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  • Although most dance clubs have migrated to Scottsdale, Phoenix 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.

    SideBar 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...
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    The Roosevelt

    816 North 3rd Street

    Cool, dark tavern in a historic central Phoenix home... read more

    Postino Arcadia Winecafe

    3939 East Campbell Ave

    Open-air, Italian-style wine bar... read more

    Seamus McCaffrey's Irish Pub

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    18 West Monroe Street
    (Central Avenue & Monroe Street)

    Drinking, music, and revelry, Irish-style... read more

    The Duce

    525 South Central Avenue

    Historic downtown warehouse featuring restaurant, lounge, market, and more... read more

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    Rhythm Room

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    1019 East Indian School Road

    Phoenix's premiere roots and blues club... read more

    Bar Smith

    130 East Washington Street

    Two-level downtown club with rooftop deck... read more

    Lost Leaf Gallery

    914 North 5th Street

    Your friendly neighborhood bar, gallery, and live music venue... read more

    Blue Martini Lounge

    5455 E High Street, Suite 101

    Modern lounge famous for specialty martinis...
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    40 North 1st Street

    Old-fashioned lounge with a touch of ritz... read more

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    Different Pointe of View

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    11111 North Seventh Street
    (at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs)

    Spectacular valley views... read more

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    Merc Bar

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    2525 East Camelback Road
    (Cross Street: 24th Street)

    Dark and sexy midtown lounge... read more

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    Vine Tavern & Eatery

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    2808 East Indian School Road
    (north side of Indian School road at 28th street)

    Great food and fun... read more

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    10625 North Tatum Boulevard

    Southwestern Cuisine... read more

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    Macayo's Mexican Kitchen

    4001 North Central Avenue
    (East side of Central Avenue)

    West-side hotspot for Mexican cuisine... read more

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    Fish Market Restaurant

    1720 East Camelback Road
    (north side of Camelback Road; east of 16th Street)

    Quality seafood... read more

    Vista Lounge at the Desert Ridge Marriott

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    5350 E Marriott Dr

    H. B. Hanratty's Pub

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    537 East Camelback Road
    (southwest of Seventh Street & Camelback Road)

    Enjoyable British-style pub... read more

    Steel Horse Saloon

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    1768 West Bell Road

    Biker specials daily... read more

    Chez Nous Cocktail Lounge

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    675 West Indian School Road

    Cozy little hideaway... read more
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