10 Best Live Music Venues in Scottsdale

Scottsdale is a nightlife kind of town. When the sun sets over the desert hills, the city's hip constellation of dance clubs and live music venues come alive.

Country music lovers also won't want to miss the Rusty Spur Saloon. It has the distinction of being the oldest saloon in town. Along with great food and drinks, you can count on a toe-tapping country band taking the stage every weekend.

For free dance lessons on Wednesday nights and live music every night of the week, Handlebar-J is the place to go. 

If you're ready to rock the night away, try Pub Rock Live. This downtown Scottsdale destination can host up to 350 patrons and features weekly live music in a relaxed bar setting.

For nationally recognized live music events in an award-winning venue, be sure to see who's scheduled to play at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts


Casablanca Lounge

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

This country western saloon is not in Scottsdale proper, but it's worth the scenic drive to neighborhood Cave Creek to soak up the desert and country vibes. Buffalo Chip Saloon boasts all the essentials of a good country western saloon, offering...  Read More

Pub Rock is the newest incarnation of the venerable Chasers nightclub, a staple in downtown Scottsdale for over 20 years. The newly remodeled live music club can host up to 350 patrons and features weekly live music in an unpretentious bar...  Read More

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....  Read More

Rogue Bar
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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

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

This Scottsdale legend, a local favorite for over 30 years, caters to cowboys and townies alike with a lively bar, country and western music that gets your boots moving, and a down-home restaurant that dishes up hearty grub. The combined bar and...  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

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

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is Scottsdale's premier performance venue. The hall regularly hosts nationally and internationally recognized actors, writers, musicians, dance troupes, orchestras and other arts performers. Whether it's...  Read More


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