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Club 245: 245 E. Jackson, 602-254-5303.
Coffee Cabana: 2105 S. Alma School, Mesa, 480-755-7900.
Coffee Plantation (Biltmore): 2468 E. Camelback, Biltmore Fashion Park, 602-553-0203.
Coffee Plantation (Phoenix): 7000 N. 16th St., 602-674-3210.
Coffee Plantation (Gilbert): 1555 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, 480-497-6690.
Coffee Plantation (Ahwatukee): 4740 E. Warner, Ahwatukee, 480-496-0277.
Coffee Plantation (Tempe): 680 S. Mill, Tempe, 480-829-7878.
Coffee Plantation (Scottsdale): 7366 E. Shea, Ste. 101, Scottsdale, 480-596-8122.
Different Pointe of View: 11111 N. Seventh St., Pointe Hilton at Tapatio Cliffs, 602-863-0912.
The Dirty Drummer: 2303 N. 44th St., 602-840-2726.
Dos Gringos: Part sports bar, part kitschy cantina and even part movie theater (Strange Brew and Slapshot have been screened here), Dos Gringos is a colorful, graffiti-decorated cavern offering outdoor and indoor drinking and fraternizing. Classic rock of the Neil Young/Eagles variety blasts overhead, and Sundays offer DJ sets from J. Alan. Fri: Drive-In Movie Theatre. 4209 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale, 480-423-3800.
Downside Risk Restaurant and Bar: 7419 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 480-945-3304.
Drinkwater's City Hall Restaurant: 6991 E. Camelback, Scottsdale, 480-941-4700.
Duck & Decanter: 3111 N. Central, 602-234-3656.
El Chorro Lodge: The cozy piano bar in this charming restaurant, a historic landmark, attracts a tony clientele that enjoys dancing to live jazz and contemporary music on weekends. 5550 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, 480-948-5170.
Emerald Lounge: The funky, two-room Emerald features eclectic local music along with your cocktail, including neo-garage rockers the Hypno-Twists, as well as anti-mainstream art shows, backyard theater and unusual touring acts such as Bay Area robot-rockers the Phenomenauts. The clientele is a telling cross-section of the downtown scene: part grizzled old-timer, part nouveau loft resident, part art-scene refugee. 1514 N. Seventh Ave., 602-256-9705.
Everett's Steakhouse: 20701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-515-5891.
Famous Sam's: Sam's has all the sports-bar standbys -- darts, video games, more than two dozen TVs -- but sets itself apart from the pack with an unabashed devotion to classic rock. Karaoke takes over on Tuesdays and Sundays. 940 N. Alma School, Chandler, 480-812-1177.
Fandango: An enormous two-tiered patio lets patrons drink in the desert scenery -- and linger over above-par bar food -- while hard-charging bands rock the joint on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday afternoons, the black-leather set rolls in for "Bike Day." 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, 480-595-5633.
Fat Cats: 915 Grand Ave., 602-252-0988.
Fat Tuesday: This New Orleans-themed restaurant located in the heart of Mill Avenue fills with college students on Friday and Saturday nights. The bar is renowned for its wall of daiquiris -- from Piña Colada to Sex on the Beach, the mixed drinks are distributed from silver, slushie-like machines that line the back of the bar. Tue, Thu-Sat: Live DJ. 680 S. Mill, Tempe, 480-967-3917.
Gentle Strength Cooperative: 234 W. University, Tempe, 480-968-4831.
German Corner: As the name suggests, this is the place for all things German, from brats to brewskis. A stage and dance floor in the center of the restaurant allows for polka dancing. Fri-Sat: Live German music. 4900 E. Indian School, 602-840-7838.
Gold Bar Espresso: 3141 S. McClintock, Tempe, 480-839-3082.
Graham Central Station: This megaclub houses Alley Cats Karaoke, retro-bar Confetti's and Top 40 discotheque South Beach. But it's known for its country-western staple Rockin' Rodeo featuring an immense dance floor for two-steppers, a mechanical bull for daring urbanites, a stage for up-and-coming national acts and gregarious, denim-decked barkeeps. Wed: Ladies' night. Sat: Party night. 7850 S. Priest, Tempe, 480-496-0799.
Greasewood Flat: East Pinnacle Peak and Star Route, Scottsdale, 480-585-9430.
Handlebar-J: This saloon-style restaurant in Scottsdale is known for its Sunday chicken and dumplings dinner. Keep an eye out for the bar ceiling lined with cowboy hats. And check out the twangy Herndon Bros., fronted by renowned country guitarist and songwriter Ray Herndon (Lyle Lovett, Kenny Chesney). Mon-Tue: Video DJ. Wed-Sat: Herndon Bros. 7116 E. Becker, Scottsdale, 480-948-0110.
Hard Rock Cafe: The memorabilia at Hard Rock's Phoenix franchise ranges from the hip (Roy Orbison motorcycle, Chet Atkins autographed guitar) to the outdated (Spin Doctors? Ugly Kid Joe?). Live music ranges from hip-hop and Latin nights to performances by high-profile Valley rock bands. 3 S. Second St., 602-261-7625.
Harley's 155: The vibe at this central Phoenix gay dance club depends on which of two house DJs controls the console. Some nights, the selection is decidedly '80s (old-school Madonna, etc.). Other nights, newer fare like DJ Sammy blasts. No matter -- an eclectic, multiracial blend of dancers keeps the huge, Technicolor-lighted floor buzzing. 155 W. Camelback, 602-274-8505.
Harold's Corral: Harold's plays host to dancer-friendly country-western house band Vigilante and a gaggle of country bar amenities -- rustic-wood ambiance, sports on the televisions, four pool tables, and a 30-foot-by-30-foot dance floor. Come Friday, the place opens an enormous patio and a second, 100-year-old bar to accommodate the Harley-riding contingent. 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, 480-488-1906.
Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino: 15406 N. Maricopa Rd., Maricopa, 1-520-568-4154.
Hola Cafe: Wednesday night salsa lessons, Top 40-spinning DJs and Latin music from Wednesday to Saturday are among the draws at this Caribbean cafe. The atmosphere's decidedly unpretentious, despite the Scottsdale location. 2515 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-945-5900.