Best Brunch and Live Music Pairings

By local contributor
Lauren Wise

Craving live music and a meal — but not the happy-hour rush or evening crowds? Try brunch in Scottsdale, where you can take full advantage of a favorite weekend pastime and enjoy some of the Valley’s most enjoyable and lively musical acts.


The Living Room Wine Café & Lounge 

Sat. – Sun. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

With two locations in Scottsdale (plus more around the state), The Living Room boasts a sprawling patio with comfy furnishings (as the name would suggest), a rustic-yet-urban interior and an impressive whiskey selection. Low-key, acoustic music streams in from the patio through glass doors that are nearly always open, with solo artists (think Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen covers) and duos performing originals. An easy spot to cross over from breakfast to lunch, the Living Room features a seasonally changing menu of favorites like chicken and waffles, bottomless mimosas and eggs bene. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try the sweet and savory crepes or zesty chilaquiles.


The Montauk

Sat. – Sun. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

In the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, The Montauk offers a buzzing, beach-house vibe and a crowd that ranges from older couples to groups of twenty-somethings at long tables. The music always seems to be at an ideal volume for conversation, with one or two acoustic guitarists performing in the center of the restaurant. Snag a table on the expansive wrap-around patio, post up at the bar or in a booth, and be pleasantly surprised at how the restaurant’s East Coast ambiance is reflected on the menu: lobster rolls, clam chowder, amazing coffee cocktails (the Spark Plug is a “wake-up” guarantee), crepes, and fresh parfaits. Note: since this restaurant is in Old Town, you can expect a short wait most weekends.


Sol Mexican Cocina

 Sun. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

If you’re a breakfast burrito enthusiast, the Baja-inspired menu at Sol Mexican Cocina is right up your alley! Try traditional Mexican dishes like huevos rancheros and burritos, as well as the crab and shrimp ‘benedicto’ and Souffle Carlotta – a Baja version of French toast. Plus, we’d be remiss not to mention the $3 mimosas and two dozen salsas made fresh daily. Outside, Sol features a quaint patio that’s great for people- (and car-) watching, while the interior boasts an open-air kitchen and hi-tops ideal for smaller groups or pairs. Connecting the two spaces is a spacious bar stocked with unique tequila and mezcal options. Sol Mexican Cocina is located on the edge of Scottsdale Quarter, one of the Valley’s premier shopping destinations, so you can easily spend the day dining and shopping.


Hash Kitchen

 Sat. – Sun. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 “Sunday Funday” has a nice ring, doesn’t it?  If you’re in the mood for a fun, high-energy vibe, look no further than Hash Kitchen. Hash’s creative breakfast and bar scene boasts a DJ booth, generous mimosa flights (think guava, blueberry, and mango), and the largest Bloody Mary bar in the Valley, with more than 40 toppings. Brunch bruschetta, eight types of hash, banana split French toast, and more ensure there’s something for everyone on the menu. A bonus at Hash is that you can indulge in the energetic vibes inside, or you can opt for an outdoor table, tucked away from the DJ beats and lively conversation.

Note: The live music schedules change seasonally; these reflect winter/spring 2018