Back in our dusty frontier days, saloons sprang up everywhere, attracting men of all stripes - gunslingers, cattlemen, prospectors, miners, gamblers, politicians. Change came with Prohibition, which created the speakeasies, the fashionable cocktail, and a freer atmosphere that welcomed women. Today, many saloons have become more family oriented, with only the decor reflecting earlier times.
Visitors and longtime residents alike will find Arizona Watering Holes an entertaining guide to these establishments. Most of the saloons described here are just a day trip from Phoenix, so readers who would like to experience them firsthand can easily do so.