What's New(s) in Greater Phoenix

September and October 2019


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Daytime exterior of Taliesin West
Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Ariz. Credit: Foskett Creative, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Taliesin West added to UNESCO World Heritage List

The Scottsdale winter home and studio of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, along with seven of the architect’s other designs, was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Located in Scottsdale, about 25 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix, Taliesin West opened in 1937 and, today, the site offers five different tours year-round.


Ross Simon of Bitter Twisted Cocktail Parlour
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour's Ross Simon. Photo: Mark Lipczynski.

Sipping Success

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour has earned bragging rights via by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s Spirited Awards. This globally recognized restaurant and bar earned Top 10 honors for the “Best American High-Volume Cocktail Bar” and the “World’s Best Cocktail Menu” in July. To add more of a twist, Bitter & Twisted is housed inside the former Arizona Prohibition Headquarters at the historic Luhrs Building in downtown Phoenix.

Additionally, the award-winning cocktail bar’s owner Ross Simon (also co-owner of Little Rituals in downtown Phoenix) recently announced that he is bringing his signature style of elevated-but-approachable craft cocktails to the Arrive Hotel – set for completion later this year – in the form of a poolside bar that will be named Lylo, a British term for pool floats. Arrive Hotel will be located between the Biltmore and Arcadia neighborhoods on Camelback Road in Phoenix.


Grand Openings

Great Wold Lodge Arizona Rendering
Great Wolf Lodge Arizona. Courtesy rendering.

Coming Soon: Great Wolf Lodge Arizona

Great Wolf Lodge announced an earlier-than-expected opening date as well as an all-new water slide for its forthcoming Scottsdale location. This family-friendly resort will offer an 85,000-square-foot indoor waterpark (heated to 84 degrees year-round), a 27,000-square-foot family entertainment center and 350 rooms following its Sept. 27 grand opening.

Additionally, the Arizona location will debut a new ride: Diamond Drop. This high-speed, four-person waterslide will feature serpentine curves and high-bank thrills. According to a recent press release, “riders will drop into an overlapping 360-degree coil before plunging into the belly of the snake.” Great Wolf Lodge Arizona will be the first water park in the world to offer this slide. 


desoto market
Track Club will occupy the the C.P. Stephens DeSoto Six Motorcars building, which most recently house Desoto Central Market.

Phoenix Nightlife is Right on Track

Nightlife throughout downtown Phoenix is buzzing with transformation. The latest addition to this scene is Track Club, a 12,000-square-foot nightclub, lounge, and patio which will be located in the C.P. Stephens DeSoto Six Motorcars building, a federally certified Historic Preservation project and a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building.

The concept, which was a collaborative effort among Chuckie Duff (of Cobra Arcade Bar and The Rebel Lounge), Thomas Turner (of Relentless Beats) and Damon Scott (Rattle & Rum), will showcase DJs, local musicians and other performers throughout the week. Phase 1, the nightclub and lounge, is projected for fall completion, while plans for Phase II, the addition of a lounge menu and expanded patio space, are still in the works.


Caesars Republic Scottsdale Rendering
Rendering of the Caesars Republic Scottsdale planned to be built near Scottsdale Fashion Square. Credit: Caesars Entertainment Corporation.

Celebrity chef opening two restaurants at new Scottsdale hotel

Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis recently made headlines with the announcement that she will open two restaurants at Caesars Republic Scottsdale, scheduled to open until 2021. HCW, a real estate property development company – broke the news that two of Laurentiis' restaurants, including a new concept – would open at the brand's first non-gaming hotel in the United States. The 11-story property is being built near Goldwater Boulevard and East Highland Avenue, close to Scottsdale Fashion Square mall in Scottsdale.



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Stop the Presses (and Enjoy A Coffee Tasting)

Press Coffee Roasters celebrated the grand opening of its first flagship roasting facility. Since opening in July, the 5,600-square-foot building – located at 32nd Street and Shea boulevard in north Phoenix – has housed roasting operations for the company’s seven Greater Phoenix Press Coffee locations. Additionally, the on-site cafe offers an expanded food and drink menu, including coffee and espresso drinks as well as beer, wine and liquor options; an upstairs area is available for private events and coffee tastings; and Coffee 101 classes for participants to learn more about the flavor profiles and history of different varieties of coffee.




Oktoberfest: A Celebration of Autumn, Harvest & Agriculture

Sept. 28

Traditional fare and das boot to spare. The second annual Downtown Phoenix Oktoberfest will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at Civic Space Park. Festivalgoers are invited to savor the season with a variety of German bier paired with brats, schnitzel, pretzels and more. Then, lace up your lederhosen and hit the Bavarian dance floor featuring live polka music, and test your skills in the wurst Oktoberfest competitions, including stein hold, brat eat, pretzel eating and beer maid costume contest.



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Four Peaks Oktoberfest

Oct. 11-13

The 47th annual Four Peaks Oktoberfest will take place from Friday through Sunday at Tempe Beach Park. This Bavarian-style celebration brings together three stages of live music, brats, beer, keg tappings, carnival rides. As part of the festival, the AZTV Das 28th annual Runnin' for the Brats 10K Run, 5K run/Walk, 1Mile Run/Walk around Tempe Town Lake. This event is free open to all ages. So bring die (whole) familie to the attractions inside the event's Kinderfest.



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The Legend of the 13th Floor

Sept. 28-Oct. 31

The world famous 13th Floor haunted house returns to Phoenix this Halloween season. Featured on such outlets as MTV and named among the country’s top five most terrifying haunted houses by USA Today, the 13th Floor invites attendees to actively participate in the legend – visit the current occupants who call it home, witness the oddities and strange occurrences for yourself, and discover why it continues to be one of the world’s greatest mysteries.



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Arizona Taco Festival

Oct. 12-13
If you love tacos (and who doesn’t?) the Arizona Taco Festival is a must. For its 10th year, the Arizona Taco Festival will be moving to WestWorld of Scottsdale to accommodate the event's popularity and to elevate the experience for guests. The festival will feature taco-spirited art, fashion, culture and photography, a food demo stage, hot chile pepper and taco eating contests, hot sauce expo, interactive photo booths, taco-grammable moments, live music, Lucha Libre wrestling, a VIP cantina, 10th Anniversary surprises, celeb guests and more.



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