6 Scottsdale Spots for Live Music

By local contributor
Adam Haught

Scottsdale’s music scene features a line-up of gifted musicians that range from country music icons to the coolest jazz ensembles. Here are six great spots to enjoy live music in Scottsdale.

 


HANDLEBAR J RESTAURANT & SALOON

handlebar j's

The legendary Herndon Brothers Band and other local talents take the stage at Handlebar J to play all your favorite country tunes as well as the occasional blues, jazz or rock ‘n’ roll jam. Enjoy Handlebar’s famous BBQ ribs or flame-grilled burgers, then show off your best two-step on the dance floor.

When: Wednesday and Friday nights, 7:30 p.m.

 


MARCELLINO RISTORANTE

Marcellino_Sima

Few settings are as romantic as Marcellino’s, with its linen tablecloths, candlelit dining room, intimate patio and Scottsdale Waterfront location. On Saturday nights, live music ranging from Frank Sinatra-inspired classics to contemporary hits complements Chef Marcellino Verzino’s handmade pasta and lovingly made meat and seafood specialties. And if you see Chef Verzino’s wife Sima, a classically trained vocalist, and her trio of musicians on the music line-up, don’t miss them!

When: Saturday nights, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

 


KAZIMIERZ WINE & WHISKEY BAR

kaz

Scottsdale's original speakeasy, Kazimierz Wine & Whiskey Bar remains one of the Valley’s top – and coolest – spots for live music. With more than 300 whiskey and wine selections, craft cocktails, a convenient Old Town location and an eclectic roster of local musicians, Kaz offers an experience that will keep you coming back time and time again.

When: Nightly (see website for schedule)

 


RUSTY SPUR SALOON

rusty spur

Scottsdale’s oldest cowboy bar features entertainment seven days and nights a week, so you can satisfy your live music craving well before the sun sets and late into the night. Stop by for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or swing by in the evenings for cold brews and two-stepping on the Spur’s cozy dance floor.

When: Afternoons and nights daily

 

BAR 640 AT THE SCOTTSDALE RESORT AT MCCORMICK RANCH

mccormick ranch

Nestled in the heart of beautiful McCormick Ranch and boasting stellar golf course vistas, Bar 640 offers acoustic live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. Stop in for happy hour bites from 4 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. and bring your list of your favorite songs – special requests are welcome!

When: Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 


CENTER STAGE BAR AT HYATT REGENCY SCOTTSDALE RESORT AT GAINEY RANCH

Live Music

Cascading fountains and glowing fireplaces create the perfect ambiance for live music at Center Stage Bar at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch. The musical line-up spans an array of styles, from soulful vocals to edgy folk music. Grab a bite to eat or simply enjoy a cocktail while listening to an array of great tunes.

When: Tuesday - Saturday evenings, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.