By Alison Bailin Batz
The latest place for a laugh – and some food and beverage, to boot – is CB Live, a 12,000-square-foot restaurant, bar and entertainment venue now open at Desert Ridge Marketplace.
“Our aim with CB Live was to bring something to the Northeast Valley, something it has never seen before,” says Joel Bachkoff, operating partner at CB Live. “CB Live was founded with more than 75 years of combined experience in the hospitality and live entertainment industries by the ownership group of Stand Up Live and Copper Blues in Downtown Phoenix.”
On one side is a restaurant with a full-service eatery, bar and expansive stage, which hosts local bands, acoustic acts and DJs nightly. On the other side, according to Bachkoff, is a state-of-the-art music, comedy and multiuse venue with the latest in lighting and video technology.
Major performers already booked to take the stage in upcoming months include: Chris Hardwick, comedian, actor, TV host and author best-known for MTV’s Singled Out and @midnight (March 29-30); Damon Wayans Sr., the iconic comedian and TV star best-known for his work on In Living Color and My Wife and Kids (April 11-13); and Jay Pharoah, of Saturday Night Live fame (May 17-18).
Ticketed events, such as the comedy shows, start at $25 per person, and several events offer reserved VIP seating as well as meet and greet opportunities for an additional charge.
“We will also host an ongoing rotation of free events each month, including ’80s and ’90s nights, live band karaoke, dueling pianos, and country nights,” Bachkoff says.
The menu on both sides of the venue features comfort food favorites with a healthy twist as well as a kids’ menu. Among the standout items are the Brussels sprouts with cured chorizo chistorra; the grilled chicken sandwich with caramelized onions, cheddar, bacon jam, garlic aioli, and avocado crema; and the grilled salmon topped with pesto and paired with roasted sweet potatoes and quinoa. Brunch is available on Sundays.
The bar is clearly a major focus at CB Live, complementing the food with a dozen craft cocktail options plus local craft beers, among domestic and international options, and wines by the glass and bottle. Bartenders make many of the syrups and mixes in-house and only use freshly squeezed juices to stay true to the menu’s health-conscious mission without comprising flavor.
CB Live is also available for semi-private and private events and can host groups ranging from 10 to 700. Moreover, in an effort to partner with the community, CB Live offers the venue for free to qualified nonprofits and will donate a portion of proceeds from food and beverage sales during nonprofit events directly back to the organization.
CB Live is open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m., Monday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
CB Live, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 602.910.5161; www.cblive.com.