New cocktail bar and restaurant The Liar’s Club set to open in downtown Phoenix

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The team that made the buzz – literally and figuratively – with their creative cocktail concepts Baby Boy and Khla will open a third downtown establishment, Liar’s Club, this fall.

Located between the Valley Bar and the Cornish Pasty Co. on Central Avenue in the former home of Downtown Deli, Liar’s Club will be a neighborhood venue with a cocktail program from Colton Brock and food from Tyka Chheng.

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Liar’s Club will take over the former Downtown Deli space with an estimated September opening date.

Sara Crocker

“It’s a specialty downtown cocktail bar where the food isn’t an afterthought, and at the same time it’s a local neighborhood restaurant where the cocktails aren’t safe,” says Brock. “This intersection here is the bull’s eye of downtown Phoenix.”

Brock, Chheng and John Sagasta make up Misa Hospitality. The trio is teaming up with Ari Bracamonte of Cobra Arcade Bar on this project. Liar’s Club is an idea they’ve been thinking about since 2016, Brock says.

“We always had this in our back pocket,” he says. “It’s been simmering for six years, simmering in our heads.”

The idea behind Liar’s Club is to highlight what makes us human, celebrating both the good and the bad.

“At the end of the day, we are all humans with our own flaws and secrets. We thought it was cool to celebrate that,” Brock says.

With lunch, dinner and late night service – they will have a DJ and a dance floor at the back of the shotgun space, and serve a limited menu in the Valley Bar – Brock says the team aims for “a cool vibe that’s open to everyone.”

Click to enlarge From the team behind cocktail bars Baby Boy and Khla, meet The Liar's Club

Misa Hospitality partner Tyka Chheng returns to the Liar’s Club kitchen, which will serve Detroit-style pizzas and burgers.

Photo by Will Coles, courtesy of Misa Hospitality

As for food, expect Detroit-style pizzas, smash burgers, and snacks like shrimp cocktails and toddlers, all served in and take out or delivery, says Chheng, who worked in the culinary world before moving behind the bar.

“I wanted to make the menu accessible and super fun,” he says. “We do everything from scratch.”

The dough and sauce will be hand-made, as well as the hand-ground burgers.

For beverages, Brock relies on its vast expertise in all things agave. There will be a section of the bar dedicated to these spirits, joining a selection of beers, wines and cocktails. The cocktail menu will include drinks like a take on a Fernet and Coke – an Argentinian highball that Brock infuses with cherry, lime and vanilla.

“It’s funny that the name is Liar’s Club, and it’s a pretty honest and simple project we’re doing here,” Brock says.

Inside the deep, dark space, trophies line the rail above the cabins. With a background in art, Brock constructs an installation of “trophies none of us won.”

This is Liar’s Club after all, so expect some embellishments.

The exterior has a new coat of black paint, and you can see a sign stating that Liar’s Club was established in 1973. Above the bar is Maximón, a Mayan folk saint who is a bit of a trickster and degenerate , says Brock.

Click to enlarge From the team behind cocktail bars Baby Boy and Khla, meet The Liar's Club

Located in a historic part of downtown Phoenix, Liar’s Club will build on that history and bring its own embellishments, says Colton Brock, who is launching the bar and restaurant with Misa Hospitality partners Tyka Chheng and John Sagasta.

Sara Crocker

He will feel at home here, where, to play in the spirit of the place, each waiter and bartender will have his signature.

“You’ll never know what’s real and what’s not,” Brock says. “You can always be sure that the service will be really good, the food and the drinks will be really good. Other than that, we might be lying to each other about something.

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