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Downtown Phoenix

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.

The hotel styles in downtown Phoenix range from historic to boutique to business chic. The biggest of them, the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, has 1,000 guest rooms and District American Kitchen and Wine Bar featuring American comfort foods with a contemporary twist. Hotel Palomar is a boutique hotel with a rooftop pool bar and nightly wine hour.

The Westin Phoenix Downtown caters to the needs of upscale business travelers, with super-spacious guest rooms that feature floor-to-ceiling windows. And the convention center’s closest neighbors, the Hyatt Regency Phoenix and Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, are both fresh from multimillion dollar renovations.

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.