Where To Be Seen

By local contributor
Biannca Dominguez

Scottsdale is definitely a place to dress up in your finest to go out and have a good time. Even though there are many places with a lively scene, there are a few in particular where you’re sure to run into the socialites, trendsetters and the most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes in town.

Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse

“It’s Mastro’s” is almost enough of a description because of the reputation that the high-end steakhouse has built based on their outstanding service, quality menu, sexy atmosphere and of course, the guests that frequent the establishment. Mastro’s has three different locations in Scottsdale but their downtown City Hall location is closest to the entertainment district, making it perfect for a night out on the town.  When I think of City Hall, I envision martinis, steaks and beautiful people. The lounge and bar area is the place to catch a celeb or the real showstoppers. Bring some attention to your table by ordering the Seafood Tower for an appetizer.

Counter Intuitive

Sometimes you have to step out of the fist-pumping, confetti-flying, bottle-poppin’ nightclub scene that is so prevalent in downtown Scottsdale. Don’t get me wrong, those places are fun but there’s something special about the vibe at Counter Intuitive. Who doesn’t love a speakeasy feel featuring craft cocktails in an unpretentious space with a rotating theme? People love themes and yes, the food and cocktails match the decor. Only open on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., you need to plan ahead for your visit to CI. Brought to us by Peter Kasperski, one of Scottsdale’s most notable restauranteurs (also the owner of Cowboy Ciao and Kazimierz) with cocktails by Micah Olson and Jason Asher, it’s definitely an industry spot for all the cool and talented kids. I mean, they even have a photo wall of all of the Valley’s top beverage industry folks.


This beautiful and airy restaurant/bar features a prime location directly across the street from the Entertainment District (a.k.a. all of the clubs). Happy Hour is great for that mellow but still busy feel with live music most days of the week. Later in the evening, Montauk goes from a trendy hangout spot and restaurant to feeling like you’re at the club without the long lines for drinks. It is the ultimate partier’s warm up spot. It’s loud, fun and you can do a punch bowl for eight. It will also hit the spot if you’re feeling the DJ vibe but don’t want to go full nightclub. Somehow, even with the loud and high energy atmosphere, it still remains a great date night spot or even a place to do tableside bottle service sans confetti.

The Mission

Just walking into The Mission makes you feel sexy. The glow from the Himalayan salt wall only enhances the low light provided by the candles on tables and gorgeous chandeliers that hang throughout the restaurant and bar. I’m a bar person so I always choose to hang in the bar. Chances are that I’m going in for tacos and tequila before hitting the Entertainment District and I’m not the only one who has that idea. There is such a thing as a “taco crowd” at The Mission and this taco crowd happens to be a bunch of really good-looking people that seem to enjoy the atmosphere and Matt Carter’s menu as much as I do.


SumoMaya has carved out a unique space in the dining world by establishing itself as a Mexican-Asian Fusion restaurant.   It’s also one of the trendiest spots in town. Certainly a place where you can run into that eligible bachelor or bachelorette. The bright colors, DJ at the host stand and ornate decorations are somewhat reminiscent of the nightclub and definitely elevate the experience of sipping on cocktails and eating sushi. As one of Scottsdale’s most exciting places to be on a Friday or Saturday night, I suggest reservations or getting there early to try and snag a seat at the bar.