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Much of Scottsdale’s nightlife scene is focused in the downtown area, where you’ll find more than 50 lounges, bars and nightclubs. Weekdays aren’t as happening as the weekends, which technically begin on Thursday; and things don’t really get hopping until 9:30PM. (Last call is always between 1 and 1:30AM, depending on the bar.) So if you’re looking for an all-out dance fest, we’d recommend heading out on the weekend. That’s not to say that the city is a complete ghost town Sunday through Wednesday; it’s just got more of a relaxed atmosphere and consists mainly of Happy Hour-goers who enjoyed the after-work drink specials so much they decided to make a night of it. Downtown is pedestrian-friendly with plenty of well-lit paths for the walk home. Downtown’s nightlife offerings are varied, with everything from casual lounges and pubs to high-energy nightclubs sprinkled throughout the area.

Geisha A Go Go

Neighborhood: Downtown Scottsdale
American and Japanese pop culture collide at this Tokyo-inspired restaurant and lounge. Singing superstars and shameless warblers alike will love the private karaoke rooms that include personal drink service. Make sure to try one of the signature cocktails that are a sometimes cute, sometimes dirty, play off a Japanese theme, such as the Shiso-Horny with Ty Ku Asian Liqueur and Zen green tea. No doubt you’ll spend some time admiring—and wondering about—the restaurant’s innovative Japanese-style toilets that come equipped with some, um, pretty interesting features.

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Rusty Spur Saloon

Neighborhood: Downtown Scottsdale
Originally constructed in 1921 as Scottsdale’s first bank, the Rusty Spur Saloon now uses the vaults to keep your beer cold. It’s a come-as-you-are place known for its hospitality, burgers and live music seven days a week. The Rusty Spur also is the final stop for the Hashknife Pony Express every February, when riders bring the mail to downtown Scottsdale from Holbrook, Ariz., a 200-mile ride that culminates in a Rusty Spur celebration. Besides the live music and people-watching, you’ll find plenty of interesting memorabilia on the walls to keep you entertained. Try to find the rabbit topiary that’s found its home among horseshoes and cowboy boots. The game is extra fun after a beer or two—trust us.

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Living Room at the W Scottsdale Hotel & Residences

Neighborhood: Downtown Scottsdale
The W Scottsdale Hotel & Residences is the newest property to hit downtown Scottsdale. Its opening brought three new nightlife spots to the area—one of which is the Living Room, the hotel’s lobby bar that looks more like someone’s designer home than a traditional lobby. The Living Room Live series features sweet sounds from bands and musicians every Friday and Saturday night. It’s free and open to the public, but get there early because it fills up fast, especially during high season.

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Axis/Radius

Neighborhood: Downtown Scottsdale
Axis/Radius is actually two clubs in one, with the more low-key Axis offering an indoor/outdoor bar and second-floor lounge. It’s connected to Radius by a glass-bottomed catwalk that you can cross into Radius’ VIP rooms, which overlook a high-energy (we’ve seen a glow stick or two) dance floor that’s cooled with icy blasts of CO² gas. Axis/Radius is like a hub of pretty, where Scottsdale’s finest go to show off their new threads and dance moves. DJs spin everything from House to R&B, and the venue sometimes plays host to international acts such as DJ Tiesto.

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Stone Rose Lounge

Neighborhood: North Scottsdale
Stone Rose Lounge is the only spot on our list that’s not in downtown; it’s located at the Fairmont Scottsdale, in North Scottsdale. Stone Rose was designed by New York nightclub guru Rande Gerber, who has designed bars and lounges all over the world, and is also known as Mr. Cindy Crawford. It’s a good mix of laid-back lounge and dance club. Stone Rose is at its busiest—and most entertaining—during the Waste Management Phoenix Open, held at neighboring TPC Scottsdale, when it serves as the unofficial after, after party (once the Birds Nest shuts down).

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