My favourite places in downtown Kingman Arizona
Historic Downtown Kingman has a lot to offer, including museums, restaurants, shops and breweries. The town comes alive at night with music at various venues. There was even a packed-out crowd of hipsters playing bingo one night at a local bar. Another venue was hosting a trivia night. In the warmer weather, most eateries offer outdoor dining as well, and the streets come to life with activities and music.
Craft Beer and Pizza
The Rickety Cricket Brewing Company is easy to locate. Simply look for the large metal cricket doing a wheelie on a Norton motorcycle outside the premises.
Also, the large multi-storey high black brew tank emblazoned with their sign just outside the front door means it is very unmissable. Inside, choose from one of their many craft beers. Their blackboard menu lists ever changing styles of drink. The wheat beer I tried went down very easy, and of course a handmade pizza had to be ordered, just to help the beer go down even better! Well, that is my excuse for the delicious meal, and I will stick to that.
532 E. Beale St Kingman
Open from 6.30am on weekdays and 7am on weekends, the Liquid Bistro makes coffee fresh to order. They also serve light meals. Both indoor and outdoor seating are great places to enjoy your breakfast beverage. I liked the book area where you can borrow and leave a book in return.
510 E. Beale St Kingman
Savon Bath Treats
A delicious smelling store, Savon products are locally made and include shampoo bars, shower soaps, bath bombs and body scrubs.
They also stock everyday essential clothing that was fun to browse through. The funky ET greeter in the store produces a smile on the face of most customers. The staff were very helpful and friendly, even when I didn’t buy anything. (Sadly, limited suitcase space means no extra purchases on this trip.)
432A Beale St Kingman
Wood fired pizza and BBQ
The smells of cooking pizza and BBQ are delectable, as was the food they served. The interior of Floyd and Co. is nicely decorated with car memorabilia.
Speaking to several Kingman residents, they all said that this was a local favorite, especially in summer when they could sit on the sidewalk tables and watch the passing parade on the street.
418 E. Beale St Kingman
Dessert, tea and boba
For a sweet treat, pop into La Tea Da. This pastry shop proudly claims to be the home of the monster cheesecake. They also make handcrafted teas (that is given away in the name) and homemade lemonades. The sticker on their cups says “Thank You! Made with love”, which is just as perfectly sweet as their macaroons and cookies. They are open during the day and at night, which is perfect to grab a dessert after eating at one of the Kingman restaurants.
410 E. Beale St Kingman
The Farmhouse Kingman
Fashion for men, women, children and babies, homewares and everyday life are items that are promoted in this store. It is one that I spent a delightful hour or more in. (Time does pass quickly when you are having shopping fun). Run by a group of women, they also offer classes and community events. There are so many unique and wonderful items here, it would be a very brave shopper who left without a purchase for either themselves or a gift for a loved one.
317 E. Beale St Kingman
The Kingman Turquoise Mine is located in the Acerbate Mountains of Arizona and has been mined for thousands of years by Native Americans. It is thought to be the oldest and largest mine of its type in the world. The wares for sale in the store show the beauty and myriad of different colors in this stone. High quality rings, necklaces and bracelets set in silver are inviting and beautifully made.
407 E. Beale St Kingman
The Cellar Door Wine Bar
Well trained staff will question you about your likes in wine before recommending one to you. What a great way to introduce yourself to new selections of wine. They also serve craft beer and a delicious sangria.
Musicians playing live music in the background gives an excellent ambiance to the venue. The music is not too loud, conversations can still be heard with friends. There is both indoor and outdoor seating available.
414 E. Beale St Kingman
Black Bridge Brewery
Opened in 2013, this was Kingman’s original brewery. Featuring live music both indoors and outdoors, depending on the season, it is a great place to try local specialties. They also sell cold-tap coffee and ginger beer. An interesting story about the name, it is named after a railway bridge on the outskirts of town. This is the not-so-secret spot where local youth went to drink beer and party.
421 E. Beale St Kingman
Mattina’s Ristorante and Steak house
A traditional Italian restaurant located in a refurbished 100-year-old plus house. This is a delightful and cozy venue. Each bite of the homemade pasta had me remembering my visits to Italy, it was that good. Definitely do not turn down the bread here. Perfetto! Much thanks goes to Deborah at Desert Diamond Distillery in Kingman for recommending this venue. (They also sell Deborah’s products here – a double win!)
318 E. Oak St Kingman
I have to admit, the outside of this bar looks a little dodgy, but this dive bar has a great atmosphere. The staff are friendly and up for a chat when it is not so busy. Shuffleboard, pool tables and a juke box are also entertainment offered here. I was travelling on my own, ordered a drink and then settled down at a table to enjoy. Some local characters cajoled me into paying a game of pool with them, even though I told them my ability was very poor in this game. We enjoyed a chat and a few drinks while playing.
The Sportsmans Bar was a delightful and very welcoming stop in Kingman. This venue is definitely a case of “never judge a book by its cover.”
317 E. Andy Devine Ave Kingman
Rutherford's Family Diner
Just a short drive from downtown Kingman is one eatery that deserves a special mention. It was the type of restaurant that is particularly American and offers great tasting food at reasonable prices with a touch of nostalgia thrown in.
2011 E. Andy Devine Ave Kingman
There are many venues around Kingman to enjoy, those mentioned above are simply my own favourites in the historic downtown Kingman area. It is great places like these, and the friendly atmosphere of the town, that makes me want to come back and revisit both these favourites and discover new ones.