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ACME Roadhouse: In its original Scottsdale location, ACME catered to Harley-Davidson weekend warriors. In its new Tempe incarnation, it entertains the college set with dancing and, on Saturdays, local rock bands. Dance space is at a minimum, but there's plenty of room for other social rites. Sun: Live music. Mon: Reverse happy hour. Wed: Ladies' night. Fri: Arizona Dream Girls. 855 S. Rural, Tempe, 480-517-1818.
4236 W. Dunlap Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85051
Category: Bars and Clubs
Region: North Phoenix
Aint Nobody's Bizness: No, sir, it really ain't nobody's bizness. No matter which part of the LGBT acronym you belong to, you'll find a home at this bar. Although ANB caters mostly to lesbian clientele, everyone is welcome to come in, play pool, sing karaoke, or dance on the dance floor in the center of the room. Sun: Hip-hop. Mon: Karaoke. Tue: DJ Suzy/Request Night. Wed: Pool tournament/High Energy Night. Thu: Top 40 dance. Fri-Sat: Top 40 dance. 3031 E. Indian School, Ste. #7, 602-224-9977.
Alice Cooper'stown: A fusion of rock and jock dreamed up by the Valley's shock-rocker in residence, Cooper'stown sports monster TVs, a full menu, staff in frightening makeup and room for 1,100 to take in top local acts and midlevel national touring acts. Located downtown, it draws large after-event crowds from Suns games, Dodge Theatre shows and other attractions. Fri-Sat: Live rock, DJs. 101 E. Jackson, 602-253-7337.
Amber Inn Cocktail Lounge: What a friendly northwest Valley sports bar looks like when it's run by folks who wear a love for the Pittsburgh Steelers and a collector's passion for Marilyn Monroe on their sleeves simultaneously. Mon-Fri: Happy hour starts at 2 p.m. Fri: Karaoke. Sun: During football season, satellite TV brings all the games. 4236 W. Dunlap, 623-937-5869.
Amsterdam: The tony atmosphere at Amsterdam makes it a gay lounge with hetero appeal: Designer cocktails, cushy couches, freestanding Roman columns and the tinkling grand piano produce a relaxed and classy atmosphere, as do occasional lounge singers. Sun: Live music/entertainment. Mon: Martinis & Manicures for $5. Thu: A Class Act, a revue featuring Topaz Crawford. 718 N. Central, 602-258-6122.
Anderson's Fifth Estate: Anderson's two decades of boozing and boogieing have set the tone for all other local upscale clubs. A roomy loft affords swell views of the city's favorite dance floor, framed by three bars piled with hip wait staff. Hipper still is the snug Elbo Room, a quiet bar that's anything but, with its own live DJ, bartender and cage dancers. Tue: 75-cent drink night, two DJs, two dance floors. Thu: Brit Pop and Industrial dance. Fri: DJs. Sat: Retro live. 6820 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, 480-994-4168.
Anna's Southwest Grill: Located at the Arizona Golf Resort, Anna's overlooks the golf course and draws a mixed crowd of hotel guests and older local residents who come for the live jazz, big band and contemporary piano tunes. Tue: Karaoke. Wed: Rick Jones performs pop hits and other favorites from 5-9 p.m. Thu: Vocal impersonator Jack Wagner plays piano and trumpet and sings as Sinatra and others. Fri-Sat: Bill Fuschillo plays piano and sings standards from 7-10 p.m. 425 S. Power, Mesa, 480-832-3202.
Arizona Joe´s: A meat-and-potatoes establishment, Arizona Joe´s is known for, well, its meat. Customers eat the steaks, Buffalo wings and roasted chicken while bands perform live music seven nights a week. Mon: Blues. Tue: Rock ´n´ roll. Wed-Sun: Top 40 country. 417 S. Winchester Rd., Apache Junction, 480-983-6115.
Aunt Chilada´s Restaurant: Sun: Mariachi. 7777 S. Pointe Pkwy. West, Pointe South Mountain Resort, 602-431-6470.
Avanti: Thu-Sat: Emil Flaim, entertainer, singer, pianist. 2728 E. Thomas, 602-956-0900.
Axis/Radius: A catwalk separates these two posh clubs, both favorites among the eclectic and in-the-know party crowd. Radius provides the final word in dance-floor fun, complete with disco ball and up-to-the-second Eurobeat and house music. Axis offers retro dance tunes with giant video accompaniment. Thu: Ladies´ night. 7340 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 480-970-1112.
AZ 88: A magnet for hip types on dinner dates or simply club hopping, AZ 88 is nestled in the northwest corner of Scottsdale Mall, the kind of place where the sound of martinis being shaken is swallowed up in ambient techno and smooth jazz. An artfully lighted patio is especially popular on warm nights. 7353 Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, 480-994-5576.
Bahama Breeze: Priding itself as a two-hour island vacation, this frozen-drink mecca may inspire you to dig out your Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops with its breezy ambiance -- heck, the waiters do. Reggae, calypso and Afro-Cuban rhythms thump from the stage every night, alongside coconut-breaded Island Onion Rings and the signature drink, the Bahamarita, a mango, kiwi and strawberry margarita mixed with Cuervo Gold. Seven nights a week: Various Caribbean musical artists. 1959 E. Camelback, 602-650-1800.
Baja Tilly´s Cantina: The weekend starts Thursdays at this spacious, energetic Latino-themed dance club. Thu: Karaoke. Fri: Live music. Sat: Ladies´ night, live music. 1123 W. Broadway, Tempe, 480-968-4437.
Ballpark Pub: A low-key sports bar with high-top tables, the Ballpark Pub caters to Minnesota Vikings fans stranded in the desert. Big-screen TVs adorn the bar, and the karaoke on Tuesday and Thursday nights attracts a diverse following. Mon: Football. Tue-Thu: Karaoke. 1855 E. Guadalupe, Tempe, 480-838-9585.
Bar Nun: Holy trinity! This Catholic-themed bar and grill, with murals of nuns playing saxophone and piano, is part sports bar, with an abundance of televisions; part family restaurant, as the menu features dishes cutely named the Father Burger and Sister Shroom; and part live music scene -- local roadhouse faves like Sistah Blue and cover bands like the Scones have performed in recent months. Sat: Ladies´ night 8-11 p.m. Sat-Sun: Southwest breakfast, 9 a.m. 4142 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix, 480-706-5564.