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.

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, but it's also a nice wine bar. 

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 in between acts.

Valley Bar, the sister club to Crescent Ballroom, combines the speakeasy appeal of a classic basement bar, with the ambiance of an indie club and bar. There's live music inside the ballroom, a colorful lounge, and a small game area where you can play skeeball and other vintage games with friends. 




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




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




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




Valley Bar is rarity in Phoenix: a hip downtown bar that just happens to be located in a basement. Basements are uncommon in the southwest, so it's a treat to escape to the cool surroundings of a well-finished basement space - especially in the...  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




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




If vintage arcade games, craft beers and cleverly-named cocktails sound like a great combination to you, plan a visit to Cobra Arcade Bar. As its name implies, this is a hybrid arcade and bar situated in the Roosevelt Arts District in downtown...  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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