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Honor Amongst Thieves Shakes up Central Phoenix

Posted on: July 6th, 2016 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

I had the incredible opportunity to check out Stock & Stable just before they opened to the public and was completely dazzled by the food and ambiance. At the time, Honor Amongst Thieves (located above the restaurant) was in the final days of preparation before it too would be open to the public. The construction crew had just got done sanding the bar and was preparing it for staining, so we were unable to take a tour. (The dust was a hazard.)

I did get the opportunity to chat with Stephanie Tendler, head mixologist for both concepts. She shared with me the idea behind the space and quickly corrected me when I asked if it was going to offer speakeasy vibe.Speakeasy’s typically provide an array of prohibition era cocktails and that’s not what she’s going for with this brand. The idea is to offer more time-honored classics that have a modern twist, and if anyone has shown a record of creating innovative cocktails, it’s Stephanie.

Honor Amongst Thieves will be open daily from 6pm until close. You’ll love the rich wood-accented space as well as the laundry list of handcrafted drinks along with the delightful bar bites and cured meat and cheese boards created by Chef Joe Absolor, also of Stock & Stable.

Stephanie Teslar stated that she working hand in hand with Chef Absolor to craft a spectacular cocktail program that pieces together perfectly with his food menu. “He’s created a nose-to-tail American-style gastropub menu filled with great comfort foods, so my menus will include many similar ingredients and flavor profiles to create natural pairings, such as deeply flavored infusions and plenty of earthy, compact notes.” Most important, she says, these drinks are all about the flavor and creating a consistently great-tasting drink, not about spending 20 minutes on each one to convince people that it’s quality. “Just like our food, each drink combines top-quality ingredients and preparations, just without any of the pretension.”

Accessed via a staircase located around the back of Stock & Stable (as well as a second entrance hidden next to Stock & Stable’s kitchen), Honor Amongst Thieves patrons will discover a cozy 80-person space. Sidle up to the wooden bar top or settle into a comfy couch and soak in the intimate lighting and the complete lack of windows (like a true cocktail lounge should be). Then prepare to sip and savor your way through an artful menu of Cocktails, Martinis and Tonics, as well as unique offerings such as Cheekies and Citywides. “The menu reflects the space – dark, cozy, and whiskey forward,” Teslar says. Full menu below.

Honor Amongst Thieves Drink Menu


The Long Hall| kikori whiskey, rooibos tea, lemon, blood orange/cardamom shrub, hops| $11
Silver Dollar| rittenhouse rye, sweet potato, ruby port, lemon, aquafaba| $10
Varnish| altos reposado tequila, caramel corn rancio, cynar 70, dry cider| $12
Rutte of the Problem| rutte celery gin, honeydew matcha, wasabi, yellow chartreuse, lime| $12
Misery Loves Company| asbach brandy, crème de noyeaux, leopold’s aperitivo, cinnamon crème, peychauds| $11
Remington| shortbread scotch, amaro del capo, chamomile cordial, white chocolate| $10
Stole Fashioned| honored whiskey blend, caramelized sugar syrup, aromatic chicory bitters| $9
The Drifter| atlantico rum, rosé, amer fleur de summer, lemon, pineapple gomme, cherry bitters| $11
Bloody Bull| hophead vodka, fresh tomato, beef bullion, herbs, smoke| Sat/Sun $9

Martinis| served shaken or stirred

51/50| oola aged gin, maurin dry vermouth, house orange bitters| $12
Dillinger| ford’s gin, maurin blanc vermouth, thievery onions, dill bitters|) $11
Pitch and Roll| st george terroir gin, carpano bianco vermouth, luqcues olives, saline| $10
Red Grant| absolut, sapphire, cocchi Americano, beet| $11
Kaffir and Loathing| ayelsbury duck vodka, dolin blanc, kaffir lime, rose essence| $10

Cheekies| $5 not a shot, not a cocktail…just a cheeky

Rock and Rye
Jelinek Amaro
Vida Mezcal
Pick your poison (prices vary)

Tonics| ask your bartender for a recommendation to dress your favorite spirit

Fever Tree
Fever Tree West Indian
Small Hands
Bittermilk Charred Grapefruit
White Rock
Q Tonic

Citywides| $8 perfect pairings, please pour don’t drop

The Citywide Special| wild turkey + bud heavy
The Panzer| wolfberger gingembre + lumberyard lager
The Raddlesnake| sotol por siempre + stiegl radler
The Astro| laird’s straight apple brandy + santan moonjuice
The Arrowhead| martelletti vermouth + deschutes obsidian
The Dagger| leopold’s aperitivo + julian hard cider
Make sure to check them out the next time you are in the area.
Honor Amongst Thieves| 5538 N. 7th St.| Phoenix| 85014| 602.313.1001

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© Taryn Jeffries 2016

About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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