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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Dos Gringos

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

FEZ on Central

  • 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,...

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...

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...

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. ...

Handlebar-J

  • Dance Clubs

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

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...

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...

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.

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