Thu. 31 March '11

Cannonballs Coming to Old Town

Splashing down in the heart of Scottsdale, Spanish Fly is a $2M Mexican Beach Resort, minus the resort

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 Sushi, Geisha A Go Go and 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.
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