The downtown Scottsdale nightlife scene has gone through many changes over the years.
What used to be a wonderland of massive nightclubs with packed dance floors and pricey bottle service, now is quite eclectic, with more casual spots cropping up in recent years. Today revelers will find everything from trendy lounges to craft beer pubs to western saloons.
But one trait has always remained constant: Downtown Scottsdale is a nightlife paradise. Here are our top bars and nightlife spots in the bustling area.
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Looking for more information on Phoenix/Scottsdale nightclubs? Check out our club guides below.
Don’t forget – we also have a free mobile app that you can download here. Use the app to see who’s spinning, sign up for guestlists, buy tickets, and book bottle service!
Phoenix / Scottdale Nightlife FAQ
What are the hottest clubs in Phoenix / Scottsdale?
The hottest clubs in Phoenix / Scottsdale currently include: Bottled Blonde, Maya Nightclub, Riot House, Casa Amigos, Hi Fi, El Hefe, and Pretty Please.
What time is last call in Phoenix / Scottsdale?
While ending last call at 2 a.m., the legislation would give patrons until 2:30 to finish their drinks. Arizona law currently prohibits the sale of liquor between 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and between 1 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sundays.
How far is Scottsdale from Phoenix?
Scottsdale is about 10 miles from Phoenix – about 18 minutes away by car.
Is Scottsdale a party town?
While Scottsdale has not yet achieved the party reputation of New York or L.A., it’s fair to say the city lays claim over one of the most vibrant and busy nightlife scenes in the West.
What time do bars/clubs close in Phoenix / Scottsdale?
Most bars and clubs close at 2 AM.
What are the best music festivals in Phoenix / Scottsdale?
The best music festivals in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area are: Phoenix Lights, Innings festival, Mcdowell Mountain Music Festival, Arezzona, The Roadshow, UFEST, Wet Electric, High Tide, Elevate, and Deadbeats.
Is weed legal in Phoenix / Scottsdale?
Weed is currently legal for medicinal use but not recreational.
Can you drink in public in Phoenix / Scottsdale?
Consuming alcohol in public is a crime in Arizona. This offense is commonly charged when someone brings alcohol into a car or limo or takes it outside of a designated drinking area.
As mentioned, it’s illegal to drink in a public street, gathering, or similar place. However, this rule doesn’t apply to private property or a public recreation area. While you can’t be arrested for public drunkenness alone, you can get arrested for being offensive or disruptive while intoxicated.
What part of Phoenix has the best nightlife?
Most of the best nightlife near Phoenix is in Scottsdale.
What are the best pool parties in Scottsdale?
Best pool parties / dayparties in Scottsdale are: The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, Maya Day Club, Hotel Valley Ho, and BLK Live.
What are the best gay clubs or bars in Phoenix / Scottsdale?
The best LGBTQ friendly establishments in Phoenix / Scottsdale include: Charlie’s, Stacy’s @ Melrose, Pat O’s Bunkhouse Saloon, The Rock, Kobalt Bar, The Cash Nightclub, and Bar1.
What are the best afterhours spots in Phoenix / Scottsdale?
Scottsdale isn’t really a city that stays open late. Your best bet is to have the after party at your Airbnb or hotel suite 🙂
What are the best spots for day drinking in Phoenix / Scottsdale?
Some of our favorite spots for day drinking in Phoenix / Scottsdale include:
- Shade Lounge (Old Town)
- Skydeck (Midtown Phoenix)
- Lustre Bar (Downtown Phoenix)
- Bar Smith (Downtown Phoenix)
- Wade Poolside Bar (Central Phoenix)
- The Grapevine (Old Town Scottsdale)