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Hollywood Alley: A Mesa institution, Hollywood Alley is known for its noisy rock shows, finger foods, black vinyl booths, vintage movie posters on the walls and arcade games in the back. Look for very tall, very thin, very friendly bartender "Fun Bobby," who books the Valley's most avant-garde out-of-town bands for the club. Mon: Page The Village Idiot. 2610 W. Baseline, Mesa, 480-820-7117.
Ice Breakers Restaurant & Brewery: 15730 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, 480-948-6789.
Icehouse: The Icehouse operates in a veil of mystery -- it never offers the same atmosphere twice. The silver, metallic walls and outdoor areas of this actual former icehouse complement everything from raves to art installations. The food and drink depends on the event, and most events are all-ages. 429 W. Jackson, 602-257-8929.
Jackson's on 3rd: Surrounded by downtown Phoenix's sport complexes, Jackson's 50-plus televisions and outdoor dining will satisfy even the most particular sports fan. With 28 beers on tap and above-average bar fare such as pasta and deli-fresh sandwiches, Jackson's is also home to live blues and rock. (See also Club 245.) 245 E. Jackson, 602-254-5303.
Jazz in the Hills Coffee House(formerly Inspirations): This intimate, smoke-free spot -- in the Appian Way Restaurant's banquet room -- features local and regional musicians playing Latin, classic and modern jazz every Friday at 8:30 p.m. Concerts are free, but gratuities are collected for the performers. 17149 E. Amhurst, Fountain Hills, 480-837-9771.
J. Chew & Co.: Located in Scottsdale Mall, J. Chew stops serving food after 4 p.m., and shifts from a casual restaurant to a chill music club Thursdays through Saturdays. Solo performers such as Phil Hendricks provide rock, blues, jazz and soul, which can be enjoyed from either inside or outside seating. Thu: Phil Hendricks. Fri-Sat: Michael James. 7320 Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, 480-946-2733.
Jet Lag Lounge: Secluded and dimly lighted, this bar and restaurant at the end of a Safeway shopping center on Hayden Road is a godsend for acoustic jazz fans. There's no cover charge, either. Tue: "New Orleans Jazz & Swing Music" with Joe Hopkins Quartet, 7-10 p.m. Wed-Sat: Stage Door Canteen Night with Gary Church and Rags Allen, 7-10 p.m. Sun: Jam session, 5-9 p.m. 7908 E. Chaparral, Ste. 102, Scottsdale, 480-941-9144.
Joe's Grotto: Here's a neighborhood bar in the good sense of the word, located in the PV Oasis strip mall. Drinks, darts and open mikes -- what more community do you need? Sun: South Park Party. Mon and Wed: Open mike with David Grossman. Tue and Thu: Dart tourney. Fri-Sat: Bands, $5 cover. 13825 N. 32nd St., 602-992-1007.
John Henry's: 909 E. Elliot, Tempe, 480-730-9009.
Jolta Java: 14418 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-607-7771.
Jugheads: A small punk/heavy rock club with a tiny stage, Jugheads offers an angry jukebox (Korn, Sex Pistols), black light and plenty of attitude. Live music is on tap most nights -- mostly locals with some regional touring acts mixed in for good measure. 5110 E. McDowell, 602-225-0307.
Kerr Cultural Center: 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-965-5377.
Knuckleheads: 13035 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, 602-494-7625.
La Casa del Mariachi: 1420 N. 24th St., 602-275-8565.
Lagerfields: 12601 N. Paradise Village Pkwy. West, 602-765-0059.
Last Call Bar: 1120 E. Apache, Tempe, 480-449-7860.
Leland's: 37433 N. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, 480-488-4094.
Livingston's Soul Food Restaurant: South Scottsdale locals flock to this soul food restaurant for specialties like catfish and for cultural enrichment six nights a week. A separate, softly lighted lounge area plays host to karaoke, R&B bands, open-mike nights and Wednesday poetry readings (a popular draw; reserve a spot by Sunday). 7111 E. Thomas, Scottsdale, 480-429-6161.
Lobby Bar, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch: 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, 480-991-3388.
Longbranch: 10600 W. Buckeye, Tolleson, 623-936-1320.
The Longshot Bar & Grill: 7436 E. McDowell, Scottsdale, 480-947-3304.
Long Wong's: Once the linchpin of Tempe's desert-rock scene, the cozy Long Wong's still hosts a revolving cast of local bands (Gloritone, Busted Hearts) to complement blue-collar beers -- Schlitz in the can! -- and phenomenal wings. 701 S. Mill, Tempe, 480-966-3147.
Los Olivos Mexican Patio: 7328 E. Second St., Scottsdale, 480-946-2256.
Los Vaqueros Western Steakhouse & Saloon: 285 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, 480-982-3407.
Lucci's 4 Pasta & More: 4747 N. 20th St., 602-954-2394.
Lucky Dragon: A Pan-Asian eatery, the Lucky Dragon splices pot stickers with performance, an eclectic weekly selection of jazz, R&B, hip-hop, rock and, occasionally, comedy. The place's decor showcases local art that's as cutting edge as its Ginsu-wielding chefs. Sun: Phoenix Jazz Workshop, no cover. Mon: Drums and Bass Night, 18+. Tue: All for House, 4 DJs, $3. Wed: Pulse Modulation, 18+. Thu: Night of Reggae, $5, 21+. Fri: Rock Night -- 4 bands, $5. Sat: Hip-Hop Night, 5 p.m.-3 a.m. 3318 S. McClintock, Tempe, 480-768-9800.
Mabel Murphy's: 7018 E. Main, Scottsdale, 480-946-0363.
Macayo's on Central: 4001 N. Central, 602-264-6141.
Malone's Bar & Grill: 15220 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, 602-595-5021.
Marco Polo Supper Club: Billing itself as an "East meets West" restaurant -- Italian dinners with egg rolls? Who knew? -- Marco Polo combines dining, live entertainment and tasteful decor such as black-and-white photography. After dinner, a mixture of locals and resort dwellers dances to standards and pop covers by local musicians. Wed, Sat: Aaron Nelson Project. Thu-Fri: Van Gogh. 8608 E. Shea, Scottsdale, 480-483-1900.