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Martini Ranch & Shaker Room: 7925 E. Stetson, Scottsdale, 480-970-0500.
Mason Jar: 2303 E. Indian School, 602-954-0455
McDuffy's Wide World of Entertainment: 15184 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, 623-334-5000.
Mickey's Hangover: The attraction to this Scottsdale bar lies in its 3 a.m. closing. None of this turning-into-pumpkins, 1 a.m. stuff. While it stops serving alcohol at the witching hour, it keeps late-night snack food coming 'til 3. The back patio allows for fresh air, conversation and cigarette smoking while the DJs spin inside. Wednesday's Funk and Soul is a big night with Parliament coming from the DJ and blaxploitation films showing on the wall. 4312 N. Brown, Scottsdale, 480-425-0111.
Minder Binder's: A barn on the outside, your grandmother's cluttered attic on the inside, this college-minded bar and grill features hip-hop/Top 40 DJ music upstairs on Friday and Saturday nights, and salsa dancing and group lessons on the patio out back. 715 S. McClintock, Tempe, 480-966-1911.
Modified Arts: Mainstream-shunning hipsters flock to this tiny performance space located in downtown's up-and-coming Roosevelt gallery district. Modified hosts raw indie rock, emo and punk bands, as well as experimental film screenings, alternative theater and a variety of genre-defying performances. Smokers congregate on the front sidewalk between sets. 407 E. Roosevelt, 602-462-5516.
Moondoggie's: The Arizona Center may have seen better days, but this second-floor nightspot can still pack 'em in for mainstream retro, Top 40 and high-energy dance music. 455 N. Third St., 602-253-5200.
Mr. Lucky's: 3660 Grand Ave., 602-246-0686.
Next: Nestled down the street from Cajun House, this darkly lighted lounge offers aggressive house music, a small dance area and a bar buzzing with the gym- and surgically enhanced, some no doubt judging their own assets against those of the exotic nudes that decorate the walls. Well-furnished dining areas tucked in side rooms provide serenity for the rest of us. 7111 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, 480-970-6398.
Nifty 50s Nightclub: 6767 N. 35th Ave., 602-973-2023.
Nita's Hideaway: Now situated in a 14,000-square-foot facility along the Loop 101, Nita's is the venue for vital national indie-rock acts and up-and-coming local rockers. The new place promises to keep the old Nita's kitschy charm (including a velvet JFK painting) while keeping every show indoors. 3300 S. Price, Tempe, 480-966-7715.
Noyz: Noyz hosted a night for beauticians when it opened late in 2002, and the clientele is as cosmetic as that promotion suggests. Well-dressed folks move to dance-pop hits under a mirror ball downstairs and sink into plush couches on a bright, wooden floor upstairs. Flat-screen televisions and an industrial-looking metal staircase create a Euro-New York hybrid atmosphere. 4224 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale, 480-941-9333.
O'Kelley's Sports Bar & Grill: 2120 W. Guadalupe, Mesa, 480-756-6069.
Ole Brass Rail Saloon: 3788 E. Thomas, 602-956-1280.
O'Mally's Sports, Spirits & Grill: 3544 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, 602-589-7180.
On the Rocks: 2515 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-947-5527.
The Other Place: 7101 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, 480-948-7910.
Paisley Violin: 128 E. Roosevelt, 602-254-7843.
Parrot Bay: 6949 E. Shea, Scottsdale, 480-948-9710.
Pat Murphy's Pub and Grill: A drinking man's pool hall-cum-neighborhood blues bar, Pat Murphy's has no stage to speak of, leaving blues bands no option but to man a back wall. But you can't beat 6 a.m. hash browns and bourbon for that "good morning, world, how are you?" feeling. Wed and Sun: Blues jam with the Rocket 88's. Thu: Karaoke. Fri-Sat: Live blues band. 3215 E. Thomas, 602-522-0669.
Pattie's First Avenue Lounge: 7220 E. First Ave., Scottsdale, 480-990-0103.
Pinnacle Peak Patio: 10426 E. Jomax, Scottsdale, 480-585-1599.
Priceless Inn: The owners of Boston's (RIP) kept the old strip-mall bar pretty much the same way it's been for 25 years -- pool tables, shuffleboards, dartboards. But at night, the lights dim for live entertainment in a lounge atmosphere. Thu: Blunt Club, featuring spoken word, poetry and open mike with DJ spinning acid jazz and trip-hop. Fri-Sat: Live music. 5014 S. Price, Tempe, 480-897-1466.
Reata Pass Steakhouse: 27500 N. Alma School Pkwy., Scottsdale, 480-585-7277.
Remington's Restaurant: 7200 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-948-3001.
Rhythm Room: Local blues impresario and killer harmonica player Bob Corritore's passion for roots music attracts legends such as John Hammond and other touring acts to his intimate, energetic Rhythm Room that would otherwise skip town. That passion also attracts the Valley's most diverse audience -- old, young, black, white. 1019 E. Indian School, 602-265-4842.
The Rockin' Horse: 7043 E. McDowell, Scottsdale, 480-874-1112.
Rodeo Nights: Grab your boots and hat and take a swing on this enormous dance floor. Or walk a few feet to one of the seven full-service bars. Or try the mechanical bulls, the pool tables, or slip away for a quieter rendezvous under the flashing lights of a saddle covered in mirror-ball tiles. Wed: Ladies' Latin night. Thu and Sat: Male revue, plus country dancing lessons. 4029 N. 33rd Ave., 602-279-3800.
The Rogue: The jukebox spins both Gene Vincent and Motörhead, which may explain why skateboarders, cowboys, and Vespa and Harley riders are all drawn to this dark roadhouse. Thu: Ska and '60s mod. Fri-Sat: Punk and rockabilly. 423 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-947-3580.
Roman's Oasis: 16825 W. Yuma Rd., Goodyear, 623-932-0922.
Roosters Country: 3731 E. Main, Mesa, 480-641-2125.