This Phoenix Bar Embraces French Joie De Vivre And American Optimism


Restaurant with rose-patterned wallpaper, curved light-pink banquette seating and pink pendant lighting.

If ever there were a time and place to celebrate a sense of rebirth, it’s now—and it’s at St. Urban. Located at The Colony on 7th Street in Phoenix, this latest venture from chef and restaurateur Christopher Collins introduces both light and sophistication to the space above Neighborly Public House (which, incidentally, Collins also owns).

Locals may remember this spot as the dark and vibey bar Honor Amongst Thieves, but all St. Urban has in common with the former tenant is the address. Instead of gloom and mood, St. Urban embraces both French joie de vivre and American optimism.

Take, for instance, the parquet flooring, which is highlighted by abundant Arizona sunshine flowing in through the new window wall overlooking Piestewa Peak. Inside, a rectangular bar dominates the space, with booths and banquettes wrapping around the restaurant’s perimeter—the French, after all, know how to maximize every square foot.

Complementing the updated architecture is the interior design, which undulates between tones of moss, rose and robin’s egg blue. Marble and brass accents offer subtle French underpinnings, while other touches, like the rose-printed wallpaper, command your attention. Rebirth has never looked this good.