CANNONBALLS COMING TO OLD TOWN

(Originally published: March 31 2011 | Scoop Factory)

Ladies and gentlemen, can I please have your attention? I’ve just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. And I need all of you to stop what you’re doing and listen … Cannonball!

Thank you for that fine introduction, Ron. What we think Mr. Burgundy was trying to say is, day drinking in Downtown Scottsdale is about to get got a lot cooler (pool-er?) with the opening of Spanish Fly. Carved out of the old Drift Polynesian Lounge, the owners recently wrapped up a multi-million dollar renovation that transformed this former tiki bar into a sleek, sexy slice of Baja beach resort, including a shimmering swimming pool. That said, the only rooms here are poolside cabanas filled with daybeds, and the only body of water will be the hardbodies in the water. Hey-o!

Created by the team behind Stingray SushiGeisha A Go Goand Jimmy Woo’s, Spanish Fly officially opens at noon on Saturday, April 2 (there’s no cover charge, but the cabanas are reservation-only). However, this restaurant/bar has already been garnering significant sizzle thanks to it’s cheeky, bathing-suit-optional job fair. Who would have thought that in Scottsdale, of all places, you could find so many people willing, nay begging, to bare a little (spray-tanned) skin?

But Spanish Fly is about so much more than day drinking and a half-naked waitstaff (and guests). Expect spicy South-of-the-Border beach fare such as street tacos, ceviches and, um, sushi. Not to mention, plenty of frosty beverages, including a few tropical tipples held over from the Drift days, such as the infamous The Grotto served inside a massive plastic clamshell. All of which can be sipped and savored at the indoor-outdoor bar overlooking a 30-foot waterfall. And did we mention the half-naked people?

Pool Party: 4341 N. 75th St.