Summer travel deals in Scottsdale, AZ

Rising mercury means big deals in the desert

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    AZ Wine Merchants

    Andrea Gómez Romero

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Practice your listening skills: The Musical Instrument Museum jams its 200,000-square-foot space with musical artifacts from around the globe. John Lennon’s Steinway, a Honduran shaker made from a horse’s jawbone, guitars fashioned from oilcans, a complete 22-piece Indonesian gamelan—more than 3,000 instruments are on display. $15; themim.org

Cocktails with flair: Citizen R+D has all the hallmarks of a speakeasy—no sign, an alley entrance—but there’s nothing hush-hush about the drinks. The gin and tonic is mixed tableside ... in a double boiler. Fun in a glass? Try the Cotton Cooler, a concoction of Irish whiskey, fresh orange juice, and house-spun cotton candy. Closed Sun; 7111 E. Fifth Ave.; 602/904-3904. 

Pavle’s triple threat: Pavle Milic of local favorite eatery FnB packs three tasty new spots under one roof 

AZ Wine Merchants. Snag Pavle’s favorite boutique wines and beers at this tiny shop, where local brands like Dos Cabezas Red from Cochise County and Tempe’s Four Peaks Sunbru Kölsch-style ale stand tall. 7125 E. Fifth Ave.; 480/588-7489.

Baratin Café. The menu is handwritten daily and includes a single snack, salad, pâté, vegetarian choice, sandwich, and dessert. With luck, you’ll come when chef Charleen Badman makes her famous roast Jidori chicken sandwich, with fennel and manchego cheese. The 50 seats fill fast, but takeout is great too. $; 480/284-4777.

Bodega Market. At this mini-mart, you can pick up the same riches Baratin Café's chef Badman uses in her kitchens—like the Jidori, fennel, and manchego—to cook at home. Or get a grab-and-go, like a roasted Two Wash Ranch half-chicken brightened with Meyer lemon, herbs, and Aleppo pepper. 480/284-4777. 

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