Where to Party in the Desert: 10 Nightlife Spots in Scottsdale

While Scottsdale has not yet achieved the party reputation of New York or L.A., it’s fair to say the city lays claim over one of the most vibrant and busy nightlife scenes in the West.

When the desert sun sets over the Valley, Scottsdale’s more than 80 wine bars, clubs, and lounges come to life, offering plenty of places to practice your cowboy two-step, party like a rock star, or simply relax with friends. Whether you come to dance, drink, or both, Scottsdale offers enough late-night distractions to keep you going until dawn. 

On any given night in Scottsdale, chances are you will see a line forming outside of The Mint, one of the city’s swankier nightclubs, and a perennial favorite with people-watchers. 

Catch some of the hottest EDM, hip hop and rock artists at Livewire, a massive live music venue with state-of-the-art sound and a huge dance floor. 

For vintage style, The Beverly brings retro cool back to Scottsdale with craft cocktails, comfy booths and a hip crowd.

The Goodwood Tavern is a newcomer to the Old Town Scottsdale nightlife scene, but the bar has already become a destination for those looking for a classy place to grab a nightcap and enjoy dinner. 

Finally, if dive bar glam is more your style, be sure to check out Rogue Bar, featuring an eclectic line-up of live acts and dance nights. 



Rockbar Inc. in Scottsdale bills itself as the city's top rock 'n roll destination, and this boast may not be too far off. The club, lounge and music venue features live music, rock DJs and exclusive performances from local and national acts....  Read More



Wasted Grain is a laid-back restaurant, bar and dance club that has something for everyone. Want to play a round of corn hole with friends while drinking your favorite beer? Check. Looking to burn up the dance floor with your hot moves? Head to...  Read More



The Mint is one of the most glamorous places to dance the night away in Scottsdale. The 7,000 square foot space - formerly a bank - was designed to evoke the Hollywood Regency style. The DJs play eclectic house and pop music, and the dance club...  Read More



Maya Day and Nightclub, named for an ancient deity that is known for spinning illusions and dream, is one of the most popular dance clubs in Scottsdale. The nightclub is known for elaborate dance floor shows, including dancers swinging from the...  Read More



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...  Read More



The Beverly, formerly known as Mabel's on Main, is an Old Town Scottsdale gem full of old-school glamour and sophistication. The exposed brick walls, mahogany wood bar, and leather booths lend a warm and intimate feel, while the busy mixologists...  Read More



This elegantly hip restaurant is famous for its burgers, sandwiches, and "galettes," a crispy flat bread topped with cheese, olives, bacon, and onions. Although the fare is simple, the preparation is perfection. Expect to be impressed by fresh...  Read More



When you're done sweating off the work-week on the dance floor on the Scottsdale nightclub circuit, The Goodwood Tavern in Old Town will be waiting to cool you off with loads of warm, vintage style, elevated bar bites and great hand-crafted...  Read More

Rogue Bar
Photo courtesy of 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...  Read More

Casablanca Lounge


This elegant cocktail bar features barrel-aged beverages, exotic highballs, and nice panoramic views of both Scottsdale and Camelback Mountain from atop the lounge balcony. An appealing mix of old-world ambiance and Scottsdale-chic, the...  Read More


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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.

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