10 Best Nightlife in Phoenix: Where to Go When the Sun Goes Down

Patricia Escarcega

By , Local Expert, Phoenix
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Where are the best nightlife spots in Phoenix? Although most of the city's thumping dance floors are heavily concentrated in the Scottsdale and Tempe areas, there are plenty of places to enjoy the nightlife in Phoenix. Downtown scenesters and hipsters can be found crowding the dance floor at Bar Smith, where the views from the rooftop bar are enough reason to make a stop at this popular nightlife spot. When you're ready for live music, comedy and craft beer, head over to Copper Blues at CityScape, where the crowds gather all seven nights of the week. Ready to try something different? Pay a visit to FilmBar in the city's artsy...  Read more »

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    GypsyBar

    GypsyBar is a hybrid dance club, bar, game lounge that draws nightlife-lovers and free spirits from around the city.

    Local Expert Tip: "Hungry? GypsyBar is not just a dance floor--this sprawling club also features a full dinner menu."

     
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    Copper Blues

    Copper Blues in downtown Phoenix is a lively venue featuring live music every night and great drink specials.

    Local Expert Tip: "Great downtown spot to grab a craft beer from one of Arizona's local breweries. "

     
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    Bar Smith

    Bar Smith in downtown Phoenix remains one of the hippest dance clubs in the city.

    Local Expert Tip: "One of the best dance floors in downtown Phoenix."

     
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    Crescent Ballroom

    Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix plays host to great touring and local bands and features a lounge and kitchen.

    Local Expert Tip: "Grab a snack from The Kitchen, which features a gourmet Southwestern menu."

     
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    SideBar

    SideBar in Phoenix is a hip, casually upscale lounge designed to entice the drink snob in you.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the SideBar Collins, a house favorite."

     
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    Char's Has the Blues

    Char's is one of the oldest blues clubs in town, known for its intimate live shows, cozy dance floor and great drink specials.

    Local Expert Tip: "No cover charge Monday through Wednesday!"

     
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    Rhythm Room

    The Rhythm Room is a midtown mainstay, bring great live blues, jazz and rockabilly acts to a diverse crowd of music lovers.

    Local Expert Tip: "Hungry? Barbecue is served out back on most nights."

     
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    The Nash

    The Nash is a relaxed yet lively jazz club in the heart of Phoenix's arts district. Plus, you can bring your own wine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Stop by on the first Friday of the month for special jazz events."

     
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    FilmBar

    FilmBar in downtown Phoenix is one of the city's most unique nightlife venues, combining independent cinema with craft brews.

    Local Expert Tip: "You don't have to purchase a movie ticket to drink at the bar. Stop by FilmBar for a delicious craft beer anytime."

     
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    Merc Bar

    MercBar is a classic cocktail lounge with chic clientele and gourmet late-night eats.

    Local Expert Tip: "Chef menu available nightly until 10pm. "

     

 

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