Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe

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 danci
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 Centra
From brewpubs, sports bars, and coffeehouses to dance clubs, mega-concerts, and country venues, the Valley of the Sun of

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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  • 1. Char's Has the Blues

    North Central Phoenix | Music Clubs

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

  • 2. 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 fireplace...Read More

  • 3. AZ88

    Old Town | 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 people...Read More

  • 4. B.S. West

    Old Town | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 5. Buffalo Chip Saloon

    Bars/Pubs

    Watch real cowboys and cowgirls two-step to live music at this saloon, where you can also gorge on mesquite-grilled chicken and buffalo chips...Read More

  • 6. Casey Moore's Oyster House

    Bars/Pubs

    A laid-back institution where students, hippies, and families come together, Casey Moore's occupies a 1910 house rumored to be haunted by ghosts...Read More

  • 7. Cash Inn Country

    North Central Phoenix | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 8. 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 including...Read More

  • 9. 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. ...Read More

  • 10. Charlie's

    North Central Phoenix | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 11. CityScape

    Downtown Phoenix | Gathering Places

    The best place to take part in Downtown Phoenix's thriving nightlife offers a mix of clubs, entertainment, restaurants, and shopping, all within...Read More

  • 12. Dos Gringos

    Old Town | 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 college...Read More

  • 13. FEZ on Central

    Downtown Phoenix | Bars/Pubs

    This place is a stylish restaurant by day and a gay-friendly hot spot by night. The sleek interior and fancy drinks make you feel uptown, while...Read More

  • 14. Fort McDowell Casino

    Casinos

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

  • 15. Four Peaks Brewing Company

    Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    This beer spot is the former redbrick home of Bordens Creamery. Wash down pub grub—pizza, wings, and burgers—with an ample supply of house-made...Read More

  • 16. Gila River Casino Wild Horse Pass

    Casinos

    Part of the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, this place includes 500 slots, live poker, blackjack, and keno. ...Read More

  • 17. Handlebar-J

    Dance Clubs

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

  • 18. Harold's Cave Creek Corral

    Bars/Pubs

    Harold's has two full bars, a huge dance floor with live bands on weekends, a game room, TVs, and a restaurant serving some of the best ribs...Read More

  • 19. Jester'Z Improv Comedy

    Comedy Clubs

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

  • 20. Kazimierz World Wine Bar

    Old Town | 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. ...Read More

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