When the business day ends, the fun begins in downtown Phoenix.
This is where you’ll find sports arenas, live music, rooftop lounges, museums, theaters, art galleries and more than 100 restaurants. Downtown is also home to the Phoenix Convention Center and Arizona State University’s downtown campus. And it’s all served by one of the newest light rail systems in the nation.
CityScape, a two-block concentration of restaurants, bars, and fashion retailers, is home to an urban-chic bowling alley, a dance club and arcade, a live-music venue with 60 beers on tap, and a comedy theater and supper club with rentable meeting space.
Pro sports are almost always afoot at Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly known as US Airways Center and home of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury) or Chase Field (home of the Arizona Diamondbacks), and Roosevelt Row is the place to go for coffee shops, art-house movies and First Friday Art Walks.
From arts and culture, to dining and nightlife, pro sports and more, we highlight what to do in the city's urban core.
Rent a Grid Bike and pedal off on a two-wheel tour of Central Phoenix's arts and culture scene.
Bite Magazine takes us to this downtown hotspot with more than 100 cocktails on the menu, ranging from adventurous to classics.
Ariel Bracamonte’s passion project—a retro arcade bar—is a game changer for downtown Phoenix’s nightlife scene.
It's a neighborhood mainstay for when you absolutely, positively have to have a chicken biscuit and a boulevardier after midnight.
This secret garden above I-10 creates a cocoon of tranquility in downtown Phoenix.
These six not-to-be-missed Phoenix street artists and muralists are decorating downtown and filling up their Instagram accounts.
Nightlife options in Phoenix’s urban heart run the gamut from sophisticated to gritty, historic to hipster, and proudly unpretentious to fiercely independent. Explore the scene in this video.
Heading north from downtown's core will take you into Central Phoenix, home to areas known as midtown, uptown and the Melrose District, among others. See the links below for things to do and places to eat and drink in these neighborhoods, just a short light rail or car ride away from downtown.
Follow this food trail along Central Avenue to experience many of the best restaurants in CenPho.
Hop on the light rail and wine and dine your way through the CenPho food scene at these spots.
In Midtown and Uptown, eat/drink/shop gathering places thrive where strip malls once stood.
Phoenix's Seventh Avenue "gayborhood" welcomes all to its diverse mix of LGBTQ-friendly eateries, shops and galleries.
Take a tour with barman Ross Simon to his favorite Central Phoenix cocktail spots.
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