10 Best Nightlife Spots in Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley is an affluent community located at the foothills of iconic Camelback Mountain, famous for its award-winning resorts, celebrity residents and natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. This small but cosmopolitan town overlaps with the neighboring city of Scottsdale in terms of nightlife, but you'll find a distinct sense of cutting edge invention in Paradise Valley nightlife destinations.

For an example of high-end Paradise Valley nightlife, pay a visit to the Jade Bar at Sanctuary on Camelback, an exclusive resort featuring some of the best mixologists in the Valley of the Sun. The extensive drink menu features fruit- and herb-infused cocktails that are stunning in their detail and unexpected pairings.

Over at the R Bar at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale Resort & Spa, you'll want to sample the menu of house specialty tequilas, all featuring top shelf tequila infused with fresh fruits.

For a truly refreshing cocktail, The Last Drop Bar at the Hermosa Inn features a large menu of mixed drinks featuring ingredients from the hotel's very own garden. The Last Drop also plays host to regular tequila tastings, scotch and cigar nights, and live entertainment.

If you feel like dancing the night away, head just across the town border Scottsdale's Wasted Grain, a fun and laid-back hybrid bar and dance club. Enjoy a game of corn hole with friends, or catch one of the venue's weekly live music acts.


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 Paradise Valley's Best Nightlife because: Wasted Grain features a bar, dance floor, games, and patio.

Patricia's expert tip: Metalheads will want to stop by on Sundays, when there's a rockin' 80s metal band playing the hits.

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R Bar is located in the main lobby of the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale Resort & Spa. This lively spot offers a full menu of small plates, entrees, and of course, a signature drink menu. You'll find handcrafted cocktails and the Camelback Inn's own signature margaritas. The high energy lounge and patio features nightly live entertainment. Sample one of the six signature margaritas, featuring Patron Silver and exotic fruit flavors like green apple ginger and Acai passion fruit. Other winning fruit-inspired drink infusions include the Pear Cosmo and Orange Pineapple Mojito. Of course, there is also a full wine menu.

Recommended for Paradise Valley's Best Nightlife because: R Bar at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale Resort & Spa features signature drinks and a lively patio.

Patricia's expert tip: Don't leave without sampling the signature margarita menu.

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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 with a sense of mystery. Select from a truly staggerring wine list – over 1,500 varieties are available. Management has thoughtfully whittled the gargantuan list down to a top 50 list, and servers provide additional guidance if you're still overwhelmed. Nothing so mundane as a happy hour here; instead, you'll catch drink specials during the "early evening hours of joy."

Recommended for Paradise Valley's Best Nightlife because: Kazimierz Wold Wine Bar in Scottsdale sets the perfect mood for an intimate, low-key night out with friends.

Patricia's expert tip: Stop here for late night gourmet snacking--the kitchen stays open until 1:30am.

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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 Paradise Valley's Best Nightlife because: Come enjoy live music on the weekends, and nibble on the complimentary buffet on Sunday afternoons.

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

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This story-themed restaurant and bar is a unique addition to the Old Town Scottsdale nightlife scene. The restaurant and bar serves up a fun menu full of creative fusion dishes with an Asian twist. From the "Intro" appetizer meu, try the inside out caprese, featuring a creamy burrata and charred and juicy cherry tomatoes topped with a balsamic reduction, parmesan tuile, and crispy basil. For your entree (or, as its known here, the main plot), try the roasted ratatouille, served with savory white beans and cabbage rolls. The bar side of the venue features a long list of well-balanced cocktails. The head bartender, "Whiskey Man" John Christie serves cocktails with a side of storytelling.

Recommended for Paradise Valley's Best Nightlife because: Second Story Liquor Bar is convenient to Paradise Valley and a great destination for a night out with friends.

Patricia's expert tip: Stop here for one of the best whiskey flights in Old Town.

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Mbar at Prado is a Mediterranean-inspired tapas bar at the beautiful Montelucia Spa and Resort in Paradise Valley, Arizona. The bar features a large selection of high shelf 100% agave tequilas, as well as a menu of handcrafted cocktails. Mbar is the perfect place for a fashionable cocktail hour with colleagues and friends. With an oversized bar and courtyard outdoor seating, Mbar offers both a lively and relaxed setting to unwind, relax and drink and be merry. Don't forget to sample the delicious tapas bar menu. The bar offers great views and is intimate enough for a date night or small group of friends.

Recommended for Paradise Valley's Best Nightlife because: Mbar offers a fashionable way to spend the night without having to leave Paradise Valley.

Patricia's expert tip: Sample the comprehensive selection of 100% agave tequilas.

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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 Paradise Valley's Best Nightlife because: The Mint is a short drive from Paradise Valley and offers plenty of nightlife glamour.

Patricia's expert tip: Don't miss the famous champagne bar, located at the swanky unisex bathroom.

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If wine bars rub you the wrong way, it's time to give it another go with a visit to the Terroir Wine Pub in Scottsdale. The first house rule is: leave snobbery at the door. The second house rule? Have fun. This friendly wine pub features an exciting wine list that changes every day, fun theme nights, and a happy hour that goes on all day. There is also a dog-friendly patio, and if you ride your bike to the pub, you are automatically rewarded with a discount on all glasses of wine. Game nights, open mic nights and tasting nights have made this a vibrant, community-oriented wine pub.

Recommended for Paradise Valley's Best Nightlife because: Terroir Wine Pub is friendly, unpretentious and a great place to explore and taste from a long and exciting wine list.

Patricia's expert tip: Ride your bike to Terroir and all wines by the glass are only $8.

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The Last Drop is an upscale bar located at the historic Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley. Chef Jeremy Pacheco has developed an aesthetic that features fresh, locally grown ingredients across the board, including the bar menu. The Last Drop has earned a winning reputation for its menu of signature cocktails infused with fresh garden elements. The result? Handcrafted drinks and cocktails that are both mouth-watering and refreshing. Out of the ordinary libations are enticing, as is the large selection of local Arizona beers and liquors. You'll also find a boutique craft beers from across the country. Tequila tasting, scotch and cigars and live entertainment add to the casually upscale ambiance at the Last Drop Bar.

Recommended for Paradise Valley's Best Nightlife because: The Last Drop Bar at the historic Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley features one-of-a-kind garden-infused cocktails.

Patricia's expert tip: Stop in every Monday for Mixology Monday, featuring a different handcrafted cocktail for $8 a glass.

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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 Paradise Valley's Best Nightlife because: Jade Bar is ideal for unwinding with a cocktail in a sophisticated and scenic bar setting.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the Sonoran Smash, made from siete luegas blanco, los nahuales, aperol, basil, and lemon wedges.

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