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Nightlife & Entertainment in Phoenix

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Once the sun sets over the desert, the city of Phoenix really comes to life, with nightlife ranging from busy clubs to sophisticated bars. Downtown is a particularly popular spot in the evening, hosting many of the city's favorite restaurants and drinking spots, and you'll often find events from independent film screenings to street parties taking place.

 

Cocktails

 

If the desert air makes you thirsty, then you can wet your whistle at one of Phoenix's many cool cocktail bars. Whether your tastes run to elegant understated drinks or garishly colorful concoctions, there's always something new to try.

 

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour

 

With a cool, vintage vibe, and a menu full of cocktails named after clever puns, the Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour is a popular joint with a friendly atmosphere. Using high quality spirits and ingredients, the staff mix classic cocktails and their own amazing elixirs that can be sipped from the comfort of the plush retro chairs.

 

1 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix AZ 85003. Tel:+1 602 340 1924

 

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour website
The Mix Up Bar

 

Set in the stylish Royal Palms Resort, the Mix Up Bar is dedicated to cocktails served with a contemporary twist. This cozy and low-lit bar has comfortable sofas, and you can enjoy the small plates of delicious snacks to nibble with your cocktails.

 

5200 East Camelback Road, Phoenix AZ 85018. Tel:+1 602 977 6458

 

The Mix Up Bar website

 

Saloons

 

Arizona still has the atmosphere of the Old West, and if you like your drinking spots friendly and laid back, then visit one of Phoenix's saloon-style bars. Here you'll find plenty of beer on tap and expertly selected whiskeys, with live music and dancing until the small hours.

 

Steel Horse Saloon

 

A friendly biker bar with live bands and themed nights throughout the week, the Steel Horse Saloon is a great place to get to know the locals. There are often bike runs and shows for charity, and you can join in with the lively happy hours, or simply enjoy a beer, burger, and the fun atmosphere.

 

1818 West Bell Road, Phoenix AZ 85023. Tel:+1 602 942 8778

 

Steel Horse Saloon website

 

Cinemas

 

There are a large number of cinemas in Phoenix, and with air conditioning and comfy chairs, catching a flick is the perfect excuse to get out of the sunshine and cool off.

 

AMC Dine-in Theatres Esplanade 14

 

Dinner and a movie can be combined in this unique venue, where guests enjoy sitting on huge reclining chairs and are served food while they watch their movie of choice. From family friendly films to blockbusters and independent screenings, you'll love the extra comfort and service that this cinema provides.

 

2515 E Camelback Road, Phoenix AZ 85016. Tel:+1 602 667 0330

 

AMC Dine-in Theatres Esplanade 14 website

 

Nightclubs

 

Phoenix has a wide selection of smaller, independent nightclubs, so get your dancing shoes on and prepare to party till dawn.

 

GypsyBar

 

One of the larger nightspots in downtown, GypsyBar has a busy island bar at the center surrounded by a chilled out zone with leather sofas, a stage with DJ booth, and a large dance floor that's always full of revelers. You'll often see famous DJ acts and bands on the event calendar, and if you wear yourself out then you can enjoy some time in the cozy game lounge, with over 40 retro arcade machines.

 

50 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003. Tel:+1 602 732 5490

 

GypsyBar website