A new bar and restaurant recently opened at Tempe Marketplace that differentiates itself from the typical outdoor mall chains–Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill, the first location in Arizona with only two additional ones in Oregon. The Thirsty Lion is populated with sexy female servers in cute outfits and has an extensive menu of pub fare and 52 draft beers. I went there for lunch recently and enjoyed sitting on the patio in this almost-spring weather.
I had soup and salad for lunch, with a garden salad and beer cheese soup ($8.95). This was my first time trying this kind of soup, and while it was probably made well, the beer taste was a little overwhelming for me. Don’t order this unless you’re a huge fan of beer.
My salad was great and came with cucumber, carrot, red pepper, onion and croutons. The portion was generous, and the greens were leafy, and as far as soup and salad at sports bars go, this combo was one of the best I’ve had based on the portion and ingredients.
My pal tried the Southwest Smoked Chicken Salad ($11.95), which was also an enormous portion and looked mighty tasty.
There were a ton of other menu items that made me salivate, and I wish I could have tried them all. If I go back, I’m going to have to decide between the brick oven pizzas, the ultimate nachos and the chipotle mac and cheese. Everything sounded really great, and the service was friendly, too.
If you don’t want to sit on the patio, the dark interior features lots of sports televisions and a masculine atmosphere of wood furnishings. The place reminded me a little of D’Arcy McGee’s, so if you’re on the other end of Tempe Marketplace, you have another option for pub fare.