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Chez Nous Cocktail Lounge: After your eyes adjust, you'll see that you've found lounge heaven: deep vinyl booths, an old-school bar and smoky dark. One of the most diverse clienteles in the Valley comes together over stiff drinks and a small, crowded dance floor for live funk, soul and R&B.
Mon: Apexx Band.
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun: Roscoe Taylor, Tim Forkes & Co.
Thu: Fire in the Sky Band. 675 W. Indian School Rd., 602-266-7372.
Club Bash: Touted as ASU's newest party place, Club Bash is located five blocks from the Tempe campus. Clubgoers can boogie down to hip-hop and Top 40 hits on the spacious dance floor, or be wallflowers and watch the platform dancers. And if you get tired of dancing or standing, check out the 30-foot tiki face in the lounge areas.
Thu: Island Thursday.
Fri: Ladies First, no cover for the ladies.
Sat: DJ 2%.
Sun: Salsa de Noche. 230 W. Fifth St., Tempe, 480-966-5600.
Club Blaze: 2740 W. North Lane, 602-943-4646.
The Clubhouse: Formerly Eugene's Rock Cafe and tucked next to the Horse & Hound, the Clubhouse has in short order become a favored room for local bands in Tempe and across the Valley, filling for fans a musical roadhouse niche left bare by the closing of the old Nita's Hideaway. The small club is unpretentious for sure, but tastefully so, with handsomely painted walls and decorative covers obscuring Eugene's old framed rock 'n' roll posters.
Thu-Sat: Live music. 1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, 480-968-3238.
Club Rio: This mammoth Top 40 and retro dance club hosts live music on occasion, but is better known as the college scene's favorite pickup bar. Former ASU and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Jake Plummer got in hot water for an infamous pass he made here.
Wed: College Hump Night.
Fri: Paradise on the Patio with alternative music.
Sat: Wild on Rio and Club Kiss After Hours.
Sun: Salsa with dancing lessons. 430 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe, 480-894-0533.
Club 245: Located within Jackson's on 3rd (see entry), Club 245 steals patrons from Jackson's main stage after the bands have called it a night. Offering a dance floor and bar in a separate room for the remainder of the evening, 245 escapes Jackson's sporty image revealing a dance club that rivals anything Scottsdale presents, in terms of showiness. 241 E. Jackson St., 602-254-5303.
Coyote Hill Bar & Grill: Just 2.5 miles west of Glendale Arena, Coyote Hill Bar & Grill may be the perfect post-game party place. With a huge backyard patio, two sand volleyball courts, and horseshoe pits, there's plenty to do besides drink at Coyote Hill (although the $1 drink specials provide plenty of incentive).
Fri: Bead Night. The girl with the most beads at midnight wins $100. DJ starting at 9 p.m.
Sat: DJ starting at 9 p.m. 12417 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, 623-536-7711.
Devil House: 829 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, 480-517-1188.
Devil's Martini: There was a time when a woman could actually get her hair done in Devil's ladies' room. Although a stylist's services are no longer on hand, the three bars, dance floors and unique courtyard keep patrons occupied with booze and the latest dance music, mixed with occasional classics.
Thu-Fri: Cocktail hour, 5-9 p.m., when the entire menu is half-off. 4175 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-947-7171.
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. 4209 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale, 480-423-3800.
Dos Gringos Trailer Park: 1001 E. Eighth St., Tempe, 480-968-7879.
The Downside Grille: 2347 E. Camelback Rd., 602-954-5620.
Downside Risk Restaurant and Bar: 14950 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-609-7025.
Downtown Club: Formerly Crowbar, the Downtown Club is now an upscale Latino hot spot. There are two bars, a big-screen TV, a VIP section with leather couches and a balcony overlooking the spacious dance floor, an impressive sound system, and lighting that would have made '60s psychedelic bands jealous. The DJs primarily spin Latin pop, and the dance floor often sees action until 4 a.m. 702 N. Central Ave., 602-258-8343.
Drinkwater's City Hall Restaurant: 6991 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, 480-941-4700.
Elixir: For the perfect balance of style, music and food that will lead to the future of Scottsdale nightlife, head to Elixir. This modern Euro-style lounge captures the quality, richness and ambiance of Asia. Elixir delivers the ultimate dining and entertainment experience with an atmosphere aesthetically pleasing to the eye, the ear and the palate. Indulge yourself in the eclectic menu that is tailored to suit the lounge setting. 7419 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 480-970-1945.
E-Lounge: (Formerly Element.) 4343 N. Seventh Ave., 602-279-0388.
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. Live music every night.