Phoenix Nightlife

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.

SideBar

1514 North 7th Avenue

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The Roosevelt

816 North 3rd Street

Cool, dark tavern in a historic central Phoenix home...
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Postino Arcadia Winecafe

3939 East Campbell Ave

Open-air, Italian-style wine bar...
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Seamus McCaffrey's Irish Pub

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18 West Monroe Street
(Central Avenue & Monroe Street)

Drinking, music, and revelry, Irish-style...
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The Duce

525 South Central Avenue

Historic downtown warehouse featuring restaurant, lounge, market, and more...
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Rhythm Room

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1019 East Indian School Road

Phoenix's premiere roots and blues club...
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Bar Smith

130 East Washington Street

Two-level downtown club with rooftop deck...
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Lost Leaf Gallery

914 North 5th Street

Your friendly neighborhood bar, gallery, and live music venue...
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Blue Martini Lounge

5455 E High Street, Suite 101

Modern lounge famous for specialty martinis...
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Hanny's

40 North 1st Street

Old-fashioned lounge with a touch of ritz...
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Different Pointe of View

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11111 North Seventh Street
(at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs)

Spectacular valley views...
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Merc Bar

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

Dark and sexy midtown lounge...
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Vine Tavern & Eatery

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expert pick

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

Great food and fun...
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Z'Tejas

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10625 North Tatum Boulevard

Southwestern Cuisine...
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Macayo's Mexican Kitchen

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4001 North Central Avenue
(East side of Central Avenue)

West-side hotspot for Mexican cuisine...
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Fish Market Restaurant

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

Quality seafood...
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Vista Lounge at the Desert Ridge Marriott

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5350 E Marriott Dr

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H. B. Hanratty's Pub

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

Enjoyable British-style pub...
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Steel Horse Saloon

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1768 West Bell Road

Biker specials daily...
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Chez Nous Cocktail Lounge

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675 West Indian School Road

Cozy little hideaway...
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