Phoenix Nightlife

Phoenix is a popular destination for an evening’s entertainment, with lively clubs and bars keeping their doors open into the early hours of the morning. This is a multicultural city, and many of the nationalities in the area are reflected in local events. Nightlife is equally as diverse, with everything from Irish bars to salsa clubs. This news and entertainment website has a good entertainment listings section:

Bars in Phoenix

Alice Cooper'stown

For fans of this rock and roll legend, a visit to his restaurant and bar is a must. It’s not quite what you’d expect from this makeup wearing rocker, as it’s his love of sports that’s more evident here. The bar is a veritable shrine to all things competitive, although it does also host other events such as regular fashion shows, which much more what you’d expect to see from Mr Cooper.

101 E Jackson Street, Phoenix, United States
Telephone: +1 602 253 7337.
Majerle’s Sports Grill

Dan Majerle, a former major basketball player for the Phoenix Suns, has lent his name to this contemporary sports bar which is popular for its Tuesday night karaoke, game nights and speciality cocktails. The ambience is relaxed and friendly; just don’t talk during a touchdown. The bar offers a late night menu which caters for hamburger and hotdog lovers – it’s like being at a game except without the crowds.

24 North 2nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004, United States
Telephone: +1 602 253 0118.
Salty Señorita

This Mexican-inspired restaurant also offers a bar with the best Margaritas in town. There is a party atmosphere as well as an impressive cocktail menu. The bar boasts a Tequila list as long as your arm. The Salty Señorita hosts a variety of events, including chicks salsa, and a Gospel brunch which sees patrons make their own omelettes and Bloody Marys.

3636N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, United States
Telephone: +1 480 947 2116.

Clubs in Phoenix

Bar Smith

Spinning the best in house and hop-hop, this bi-level club in Downtown Phoenix is a popular hangout with the local student crowd. Its rooftop bar offers great views over the city and and hosts some of the city's biggest DJs.

130 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004, United States
Telephone: +1 602 229 1265.
Karamba Nightclub

Open seven nights a week, Karamba is the biggest gay club in Phoenix. The proprietors promise “sparkle, swagger and sexy basslines”, and they deliver on these three points with a programme of theme nights and drag shows.

1724 E McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006, United States
Telephone: +1 602 254 0231.
Sky Lounge

This trendy nightclub is the place to be seen at the weekend. The music is an eclectic and fierce mix of Hispanic pop music, with a little reggae thrown in. Regular events, guest DJs and occasional live acts keep this club well up in the popularity list. It is by far the most popular club for local party-goers determined to dance the night away, and the music doesn’t stop until you do.

132 E Washington Street, Phoenix, United States
Telephone: +1 602 229 1110

Live Music in Phoenix

HandleBar J Restaurant & Saloon

This rustic, western bar welcomes new acts every week, giving raw, undiscovered talent the chance to showcase their music. There is a resident country band as well, and it’s western theme springs into action with regular line dancing nights – as well as free lessons for those who are yet to pop their hoedown cherries. Cowboy boots are optional.

7116 East Becker Lane, Scottsdale, United States
Telephone: +1 480 948 0110.
Phoenix Symphony Hall

Recreating the classics, from Carmen to Otello, the Arizona Opera is a no-expense spared production company with a flair for the dramatic. The company regularly provides performances at the Phoenix Symphony Hall, which is also home to the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. Details of all the symphony hall’s events can be found on its website or by visiting the venue.

4600 N 12th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004, United States
Telephone: +1 602 495 1999.
The Rhythm Room

This club is a one-stop shop for nightly entertainment. Different acts appear on the stage every night and the club advertises forthcoming events on its website one month in advance. Blues music is a favourite, although any act with talent is welcomed. Tickets are available on the door or through Ticketmaster, but the venue does get packed, so advance booking is advisable.

1019 E Indian School Road, Phoenix, United States
Telephone: +1 602 265 4842.
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