10 Nightlife Destinations For a Memorable Night in Old Town Scottsdale

Take a walk in Old Town Scottsdale after the sun has gone down and you'll find a city that comes alive with sidewalk cafes, wine bars, gastropubs, dance clubs, and bars and lounges – especially on the weekends. 

In the heart of Old Town, check out the retro-swank lobby of The Beverly, formerly Mabel's On Main. This mid-century hot spot used to be one of the city's favorite dive bars, but after a makeover, The Beverly is now a vintage-flavored gem that appeals to the young and hip from all walks of life. Of course, Old Town Scottsdale is well known for its historic Western flavor.

Feel the history and enjoy a stiff drink at the Rusty Spur Saloon, one of the oldest bars in Old Town Scottsdale, and a good spot if you want to channel Old Town's historic Western vibe. 

For a hand-crafted cocktail in a quirky and sophisticated setting, head to AZ88, where the martinis are stiff and drinks are served until 1:30 a.m.

For a Vegas-style club experience in Old Town, check out Maya Day + Night Club, where bottle service is nearly always an option. 


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.

Recommended for Best of Scottsdale's Old Town because: Looking for a Las Vegas vibe in Old Town Scottsdale? Check out Maya Day and Nightclub.

Patricia's expert tip: The club has a recommended dress code. Men are asked to wear closed toed shoes and a collared shirt.

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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, salads, entrees and a full cocktail menu.

Recommended for Best of Scottsdale's Old Town because: Dakota is a lively Old Town Scottsdale nightlife destination with bottle service and DJs.

Patricia's expert tip: Dakota offers a full lunch and dinner menu.

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This elegantly hip, quirky restaurant is famous for its burgers, sandwiches, and "galettes," a crispy flat bread topped with cheese, olives, bacon, and onions. And it's extensive cocktail list, which features a menu of martinis. Although the fare is simple, the ingredients and presentation are nearly always artful. Expect 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. This is a good spot for a relaxing nightcap with friends.

Recommended for Best of Scottsdale's Old Town because: AZ88 is one of Old Town Scottsdale's best-loved and oldest cocktail lounges, an Scottsdale original loaded with ambiance. Drinks served until 1:30 a.m.

Patricia's expert tip: Try one of AZ 88's famous martinis.

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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.

Recommended for Best of Scottsdale's Old Town because: This posh Asian restaurant turns into a lively dance club at night.

Patricia's expert tip: Check out the champagne bar, located at the swanky unisex bathroom.

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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.

Recommended for Best of Scottsdale's Old Town because: Coach House is a downtown Scottsdale mainstay that's a good option when you're looking for a laid-back nightlife spot.

Patricia's expert tip: Enjoy live music on the weekends, and nibble on the complimentary buffet on Sunday afternoons.

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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.

Recommended for Best of Scottsdale's Old Town because: Rockbar offers a fun, unpretentious spot to enjoy live music in Old Town Scottsdale.

Patricia's expert tip: Hungry? Rockbar offers a strong menu of bar grub.

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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. During the winter and spring tourist season, there are crowds on the weekends, so brace yourself for lines at the bar.

Recommended for Best of Scottsdale's Old Town because: Pattie's First Avenue Lounge sets the right mood for an intimate, low-key night out with friends.

Patricia's expert tip: If you're looking for a decidedly laid-back Old Town Scottsdale bar with no dress code, Pattie's First Avenue Lounge is the place to be.

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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.

Recommended for Best of Scottsdale's Old Town because: The Rusty Spur Saloon in Scottsdale epitomizes and celebrates the city's rich Western history and culture.

Patricia's expert tip: The Rusty Spur Saloon features live music every day of the week.

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The Beverly on Main, formerly known as Mabel's on Main, is an Old Town Scottsdale bar with a touch 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.

Recommended for Best of Scottsdale's Old Town because: The Beverly offers a relaxed take on a vintage cocktail bar, along with upgraded comfort food eats.

Patricia's expert tip: Stop by during Happy Hour for $2 off wine, well and beer every Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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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.

Recommended for Best of Scottsdale's Old Town because: Wasted Grain offers a group-friendly and laid-back spot to hang out with friends in Old Town Scottsdale.

Patricia's expert tip: Metalheads will want to stop by on late Sunday nights, when a rockin' 80s metal band hits the stage.

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Patricia Escarcega works as a writer and editor in Phoenix.