These Are The 10 Drunkest Cities In Arizona


It’s not always the biggest cities and college towns that are getting ‘Arizona drunk’ the most.

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Is there anything wrong with being called the drunkest city in your state?

Here’s what’s interesting about Arizona: It’s in the middle of the pack when it comes to alcohol consumption per capita. Residents average 20 beers each a year.

The divorce rate is somewhere in the middle, too.

However, the DUI arrest rate is the 6th highest in the nation. Meaning there are some stupid people out there who make poor decisions every night.

So, while hundreds of thousands of people in AZ don’t drink a drop, the cities below more than make up for it.

How do you decide how much a place drinks? By the number of available places to buy booze, and by how often people are talking about drinking, that’s how.

Plus, we thought why not add in a stereotype? Studies have indicated that when one or both partners in a marriage are alcoholics, that couple is three times more likely to divorce.

Phoenix ranks 14th.

After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as The Drunkest Cities in Arizona:

  1. Cave Creek
  2. Tempe
  3. Sedona
  4. Scottsdale
  5. Bisbee
  6. Cottonwood
  7. Tucson
  8. Globe
  9. Prescott
  10. Flagstaff

Read on below to see how your city might have fared.

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What drunken criteria did we use?

  • Number of bars and pubs per capita
  • Number of wineries per capita
  • Number of liquor stores per capita
  • Each city’s drunk related tweets within the last week
  • Each city’s divorce rate

For geo-located tweets, we measured the following raw number of tweets that came from within a city’s general area: #Drunk, #Party, #Beer, #Wine and #Cocktails

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.

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1. Cave Creek

The gang at The Hideaway Grill, Cave Creek, AZ. From their Facebook page.

Population: 5,041
Divorce rate: 12%
Bars per capita: 2nd
Liquor stores per capita: 3rd

If you haven’t heard of Cave Creek, you have now. This teeny place against the hillsides north of Phoenix is just jam packed with bars. For such a small community, there is more booze to go around than just about any other place in the state.

Cave Creek has a western feel to it, and hosts events like biker rallies as well. Based on the higher than average divorce rate and the fact that indoor entertainment here is quite lacking, you can bet there are lots of late nights in this part of the state.

2. Tempe

The Gang at World Of Beer, Tempe, AZ. From their Facebook page

Population: 164,139
Divorce rate: 10.5%
Bars per capita: 12th
Liquor stores per capita: 12th

Everyone knows that on most nights, thousands of people are tore up from the floor up in Tempe. Arizona State is always ranked as one of the ‘best’ party schools in the country. Heck, even the USC head coach was reportedly drunk on the sidelines during a game in Tempe in 2015.

There are just about an endless number of bars and restaurants in which to consume booze in Tempe. You could just about trip and fall into a bar here.

Some people most likely do just that.

3. Sedona

Sedona Liquor

Population: 10,131
Divorce rate: 18.5%
Bars per capita: 1st
Liquor stores per capita: 1st

Sedona is known for its red rocks. It might also have a reputation for its red noses, as it appears, according to the data, that there are lots and lots of people here getting hammered every night.

When you look at the number of places to get drunk, in compared to the number of people in town, it’s pretty clear that a 18% divorce rate isn’t much of a surprise.

There were a fair amount of Tweets coming from Sedona. This one is a gem:

“Today in Sedona, I took my underwear off at a Walmart because I hated them. Also, I was drunk…and with my parents”

4. Scottsdale

Maya Day and Nightclub, Scottsdale, AZ. From their Facebook page

Population: 219,867
Divorce rate: 13%
Bars per capita: 6th
Liquor stores per capita: 9th

At last count, there were 6 breweries in Scottsdale, and a very large number of bars. For a city of more than 200,000 people, having the 6th most per capita is quite a feat. But they don’t build bars and liquor stores where there aren’t customers, do they?

Scottsdale is always on the top of some list for being one of the premier golf destinations in the world. You know what goes really well with 18 holes? A bunch of beer, whiskey and cigars.

Scottsdale actually finished 2nd in terms of drunk tweets. Lots of people taking drunk selfies from there. Meaning they are drunk and vain.

5. Bisbee

Old Bisbee Brewing Company. From their Facebook page.

Population: 5,599
Divorce rate: 23%
Bars per capita: 5th
Liquor stores per capita: 5th

Holy Matrimony, Bisbee! It says, “Till Death Do Us Part” for a reason. Your divorce rate is the absolute highest we’ve ever seen, and we’ve done some number crunching on more than 40 states at this point.

It’s not clear if the number of divorced people means they need more bars, or if the high number of bars for such a small place helped break people up, but you can imagine that there are lots of interesting moments at closing time in Bisbee every night.

6. Cottonwood

The gang at That Brewery, Cottonwood, AZ. From their Facebook page

Population: 11,297
Divorce rate: 20%
Bars per capita: 7th
Liquor stores per capita: 11th

In looking at the divorce rate in Cottonwood, it’s pretty clear that the newly single people in Bisbee need to pack up and move to Cottonwood and vice versa. Let’s call it musical bar chairs.

Where is Cottonwood? We’re glad you asked. It’s about 2 or 5 beers south of Flagstaff, depending on how buzzed you want to be when you meet up with friends. We’re pretty sure Cottonwood residents have the back roads memorized by now.

7. Tucson

Maloney’s, Tuscon, AZ. From their Facebook page

Population: 521,695
Divorce rate: 14.5%
Bars per capita: 15th
Liquor stores per capita: 17th

Which students drink more? U of A or ASU? Well, we’ll let you guys debate that in the comments. But, according to the data, as a whole, Tucson residents drink at a slightly lower clip than those in Tempe.

Sure, there are tons of people in Tucson getting plastered every night, and there are lots of breweries here as well. But we’re measuring amount of booze per person, and the fact is, there are hundreds of thousands of people in Tucson who are content with a quiet night in with the cat.

How boring.

8. Globe

Drift Inn Saloon, Globe, AZ

Population: 7,544
Divorce rate: 18%
Bars per capita: 7th
Liquor stores per capita: 9th

If you like small, off the beaten path, blue collar towns where there are lots of bars and lots of drama, then Globe is your place. They’re sort of a touristy type town (they say), so saddle on up and head over there and elbow up to the bar.

After all, there isn’t too much else to do there. A search of the city’s website couldn’t turn up an event calendar, and beyond a few hikes, it appears the most exciting thing to do is drink.

9. Prescott

Whiskey Row, Prescott, AZ

Population: 39,916
Divorce rate: 17%
Bars per capita: 9th
Liquor stores per capita: 14th

Prescott has 4 breweries (at least), and downtown has just as many bars in one concentrated area as you might see in a much larger city.

Plus, this place is home to the historic and world famous Whiskey Row, a stretch of town known for drinking and getting a little…squirrely. So, they seem to be pretty proud of their drinking heritage here.

10. Flagstaff

Mia’s Lounge, Flagstaff, AZ

Population: 65,660
Divorce rate: 9.5%
Bars per capita: 10th
Liquor stores per capita: 15th

A recent shooting at Northern Arizona University apparently began as a drunken brawl. That’s too bad.

Twitter had plenty to say about Flagstaff in terms of drunk Tweets. This was the first one we read:

“I need a Flagstaff trip w/ friends who wants to join me? I’ll drive but there’s a rule we have to get drunk there”

Flagstaff has 5 breweries and plenty of bars to keep even the most bleary eyed entertained every night of the week.

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Arizona where there are a high number of divorced people, bars and liquor stores, and where people are talking about drinking the most often, this is an accurate list.

We also wrote about the worst places in Arizona if you didn’t read it yet. Click here to read that one.

If you’re curious, here are the most sober cities in Arizona:

  1. Colorado City (2.5% divorce rate)
  2. Williamson (5.49% divorce rate)
  3. Saddlebrook (6% divorce rate)

Desktop users: Here’s a complete chart with the drunkest cities in Arizona, along with their divorce rates:

City Divorce Rate Rank
cave_creek 12.00% 1
tempe 10.52% 2
sedona 18.49% 3
scottsdale 12.99% 4
bisbee 22.84% 5
cottonwood 20.01% 6
tucson 14.59% 7
globe 17.77% 8
prescott 16.87% 9
flagstaff 9.46% 10
benson 15.00% 11
kingman 15.96% 12
youngtown 16.93% 13
wickenburg 17.00% 14
phoenix 12.00% 15
safford 14.46% 16
page 9.70% 17
litchfield_park 8.59% 18
bullhead_city 15.00% 19
payson 14.00% 20
apache_junction 16.37% 21
lake_havasu_city 12.85% 22
glendale 12.46% 23
winslow 12.93% 24
show_low 14.00% 25
coolidge 15.00% 26
yuma 10.62% 27
chandler 11.00% 27
chino_valley 18.50% 29
casa_grande 12.15% 30
golden_valley 17.63% 31
mesa 12.42% 32
sierra_vista 12.27% 33
prescott_valley 13.78% 34
camp_verde 13.00% 35
queen_creek 8.89% 36
fort_mohave 13.76% 37
paradise_valley 7.79% 38
vail 8.00% 39
fountain_hills 10.59% 40
lake_montezuma 16.60% 41
holbrook 8.00% 42
anthem 11.30% 43
arizona_city 13.00% 44
florence 15.72% 45
peoria 11.00% 46
nogales 9.35% 47
green_valley 11.30% 48
kayenta 6.09% 49
gilbert 10.00% 50
douglas 12.53% 51
sun_city 14.50% 52
flowing_wells 21.00% 53
guadalupe 13.00% 54
new_kingman-butler 21.00% 55
avondale 10.65% 55
three_points 17.02% 57
south_tucson 16.74% 58
el_mirage 12.95% 59
eloy 12.92% 60
goodyear 9.56% 61
tolleson 10.38% 62
gold_canyon 8.67% 63
surprise 10.74% 64
catalina 9.10% 64
lake_of_the_woods 14.00% 66
picture_rocks 13.74% 67
maricopa 10.09% 68
casas_adobes 13.46% 69
avra_valley 13.00% 70
tucson_estates 13.33% 71
marana 10.19% 72
new_river 10.02% 73
oro_valley 8.94% 74
buckeye 10.03% 75
verde_village 13.00% 76
sierra_vista_southeast 12.12% 77
catalina_foothills 12.00% 78
thatcher 7.83% 79
drexel_heights 11.72% 80
valencia_west 11.00% 81
doney_park 11.33% 82
sahuarita 10.15% 83
eagar 9.00% 84
san_tan_valley 9.06% 85
sun_lakes 8.91% 86
somerton 7.74% 86
tanque_verde 9.40% 88
snowflake 7.00% 89
fortuna_foothills 9.02% 90
tuba_city 8.00% 91
rio_rico 5.00% 92
san_luis 6.19% 93
sun_city_west 7.87% 94
corona_de_tucson 7.12% 95
rincon_valley 6.76% 96
saddlebrooke 6.00% 97
williamson 5.49% 98
colorado_city 2.45% 99

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One thought on “These Are The 10 Drunkest Cities In Arizona

  1. Okay I really kinda think this article is bullshit. I am a local Sedonian. First of all there are only two real bars in Sedona. There are a shit ton of restaurants that serve alcohol for the tourists. Also considering that tweet at the end. There is no Walmart in Sedona that’s in cottonwood. The city of Sedona would never let a Walmart enter its limits. If they’re going by the amount of DUI’s per capita that’s because this is a tourist town with an over abundance of cops scaling the one main road for drunk drivers constantly. The Sedona police force makes 90% of its revenue in DUI’s. There is no real crime here so they just harass everyone who has had the slightest drop of alcohol.

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