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Phoenix Nightlife

Phoenix is a popular destination for an evening’s entertainment, with lively clubs and bars keeping their doors open into the early hours of the morning. This is a multicultural city, and many of the nationalities in the area are reflected in local events. Nightlife is equally as diverse, with everything from Irish bars to salsa clubs. This news and entertainment website has a good entertainment listings section: www.azcentral.com.

Bars in Phoenix

Alice Cooper'stown

For fans of this rock and roll legend, a visit to his restaurant and bar is a must. It's not quite what you'd expect from this makeup wearing rocker, as it's his love of sports that's more evident here. The bar is a veritable shrine to all things competitive, although it does also host other events such as regular fashion shows, which much more what you'd expect to see from Mr Cooper.

Address: , 101 E Jackson Street, Phoenix,
Telephone: +1 602 253 7337.
Website: http://www.alicecooperstown.com

Majerle’s Sports Grill

Dan Majerle, a former major basketball player for the Phoenix Suns, has lent his name to this contemporary sports bar which is popular for its Tuesday night karaoke, game nights and speciality cocktails. The ambience is relaxed and friendly; just don't talk during a touchdown. The bar offers a late night menu which caters for hamburger and hotdog lovers – it's like being at a game except without the crowds.

Address: , 24 North 2nd Street, Phoenix, 85004
Telephone: +1 602 253 0118.
Website: http://www.majerles.com

Salty Señorita

This Mexican-inspired restaurant also offers a bar with the best Margaritas in town. There is a party atmosphere as well as an impressive cocktail menu. The bar boasts a Tequila list as long as your arm. The Salty Señorita hosts a variety of events, including chicks salsa, and a Gospel brunch which sees patrons make their own omelettes and Bloody Marys.

Address: , 3636N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale,
Telephone: +1 480 947 2116.
Website: http://www.saltysenorita.com

Clubs in Phoenix

Bar Smith

Spinning the best in house and hop-hop, this bi-level club in Downtown Phoenix is a popular hangout with the local student crowd. Its rooftop bar offers great views over the city and and hosts some of the city's biggest DJs.

Address: , 130 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, 85004
Telephone: +1 602 229 1265.
Website: http://www.barsmithphoenix.com

Karamba Nightclub

Open seven nights a week, Karamba is the biggest gay club in Phoenix. The proprietors promise "sparkle, swagger and sexy basslines", and they deliver on these three points with a programme of theme nights and drag shows.

Address: , 1724 E McDowell Road, Phoenix, 85006
Telephone: +1 602 254 0231.
Website: http://www.karambanightclub.com

Sky Lounge

This trendy nightclub is the place to be seen at the weekend. The music is an eclectic and fierce mix of Hispanic pop music, with a little reggae thrown in. Regular events, guest DJs and occasional live acts keep this club well up in the popularity list. It is by far the most popular club for local party-goers determined to dance the night away, and the music doesn't stop until you do.

Address: , 132 E Washington Street, Phoenix,
Telephone: +1 602 229 1110
Website: http://www.skyloungeaz.com

Live music in Phoenix

HandleBar J Restaurant & Saloon

This rustic, western bar welcomes new acts every week, giving raw, undiscovered talent the chance to showcase their music. There is a resident country band as well, and it's western theme springs into action with regular line dancing nights – as well as free lessons for those who are yet to pop their hoedown cherries. Cowboy boots are optional.

Address: , 7116 East Becker Lane, Scottsdale,
Telephone: +1 480 948 0110.
Website: http://www.handlebarj.com

Phoenix Symphony Hall

Recreating the classics, from Carmen to Otello, the Arizona Opera is a no-expense spared production company with a flair for the dramatic. The company regularly provides performances at the Phoenix Symphony Hall, which is also home to the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. Details of all the symphony hall's events can be found on its website or by visiting the venue.

Address: , 4600 N 12th Street, Phoenix, 85004
Telephone: +1 602 495 1999.
Website: http://www.phoenixsymphony.org

The Rhythm Room

This club is a one-stop shop for nightly entertainment. Different acts appear on the stage every night and the club advertises forthcoming events on its website one month in advance. Blues music is a favourite, although any act with talent is welcomed. Tickets are available on the door or through Ticketmaster, but the venue does get packed, so advance booking is advisable.

Address: , 1019 E Indian School Road, Phoenix,
Telephone: +1 602 265 4842.
Website: http://www.rhythmroom.com

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The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

This luxurious desert retreat's backdrop is in the dramatic McDowell Mountains, and has pools, fountains, falls and lagoons in its own grounds. A plaza and courtyard have a Mexican village style. Rooms are spacious, with a southwest theme and either a patio or balcony. Casitas include butlers. Amenities include a free kids’ club, golf concierge for its famous golf course, five restaurants, five pools, water slides and an indoor/outdoor lounge with live entertainment.

Four Seasons at Troon North

Everything you expect from a luxurious Four Seasons resort. The lobby is a living gallery of desert art. Accented with a desert motif, the spacious rooms include a fireplace and a balcony, often with picture perfect views. Marble bathrooms have deep soaking tubs. Accommodation is in casitas, small villas. Excellent cuisine is accompanied by sweeping desert views at Acacia, a contemporary steakhouse, and the southwest-flavoured Crescent Moon. Amenities include a spa and fitness centre, and two lounges.

The Phoenician

With US$25 million worth of art (there is a self-guided tour), this hotel is opulent. The grounds have a large cactus garden, nine pools (some shaped like grand pianos) and a golf course. The hotel's restaurants range from epicurean, with a wine list of 4,500, to an ice-cream parlour and tea court. Airy rooms feature Berber carpeting, Irish linens, as well as rich and oversized Italian marble bathrooms. Not to be missed is its plush spa with a complete treatment menu, and the unusual addition of Tarot card readings.

Orange Tree Golf Resort

This hotel complex, on one of Scottsdale's popular golf courses, offers plenty of luxury for the discerning guest with a slightly less discerning budget. The décor is newly renovated and modern, and has 160 suites, all with a balcony or patio. The facilities include fitness and sports centre, swimming pool and golfing lessons. The poolside bar serves lunch and the golf restaurant is an alternative destination for dinner.

The Saguaro Scottsdale

Vibrant colours, handcrafted Mexican furniture and two outdoor pools help give this trendy hotel in Oldtown Scottsdale the va-va-voom factor.
Recently renovated, the hotel boasts 194 guest rooms, each furnished with a pillow-top mattress and 42-inch flat screen TV. Outside, a tropical garden sits between two outdoor pools and a margarita bar, stocking more than 100 varieties of tequila.

Arizona Golf Resort and Conference Center

Located in Mesa, about 30 minutes from Sky Harbor Airport, this property offers a lot for a little. Rooms are spacious with a bar, microwave, safe and Wi-Fi. Amenities include a championship golf course, pool, four whirlpools, two restaurants, a lounge and fitness centre. A nice little extra is the courtesy van that shuttles guests to and from destinations within 8km (5 miles) of the resort.