Nightlife

Get ready to discover a whole new Scottsdale after dark! From happy hour hot spots and sophisticated wine bars to chic lounges and high-energy dance clubs, Scottsdale has you covered with varied nightlife options that are sure to please. For the highest concentration of after-hours action, head downtown where more than 100 restaurants, bars and nightclubs await.


1. Happy Hour Hot Spots

Start your night on the town with drink specials and nicely priced apps! Hula’s Modern Tiki (above) in downtown offers island-inspired munchies starting at $3 and specials on signature cocktails like the Tropical Itch, Pink Bikini Martini and Tiki Bastard. Other happy hour hot spots include Dos Gringos, Olive & Ivy and the Pink Pony.


2. Suds-Soaked Scottsdale

Sample local brews along downtown Scottsdale’s ale trail. Sip Coffee & Beer House (above) features brews from Papago Brewing in Scottsdale and Cartel Coffee Lab, a coffee roaster and brewer in Tempe and Scottsdale. Union Barrelhouse is the city’s first nano-brewery, serving up five house-made delights. Still more sudsy fun awaits at Two Brothers Brewing and Bad Water Brewing.

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When the sun goes down, Scottsdale sizzles with late-night diversions, including wine bars, lounges and dance clubs. Discover a whole new Scottsdale after dark with this handy guide

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3. Late-Night Noshes

It’s late (really late) and you’re hungry. Where do you go? In Scottsdale, you’ve got plenty of options. Pig & Pickle’s late night menu (10 p.m. – 1 a.m.) includes the Apocalypse Sow ground pork burger, Udon Noodles with peanuts, and Buffalo Pork Wings with blue cheese crumbles. Over at AZ/88 (above), the full menu of upscale pub grub, including their famous Hell’s Fire Chips, is available until 12:30 a.m. And at Kazimierz world wine bar, you can enjoy small plates until midnight. Choose from artisan flatbreads, creamy fondues and Pulled Pork Sliders.


4. Downtown Entertainment District

For the highest concentration of nightclubs in one area, head to downtown’s Entertainment District. Located on the southeast corner of Scottsdale and Camelback roads near the W Hotel Scottsdale, this compact district offers plenty of options for dining, drinking and dancing, including The Mint Ultra Lounge (above), Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails and Cake.


5. Country Cool

If you’re looking for nightlife with a Country Western flair, pay a visit to downtown’s Rusty Spur Saloon (above). The Spur offers live music seven nights a week plus a cozy dance floor for two-stepping. Also in downtown, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row serves up great cocktails and live music with a contemporary country feel. And just a few minutes north of downtown, Handlebar J satisfies your yen for great country music with the Herndon Brothers Band and free dance lessons every Wednesday evening.


6. Artistic Evenings

Browse the galleries of the downtown Arts District during the free Thursday-night ArtWalk (above). Galleries stay open late (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and offer special exhibitions, artist receptions and live music. Nearly a dozen themed ArtWalks are held during the year, including the Native Arts ArtWalk (March), Summer Spectacular ArtWalk (July) and Holiday ArtWalk (Dec.).


7. Tequila Flights

Dive into the wonderful world of sipping tequila at La Hacienda at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (above). The tequila bar offers nightly artisan tastings and features more than 200 varieties of tequila from 36 different labels.


8. ROK the House

ROK Social House (above) is a locally owned Korean eatery and drinking house that combines entertainment and a high-energy atmosphere with food, fashion, art and music. Executive Chef Andrew Nam’s flavorful food compliments a selection of inventive cocktails including First Love, made with Bokbunja, Rumchata, pineapple juice, soda and Orgeat syrup.


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