Phoenix Nightlife

June 12, 2022

Phoenix may be known as the Valley of the Sun, but there’s more to enjoy in this city especially when the sun goes down.

Phoenix nightlife is an indulgent experience when visiting this vibrant city, home to lounges, chic clubs, bars, and restaurants. 

Nightlife Destinations in Phoenix

Linger Longer Lounge 

Revel in some good ol' fashioned spirits like bourbon and whiskey. At Linger Longer Lounge, you can opt for a quiet evening with a small group or go all out with a big company of friends, whether that's indoors or outdoors. Another rustic-inspired lounge setting the mood for a Friday night of drinks and food. 

photo credit: Linger Longer Lounge via Facebook

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlor 

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlor is a chic and stylish space to settle in for some sips. Awarded with the "Best Cocktail Menu" by Phoenix Magazine in 2021, this swanky drinking spot is a must-visit for anyone crazy over craft cocktails. 

photo credit: Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour via Facebook

36 Below 

Enjoy an intimate, elegant, and immersive cocktail experience at 36 Below. The locale is simply sophisticated: down twelve steps, you're met with floral interiors that remind you of a paradise that's lush and majestic. 

Its luxurious ambiance and top-quality and aesthetically pleasing cocktails make every moment in this intimate, tranquil place memorable.

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They have a wide array of spirits- from vodka and gin to tequila and whiskey—and more than a hundred mixed cocktails. 

Pro Tip: The wait to get into this hot spot can sometimes top two hours! Make reservations ahead of time.  

Cobra Arcade Bar 

Looking for engaging nightlife in Phoenix filled with nostalgic video games and overflowing beer? At Cobra Arcade Bar, level up your downtown drinking session!

Enjoy tons of vintage video games such as Battletoads, Donkey Kong Jr., Tekken, Mortal Kombat, N.B.A. Jam, and many more. 

Team up with your friends and get into friendly competitions with other groups. Or, You can sit back, relax, and watch a movie by their bar with a drink.

photo credit: Cobra Arcade Bar via Facebook

Valley Bar 

Indulge yourself in hyper-local cocktails, lively music, and comedy skits at the Valley Bar. Hidden in a downtown alley, it's the perfect spot if you're looking for a chill ambiance and a more intimate experience.

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However, does your idea of chill involve a little competition? Drink the night away with their craft beers and cocktails and enjoy a game or two at their game lounge, which has a pool table, shuffleboard, two skeeball games, board games, pinball, darts, and more! 

Nocturnal Activities

Moonrise Tours

Arizona may be known for its warm and sunny weather, but the view is also spectacular at night when the sun sets, and the moon rises above the mountains and saguaros. 

The best spot to enjoy the rising of the moon? At Arizona Territorial Adventures

You can also take a hike一literally, under the stars at Phoenix's trailheads ranging from easy three-mile hikes to challenging eight-mile treks to Wasson Peak

There's a nighttime tour for everyone, like Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden, Sunset Jeep Tours, or join a haunted Pub Crawl tour that'll take you around through the city's seedy underbelly. 

Phoenix Bat Cave

Located on the North bank of the Arizona Canal, get to witness more than 20,000 bats fly through the tunnel to look for food. Every summer, a mixture of Mexican free-tailed bats and canyon bats. While bats can be sighted as early as March and as late as October, the best time to go bat-watching is from June to August.

Close up of several bats hanging upside down in a cave.Exceptional Food and Live Music 

What's a fantastic nightlife experience without great food, delicious dessert, and tasty drinks? Phoenix is home to exceptional food hubs that will tickle your taste buds. 

The Duce 

Get a taste of homemade recipes from the 60s at The Duce. The brick-and-wood combination of its exteriors gives off a rustic and old-school vibe―plus, they serve fantastic mac 'n' cheese muffins, delicious sliders, desserts for the sweet tooth, and cocktail drinks! 

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Culinary Dropout

With its wooden and rustic interiors and perfectly dimmed-yellow lights at night, Culinary Dropout is every person's go-to spot for unusual yet good food and refreshing alcoholic drinks. Make the most of the laid-back vibe with live music and fun games. 

photo credit: Culinary Dropout via Facebook

Bar Smith 

The stunning graffiti art, D.J.s playing house and hip-hop music, and laser lights make this open-roof bar a must-visit nightlife spot for those who want to party and dance all night! What more could you ask for with a vibrant atmosphere and overflowing cocktails?

Monarch Theater

Monarch Theater brings the heat with its blaring music and lights. It's a club that hosts D.J. nights and other big events—looking for a wild night of dancing and partying? Then the Monarch Theater is somewhere you can't miss!

photo credit: Monarch Theatre via Facebook

Maya Dayclub 

A club with a swimming pool? Yes, please! Maya Day club lets you party all day within its 20,000-square-foot outdoor venue surrounded by palm trees and tropical decor giving you an immersive paradise vibe. Then, at night, you can party under the stars.

photo credit: Maya Dayclub via Facebook

Scottsdale Nightlife

Looking for a leveled-up dining experience that offers lists of budget-friendly beers and cocktails during happy hour?

Scottsdale may be a swanky city with high-end spa resorts and golf courses, but there's also a variety of restaurants that offer amazing appetizers and meals along with beers by the pint and cocktails. 

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O.H.S.O. Brewery & Distillery

With about 36 beers on tap, 24 wine offerings, and several cocktails, O.H.S.O. Brewery & Distillery is the ideal place to visit if you're looking for a wider variety of beverages. In addition, this dog-friendly spot has hanging lights, benches, and yard games for a more eclectic, fun outdoor experience. 

Are you the type who's sleepy before 8? Happy hour at O.H.S.O. Brewery & Distillery starts at 11:00 AM and ends at 6:00 PM, giving you plenty of time to indulge. 

Paul Martin's American Grill 

They say you shouldn't be drinking on an empty stomach. At Paul Martin's American Grill, they serve happy hour duos of cocktail, wine, or draft beer with sandwiches leaving your thirst quenched and your cravings satisfied. Pair your classic burger, Columbia River Steelhead Sandwich, and Spicy Chicken Sandwich with a raspberry martini, a sangria, or a champagne lemonade!

photo credit: Paul Martin's American Grill via Facebook

Roaring Fork 

Take a bite out of Roaring Fork's woodfire cooking that encapsulates the bold taste of Southwestern cuisine. With its rustic interiors and golden yellow, warm lighting, this bistro has a cozy ambiance perfect for small gatherings with friends and family.

The best part? You can drink the night away with their all-night happy hour every Sunday and Monday! Indulge in a variety of margaritas and their classic bourbon and martini. 

photo credit: Roaring Fork Scottsdale via Facebook 

The Phoenix nightlife scene is vibrant, exciting, and brimming with spontaneity! There's a nightlife hub for every partygoer. 

Have You Experienced Phoenix Nightlife? 

Where is your favorite spot?

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