Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe Nightlife

From brewpubs, sports bars, and coffeehouses to dance clubs, mega-concerts, and country venues, the Valley of the Sun offers nightlife of all types. Nightclubs, comedy clubs, upscale lounges, and wine bars abound in Downtown Phoenix, along Camelback Road in North Central Phoenix, and in Scottsdale and Tempe.

Among music and dancing styles, country-and-western has the longest tradition here.

Jazz venues, rock clubs, and hotel lounges are also numerous and varied. Phoenix continues to get hipper and more cosmopolitan, so behind the bar you're just as likely to find a mixologist as a bartender. There are also more than 30 gay and lesbian bars, primarily on 7th Avenue, 7th Street, and the stretch of Camelback Road between the two.

You can find listings and reviews in the New Times free weekly newspaper, distributed Wednesday, or in the Arizona Republic, also online at www.azcentral.com, the paper's website. The local gay scene is covered in Echo Magazine, www.echomag.com, which you can pick up all over town.

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Rhythm Room

  • Music Clubs

Excellent local and national rock and blues artists perform here seven nights a week. ...

Salty Senorita

  • Bars/Pubs

This spot is known more for its extensive margarita selection and lively patio crowd than for its food. The restaurant-bar touts 51 different...

SanTan Brewing Company

  • Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

Come here for good food with great beer and an energetic pub atmosphere without the tired, hole-in-the-wall, or overly commercial feel.

School of Rock

  • Dance Clubs

A favorite for Arizona State University students, this is one of the most boisterous places on Mill Avenue. Wind and grind to a mix of...

Seamus McCaffrey's Irish Pub

  • Bars/Pubs

Enjoy one of the dozen European brews on draft at this fun and friendly place. It also has the largest scotch collection in Arizona.

Stand Up Live

  • Comedy Clubs

This downtown comedy club features national acts. ...

The Comedy Spot

  • Comedy Clubs

Catch local and national stand-up talent at this venue. They also offer an open mic night for amateur comedians the last Sunday of each...

The Monastery

  • Bars/Pubs

Grill your own burgers and nosh on picnic food at this casual beer and wine pub. You can also play horseshoes, chess, or volleyball.

The Rose & Crown

  • Bars/Pubs

Next to two of the Valley's major sports complexes and inside a historic home, The Rose & Crown serves hearty, traditional, English...

The Tempe Improv

  • Comedy Clubs

Part of a national chain, The Tempe Improv showcases better-known headliners from Thursday to Sunday. Get here early for good seats.

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