By Alison Bailin Batz
In recent months, The Hot Chick, equal parts a retro and rad bar with games, cocktails and nostalgia to boot, opened its doors in Old Town Scottsdale.
The concept – neighborhood bar meets arcade meets Southern comfort fare – comes to Scottsdale by Jocque Concepts, the team behind Dirty Pretty, American Junkie, Pussycat Lounge, Original ChopShop, The Montauk, and Diego Pops.
The best way to describe the 7,000-square-foot adult playground: a lot. From vibrant colors to crafty cocktails to classic games of all kinds, there is a lot of everything, everywhere.
First, there are the games. Expect 30-plus retro arcade games including Ms Pacman, Galaga, Super Mario Bros, NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat, and Frogger. Then, there are more recently released modern-day bar favorites including Golden Tee Golf and Big Buck Hunter. Beyond the arcade-style games, there are multiple pinball machines, Skee-Ball, pool, pingpong tables, darts, cornhole/bags, and dozens of board games.
There are also more than 30 flat-screen TVs inside and out, a state-of-the-art audio and video system, and a DJ space, where regular guest DJs perform several nights per week and all weekend.
Beyond the visual and audio stimulation, there is the food, which is served in what can best be described as a camper and includes fast-casual comfort offerings such as The Hot Chick signature organic, free-range, antibiotic- and hormone-free fried chicken as well as sandwiches, chicken wings, salads, and an early guest favorite – housemade biscuits with indulgent whipped maple butter. On Saturday and Sunday, brunch is offered until 2 p.m. and features a specialty menu with biscuits and gravy, a chicken sausage egg sandwich, a riff on chicken and waffles, and simply a plain bowl of cereal with milk, among other things.
Each of the signature cocktails ($10) – available during brunch and normal weekday hours – is an homage to a classic movie or line in a classic movie. There’s The Godfather, made with vodka, gin, rum, blanco tequila, sweet and sour, and Mexican coke as well as Coming to America, made with Ketel One Citron Vodka, sweet and sour, ginger liqueur, ginger beer, Blue Curacao, and Peychaud’s Bitters.
For the beer-minded, there are beers offered in cans and bottles as well as 10 draft options including a rotating Four Peaks brew, Guinness and cider. The wine menu is short and sweet, with one chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir option each as well as a canned rosé and more traditional rosé bottle, plus four sparkling selections.
Specials are offered daily and vary by day. For example, there is “Magic 8Ball Monday” where game play is free with the purchase of any drink and several beers are discounted to $3 or $4 each. Several nights a week, there are also tournaments – from pool to Skee-Ball to cornhole – that anyone can join.
The Hot Chick, 4363 N. 75th St., Scottsdale; 480.550.7819; www.thehotchickaz.com.