6 Spots for Happy Hour and Live Music

By local contributor
Lauren Wise

Thirsty Camel Lounge at The Phoenician Resort

Thirsty Camel has gained a reputation as a go-to for a happy hour with live entertainment. The menu offers $5 beers and $2 off wines and cocktails, but don’t miss out on Sonoran-inspired plates like the confit chicken empanadas.  From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. each weekday, Thirsty Camel offers live music ranging from instrumental, edgy pop, electronic, and soul. But what really sweetens the deal is the view. Settle in on the terrace for the sunset and enjoy panoramic views of South Mountain, the San Tan Mountains, Scottsdale Waterfront, and the Papago Hills.


Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row

Located in the hub of Old Town Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, Whiskey Row offers Acoustic Happy Hour on Fridays, with drink and food specials from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. While weekend nights attract a younger crowd looking for a dance floor, the laid-back Acoustic Happy Hour is the perfect spot for all ages to listen to local, live music – an ode to the owner himself, country music superstar Dierks Bentley.


Eddie V’s the V Lounge 

If you’re looking for a go-to spot any night of the week, look no further than Eddie V’s, which offers happy hour and live music every single night.  Happy hour specials run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  Order up steak tartare or oysters on the half shell while waiting for the live jazz band, which takes up the cozy corner stage by the dance floor every night at 6 p.m.


Blue Martini

This social hub is best known for its specialty martinis, but the people-watching and high-energy vibe run a close second. Eclectic live acts are featured nightly from approximately 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., often filling the dance floor with patrons. Intimate tables and bars are set around the lounge for you to enjoy the small plates and martinis that dominate the happy hour menu until 7 p.m. – about the time the dance lights come on and the occasional cover charge kicks in. 


Rusty Spur Saloon

One of the oldest bars in Scottsdale, this cozy Western saloon is all about Arizona food, music and atmosphere. Rusty Spur doesn’t actually have a happy hour menu, but their drink prices are some of the lowest in town. Plus, the Spur boasts free live music daily from 1 p.m. through midnight – a “happy” deal no matter how you slice it! Western-inspired dishes are served until 4 p.m.; beer, wine and cocktails range from $3 to 10; and the line-dancing lessons are free. 


Sol Mexican Cocina

If you’re a Taco Tuesday enthusiast, it’d be wise to spend yours at this Baja-inspired spot. Each Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., patrons enjoy live music in addition to taco specials and $5 house margaritas. Located on the edge of Scottsdale Quarter, Sol Mexican Cocina is one of the Valley’s premier shopping destinations, so the patio is great for people- (and car-) watching. The interior boasts an open-air kitchen and hi-tops ideal for smaller groups or pairs, as well as a bar stocked with a range of tequila and mezcal options.