experts, including bartenders, bar owners, well-traveled cocktail connoisseurs, and drinks media from the aforementioned countries.

Century Grand’s acknowledgment in North America’s 50 Best Bars list not only celebrates its excellence but also highlights Phoenix’s emergence as a significant hub for cocktail enthusiasts globally. As the venue continues to push boundaries and reshape the cocktail experience, its influence on the global hospitality sector remains unmistakable.

Building on its legacy of success, Century Grand also secured the title of “Best U.S. Cocktail Bar” at the prestigious 2023 Tales Spirited Awards, held during the 21st annual Tales of the Cocktail conference from July 23–28, 2023. This achievement further enhances Phoenix’s budding reputation in the hospitality industry.