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Nightlife sizzles in this desert destination. Most of the action centers on downtown Scottsdale, downtown Phoenix, and Tempe's Mill Avenue, but note that most bars and clubs close down at 2am in the Greater Phoenix area. Cover charges are usually less than $10 and arriving early can often get you in for free.

 

Phoenix Nightlife

Axis/Radius

The place to dance in Scottsdale, these two-clubs-in-one are connected by a glass catwalk, and usually have a line outside. Axis plays dance music from the 70s through 90s; Radius focuses on techno.

7340 E. Indian Plaza, AZ, 480-970-1112, www.axis-radius.com
Tags: nightlife | dancing | cover charge | bar | nightclub

Char's Has the Blues

This intimate "House That Blues Built" in north Phoenix features such local headliners as the Carvin Jones Band, Sistah Blue, and Hans Olson.

4631 N. 7th Ave., AZ, 602-230-0205, www.charshastheblues.com
Tags: nightlife

Different Pointe of View

If it's scenery you're after, consider mountaintop drinks, live jazz, and views 1,800 feet above the city at the Pointe Hilton Resort's clean-lined, modern lounge.

11111 N. 7th St., AZ, 602-866-6350, www.pointehilton.com
Tags: nightlife | views | modern | lounge | jazz | mountains

Greasewood Flat

If you're looking for modern-day Arizona cowboy culture, Greasewood Flat is the place to find it. The bar, housed in a 120-year-old bunkhouse with an outdoor area for seating, has entertained locals for over 30 years. The concept is simple: Grab a beer and a burger, stake out a picnic table (near a fire pit in winter), listen to country music, and, if you're brave, strut your stuff on the dance floor. The bar caters to bikers, cowboys, locals, and tourists alike.

27375 N. Alma School Pkwy., AZ, 480-585-9430, www.greasewoodflat.net
Tags: nightlife | things to do | culture | bar | country music | southwestern

Majerle's Sports Grill

Situated just a block from the US Airways Center where the Suns play, this neighborhood-style, big-screen-TV-packed sports bar is operated by former Phoenix Suns hotshot Dan Majerle.

24 N. 2nd St., AZ, 602-253-0118, www.majerles.com
Tags: nightlife | bar | sports | sports bar

Rúla Búla

This authentic Irish bar on Tempe's Mill Avenue features live Irish music, traditional pub grub, and, of course, thick pints of Guinness.

401 S. Mill Ave., AZ, 480-929-9500, www.rulabula.com
Tags: nightlife | pub | cover charge | bar | happy hour | irish | bar food

Scottsdale ArtWalk

Thursdays from 7 to 9pm multiple galleries along Main Street and Marshall Way open their doors to the public with artist receptions and special exhibitions; the SMoCA also keeps late hours and offers free admission.

AZ, 480-990-3939, www.scottsdalegalleries.com
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | art | things to do | culture

Sugar Daddy's

We like it for the fantastic 5,000-square-foot outdoor patio and live acoustic music, but love it for the complimentary limo pickup and drop-off service in a 7-mile radius of downtown Scottsdale.

3102 N.Scottsdale Rd., AZ, 480-970-6556, www.sugardaddysaz.com
Tags: nightlife | happy hour | car

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