When the sky turns from sun to stars, there’s no shortage of things to do in Phoenix, whether it’s doubling down at the blackjack table or getting glammed up for a nightclub.
Bars, lounges and clubs are densely located in Old Town Scottsdale, which serve both an upscale and casual crowd. Head to Kazimierz Wine Bar, seek out the hidden entrance, and relax with a glass of red or white. If you want to hit the dance floor, go straight to Myst or Axis/Radius for DJs that will keep you moving all night. If live music is your scene, Martini Ranch always has a good show. Want to do everything? You can hit all these places – and more – because they’re within walking distance of each other.
Central Phoenix is where the locals play after work, and where visitors go for the top-notch spots in the area. The Vig is a bar, bocce ball court, and overall hip hangout with live music all rolled up in one, while the Merc Bar is a swanky lounge known for their dark rooms, drinks and DJs. Postino Wine Café now has two spots in Central Phoenix, the original named for the old post office space it occupies, complete with garage doors.
Head to Tempe for nightlife for the young - and young at heart. The vibrant street scene of Mill Avenue is adjacent to the Arizona State University campus, and along the brick street you’ll find bars, shops, restaurants and clubs. Street performers play on weekend nights, and it’s one of the best spots for people watching. Check out The Big Bang piano bar while you’re there; it’s a basement that is transformed into one of the most entertaining, exciting bars around. If fine art is your fancy, the Gammage Auditorium at ASU is an architectural wonder that hosts Broadway shows, musicals and plays.
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