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



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 Roosevelt Row district. This arthouse cinema lounge has brought independent cinema to downtown, as well as becoming one of downtown's favorite new bars. 

If you're looking for great live music, music aficionados gather nightly at the Crescent Ballroom, where free live music in the lounge, and national touring acts inside the ballroom, make this the perfect spot to mingle and discover new sounds. The kitchen at Crescent Ballroom features gourmet versions of Southwestern classics, perfect for noshing between acts.

When you're feet are tired from dancing all night, head on over to the darkly sophisticated MercBar, where the uptown ambiance is far removed from the lights and music of the club scene.




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 "microcinema," meaning that...  Read More


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 professional. (Have your self-esteem in...  Read More




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, you might hear everything from...  Read More




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 venues. The Rhythm Room draws...  Read More




Char's (pronounced with an "sh," not a "ch") promises an unpretentious evening of good music in cozy environs. Most of the audience isn't more than a few steps from the stage, so the immediacy of the blues is right there in front of you. A...  Read More




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. The bar squeezes its own...  Read More




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 couches let you take a break from...  Read More




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 restaurant, drawing a steady dose of...  Read More




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 your hand-crafted specialty...  Read More




Part concert venue, bar, and gourmet kitchen, the Crescent Ballroom is one of downtown Phoenix's newest hot spots. The Crescent Lounge hosts free nightly music, while the ballroom sees some of the country's top touring acts perform on the...  Read More


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Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

She received her MFA in Creative...  More About Patricia

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