5 Best Spots for Weeknight Live Music

By local contributor
Lauren Wise

Rhythm + Wine 

From the concert art and funky upside-down ceiling lamps to a musically inspired menu, Rhythm + Wine is all about bringing style and music to the table. Acoustic rock and jazz musicians take to the patio Wednesday through Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and a garage door-esque partition provides entertainment both indoors and on the patio. Arrive early to enjoy happy hour, the globally curated wine list, and to snag a patio spot—the sunset view is sensational.

RBar at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

Located off Camelback Inn’s main lobby, this relaxed Southwestern lounge offers live Latin- and Western-inspired music each night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Try one of the bar’s house-made infusions or signature margaritas, then gather around an outdoor firepit or head indoors to an intimate table or cozy, candlelit sofa to enjoy the entertainment.

Center Stage Bar at Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch 

Center Stage Bar has long been a hot spot for live music, creative cocktails and its upscale, resort atmosphere. Hosting a regular rotation of local acts every evening at 7:30 p.m., the small stage is set adjacent to tables and cushy chairs where guests can grab small plates and appetizers, sushi, or cocktails. A few yards away, the lounge opens up to an outdoor patio with waterfall fountains and smoldering fireplaces, offering views of the resort pool. The entertainment is often divided into two acts, ranging from soulful R&B vocals to urban acoustic to modern Americana/folk, each lasting an hour, with music ending at 9:30 p.m.

Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort

Set on the resort’s 15th floor and named for the panoramic sunset and mountain views it’s known for, Orange Sky is an ideal spot to grab a drink with a date or a group of friends. Expect energetic live music nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., elegant décor, and ample, comfy seating in the bar or on lounge couches. A bevy of small plates are available to share, while the themed cocktail list and cellar of world-class wines keeps all guests happy. 

Old Town Tavern

Known as the “biggest little stage in Old Town Scottsdale,” this tavern showcases some of the best artists in Valley. Live music is a fixture nine times a week—every weekday night, as well as weekend afternoons and nights—and the casual atmosphere and drink specials give off a Cheers vibe. Starting at 6 p.m. you can usually find a hard-to-beat drink deal; think Martini and Manhattan Monday, Tequila Tuesday, or Whiskey Wednesday, the latter of which showcases some great Japanese varieties. Nestled next to Scottsdale Civic Center Park, the Tavern’s outdoor patio and upper deck offer several spaces to socialize while still enjoying the music.