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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Cash Inn Country

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This bar has an eclectic clientele of women and features music just as diverse, from country to Latin. ...

Char's Has the Blues

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This is one of the Valley's top blues clubs, featuring a calendar of nightly blues, funk, and jazz artists. ...

Charlie's

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A longtime favorite of local gay men, Charlie's has a country-western look (cowboy hats are the accessory of choice) and friendly staff.

Fort McDowell Casino

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This casino is popular with the resort crowd and poker players. In addition to 150,000 square feet of slot machines, bingo, and keno...

Jade Bar

  • Bars/Pubs

This spot has spectacular views of Paradise Valley and Camelback Mountain; an upscale, modern bar lined with windows; and a relaxing...

Postino Wine Cafe

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Postino has grown from a small neighborhood haunt into four separate destinations throughout the Valley. More than 40 wines are poured...

Rhythm Room

  • Music Clubs

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

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