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  • Texas BBQ House

    Texas BBQ House

    Texas expats Mike Pitt and Doug Dieckmann have brought some of their home state's flair for barbecue to this South Phoenix hole-in-the-wall. Their excellent dry-rubbed and smoked meats are, of course, the stars of the show here, but it's the... More on Texas BBQ House »

  • Beckett's Table

    Beckett's Table

    Once the executive chef at Canal, the splashy, short-lived, fashion-themed global fusion eatery at Scottsdale's SouthBridge development, now chef Justin Beckett has his own place, a handsome renovated spot on Indian School that's decidedly cozy.... More on Beckett's Table »

  • Nami


    Owner Damon Brasch opened this cool little vegan ice cream, coffee, and pastry shop in a renovated house in downtown Phoenix just days before he opened the second location of his vegan bistro Green right next door. And what Green does right in... More on Nami »

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Bars & Clubs

  • Kobalt


    When the businesses dotting Park Central Mall lock their doors tight when the workday’s done, the party’s just getting started at Kobalt. Owners Bryon Wiley and Robert Mancuso keep things going and the liquor flowing at their popular blue-themed... More on Kobalt »

  • Pink Pony

    Pink Pony

    After being closed the better part of a year, Pink Pony reopened in early 2014 with a new menu, chef, and owners. However, the baseball memorabilia and caricature homages to past famous patrons will remain, along with the original doors, which... More on Pink Pony »

  • The Harp Pub & Restaurant

    The Harp Pub & Restaurant

    We stopped in for a Newcastle Ale and ended up staying for dinner-and what a dinner! Moules Mariniere: mussels with onions, steamed in white wine and herb liquor. We'll never recover, it was so tasty. We went back for a more traditional British... More on The Harp Pub & Restaurant »

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Music Venues

  • Gammage Auditorium

    Gammage Auditorium

    In 1957 then ASU President Grady Gammage called on famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright to help create a unique auditorium for the university. Originally Wright had the design that would eventually become Gammage Auditorium in mind for Baghdad,... More on Gammage Auditorium »

  • Crescent Ballroom

    Crescent Ballroom

    Charlie Levy’s stylish venue and nightspot has earned a rarified aura amongst both music fans and hipsters alike thanks to its many amenities geared towards concertgoers, as well as a posh atmosphere and a distinctive lineup of nightly shows. The... More on Crescent Ballroom »

  • Char's Has the Blues

    Char's Has the Blues

    A freestanding roadhouse located just south of Camelback Road, Char's features various Valley blues, funk, R&B, and soul artists performing seven nights a week for music aficionados who also get some stick time playing pool or sipping bourbon... More on Char's Has the Blues »

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Movie Theaters

  • West Wind Glendale 9 Drive-In

    West Wind Glendale 9 Drive-In

    Located in Glendale south of Bethany Home between 59th and 51st Avenues, this drive-in movie theater allows visitors to sit in the car or on folding chairs. Amenities include a concession stand inside the lot, a golf cart selling concessions... More on West Wind Glendale 9 Drive-In »

  • Harkins Scottsdale 101

    Harkins Scottsdale 101

    Located just south of the Loop 101 off Scottsdale Road, this fourteen-screen theater offers a Cine Capri with a towering 30 by 70-foot screen showing the latest films in a 600-seat auditorium. Additional amenities at Harkins Scottsdale 101... More on Harkins Scottsdale 101 »

  • FilmBar


    FilmBar doesn't just have the lock down on the hippest indie and foreign film screenings. The theater's lounge is a fully functioning bar, featuring DJs, live music and a carefully selected menu of import and domestic beers.
    Standard brews have...
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Coffee Shops

  • Jobot Coffee

    Jobot Coffee

    If you're looking for a place to hang out and get your creative juices flowing then this Downtown Phoenix coffeehouse might be just the place you need. Located in the heart of the Roosevelt Row arts district, Jobot Coffee Shop is a favorite... More on Jobot Coffee »

  • Starbucks


    Since its founding by a trio of aspiring coffee roasters in Seattle in 1971, Starbucks has grown to become the largest coffeehouse in the world, with upwards of 20,000 locations in Phoenix and around the world. Named for the chief mate on the... More on Starbucks »

  • Xtreme Bean Coffee Company

    Xtreme Bean Coffee Company

    If we had to pick two things we love most about Xtreme Bean in Tempe, we'd have to go with their late hours and speed. When we're jamming to get that paper done by midnight and need a caffeine boost to keep it going, this is the place to go.... More on Xtreme Bean Coffee Company »

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  • Critic Reviews

    • Dave Mason was disappointing. That's the bottom line, though many in the audience would say otherwise -- particularly during the "Dave set," which would be telling enough in itself. Billed as Dave Mason's Traffic Jam, the idea of Mason playing Traffic tunes -- the band he was a founding member of, leaving in 1969 before the band's real heyday -- seems like a ploy simply to get people into the seats he couldn't fill as a solo artist. Hard to say for sure, again given the applause to the solo material, but in any event the Traffic... More on Talking Stick Resort »

    • The group behind American TapHouse in Gilbert has brought craft beer to Scottsdale with a second concept, TapHouse Kitchen. The restaurant opened a few weeks ago in the Hilton Village Center at 6137 North Scottsdale Road, in a space formerly occupied by Blue Wasabi. TapHouse Kitchen offers a menu modern American cuisine, in addition to a respectable selection of craft beers. The tap lineup includes local options from Grand Canyon, Four Peaks, and Papago Brewery. See also: Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.: 2014 Big Brain Awards Finalist,... More on TapHouse Kitchen »

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