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When the sun sets, Scottsdale’s club scene starts heating up. As the moon rises, the energy builds. For those who believe that the fun doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down, Scottsdale is an after-hours mecca that begs to be explored.
Discover the rhythm of cool jazz hideaways, the sophistication of trendy cocktail lounges and the decadence of a dark and cozy wine bar, not to mention the countless live bands and DJs that spin dance, hip-hop, techno and other music varieties.
Not sure where to begin? Start by checking out all of the exciting things happening every day of the week in Scottsdale and then get started planning your ultimate nighttime Scottsdale itinerary!
Shake the Monday blues by experiencing two unique restaurants and a wine bar that comprise a miniature “restaurant row” on downtown’s Stetson Drive. Get started early with a delectable dinner at Cowboy Ciao (George Clooney gave it a thumbs-up). For the pièce de résistance, spend the remainder of the night indulging your senses at Kazimierz world wine bar ’s Blue Monday Jam where you’ll hear soulful jazz rhythms while enjoying the finest of world wines. Hot tip: The entrance to “Kazbar” is hidden in the back, like all good speakeasies.
Turn up the tempo with dinner and dancing at Eli’s American Grille . This fun-filled restaurant and bar offers one-stop shopping for an entertaining night out. Eli’s features all-American cuisine, several TVs for the sports fans, and live music and dancing from 9:00 p.m. to close.
For a change of pace, how about learning to country dance at Handlebar-J Restaurant & Saloon? Wednesday and Thursday classes are free and start at 7:30 p.m. Or you can experience the romance of flamenco music and dance performed by Mosaico in the lobby bar at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort at Gainey Ranch . Either way, enjoy a cold beer or frosty margarita while you have fun and relax.
Head into Old Town Scottsdale and kick up your heels at Scottsdale’s oldest saloon – The Rusty Spur Saloon . Housed in a building that was once a bank, you’ll find the alcohol and other beverages stored in the old vault and a laid back atmosphere with live music six nights a week. In a place with this much character – you’re bound to have a great time!
The weekend is here and everyone is going out! It’s time to hit the hottest, most trendy Scottsdale nightspots on the “Lounge Loop.” First, swing over to Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain and enjoy sunset views and cocktails at the jade bar . Quick tip: Be sure to check out the sleek and secluded outdoor patio.
For a chance to rub elbows with celebrities, the Saguaro is your next destination. While dining at the restaurant, glance around the room to see who else is dining (Mikhail Baryshnikov and Paula Abdul have been spotted here). Then head over to Mondrian's award-winning bar, order a mojito and revel in the sexy digs that make this one of the hottest new places to see and be seen. FYI – This is also where Sammy Sosa hangs out when he’s in town. Finally, kick back at Suede , where you’ll find just what you’re looking for in a smooth, sophisticated lounge. Grab a signature martini at the frost-topped bar, then revel in the seductive atmosphere from your vantage point in one of the suede-covered booths.
The weekend definitely hits its peak on Saturday night, and to celebrate, visit Axis/Radius in downtown Scottsdale. These sexy siblings offer an unequalled combination of exotic cocktails, a first-class cigar bar, high-energy music, dancing and VIP accommodations that entice celebrities and travelers alike. Axis booms the music of today and features an impressive dance floor that will keep you moving all night long. Radius pulses with the mixes of Arizona’s top DJs showcasing disco, French, tribal and progressive house music. Flow from one club to the other for a thrilling night you won’t forget!
One of the best places in Scottsdale to recoup after Saturday night is Sugar Daddy’s Blues , where you’ll find a fantastic Sunday Brunch hosted from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They offer yummy breakfast foods and feature refreshing mimosas, as well as a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar for those who need a little “hair of the dog.” Speaking of which, your canine pal is welcome at Sugar Daddy’s. All four-legged friends will be served fresh water and tips will go to the Association of Dog Owners Group (ADOG), a non-profit association. And if you still crave more action, enjoy live music on the patio starting as early as 10:00 a.m.
After a wild week you can start over…or make plans to return to Scottsdale – where the beat of the scene is sure to go on.
For more information on Scottsdale nightlife and a list of restaurants, clubs, and music venues, visit the Scottsdale CVB's web site .