With the success of his three Dapper & Stout Coffee, Cocktails & Eatery locations owner Aaron Lopo wanted his next concept to have a country bar vibe. Lopo recently opened Horse & Hyde Barroom Saloon along the restaurant friendly Indian School Rd. in Phoenix’s Arcadia Lite neighborhood. The Nashville- style country bar offers live music, cocktails with country kick and a simple menu.
“I’ve always all things country and I wanted to develop a concept that challenges the stigma of traditional country bars,” says Lopo, whose passion for and expertise in design and development is evident in every last detail of Horse & Hyde. “I love to build spaces and create something where people want to go every day. There is a lot of escapism coming into a restaurant. I like knowing that I get to be a part of our customers’ day and ensure they have the most memorable experience here.”
Food & drinks at Horse & Hyde
Lopo describes the menu as “simple Sonoran cowboy food” such as Wild West Nachos with your choice of open pit BBQ pulled pork or pulled chicken & toppings, a Hermosillo Dog with locally made chorizo and Braised Beef Panini. From the bar guests can enjoy classic cocktails, wines, beers on tap & in the can and hard seltzers. Signature cocktails include the Buckin’ Bronco with Maison Rouge cognac, Mr. Black coffee liqueur, demerara syrup and Dapper & Stout’s own Ensemble espresso and the City Slicker made with Whistle Pig six year rye, Antica sweet vermouth, Averna Amaro, orange and angostura bitters, barrel-aged with a hint of cacao.
Small in size at 1,200 square feet Horse & Hyde offers a lot with a stage, dance floor, bar, dining room and patio. A high quality sound system gives performers an easy plug & play set up with live music five nights a week and an open mic night on Wednesday’s.
Lopo already has his sights on opening other Horse & Hyde locations around the valley.
Horse & Hyde Barroom Saloon is open Tuesday – Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday at 1 p.m. The Saloon is at 3730 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix 85018. For more information visit their website.
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