Although most dance clubs have migrated to Scottsdale
still holds its own when it comes to bars, clubs, and other sources of nightlife adventure. In fact, downtown and central Phoenix are experiencing a resurgence in old-style neighborhood taverns, small hipster bars, and swanky retro lounges.
earns our top spot for its dark, cool, yet thoroughly inviting loft-style lounge, featuring an impressive menu of beer, boutique wines, and specialty drinks. The bar staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the clientele is diverse and laid-back, making this the perfect spot to relax after a long day in the Valley of the Sun.
If you're looking for a friendly tavern in Phoenix, check out The Roosevelt
on 3rd Street. Although somewhat hidden in a historic house on Roosevelt Row, its worth seeking out this unassuming neighborhood bar, which also features freshly prepared appetizers and drinking snacks, including its popular grilled cheese sandwich.
Those looking to work up a sweat on the dance floor will want to head to Bar Smith
, our number seven pick, which is just a short walk away from U.S. Airways
center on Washington Street. The bar and club plays hip hop and house, and the rooftop deck offers great views of downtown. Be warned: large crowds on the weekends and special events nights can make this club difficult to maneuver at times.
Finally, for some retro Phoenix style, head to Hanny's
on First Street, a coolly elegant bar and restaurant that offers some of the best people-watching in town.
1514 North 7th Avenue
Comfortable lounge with great drink selection...
816 North 3rd Street
Cool, dark tavern in a historic central Phoenix home... read more
3939 East Campbell Ave
Open-air, Italian-style wine bar... read more
18 West Monroe Street
(Central Avenue & Monroe Street)
Drinking, music, and revelry, Irish-style... read more
525 South Central Avenue
Historic downtown warehouse featuring restaurant, lounge, market, and more... read more
1019 East Indian School Road
Phoenix's premiere roots and blues club... read more
130 East Washington Street
Two-level downtown club with rooftop deck... read more
914 North 5th Street
Your friendly neighborhood bar, gallery, and live music venue... read more
5455 E High Street, Suite 101
Modern lounge famous for specialty martinis...
40 North 1st Street
Old-fashioned lounge with a touch of ritz... read more
11111 North Seventh Street
(at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs)
2525 East Camelback Road
(Cross Street: 24th Street)
2808 East Indian School Road
(north side of Indian School road at 28th street)
10625 North Tatum Boulevard
4001 North Central Avenue
(East side of Central Avenue)
West-side hotspot for Mexican cuisine... read more
1720 East Camelback Road
(north side of Camelback Road; east of 16th Street)
5350 E Marriott Dr
537 East Camelback Road
(southwest of Seventh Street & Camelback Road)
1768 West Bell Road
675 West Indian School Road