A bar in one of Arizona's best-known tourist destinations recently made a national website's list of the best small-town bars in every state.
Thrillist compiled the ranking, and the bars on the list are "the absolute best small-town drinking experiences in their respective states," according to the website.
In Arizona, Thrillist selected the Spirit Room in Jerome — which certainly qualifies as a small town, with a full-time population of around 500. Here's what the website had to say about the watering hole:
In the late 1800s, Jerome was home to a bustling copper trade. Since booms often bust, what was once the third largest city in Arizona became a literal ghost town. But luckily for everyone, Spirit Room stuck around. We recommend sitting down at the bar and soaking in the Old West vibes, starting with the painted wall mural featuring playing cards and scantily clad dancing women. The crowd is a friendly mix of bikers, locals, and tourists dropping in for the day. Live music is a fixture almost every day of the week, and even during the day on weekends. Weary travelers and anyone who's indulged in a hilariously named cocktail can find a place to crash just up a flight of stairs at the Connor Hotel. The 12 rooms have all the expected amenities, including the possible presence of supernatural phenomena. They don't call it a ghost town for nothing.
While any ranking like this is inherently subjective, the Spirit Room is certainly worth a visit if you're in the area and looking for a cold drink. While you're in Jerome, you can check out the town's bustling art scene or grab lunch at Grapes or the Haunted Hamburger.
Thrillist's list of all 50 states' best small-town bar can be found here.