Old Town Nightlife Hotspots

By local contributor
Adam Haught

Ready for a night on the town? Scottsdale has you covered with exciting nightlife options that run the gamut from Western saloons and upscale cocktail lounges to high-energy dance clubs. Check out these local favorites.


Rusty Spur Saloon

Stop by Rusty Spur Saloon and two-step the night away with the local cowboys to live country music. The saloon started out as the Farmers Bank of Scottsdale in 1921. Though the bank shuttered during the Great Depression, the old bank vault is still there and today it holds the liquor instead of the money. Celebrities like Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Anniston have walked through the Spur’s swinging doors.


Cottontail Lounge at W Scottsdale

If you want a chic night out, head to Cottontail Lounge, a second-floor rooftop bar at the W Scottsdale. This sophisticated space with bold designs serves creative cocktails showcasing the history of modern mixology. Be sure to dress to impress so you can turn heads as you strut up the fabulous grand staircase to make your entrance.



Kick-off your night on the town at this retro enclave at the Hotel Valley Ho. ZuZu’s happy hour (3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sun. - Wed.) features stellar apps like the warm garlic stuffed pretzel bomb with garlic herb butter, mascarpone + parmesan. Complement these tasty small plates with one of ZuZu’s signature cocktails. We love the ZuZu Mule or Seasonal Spritzer. All apps and cocktails on their happy hour menu are just $5. 


Second Story Liquor Bar

Perched above Scottsdale Road and Third Avenue in Old Town, Second Story Liquor Bar is equal parts innovative chef-driven restaurant and upscale cocktail lounge. The intimate balcony and warm, wood and leather interior provide a cozy setting in which to enjoy a craft cocktail or a pour from their collection of more than 200 whiskeys. Two delightful cocktails to try are the Local Roots (turmeric-infused gin, grappa, watermelon syrup and lemon juice) and the Bright & Sunny (barrel-aged rum, hibiscus liquor, orgeat, lime and ginger beer).


Old Town Entertainment District

For the highest concentration of nightclubs in one area, head to Old Town’s Entertainment District. Located on the southeast corner of Scottsdale and Camelback roads near the W Hotel Scottsdale, this compact district offers plenty of options for dining, drinking and dancing, including Bottled Blonde, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, Club House at Maya and Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails.