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Rula Bula: An authentic Irish pub designed, dismantled, transported to Tempe and then reassembled! Acoustic performers and small groups keep the rousing Irish music flowing while the bar serves an array of pints and lagers. Thu-Sat: Live music. 401 S. Mill, Tempe, 480-929-9500.
Rustler's Rooste: A real live bovine inhabits a large pen next to the entrance, a variety of beers flow from the tap, and a nice view of the East Valley are some of the amenities at this popular tourist destination with a ranchlike feel. Tue-Sat: Peso Dollar Band. 7777 S. Pointe Pkwy. West, 602-431-6474.
The Rusty Spur Saloon: 7245 E. Main, Scottsdale, 480-941-2628.
Sail Inn: 26 S. Farmer, Tempe, 480-921-1775.
Sampan Seafood Village: 668 N. 44th St., 602-286-9888.
Sanctuary: One of the Valley's sightliest clubs, it has everything to keep up with its major-city counterparts: a line outside the door miles long; velvet rope and hulking bouncers; a dress code; and a VIP room. Local DJs pump out trance and techno on the decks Wednesday through Saturday on the two dance floors. It's a good place to get away from the "collegiate" atmosphere of Tempe. A tucked-away lounge offers dancers a breather. 7340 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale, 480-970-5000.
Scorch Bar: Mix lava lamps, neon booths and drinks with names like the Inferno served in an underground bar and, well . . . it's getting hot in here. The lounging and conversing last until 9 p.m.; then it's dancing time. Mon: Alt. dance. Tue: Sexy silhouette contest. Wed: Industry night, '70s to present dance. Thu: Ladies' night, Top 40 and hip-hop. Fri-Sat: House, Top 40 and hip-hop. Sun: R&B, club classics. 21001 N. Tatum, Phoenix, 480-513-7211.
702 Dwntwn: A former gay club that now draws a heavily Latino crowd, 702 Dwntwn features DJs who spin Latin, hip-hop and house sounds. Well-dressed dancers keep the beat going until 3 a.m., while loungers relax on plush high-back couches nearby. 702 N. Central, 602-252-0080.
Shadow Lounge/Splash Sports Bar: 8021 N. 43rd Ave., 623-937-6355.
Shannon's Grill: Shannon's is something of a rarity -- an unpretentious neighborhood sports bar and grill with an outdoor patio for extra drinking space and view of South Mountain. Sports fans can catch games on any of 30 televisions while they eat prime rib, and would-be singing superstars tackle karaoke on the weekends. Fri-Sat: Karaoke. 1334 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix, 480-283-8750.
Shepherd's: 3114 E. Cactus, 602-482-0751.
Six Restaurant and Lounge: Selected as one of the top bars in the U.S. by InStyle and Esquire magazines, Six, with its neon ambiance and gym-augmented clientele, may make you feel like you just sneaked into a Hollywood première. The unisex rest room can be a peep show if you forget to lock the door. Catch jazz jam sessions on Mondays and sets by world-class DJs on Sundays. 7316 E. Stetson, Scottsdale, 480-663-6620.
Sky Lounge: Part of Sports City Grill, the popular two-level eatery hosts various themed nights beginning on Wednesday with DJ Shy and friends blasting danceable jams; "Subconscious" Thursdays with DJs spinning drum and bass; and Friday Latin night, which features Afro-Cuban band Cascabel downstairs Friday nights and salsa dancing upstairs until 3 a.m. 132 E. Washington, 602-229-1110.
Steel Horse Saloon: One of the most popular biker hangouts in the Valley, annual events include Bike-toberfest and the anniversary of AZ Rider Motorcycle News. Mon: Pool tournaments. Tue: Open-mike night. Wed: Blues night, featuring bands. Thu: Karaoke. Fri-Sun: Live country music. 1768 W. Bell, 602-942-8778.
Steve's Mexican Food & Lounge: 1711 S. Central, 602-254-3787.
Storyteller Café: 2655 W. Guadalupe, Mesa, 480-491-3363.
Sugar Daddy's: Here, Old Town Scottsdale meets Bourbon Street and turns blues at the corner with local, national R&B acts. And there's a roomy outdoor patio where you can enjoy Sunday brunch with your live entertainment. Sun: Hans Olson/Sunday brunch, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-970-6556.
Sushi N' Rock: 15111 N. Hayden, Scottsdale, 480-991-ROCK.
TJ's Bar & Grill: 1734 E. Main, Mesa, 480-833-1950.
Tom Ryan's: 70 W. Warner, Chandler, 480-792-1699.
UB's Uptown Bar & Grill: 2801 N. Central, 602-264-2000.
Undici Undici Fine Art Coffee House: 1111 S. Longmore, Mesa, 480-962-4224.
Victorian English Cafe: 309 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, 480-633-6128.
Victory Sports Bar & Grill: 7103 E. McDowell, in Papago Plaza, Scottsdale, 480-945-3890.
The Vine Tavern & Eatery: 2808 E. Indian School, 602-957-9806.
Warsaw Wally's: 2547 E. Indian School, 602-955-0881
Willow House: 149 W. McDowell, 602-252-0272.
Yucca Tap Room: Tucked away in a grungy Tempe strip mall, this casual bar evokes a small-town atmosphere with its crowd of working-class regulars. College kids come by for alternative rock, karaoke and open-mike nights, while a more diverse bunch shows up for live bluegrass and country. 29 W. Southern, Tempe, 480-967-4777.