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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AZ88

  • Bars/Pubs

This spot is great for feasting on huge portions of food and lavish quantities of liquor, but also for feasting your eyes on the fabulous...

B.S. West

  • Bars/Pubs

Tucked behind a shopping center on Scottsdale's main shopping drag, B.S. West draws a stylish, well-heeled gay crowd. ...

Casino Arizona

  • Casinos

You'll get a full entertainment experience here with a steakhouse and buffet, concerts and other live performances, and plenty of gaming...

Casino Arizona at Talking Stick Resort

  • Casinos

Locals come here for blackjack, poker, keno, more than 200 slot machines, and a dash of Las Vegas–like nightlife. ...

Dos Gringos

  • Bars/Pubs

A kitschy indoor-outdoor cantina, Dos Gringos will remind you of trips over the Mexican border, or at least spring break. Crowds (mostly...

Handlebar-J

  • Dance Clubs

This is a lively restaurant and bar with a Western line-dancing, 10-gallon-hat-wearing crowd. ...

Jester'Z Improv Comedy

  • Comedy Clubs

The improv troupe performs family-friendly comedy shows on Friday and Saturday nights. ...

Kazimierz World Wine Bar

  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

Enter this bar through a door marked "The Truth Is Inside," beyond which lies a dark, cavelike wine bar with comfy chairs and good music.

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...

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...

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