Greater Phoenix Nightclubs
After golden hour is gone and your dinner plans are a wrapped, it’s time to head out for a night on the town. Nightclubs in Greater Phoenix come in all shapes, sized and flavors and genres. So, whether you’re looking for a specific dance floor or an entire scene, you’ll find it here.
We’ve got some insider info to help you plan your next nightclub experience in Greater Phoenix accordingly, too.
First, we’re breaking down the hottest spots by geographic location.
Downtown PhoenixBack to Top of List
In downtown Phoenix, Monarch Theatre is a two-story dance club (the second floor of which is open-air) with DJ-hosted nights, video screens and serious downtown vibes; Crescent Ballroom and Valley Bar each host themed parties and dance nights, in addition to the touring and local shows they’re best known for; and Club Dwntwn, Arizona’s largest Latin nightclub, with multiple rooms featuring different music. Cover charges and dress codes vary by venue and event/day of the week.
Midtown & Uptown PhoenixBack to Top of List
Moving north into the Midtown and Uptown area of Phoenix, the Melrose District is an enclave of LGBTQ+ bars and nightclubs. Dance the night away at Stacy’s at Melrose, a favorite among all segments of the community; further up Seventh Avenue is Charlie’s, a mostly gay, cowboy inspired spot with a dance floor and outdoor patio. These spots are casual, but anything goes, including dressing up. And, typically, cover charges only apply to drag shows (find out more about shows with reservations required).
Old Town ScottsdaleBack to Top of List
Now, east to Old Town Scottsdale, where the dance floor energy carries crowds into the wee hours of the morning. This unofficial district is home to more than a dozen worthy nightclubs — all with their own distinct flavor. Choose from such favorites as Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row, Maya Dayclub, Riot House, International Boutique Nightclub and more. Expect covers and dress codes at most Old Town nightclubs.
Mill Avenue District, TempeBack to Top of List
Heading south from here, will land you in the heart of Tempe’s Mill Avenue District — a popular evening destination for the Arizona State University crowd and beyond. Check out such popular spots as C.A.S.A., Varsity Tavern, Rodeo Ranch, Glow Shots & Cocktails, Aura and Mill Cue Club. There are also more chill spots (think: shorter lines, more elbow room), including Low Key Piano Club, The Handlebar, Fat Tuesday Bar or Zipp’s Sports Grill. You’ll spot everything from flip-flops to Stilettos along Mill Avenue, so wear what makes you comfortable. As for cover charges, a general tip is that the restaurant spaces are far less likely to charge than exclusively nightclub spaces.