Going out on the town (OldTown) is a blast, but can get a little overwhelming. We all have our Top 10 bars and nightclubs as do I and over time they will change, but for right now these are mine. Oh…by the way my number one is not in OldTown, but still in Scottsdale…sort of.
Maya Day + Nightclub
With a patio-dominating pool juxtaposed against a flashy nightclub, Maya Day + Nightclub delivers DJ-driven, Las Vegas-style revelry. Maya is a 9,700-square-foot nightclub and a 17,600-square-foot patio with rentable daybeds, lounges and cabanas. It can hold about 1,400 people. Built by Triyar Cos. as a temple to the cult of the DJ, the venue highlights mixmasters inside and out, with both spaces designed symmetrically around DJ booths. Early headliners have included Calvin Harris, Nervo, Morgan Page and Steve Aoki.
Details: 7333 E. Indian Plaza | Scottsdale |480-625-0528 | http://mayaclubaz.com
This is the place to go for happy-hour specials and to take advantage of great weather by sitting on double-decker patios. From 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays, pay half price for margaritas, wine, well and call drinks, and select draft beer. If you’re hungry, indulge on appetizer specials that include ahi tacos and sliders.
Details: 3737 N. Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale | 480-945-3353 |http://rnrscottsdale.com/
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 its long history and Southwestern hospitality. Hang out on the patio, or lounge inside where football or baseball, depending on the season, is playing on the televisions. If you’re looking for a quiet spot away from the glitz and expensive cocktails of Scottsdale’s trendy club and bar scene, the Coach House tavern is the place to go. Coach House is a must-visit during the holidays, when every inch of the bar is decorated in Christmas wrapping paper, lights, candy canes, ornaments and tinsel.
Details: 7011 E. Indian School Rd | Scottsdale | 480-990-3433 | http://www.coachhousescottsdale.com
This flashy 7,000-square-foot restaurant and Ultra Lounge offers dark wood, marble, booth seating, a 20-foot bar and a coed bathroom in which cocktails are served. The whole space is a dance floor, and the sprawling outdoor patio features a surplus of seating for whenever the thumping DJ music inside becomes a bit too thumping. Vegas-style lighting, glamorous back-lit photos of models robbing banks and servers outfitted like sexy bankers complete the party-in-a-bank experience. An extensive wine and sake list is available.
Details: 7373 E. Camelback Road |Scottsdale |480-947-6468 |http://themintaz.com
Walking up to the glowing glass cube of modernity that is AZ 88, spotting the conspicuously dressed people inside, marveling at the avant-garde art installation behind the bar, it’s impossible to not be curious about what happens inside such a space. Downtown hipsters, creative ducking out of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, ladies who lunch, the glitterati and pretty boys are fixtures at this minimalist bar and restaurant just off the grassy Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. The kitchen serves burgers, salads and sandwiches while the bar turns out classic cocktails and 10-ounce martinis so full that servers deliver the drinks with the grace and steadiness of gem-setters. It’s a rare place where the food is as good as the guests are good-looking.
Details: 7353 E. Scottsdale Mall | Scottsdale | 480-994-5576 | http://www.az88.com
Old Town Tavern
If your idea of a great night out is to relax with friends in a quaint, hospitable setting, the Old Town Tavern in downtown Scottsdale is great place to grab a drink, listen to live music, or enjoy the great patio. This is hands-down one of the most comfortable patios in town, so grab your friends, put in your drink order, and enjoy a long night in downtown Scottsdale. The Old Town Tavern is Old Town Scottsdale’s favorite quaint hot spot. Come here when you want to gather, drink and talk with friends. You won’t have to shout over the loud, thumping club music here.
Details: 7320 E Scottsdale Mall | Scottsdale | 480-945-2882 | oldtowntavernaz.com
The Beverly, formerly known as Mabel’s on Main, is an Old Town Scottsdale gem full of old-school glamour and sophistication. The exposed brick walls, mahogany wood bar, and leather booths lend a warm and intimate feel, while the busy mixologists behind the bar satisfy thirsty customers by knowing how to pour a stiff drink. The menu is full of creative, delicious cocktails. There is also a food menu full of comfort food favorites like mac and cheese, deviled eggs, gourmet sliders, and special treats like truffle fries and flatbreads. Happy hour happens every day from 4 pm to 7 pm.
Details: 7018 E. Main St. | Scottsdale |480-889-5580 | thebeverly.us
Kazimierz World Wine Bar
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 with a sense of mystery. Select from a truly staggering wine list — over 1,500 varieties are available. Management has thoughtfully whittled the gargantuan list down to a top 50 list, and servers provide additional guidance if you’re still overwhelmed. Nothing so mundane as a happy hour here; instead, you’ll catch drink specials during the “early evening hours of joy. “
Details: 7137 E. Stetson Drive | Scottsdale | 480-946-3004 | kazbar.net.
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
This Old Town spot offers all the fun of a bar but with upscale dining Western-style. Try Alabama barbecue grilled chicken, flatiron steak or a whiskey burger. Daily drink specials include the Duke, a 32-ounce personal pitcher of domestic or imported beer; the Pickle Back, which is Jameson with housemade pickle juice as a chaser; and Low Life, which is PBR and a shot of moonshine. The house band Georgia Chrome performs on a stage suspended from the ceiling over the bar. VIP tables with beer and liquor taps and bottle service can be reserved.
Details: 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail, No. 105 | Scottsdale | 480-945-4200 | http://dierkswhiskeyrow.com
This slick golf and entertainment complex has been a huge hit with residents and tourists. Groups get their own bays in which to play various games, complete with plush sitting areas and servers who take food and drink orders. Each golf ball has a microchip and players try to hit one of 11 targets from 20 to 240 yards away. Scores are displayed on the screen in your bay. If you don’t feel like playing, relax in the outdoor lounge with TVs, fire pit and full bar, or inside with lots of comfy seating, another bar, pool tables and a dining room.
Details: 9500 E Indian Bend Road | Scottsdale | 480-240-2402 | topgolf.com/us/riverwalk.