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Mon: Love Lounge.
Tue: Soul Tracks. 1514 N. Seventh Ave., 602-256-9705.
Famous Sam's: Sam's has all the sports-bar standbys -- darts, video games, more than two dozen TVs -- but sets itself apart from the pack with an unabashed devotion to classic rock.
Wed: Thor and the Swinging Johnsons.
Thu: Chuck E. Baby.
Fri-Sat: House band Sweaty. 940 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler, 480-812-1177.
Fandango: An enormous two-tiered patio lets patrons drink in the desert scenery -- and linger over above-par bar food -- while hard-charging bands rock the joint on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. On Sunday afternoons, the black-leather set rolls in for Bike Day. 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, 480-595-5633.
Fat Cats: This unassuming little joint for unassuming neighborhood folks located near the warehouse district of Grand Avenue hosts karaoke and local rock and blues bands.
7 Nights a Week: Drunk Idiot's Club.
Thu, Fri and Sun: Karaoke.
Sat: Various rock and blues bands. 915 Grand Ave., 602-252-0988.
Fat Tuesday: This New Orleans-themed restaurant located in the heart of Mill Avenue fills with college students on Friday and Saturday nights. The bar is renowned for its wall of daiquiris -- from Piña Colada to Sex on the Beach, the mixed drinks are distributed from silver, slushie-like machines that line the back of the bar.
Tue, Thu-Sat: DJ Adrenaline. 680 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-967-3917.
Fibber Magee's: A traditional Irish pub, Fibber Magee's authenticity extends beyond the Guinness on tap and the Jameson's behind the bar. The place is loaded with Irish artifacts, from the cigarette signs to the trinkets, and it prides itself on pumping its festive clientele with craic, an Irish term for the vibe of celebration. Irish folk music from Blackwood and other bands and twice-monthly Irish gourmet feast nights help that cause as well.
Thu-Sun: Live music. 1989 W. Elliot Rd., Chandler, 480-722-9434.
Flicka's Baja Cantina: Walk in to Flicka's and think really happy thoughts. You just might fool yourself into thinking you're really in a beachside cantina in Cabo San Lucas instead of a roadside cantina in north Scottsdale. The lively wooden outdoor patio caters to laid-back lovers of Mexican beer, and chips and salsa. Inside, there is a bit more of a Scottsdale flair -- barstools covered in velvet leopard print, bar stocked with everything from apple-tinis to margaritas.
Thu-Sat: Live music. 2003 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-945-3618.
Frank & Lupe's Old Mexico: 4121 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, 480-990-9844.
Frasher's Steakhouse & Lounge: 2212 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-429-9544.
Fuel Motorsport Café: 2827 E. Bell Rd., 602-788-0500.
German Corner: As the name suggests, this is the place for all things German, from brats to brewskis. A stage and dance floor in the center of the restaurant allows for polka dancing.
Tue-Fri: Happy hour, 3-7 p.m. with beer and food specials. Reverse happy hour, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Fri-Sat: Live German music. 4900 E. Indian School Rd., 602-840-7838.
Graham Central Station: This megaclub houses Alley Cats Karaoke, retro-bar Confetti's and Top 40 discotheque South Beach. But it's known for its country-western staple Rockin' Rodeo featuring an immense dance floor for two-steppers, a mechanical bull for daring urbanites, a stage for up-and-coming national acts, and gregarious, denim-bedecked barkeeps.
Wed: Ladies' night.
Thu: Honky Tonkin', Long Neckin' Thursdays.
Fri: Fabulous Happy Hour, 5-8 p.m.
Sat: Party night. 7850 S. Priest Dr., Tempe, 480-496-0799.
Greasewood Flat: A former bunkhouse built in the late 19th century, Greasewood Flat is rustic and genuinely Western -- barnyard animals even roam the premises.
Wed-Sun: Live music. 27500 N. Alma School Pkwy., Scottsdale, 480-585-9430.
Handlebar-J: This saloon-style restaurant in Scottsdale is known for its Sunday chicken and dumplings dinner. Keep an eye out for the bar ceiling lined with cowboy hats. And check out the twangy Herndon Bros., fronted by renowned country guitarist and songwriter Ray Herndon (Lyle Lovett, Kenny Chesney).
Mon-Tue: John Allen Band.
Wed, Thu, Sun: Dance lessons, 7 p.m.
Thu-Sun: Live music with the Herndon Bros. 7116 E. Becker Lane, Scottsdale, 480-948-0110.
Hard Rock Cafe: The memorabilia at Hard Rock's Phoenix franchise ranges from the hip (Roy Orbison motorcycle, Chet Atkins autographed guitar) to the outdated (Spin Doctors? Ugly Kid Joe?).
Thu: Latino ladies' night. DJs play hip-hop, merengue and old-school.
Sat: Battle of the bands night. 3 S. Second St., 602-261-7625.
Harley's 155: The vibe at this central Phoenix gay dance club depends on which of two house DJs controls the console. Some nights, the selection is decidedly '80s (old-school Madonna, etc.). Other nights, newer fare like DJ Sammy blasts. No matter -- an eclectic, multiracial blend of dancers keeps the huge, Technicolor-lighted floor buzzing.
Sun: DJ at 9 p.m. 155 W. Camelback Rd., 602-274-8505.
Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino: 15406 N. Maricopa Rd., Maricopa, 1-520-568-4154.
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-Sat: Live music. 2610 W. Baseline Rd., Mesa, 480-820-7117.