Desert Cool: 10 Best Nightlife Spots in South Scottsdale

South Scottsdale encompasses the city's bustling downtown, Old Town and Camelback Corridor districts--all popular spots for the late-night nightlife crowd.

For a laid-back night out of pool, beer, and dancing with friends, Pattie's First Avenue Lounge in Old Town offers the perfect mix of neighborhood watering hole and spirited night club. 

For an intimate night out with friends, Kazimierz Wine Bar delivers on atmosphere. Soft lighting, live jazz and wine casks lining the walls make you feel like you've stumbled upon an exotic locale tucked away in South Scottsdale.

If two-stepping and longneck bottles are your thing, head over to the Rusty Spur Saloon, one of the oldest watering holes and live music venues in Scottsdale. 

Looking for an unpretentious spot in south Scottsdale to wash away the work week with cold beer and a hot dance floor? Check out the Saturday night dance party that happens every week at Rogue Bar. This may not be the most exclusive or fancy ticket in town, but it's definitely one of the most fun places to let loose. 







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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  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



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



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



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

Pattie's First Avenue Lounge


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...  Read More



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...  Read More


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