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.
You don't need to leave the Valley for the glitz, glamour and gaming of Vegas. Indulge in gourmet fare and breathtaking views at Talking Stick Resort's Orange Sky restaurant before hitting the casino floor for poker, blackjack, slots and more. Close to the energy of Scottsdale and Phoenix but tucked away in a scenic desert landscape is the AAA four-diamond Fort McDowell Resort and Casino. Head south to the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and catch a show from the biggest names in music and comedy or visit its sister properties at Lone Butte and Vee Quiva casinos.
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 The Roxy Lounge for DJs that will keep you moving all night. If you want a club scene during the day or night, visit Maya Day + Nightclub. 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. The Yard complex houses both Little Cleo's Seafood Legend and Culinary Dropout, the latter of which brings a backyard barbecue atmosphere to their patio with table tennis, shuffleboard and bag toss games.
Hop on the Valley Metro light rail and head to the heart of the city in Downtown Phoenix. The three-block CityScape development is home to a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Dance, game, wine and dine at Gypsy Bar. Laugh it up with the country’s best standup comedians at Stand Up Live or bowl like a rock star at Lucky Strikes Lanes & Lounge. Soak in views of the city skyline while sipping a cocktail at the Hotel Palomar’s Lustre Rooftop Garden. Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen has free live music most nights plus more than 60 beers on tap. Catch both up-and-coming local acts and nationally-renowned artists with ticket prices that never break the bank at Crescent Ballroom.
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. Rula Bula brings the spirit of Ireland to the heart of the desert with Irish food, entertainment and, of course, pints of Guinness. Discover new brews at World of Beer and their circulating rotation of hundreds of beers from across the globe. 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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