3 Main St, Crown King, AZ | Directions 8634334.206216 -112.339097
Crown King Saloon is the place to be! – I've lived in Arizona my entire life. I own a jeep and I've done a lot of exploring. however in my 24 years, I've never made it up to Crown King. Recently, however, I got that opportunity and it was worth the drive!
The saloon is old and rustic. It really is a part of Arizona's mining history, and you can really feel the warmth of the building.
The bar is classic "saloon style." And the gal serving up the brews is a great compliment to the bar. After a nearly 30 mile drive off the I-17 into the rough country that is the Bradshaw Mountains, an ICE COLD beer is exactly what the doctor ordered.
I went to the back of the Saloon and placed an order of burger and fries, then wandered out back where the tables were situated under the trees. It was great. The weather was cool and breezy and that was perfect considering it was 113 degrees back in phoenix where I came from.
The gentleman brought my food out and it was delicious. Piping hot french fries and a fantastic burger. Maybe I'm playing it up. Maybe the long drive to Crown King made the food taste that much better, but the bottom line is that I had the best possible experience I could have at this rustic, very down to earth, very simple place high in the mountains.
There are a couple ways to get there. You can take the I-17 north to the Bumble Bee/ Crown King exit. Follow that road for about 27 miles and your in Crown King. It's a dirt road with some pretty gnarly rain damage at some points so take your time. But that is the main/ easiest way to get there. There are other ways, but they can be very difficult, and it is strongly advisable that you have a high clearance 4 wheel drive to make it up.
either way it is worth the drive.
Its all good at the Saloon in Crown King – I?m from Chicago and one of my most favorite places in Arizona is the town of Crown
King the Saloon Bar and the Mill Restaurant and all the history of this little place in the mountains. If your idea of a day out for adventure is driving to the Scottsdale Fashion Sq Mall, having lunch at the Princess, a valium and a cocktail at Maestros while driving your spotless hummer that?s only seen dirt and 4WD because your wife backed over the mail box leaving the driveway once, than this unbelievable place is not for you. Now if your adventurous, want to step back in time for a little reality and don?t mind a little dust in your jeep, beer, food or your hair this place is a don?t miss destination. The Saloon is steeped in historical significance, the beer is always flowin and gooooood, and Cindy and her cafe are awesome ( just don?t be in a hurry because no one else is ? take a deep breath and relax ) From the minute you leave the pavement from either the Bumble exit or the Bloody Basin exit ( those are the easiest ways but there are several more for the hard core adventurers ) the trip, food, people and the setting is well worth it.
Just a note: If your uptight, snobby, or in a hurry and your idea of camping is a night at the Ritz ? your prognosis for a great time is DOA.
To all you in CK from all us ?Stock Broker Boys in Colorado? see you this spring. AP
cindy's cafe is the worst, the beer and food are horrible – the owner of cindy's is the worst she is soo very rude. the food is high priced and cold. the beer in the bar is warm and tastes like it is years old like the building
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