Being 25 y/o and having grown up in Phoenix, AZ my whole life, it can get repetitive going to the same cities across your state year after year. Driving hours to the local “swimming spot” up north or trekking to the ski mountain – it can get a little boring sometimes. That is until you drive 3 hours south, past the “Dirty T” and stop short just before the Mexico border. There – you will find a cute, quaint, and oh SO fun town called Bisbee.
Founded in 1880, the copper mine town was notorious for Cowboys and mischief. Now 140+ years you will find it to be a one-stop-shop for all things eclectic, lively, and a downright great time. Known for their ghost tours, artistic storefronts, and large mining facade, you can basically look left or right and find something to do. One moment you’ll find yourself strolling the streets for some new vintage/antique treasures like a chic new turquoise ring or at the smallest (sn cutest) honey shop you ever did see. A must-stop shop on the main street is Classic Rock Culture (I’m not kidding when I say I walked right in and went to vintage/accessory heaven). Custom-designed jackets from the owner herself sewed together with amazing Sonoran colors that immediately make you say “I have to have it!”. Or leave with one of the adorable hats that they print on-site, perfect for those sunny Arizona days.
Now, to be frank, we all know we came for more than the history and small-town vibes – like their many “watering holes” Bisbee is well known for. Some favorites being St. Elmos – a classic western bar with a pool table, large bar top, and dark space to basically say “who cares if it’s 11 am!”. Another crowd-pleaser is the Old Bisbee Brewing Company, where you can find some unique beers and a fabulous outdoor space for your friends to gather (6ft apart of course). My personal favorite (and believe the whole town could attest to as well) is the Bisbee Social Club. A crowd favorite to many of the locals as well as out-of-towners. Whether you’re there for the day, staying a long weekend, or just passing through, this bar is a special place. Think of it as a time warp back to the western prohibition days – black and white photos on the walls, copper countertops, mixology masters, and dark woods surrounding the space. Whether you’re there for the live music, large screens, spacious dance floor, or delicious cocktails – you can’t go wrong with a pit stop (or 5-hour hangout sesh, whatever floats your boat) at this special space. The owner, Joseph Lewis, created this space with his keen eye to ensure everyone (and I mean everyone) would have a phenomenal time, and that is exactly what happens. The bar also has a heated outdoor seating area for those that want to enjoy the fresh air and/or space out a bit more. (P.S. don’t forget to check out the back of the menu for some delicious late-night bites you can order right to your seat).
Bisbee is a place of true possibility – magic shows with Kenny at The Bisbee Seance Room (a must-do for any new visitors), card games with your loved ones at the many AirBnB’s, hiking and stair climbing (a famous activity here in the mining town). So much to do and so much fun to have! Trust me when I say, grab your best friends and make a trip of it because it’s one for the books. To that, I say, Bisbee or BUST!