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3 New Upscale Tempe Restaurants You Need to Try Now

BY Teresa K. Traverse | November 19, 2018 | Feature Features

South Tempe has been a surprising hotbed for eclectic new restaurants. From modern Southwest cuisine to a sleek hidden cocktail bar, these exciting new eateries are worth the trek.
The Rafter Room above Social Hall has modern rustic charm.

Rafter Room
Located above Social Hall, cocktail bar Rafter Room is a darker, duskier version of the restaurant that sits below. The distressed plaster walls, antique voting booth lights above the back bar, and a 30-foot black leather tufted banquette bench seat make for a sleek, vintage vibe in the bar and events space. Named after original rafters and beams from a barn built in 1970 that grace the 27-foot tall ceiling, Rafter Room’s menu features 15 classic rum- and tequila-based cocktails, including Where’s Zeus? ($11), a blend of strawberry-infused mezcal, housemade ginger beer, lime and basil. Rafter Room guests can also order Social Hall’s Latin-influenced cuisine, including pork belly street tacos ($10). 715 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, 480.747.3851

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