5 Live Music Lounges in Scottsdale

By local contributor
Lauren Wise

DJs spinning the latest music mixes at larger-than-life volumes above throngs of patrons are a dime a dozen in the Valley of the Sun. So, it begs the question: where’s the best place to catch live music? A spot to lounge with a friend or two, chat without losing your voice, and sip and savor the local flavors—as well as the local sounds. In this list of live music lounges in Scottsdale, there’s something for everyone. Admission is almost always free, and the music showcases it all: jazz, blues, American folk, bluegrass, popular covers, hip hop, and more. So arrive on the early side, find a cozy corner, and make a night of it.

 


ORANGE SKY LOUNGE


Located on the 15th floor of Talking Stick Resort casino lies an intimate lounge with panoramic mountain views of the Scottsdale area. Enjoy live entertainment and a world-class list of regional and reserve wines while noshing on small bites like the Potato and Green Chile Empanada or Pumpkin Seed Crusted Shrimp. The Lounge (which is located inside the larger Orange Sky Restaurant) is open starting at 5 p.m. daily. 


Weft & Warp at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa


Named for the artistic tapestry of the Sonoran Desert, Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen combines fine cuisine with a creative spark. Enjoy live music ranging from upbeat reggae to your favorite cover songs while lounging on the couches on their patio next to a firepit with a one-of-a-kind view of Camelback Mountain. Sip on a handcrafted cocktail or fine wine every Wednesday-Sunday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. while listening to relaxing tunes. 

 


Mbar at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia


Walk through the Omni Scottsdale’s large courtyard to find the candlelit Mbar lounge, where live bands, including popular jazz and indie rock, play on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., and on Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Lounge in the large seating area and enjoy the fire pits, smoky mesquite fare from the kitchen (menu favorites include smoked salmon and calamari), and a full-service bar while chatting and enjoying the music.

 


Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse and Mastro’s Oceans Club


Mastro’s is known for bringing upscale steakhouse and seafood spots to some of America’s most cosmopolitan cities, and Scottsdale, with a total of three locations, is no exception. But sitting in the extravagant dining room isn’t required to enjoy those chilled seafood towers and tender-as-buttah steaks. City Hall Steakhouse, in the heart of Old Town, and Oceans Club in North Scottsdale, both offer elegant lounges where you’ll find similar menus and cocktails, as well as live music. Live entertainment starts every night at 6:30 p.m., and acts range from a single pianist/singer to a three-piece band, and include instrumental sets, jazz, covers of decades’ hits, and more. The lounges have fewer than 20 tables, so get there early—they often fill up by 7 p.m.

 


RBar at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa


Looking for a little Southwest ambiance? Sip house-made infusions, sangria and signature margaritas while enjoying the live music at RBar. Located off the resort’s main lobby, this relaxed yet spirited lounge offers live music – often Western or Latin-inspired – every night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Settle in around one of the firepits on RBar’s spacious patio, or head inside where you’ll find soft lighting, flickering candles, and plush high-top, table, and bar seating.