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10 Best Nightlife Spots for Every Kind of Fun 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.

Wine bars, clubs and lounges come to life every weekend, 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. 

For a far more casual sort of nightlife experience, check out Coach House in Old Town, a perennial favorite for local barflies and anybody who enjoys drinking in good company. 

Read on for more of our recommendations on where to find some of Scottsdale's most promising nightlife scenes. 


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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 ingredients, plentiful sides, and hamburgers that feature over a half pound of choice ground sirloin grilled to order. Located conveniently in Old Town Scottsdale at the Civic Center Mall, AZ88 provides rich ambiance with views of fountains and green spaces. Cocktails are served until 1:30 in the morning, while late-night dining continues 12:30 am. Perfect place for a relaxing nightcap with friends.




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. Rockbar is also home to one of the most popular rooftop bars in the city, perfect for taking in the glittering lights of downtown Scottsdale. Doors open at 4 pm and the bar is open seven days a weeks and 365 days a year. When you're looking for a party in downtown Scottsdale, head to this always-rocking live music venue.


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.


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Paris of Scottsdale brings a sexy Latin edge to the Scottsdale dance club scene. The club frequently hosts popular DJs from around the country and the international EDM scene. The music pouring out of the speakers is eclectic, but the club has been known for its emphasis on hip hop, reggaeton, salsa and other Latin-infused beats. Bottle service and the VIP treatment is available. But even if you don't pay for the VIP treatment, the Paris bar staff is fast and nimble, so lines move faster than expected during prime time at this busy club. Come dressed to impress - this is Scottsdale after all!


Wasted Grain


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 the second story, where a DJ is pumping out the latest EDM hits. Or maybe you just want to relax on the patio and enjoy a cocktail with friends? Wasted Grain is a nightlife destination that will appeal to most people looking for a fun-filled night out with friends. Come as you are to Wasted Grain: there's no cover charge and no dress code.




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 rafters, fire breathers, and other high-octane tricks of the trade. The crowd is young, energetic and dressed to impress. The Maya is known for hosting minor celebrities and attracts A-list DJs from around the globe. There is a $10 cover charge for females and $15 for males at the door for non-ticketed days and nights. The dance club frequently holds special events, so make sure to check the website for upcoming attractions.




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 behind the bar satisfy thirsty customers by knowing how to pour a stiff drink. The menu is full of creative, delicious cocktails. There is also a food menu full of comfort food favorites like mac and cheese, deviled eggs, gourmet sliders, and special treats like truffle fries and flatbreads. Happy hour happens every day from 4 pm to 7 pm.


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 Casablanca Lounge makes for a fine spot to cozy up to your date, or chat the night away with friends over cocktails. The Casablanca Lounge often hosts special events, such as "sip and dine" nights, paint nights, and live music on the weekends. The venue is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but you'll usually find a live band playing smooth tunes on Fridays and Saturdays. Just follow the sound of the music to the third-floor lounge.




Dakota is a popular Old Town Scottsdale food, drink and nightlife spot. The ambiance at this hybrid restaurant, bar and nightlife venue is casual and fun with a touch of glam. The venue features a large, four-sided white marble bar; distinctive white-washed wood accents; and birdcage lighting. There is also a comfortable street-side patio that offers great people-watching in the heart of the entertainment district. At night, DJs play the latest dance mixes, and bottle service is available. Hungry? The kitchen has you covered. Dakota offers a full kitchen menu featuring shareable appetizers, sandwiches (try the popular crispy chicken sandwich), salads, entrees and a fun cocktail menu with house specials like mimosa popsicles.




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 is always crowded. There is also 4,500 square feet of al fresco drinking and mingling, featuring resort-style cabanas. Need a break from the crowd? You and your group can reserve one of the private dining and wine rooms for VIPs. The club also had a luxurious 30-feet bar, custom dynamic LED light installation, and a specialty champagne bar located in its co-ed restroom.


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