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Bar Cena in Scottsdale

From the brains behind Hush Public House and Fire at Will comes Bar Cena, an intimate cocktail lounge in Scottsdale featuring tempting small plates and vibrant sips inspired by French, Italian and Spanish cuisine.

Tucked next to the acclaimed Hush Public House in North Scottsdale, Bar Cena is the latest culinary brainchild from Cast Iron Concepts, a local hospitality group specializing in chef-driven neighborhood restaurants, including Hush Public House and Fire at Will in Scottsdale. Bar Cena made its grand debut last fall, bringing the city an intimate cocktail lounge with European-inspired plates and seasonal craft cocktails to complement. 

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Bar Cena offers a cozy and moody atmosphere, perfect for low-key, quiet date nights. The dining destination features an intimate setting, with candle-lit tables, low lighting and plush design elements, including wood tables, velvet and leather seating and a cow’s skull adorning dark floral wallpaper. The small space is broken into three areas: a focal point bar, a dining setting and a comfortable lounge, perfect for leisurely sips and good conversations. 

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Crispy Skin Chicken Thigh

With Chef Dom Ruggiero at the helm, the menu at Bar Cena is focused on shareable plates crafted from the freshest, locally sourced ingredients. These include favorites like the crispy skin chicken thigh, with orzo, sun-dried tomatoes, smoked almonds, olives, feta, pomegranate and fresh herbs; the rich Sonoran Pasta Co. pappardelle, a wild mushroom bolognese with parmesan reggiano; and the delicate tartare, with prime filet, extra virgin olive oil, capers, parmesan, beef fat aioli and bottarga. 

It is imperative to try one of the cocktail lounge’s signature craft sips, with current options including the bright Endless Summer, with Zubrowka Bison Grass Polish Vodka, mandarin, yuzu and watermelon; the smoky Dreamy Draw with mezcal, white rum, bell pepper, egg white, mango and grapefruit; and the Ruby Slipper, a sparkling sip with orange gin, Pisco, rhubarb, Campari, strawberry and Big Marble Hibiscus Soda. 

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Dreamy Draw

An assortment of mocktails can also be found on the drink lineup, including Lemon Basil Smash with fresh basil, citrus and Fever Tree Club Soda; Mockingbird with Giffard Aperitif, pineapple and lime; and the refreshing Desert Island, with coconut, pineapple and fresh citrus. 

End the evening on a sweet note, with options including the Billionaire’s Shortbread, with caramel, ganache and French sea salt; cheesecake with a Biscoff cookie crumb; and affogato, a heaping scoop of gelato with a Mythic Goat Espresso pour-over (this is also available as an espresso martini). 

Bar Cena is open Tuesday to Thursday, from 4 to 10 p.m., and Friday to Saturday, from 4 to 11 p.m. 

For more information, visit barcenascottsdale.com.

14202 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 165
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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