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10 Great Early Entertainment Destinations in Scottsdale: Have Fun without Losing Sleep



When you're looking for a casual, fun night out in Scottsdale, you can't go wrong with a night at the movies. Scottsdale is home to two unique and upscale movie theaters, the Studio Movie Grill and iPic Theater. These luxury theaters feature upscale modern American food, great drink menus, a lounge, and other amenities. At iPic, guests lounge on large, plush recliners, soft blankets, and craft beer, fine wine, or craft cocktails delivered straight to their seat. 

If you love a friendly game of golf, head out to Topgolf Scottsdale, a fun entertainment and event venue in Scottsdale featuring point-scoring golf games for all skill levels. Players score points by hitting balls into any target. It's a fun and addictive game that even non-golfers will love. Plus, there's upscale bar food, an extensive drink menu, and live music on some nights. 

Art lovers and oenophiles will want to head over to The Brush Bar in downtown Scottsdale. This fun "paint and sip" venue is a hybrid wine bar and art studio designed to spark your creativity and enjoy time with friends. Bring your friends or significant other, pour yourself a glass, and follow along with a professional studio guide as you create an original piece of art, stroke by stroke. 


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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.

Recommended for Early Entertainment because: Looking for a friendly, charmingly divey bar to while away an afternoon? Coach House fits the bills.

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

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Studio Movie Grill blends the relaxed entertainment experience of going to the movies with the fun ambiance and service of going to a full-service restaurant or bar. The Studio Movie Grill features a state-of-the-art movie theater, along with a lounge and restaurant-quality food that is delivered straight to your plush theatre seat. The drink menu has more than 60 premium spirits, cocktails, and even local microbrews. The food features a gourmet twist on American comfort food, with gourmet sliders, sweet potato fries, salads, pizzas, and pastas. The Studio Movie Grill is a fun Scottsdale nightlife experience that will appeal to everyone.

Recommended for Early Entertainment because: Studio Movie Grill is the perfect night out if you're looking for a relaxed night of eating, drinking and enjoying a good movie.

Patricia's expert tip: Swing by on a Sunday if you love pizza. Studio Movie Grill offers deals on pizza every Sunday.

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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.

Recommended for Early Entertainment because: Rusty Spur Saloon offers live music on stage during the day, which means you can catch a show without having to stay out late.

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

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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.

Recommended for Early Entertainment because: AZ88 has excellent drink specials and a great location in Old Town Scottsdale, making it a natural place to enjoy an evening nightcap.

Patricia's expert tip: Try AZ 88's famous martini with your lunch.

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Jade Bar
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Jade Bar is the sleek, ultra-trendy restaurant and lounge bar located at Sanctuary on Camelback. The emphasis here is on the natural elements of the surrounding Sonoran Desert. The bar has one of the loveliest secluded patios in the city, offering guests unmatched views of the city. An outdoor fire bowl keeps guests warm on cool desert evenings. The extensive drink menu features exquisite, hand-crafted cocktails created from fresh herbs, juices, and vegetables. With a strong emphasis on mixology, you'll find an ever-changing menu of one-of-a-kind, fruit- and herb-infused concoctions, like the Eastern Raspberry Sidecar, Fiery Mandarin, and Blueberry Tarragon Sour.

Recommended for Early Entertainment because: Jade Bar has a great happy hour and some of the best views in Scottsdale. Enjoy your nightcap with amazing mountainside views.

Patricia's expert tip: Happy hour specials are available Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm.

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Imagine your favorite golf driving range combined with your friendly neighborhood sports bar and you have Topgolf, a new Scottsdale megacomplex that features golf, food, drinks and live entertainment. There are 102 golf bays spread across three floors, where groups of up to six players can chip away at golf balls. The balls are equipped with special microchips that gauge the distance and accuracy of each shot. It's like going bowling or playing darts in a lively, open-air sports bar setting with a group of your friends. Topgolf is family-friendly too, with special deals for kids. Live music and DJs on the patio every weekend.

Recommended for Early Entertainment because: Topgolf Scottsdale offers fun, interactive entertainment, plus great food, drinks and live music.

Patricia's expert tip: Swing by on the weekend for live music.

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Dave and Buster's is an adult playground for kid's at heart. The hybrid video game arcade, restaurant and lounge can be sensory overload, but in the best way possible. Head to the restaurant and lounge, where craft brews are on tap and the fun, colorful decor is food for conversation. The menu features casually upscale comfort food: burgers, salads, steak and pasta are all on the menu. There's also a decent wine menu. Upstairs, navigate the blinking lights and sounds of the arcade for a night of skeeball, virtual reality, and photo booth fun. There's also food and bar service upstairs in the arcade.

Recommended for Early Entertainment because: Dave and Buster's is your one-stop destination for fun, food and drinks in an adult-friendly arcade.

Patricia's expert tip: Save a few bucks with one of Dave and Buster's Eat, Play, Drink combos.

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Brush Bar
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This "paint and sip" venue is part art studio, part wine bar. Guests are invited to bring a group of friends for a night of wine and art. Simply gather a group of like-minded friends, check the Brush Bar calendar, and reserve your spot in the art studio. A professional art studio guides you through the process of completing a painting, brush stroke by brush stroke. All the while, sip on a glass of wine and enjoy a night of creativity and great wine. You'll go home with an original piece of artwork, and fond memories of a one-of-a-kind night out with friends.

Recommended for Early Entertainment because: The Brush Bar is a hybrid art studio and wine bar that brings together of both worlds for a unique nightlife experience.

Patricia's expert tip: Make sure to check the calendar and book in advance.

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iPic Theaters


"Come for the drinks, stay for the movies." That's the official slogan at iPic Theaters, a hybrid cinema designed for adult imbibing and fun movie screenings. iPic in Scottsdale, located at the hip, upscale Scottsdale Quarter mixed use retail center, brings luxury to movie-lovers. Large, plush recliners, warm blankets, a wine bar and lounge, and gourmet nibbles are just some of the amenities you can expect at iPic Theater. The theater runs an eclectic roster of classic and new movies on a state-of-the-art digital projection system. iPic offers a fun yet stylish outing for adults looking for a relaxed night out in Scottsdale.

Recommended for Early Entertainment because: iPic Theaters brings together the fun, casual entertainment experience of going to the movies with the lively ambiance of a chic downtown lounge.

Patricia's expert tip: Check out the cocktail menu, which has creative and hand-crafted offerings.

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Looking for a fun way to spend an evening with friends in Scottsdale? Check out one of the popular food tours put together by Arizona Food Tours. One of their most popular food tour options is their A Taste of Old Town Scottsdale dinner tour. The three-hour progressive dinner tour takes guests to some of the best restaurants around downtown. You'll enjoy samplings of signature dishes and drink pairings at each venue. The food venues are subject to change, so be sure to check the schedule for up-to-date information. Dinner tours are $74 per person. Arizona Food Tours also hosts a lunch food tour, and weekend wine-centered food tours.

Recommended for Early Entertainment because: Arizona Food Tours offers evening dinner food tours of Old Town Scottsdale, where you can sample some of the city's best restaurants with fellow foodies.

Patricia's expert tip: If you can't make it for dinner, Arizona Food Tours also offers lunch food tours of Scottsdale.

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Patricia Escarcega works as a writer and editor in Phoenix.

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