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 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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Majerle's Sports Grill

    Downtown Phoenix | Bars/Pubs

    Operated by former Phoenix Suns basketball player Dan Majerle, this sports bar offers a comprehensive menu for pre- and post-game celebrations...Read More

  • 12. Postino Wine Cafe

    Camelback Corridor | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 13. Rancher Bar

    Bars/Pubs

    Real live wranglers and cowboys meet up at this modern-day saloon to shoot some pool, and the breeze, after a hard day's work. ...Read More

  • 14. Salty Senorita

    Old Town | 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...Read More

  • 15. Seamus McCaffrey's Irish Pub

    Downtown Phoenix | 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. A small...Read More

  • 16. 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. ...Read More

  • 17. The Rose & Crown

    Downtown Phoenix | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 18. Greasewood Flat

    North Scottsdale | Bars/Pubs

    It's not fancy; in fact, it's downright ramshackle, but Greasewood Flat's burgers are delicious and the crowds friendly. There's a dance floor...Read More

  • 19. Amsterdam

    Downtown Phoenix | Bars/Pubs

    This bar attracts a young crowd that wants to see and be seen; it's where Phoenix's beautiful gay people hang out. ...Read More

  • 20. Bomberos Caf & Wine Bar

    North Central Phoenix | Bars/Pubs

    Set in a former firehouse, this little neighborhood ember burns bright with its pleasant outdoor patio, delectable paninis and bruschetta, rich...Read More

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