10 Best Scottsdale Bars: From Trendy Chic to Country Western

Whether you’re in the mood to sip on a trendy cocktail or sample a local craft beer, the Scottsdale bar scene offers plentiful choices for thirsty patrons of all stripes. The Scottsdale nightlife scene boasts a diverse assortment of bars, from dim and elegant wine bars like Kazimierz World Wine Bar to historic local watering holes like Coach House Tavern. For an authentic taste of Old Town Scottsdale, stop in at Pattie’s First Avenue Lounge for inexpensive drinks, no cover charge, and laid-back patio, perfect for enjoying long, leisurely moments in the heart of the city. For an unpretentious and playful night out, head to The Lodge, where a hand-carved Sasquatch welcomes you at the front entrance. Board games, great nightly drink specials, big screen TVs, and a long menu of appetizers and comfort food entrees guarantee a good time for all. You can’t leave Scottsdale without stopping in for a drink at an authentic Old West saloon. Try the Rusty Spur Saloon, where peanut shells decorate the floors and country, blues and rockabilly perform on the lively stage nearly every night. Established in 1959, the family-owned Coach House Tavern is a classic neighborhood tavern that claims to be the oldest bar in Old Town. Settle into the patio or mosey up to the bar for good drinks in one of the city’s most relaxed and unpretentious spots.

10 RnR Restaurant & Bar
Located in two-story, modernist-industrial building in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, this stylish gastropub is a popular destination for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night eats. There are 30-plus TVs so you can catch the game, or sit on the patio and enjoy some of the best people-watching in Old Town. The chefs at RnR have crafted a fun, innovative menu full of sharable small plates and modern takes on American comfort food. There is also a long menu of specialty cocktails, imported and domestic beers on tap, imported Italian coffee and a wine cellar filled with more than 1,8000 bottles. ((480) 945-3353)

9 Coach House
Established in 1959, this family-owned bar is one of the oldest nightlife venues in Scottsdale. The Coach House is a friendly neighborhood tavern located in Old Town Scottsdale, where locals and visitors mingle in an unpretentious spot known for its long history and Southwestern hospitality. Hang out on the patio, or lounge inside where football or baseball, depending on the season, is playing on the televisions. If you're looking for a quiet spot away from the glitz and expensive cocktails of Scottsdale's trendy club and bar scene, the Coach House tavern is the place to go. A great place to enjoy a beer and watch the game. ((480) 990-3433)

8 The Roxy Lounge
The Sunset Strip lands in downtown Scottsdale in the guise of the Roxy Lounge, a Hollywood-inspired night club, lounge and live music venue. This strictly 21 and over venue plays host to a weekly roster of popular national live music acts, as well as some of the world's most popular DJs. The crowd here is young, hip and dressed to the nines. The small club features swanky private VIP tables and a small outdoor patio. House music, hip hop and pop-rock mash-ups dominate the playlist here, so get ready to dance. The bar features a menu of unique specialty cocktails, and even a drink menu specifically designed to please female clientele. ((480) 970-1222)

7 Old Town Tavern
If your idea of a great night out is to relax with friends in a quaint, hospitable setting, the Old Town Tavern in downtown Scottsdale is great place to grab a drink, listen to live music, or enjoy the great patio. The ambiance here is light years away from the pounding beats of the nearby downtown club scene. If you're looking for a more relaxed place to drink and enjoy a night out, the Old Town Tavern is a perfect choice. This is hands-down one of the most comfortable patios in town, so grab your friends, put in your drink order, and enjoy a long night in downtown Scottsdale. (480-945-2882)

6 5th and Wine
Simple food and great wine make for a winning combination at 5th and Wine, one of the most popular wine bars in downtown Scottsdale. The restaurant/wine bar features a 60-seat dining room (which fills up fast on the weekends), a comfy soft seating lounge area, bar area, and a tasting room that can accommodate up to 40 people. This is a great spot to gather a group of friends for a night of tasting in the heart of downtown. Come for the popular happy hour, which features gourmet appetizers and well drinks at great prices. Gather a crowd of wine-lovers for a tasting night they won't soon forget. (480-699-8001)

5 Kazimierz World Wine Bar
Tucked away from the bustle of Scottsdale, this wine bar has a distinctly subterranean feel, thanks to subdued lighting, softly-playing jazz, and wine casks that line the walls. The decor is heavy on stained glass and stone, imbuing the spot with a sense of mystery. Select from a truly staggerring wine list -- over 1,500 varieties are available. Management has thoughtfully whittled the gargantuan list down to a top 50 list, and servers provide additional guidance if you're still overwhelmed. Nothing so mundane as a happy hour here; instead, you'll catch drink specials during the "early evening hours of joy." (480-946-3004)

4 Rogue Bar
This low-key bar may not be as fashionable as the dance clubs up the road, but rest assured it's just as much fun. Pool, greasy bar food, big comfy booths, and live music are just some of the more enticing aspects of Rogue Bar. The dance floor is a great place to boogie down after a hard week's work. On most Saturdays, you can find a DJ spinning records and reigning over a dance party on the main floor. The live music calendar is full of up and coming rock and indie acts, so this is a good place to catch the next hot thing before they make it big. ((480) 947-3580)

3 Rusty Spur Saloon
This casual, relaxed, C&W spot attracts a loyal following of locals and out-of-towners with live music most afternoons and evenings. Regional and local acts perform primarily country tunes with a little rockabilly and blues thrown into the mix. Peanut shells crunching underfoot and a collection of dollar bills tacked to the wooden walls are accurate indicators of the completely laid-back atmosphere of the Scottsdale favorite. Check out the renovated vault of this one-time bank; liquor, not cash, is now carefully guarded within. As one of the oldest bars in Scottsdale, this local institution has seen its share of celebrity visitors, including Clint Eastwood and Vince Vaughn. (480-425-7787)

2 The Lodge
This popular Old Town Scottsdale bar pays homage to traditional Midwestern sensibilities. Patrons are greeted by The Lodge's famous pair of hand carved Sasquatch posted by the front doors. Hand crafted cocktails, ice cold draft beer and a full menu of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and burgers make this a great destination to enjoy a menu of Americana comfort food specialties. The Lodge is spacious and full of diversions, including multiple big screen televisions to enjoy football, basketball or other major sporting events. This is a popular gathering spot for good eats and great atmosphere. Prepare to push through the crowds on weekend nights. (480-945-0828)

1 Pattie's First Avenue Lounge
Eminently laid-back during the day, this no-frills joint transforms into a lively club in the evenings. Locals flock here daily for inexpensive drinks, a comfy heated patio, pool tables, and of course, plenty of room to dance. DJs spin on Friday and Saturday nights, and Pattie's also functions as a favorite site for get-togethers and special events. The absence of a cover charge adds considerably to the appeal. Pattie's First Avenue Lodge is located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, convenient to the shops and attractions of downtown. Shuffleboard and table-tennis tournaments take place regularly. Crowds here on the weekends, so be brace yourself for lines at the bar. (480-990-0103)


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 Writing from the University of Arizona and is working on a novel about growing up in the 1990s.

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Maps and Directions

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RnR Restaurant & Bar 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Lounge, Sports Bar, Wine Bar
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Kazimierz World Wine Bar 10Best List Arrow
Type: Live Music, Wine Bar
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Rogue Bar 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Dance Club, Live Music, Venue
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Rusty Spur Saloon 10Best List Arrow
Type: Live Music
Neighborhood: Old Town