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 (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.
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.