Best Phoenix, AZ Nightlife

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    10. FilmBar

    It's a movie theatre, it's a bar--it's FilmBar. This appealing venue is a beer/wine bar dedicated to screening hard-to-find cult classics, local independent films as well as new releases. FilmBar is described as a...

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    9. Merc Bar

    Boxy leather furniture and wooden accent walls set the scene at this moody bar for Phoenix's beautiful people. Unmistakably chic, it's a place to see and be seen, whether you're a celebrity or an upscale...

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    8. The Nash

    The Nash is Phoenix's only live music venue dedicated exclusively to jazz. Named after legendary Phoenix jazz drummer Lewis Nash, this intimate performance space hosts regular evening performances. On given night,...

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    7. Rhythm Room

    Begin with a cozy, no-frills venue, add in top blues and jazz acts from the area and around the country, and toss in fans of great tunes and lively performances, and you've got one of Phoenix's best-loved music...

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    5. SideBar

    Downtown Phoenix's hip cocktail lounge features over 45 different types of beers, more than 40 wines and a menu of enticing hand-crafted cocktails. SideBar is known for impeccable ingredients and high-quality drinks....

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    4. Bar Smith

    Downtown Phoenix scenesters crowd the small but busy dance floor at Bar Smith, a hip downtown bar, lounge and club located steps away from major attractions such as the US Airways Center and Chase Field. Swanky...

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    3. Copper Blues

    Location is everything, they say, and it couldn't be any truer for Copper Blues, located downtown at the towering CityScape entertainment and shopping complex. Copper Blues is part bar, part club, and part...

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    2. GypsyBar

    This sprawling nightclub features over 10,000 square feet of space to roam, drink, meet and be merry. Drinks are served at a three-sided island bar surrounded by plush lounge sofa sectionals, perfect for sipping on...

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About Phoenix, AZ Nightlife

Although Phoenix isn't known for having a particularly lively nightlife scene, there are lots of places to play after dark. If you want to watch a game, check out a sports bar like Majerle's (owned by NBA All-Star Dan Majerle). Live music is on tap at several establishments, such as Rhythm Room and Char's Has the Blues. Following international trends, the city has also seen the opening of several swanky cocktail lounges – check out Amsterdam, Merc Bar and Wright Bar for sophisticated fun with martinis. Of course, you'll also find tried and true national chains like Hard Rock Café and Rock Bottom Brewery, where the atmosphere, food and beverages are always popular and reliable.

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