702 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004 +1 602 258 8343
Club Dwntwn located in the heart of Phoenix is a hot spot for the Phoenix clubbers. The haunt of hip hop, reggae and old school lovers, it is a perfect space to chill out with your buddies. A local favorite; on Saturdays, the dance floor gets crowded. All in all Club Dwntwn is all about funky music and cool crowd.
130 East Washington Street Phoenix, AZ 85004 +1 602 229 1265
Bar Smith beats other bars when it comes to food, drinks and entertainment. The food is the usual American pub grub with tunas, burgers, baguettes and chicken being the favorites, while the wines include the house selections of Chardonay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignons. But the VIP rooms remain the center of attraction for all clubbers. Not to forget the terrace bar that gives you the feeling of being on top of the world. Located just a block away from the Phoenix City Center, Bar Smith is your neighborhood fun destination.
1326 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004 +1 602 307 0022
Cheuvront Restaurant & Wine Bar has an array of bottled wine and some superb artisan cheeses to satiate even the most discerning of palates. The food menu is eclectic with something to suit every taste while the wine selection aptly supports the scrumptious offerings. The variety of cheeses as well as wines from local Arizona wineries is excellent. Can't get enough of the wines you've sampled here? Cheuvront also sells this wine and cheese to take home. The bar also holds wine tasting events throughout the month. Check their website for the latest updates.
2814 North 16th Street Phoenix, AZ 85006 +1 602 636 0240
Barrio Cafe with it's superior award-pulling Mexican fare has created its own niche in the city's dining scene. Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza and her partner Wendy Gruber show us that Mexican is not just about tacos, enchiladas and burritos. A delightful journey of Cochinita Pibil, slow roasted pork rubbed with Yucatan spices, guacamole, Torta de Pollo y Jaiba and cinnamon-dusted Churros Rellenos can spin anyone around to vote time and again for Barrio. The Cafe also features live entertainment weekly.
3939 East Campbell Avenue At 40th Street Phoenix, AZ 85018 +1 602 852 3939/+1 602 274 5144/+1 480 632 6363
In-the-know Phoenicians frequent this unassuming little wine bar halfway to Scottsdale (there are two others also, one in Gilbert and Downtown Phoenix). In a city rife with strip-mall cuisine, Postino delivers welcome helpings of the Italian countryside, the Napa Valley, the South of France and the Mediterranean coast. Italian cuisine is the chief influence on the menu, but it's all done up with a healthy dose of California-style applewood-smoked pizzazz. Vegetarians rave about the offerings here, but meat is well represented as well. The wine selection rotates every few months, but it is always heavy on Californians and Italians, with a few choice French wines and a handful of Argentinian ones for good measure. Beer lovers can appreciate the selection as well, with the stellar Guinness on draft or the Alesmith IPA. See website for menus, drink lists and more.
718 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004 +1 602 258 6122
Winner of the Best Gay Bar award many times over the years, Amsterdam is a refreshing spot in central Phoenix. The decor has a medieval touch to it and is stylish with funky leather couches. There is a local pianist who plays a range of music for the visitors. Amsterdam also offers an open house bar that serves delicious martinis.
11801 North 19th Avenue (south of Cactus on the east side of 19th) Phoenix, AZ 85029 +1 602 944 3992
This busy little cafe-style sports grill offers a hometown ambiance. Featuring 10 pool tables and a full bar, this dimly lit cafe's walls are lined with booths. Come as you are; you'll find this a casual spot for a bite of lunch with gracious service. Choose from the award-winning chicken wings (from mild to homicide-hot, served by the dozen with ranch dressing and celery). Other selections from the menu include hot sandwiches, fries and salads. Its delivery radius runs from Cactus to Northern, north and south, and Seventh avenue to Interstate-17 on the east and west borders. Note that this business does not accept checks.
4531 North 7th Street Phoenix, AZ 85014 +1 602 285 0833
Roscoe's on 7th, a popular sports bar, features icy-cold bottled beer and a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Featuring a good selection of domestic and imported beer, and inhabited mostly by young regulars, you'll find it a fun hangout with a good following of both genders and enough light to read the sports page. This bar earned the honor of Best Gay Bar from the Reps Best. If you're looking for a place to be seen, this will be the place to tip your bottle.
1019 East Indian School Road Phoenix, AZ 85014 +1 602 265 4842
Rhythm Room was chosen as one of the Top Twenty Blues Venues in the USA by Blues Review Magazine and won Best Blues Club by local Phoenix periodicals countless times. This musical hot spot has featured headline acts by greats such as Deke Dickerson and Bob Margolin. Legendary guitarist Guitar Shorty, the man who taught Jimmy Hendrix to play the guitar with his teeth, is a frequent performer. Top names in rock circles, from Deerhoof to The Spinto Band, also make this place their stop when in Phoenix. Pictures framed Blues legends cover the walls but the main attraction is always the stage. Great seats everywhere with tiny tables big enough for a couple of cocktails and a light bite. Sunnyside Barbecue is served Friday and Saturday nights.
6767 North 35th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85017 +1 602 973 2023
Twist the night away at this rocking 50s dance club. The DJ spins a mean mix of music from the 50s through the 70s interspersed with Karaoke. Great drink specials are offered every night, and dance contests every weekend award prizes for best Jitterbug, Twist, Limbo and Dirty Dancing. Monday nights are reserved for football with a free food buffet. Pictures of James Dean and Marilyn Monroe hang between shots of beautiful vintage cars. The DJ spins his tunes from the back of a pink Cadillac parked on the dance floor. Life Magazine covers from the 50s and 60s cover one full wall, and there are a couple dartboards and some dart supplies in one corner. Bring cash. Credit cards are not accepted.