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    Phoenix bar owners, seltzer business operator go underground with latest bar concept

    The owners of Sip Coffee and Beer Garage in Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood have teamed up with the founder of a hard seltzer brand to open an unusual cocktail lounge — in a Phoenix basement.

    Josh Katz and Maurice “Moe” Murillo, the owners of Sip, and Sheldon Wiley, who co-founded the hard seltzer brand Becky, will be opening 36 Below in June.

    Located below Sip, at 3620 E. Indian School Road, 36 Below is being described as “a Walipini speakeasy” or an underground greenhouse bar. The owners claim it is “not only the first of its kind in Phoenix, but in the nation.”

    “We wanted to create a new, completely unique concept that allows guests to escape reality and indulge their senses,” Katz said in a statement.

    The small space, which was formerly home to the popular bar UnderTow, is being built out with wall-to-wall video screens and audiovisual effects. To go with the garden and greenhouse theme, the bar will be decked out with a plethora of plants and flowers and the menu will be completely plant-based.

    “Our menus will be innovative and represent who we are by capturing the essence of our vision with a modern spin on the simplicities of nature’s offerings,” Wiley said.

    The bar was designed by Phoenix interior design firm House of Form.

    36 Below is looking to hire up to 20 employees before opening for both front- and back-of-house positions.

    UnderTow did not close, but moved its concept into a new space next door at Century Grand.

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