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The Lost Leaf
Taps: - / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]
914 N 5th St
phone: (602) 258-0014
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Usually when I think of a place with a great beer selection that is close to downtown, this little bar pops up to mind. I love how there is usually live music which I am a big supporter of local music. The only problems I mostly have with this place is the scene does not really reflect on me. The population here seems to be a majority of hipsters and starving artists.
The only real problem I have is the prices on the beer. I understand that there has to be a profit made from the pricey beers but it just seems that the beers are charged four times their original amount. It must also be a habit I have comparing prices that I get beers from my place of employment to the beer prices at the lost leaf. But then again I did pay almost six dollars for a highly regrettable light beer in Scottsdale, but that was in Scottsdale.
The place can get pretty packed on the weekends and First Friday which can be uncomfortable for the small house floor plan, but on the weekdays it is just perfect when there are less than 20 people there.
Overall, the beer selection is definitely a wide selection compared to most places and the music is always on key. Just be sure to buy the beer specials they have up sometimes.
12-24-2011 07:05:03 |
More by ProducerBRBeer
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
The lost leaf is a gem.
Possibly the hippest room in az.
They run all kinds of music through there regualraly and it happens to be the mos eclectic selection you can find in the valley.
They offer a largeselection of craft brew, imports and some trappist ales (which I think needs to be noted separate from imports.) They also have a nice wine selection and some really bomb sakes.
this place has the atmosphere! It's really low key and it's in a small house in the artsy district of downtown phoenix.
Great place to hang, bring a date and go watch some music.
12-20-2010 07:35:50 |
More by DPFRD
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Visited on Saturday, March 28th.
Looking for a beer spot near my downtown Phoenix hotel; found this place on a Beerfly search (with no prior reviews - intriguing) and checked their website (fairly long beer list, cool-sounding vibe - also intriguing). I'd decided to try the nearby Roosevelt Tavern for dinner, so I figured a beer before at Lost Leaf might be a good start.
The neighborhood is at the fringe of what seems to be a struggling Arts District on the northern side of downtown Phoenix. On adjacent blocks are boarded-up, graffiti-covered buildings, desolate stretches of vacancy and scattered homes and businesses which seem to be doing OK. I arrived at the olive-tan mid-block stucco house (no signage I could find) to the blaring sounds of a house-party/rummage sale across the street. Easy enough to find, a vintage bicycle parked out front under a tall palm tree, a welcoming open door.
It was around 6:30 on a picture-perfect late afternoon, but not a soul inside (not too surprising, as the small house-bar seemed a little dark and confining, disrespectful of such gorgeous weather). I said 'hello' to the guy behind the bar and he seemed a little surprised to see me. I asked for a beer list and he sort of shoved one in front of me without a word. I perused it for a minute and decided on a local beer, the Nimbus 'Dirty Guera'. He pulled one from the single fridge and twisted the cap, placing the bottle on the bar. I asked for a glass and actually got an eye-roll as he pulled one from the chilly cooler. Not a great start...
I'd found the bar because of BA and, since there was no one else around, I tried making some small talk: "Hey man, this is a really cool place, you guys did a nice job." Him: "Huh, cool...". Me: "There are some good beers on your list...y'know I found this place because of BeerAdvocate." Him: "Oh. Is that, like, some website or something?". I replied that it's a favorite of mine and recommended he check it out (in a polite way), then decided to head out to the small side patio to relax beneath the flowering vines. After 15 minutes or so (never checked on once), I paid my $4 tab, but not before learning there'd be a band playing later that night. I decided to try again later.
Despite the puzzling reception, I generally liked Lost Leaf; inside is an open plan (most walls in the one-time home are removed), with hardwood floors and exposed brick walls, several small nooks, upholstered benches and a scattering of tables. What was once like any other residential home has been transformed into essential one large den-like room. The little bar is a broken L-shape, with maybe 3-4 stools on each leg. behind the bar actually still looks similar to the residential kitchen it once was, though upgraded with moodier lighting. Walls have some cool and sometimes disturbing/creepy artwork, but the edginess still seems comfortable...kinda made me feel like I was back in a favorite Portland brewpub or coffeehouse.
About 9pm, I wandered back over from The Roosevelt; this time, an outdoor poetry session at the alternative coffee house on the corner was the loudest thing on the street. Nighttime brought more people and continued the chill vibe inside Lost Leaf. It was a mostly full house and the band was starting to set up in the back corner. The same guy was working the bar; I ordered a Four Peaks and he pulled the same routine as before - pop the cap, plop the bottle on the counter. I paused and he asked: "Oh, you want a glass, right?". Before I grabbed a seat, I noticed there were several special beers listed above the cooler; one I was curious about was 'DALE - Dark Brown Lager'. Me: "So I haven't heard of that 'Dale', what can you tell me about it?". Guy: "Well I've had it once, it's not my favorite." Very helpful... I nursed my beer for 45 minutes or so, caught the first couple songs of a delayed set and called it a night.
So I've railed on service and expounded on atmosphere enough while neglecting beers. Lost Leaf is a beer/wine bar only - no food - which keeps things pretty simple. The beer list is good, nothing terribly rare or exciting, and offers about 80 options (all bottles, no draft). The complete list can be found on the website: it's liberally sprinkled with macro-stuff but has some nice AZ/SW beers (Nimbus, Ska, Four Peaks, Oak Creek). Bottle prices are generally $4 for the 'craft' stuff, a buck or two less for the mass-lagers, a buck or two more for some imports and bigger bottles. My beers both tasted fresh, but I noted that most of the bar-goers were drinking the more 'mainstream' offerings (most straight from the bottle), which made me wonder how the turnover was on the pricier/more obscure beers...
Needs some improving, but the 'bones' of this place are good. I wouldn't rule out a re-visit, but it would be more for the music and the vibe than for the great beer...
04-12-2009 22:04:33 |
More by msubulldog25
The Lost Leaf in Phoenix, AZ