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Flagstaff is laid back and casual and so is the nightlife. It's a college town so you can count on bars galore with lots of drink specials and happy hours. Check the local entertainment newspaper Flagstaff Live! for a complete listing of current shows and activities. During the summer, there is live music all around, from classical to rock and country, as well as folk and Celtic, with weekly music on the square, music in the park, plus ever-present concerts and live bands/singers in bars and restaurants. Many of these performances are free. There’s also a local theater group, symphony and art gallery events in addition to dancing and just hanging out and getting to know people from all around the world while you enjoy a glass of wine or a locally made brew.
For a more subdued evening of fun, check out the cozy Wine Loft above The Artists’ Gallery, on San Francisco Street. Play board games, including such standards as dominos, Uno and cribbage, while you hang out. People come for the 300 wines and dozens of beers, but be sure to try at least one glass of an Arizona-made wine; there are three to choose among. Sample one of their wine flights—a great way to find what may be your new favorite. We love to come here and just chill out.
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You can get in on free live music fun every Friday from 5:30PM to 7:30PM, an '80s dance party every Wednesday night, plus what locals have voted the best karaoke in town, pool, foosball, darts and arcade games. The music here can be as varied as the crowd, but The Green Room is extra popular with the college crowd. The Green Room also does a lot of community fund-raisers, from benefit concerts to non-profit casino nights (check the website to see if one is taking place while you're in town). They’re open every day from 3PM to 2AM, with a daily happy hour as soon as the doors open until 7:30PM. The Green Room serves dinner by Satchmo’s BBQ from 5PM to 8PM. In an effort to be "green" in practice as well as in name, The Green Room recycles all plastics, paper, aluminum and glass.
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Neighborhood: East/4th Street
For a fun night of country music and western dancing head to the historic log cabin-like Museum Club. This lively spot may be on the National Register of Historic Places but it is anything but old-fashioned. It has a charming Old West ambiance that comes from its roadhouse roots, cool 1880s mahogany bar and Arizona’s largest wooden dance floor. The Museum Club often wins local best-place-to-dance honors. Be sure to print drink coupons from their website before you go. The Museum Club is open everyday from 11AM to 2AM. Things usually get busy around 10PM. During the week the crowd can vary; Wednesdays feature dime beers so things get started around 9PM.
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This historic theater is a local landmark. Flagstaff’s first movies were shown at the Majestic Opera House, which was built in 1911. That building collapsed with a mega snowstorm a few years later, and it reopened as the bigger Orpheum in 1917. Lovingly restored in 2002, The Orpheum now has a state-of-the-art sound system, full bar, lounge and updated seating. Shows include national and local acts, as well as movie classics and films festivals. There’s always something good going on here (check the website to find out what is playing and when).
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With scads of pool tables, Uptown Billiards is a local hangout for all ages, as well as an enjoyable spot for visitors. Come wide array of Euro beer imports and microbrews, as well as an extensive scotch selection. The owners are a husband-and-wife team, one a musician, the other a published poet. Pick up James Jay’s latest poetry collection, The Journeyman, to get a feel for his take on the world to enhance your visit.
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