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Icehouse: The Icehouse operates in a veil of mystery -- it never offers the same atmosphere twice. The silver, metallic walls and outdoor areas of this actual former icehouse complement everything from raves to art installations. The food and drink depends on the event, and most events are all-ages. 429 W. Jackson St., 602-257-8929.
Jackson's on 3rd: Surrounded by downtown Phoenix's sport complexes, Jackson's 50-plus televisions and outdoor dining will satisfy even the most particular sports fan. With 28 beers on tap and above-average bar fare such as pasta and deli-fresh sandwiches, Jackson's is also home to live blues and rock. (See also Club 245.) 245 E. Jackson St., 602-254-5303.
Jack's Place: 613 E. Western Ave., Avondale, 623-932-0190.
Jazz in the Hills Coffee House: This intimate, smoke-free spot -- in the Appian Way Restaurant's banquet room -- features local and regional musicians playing Latin, classic and modern jazz every Friday from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Concerts are free, but gratuities are collected for the performers. 17149 E. Amhurst Dr., Fountain Hills, 480-837-9771.
Jet Lag Lounge: Secluded and dimly lighted, this bar and restaurant at the end of a Safeway shopping center on Hayden Road is a godsend for acoustic jazz fans. There's no cover charge, either.
Tue: New Orleans Jazz and Swing Music with Joe Hopkins Quartet, 7-11 p.m.
Wed-Sun: Doc Chaney and Friends Jazz Band (Wed-Sat, 7-11 p.m., Sun 5-9 p.m.). 7908 E. Chaparral Rd., Ste. 102, Scottsdale, 480-941-9144.
Joe's Grotto: Here's a neighborhood bar in the good sense of the word, located in the PV Oasis strip mall. Drinks, darts and open mikes -- what more community do you need?
Sun: South Park Party.
Mon: Acoustic open mike with David Grossman.
Tue and Thu: Dart tourney.
Wed: Open mike and pool tourney.
Fri-Sat: Live bands, $5 cover. 13825 N. 32nd St., 602-992-1007.
John Henry's: Locals and businessmen in need of a classy meeting place frequent this freestanding Tempe restaurant and lounge, decorated with cast iron, tasteful paintings and wine racks. Live entertainment five nights a week while folks dine on cuisine like rack of lamb and veal Marsala. Fedoras are optional.
Tue-Sat: Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. 909 E. Elliot Rd., Tempe, 480-730-9009.
Johnny Gee's Sports Bar & Grill:
Sun and Wed: Karaoke.
Sat: Live music. 7200 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, 480-961-3080.
Jugheads: A small punk/heavy rock club with a tiny stage, Jugheads offers an angry jukebox (Korn, Sex Pistols), black light and plenty of attitude. Live music is on tap most nights -- mostly locals with some regional touring acts mixed in for good measure. 5110 E. McDowell Rd., 602-225-0307.
Lagerfields: The place is the closest neighborhood sports bar and grill to Paradise Valley Mall, but don't hold that against it. With Tuesday night pool tournaments, a Black Lagoon pinball machine, live rock and 18 different beers on tap -- now that's a nice field of lager -- Lagerfields holds its own.
Sun: Industry night, 20 cent wings.
Mon: Live Top 40 bands.
Tue: Karaoke and pool night.
Wed: Live comedy/DJ.
Thu: Ladies' night.
Sat: Live Top 40 bands or DJ. 12601 N. Paradise Village Pkwy. West, 602-765-0059.
Last Exit Bar & Grill: From the looks of it, the folks at Last Exit love classic rock. Along with posters of Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, and the Doors, a painted Jim Morrison looms on the wall behind the stage, crooning in front of a huge American flag. And local bands that frequently perform on the weekends -- Ghetto Cowgirl, Gloritone, and Exit 3 -- further show the club's appreciation of traditional rock. The rest of the week, patrons can pick music from a jukebox loaded with everything from Jimmy Buffett to Ice Cube. 1425 W. Southern Ave., Mesa, 480-557-5565.
Lobby Bar, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch: An exotic and romantic date spot thanks to its lakes, waterfalls and gondola rides, the Hyatt's further buoyed by the resort's rotating live music roster. Every night in the lounge you can find one of three acts -- Paul McDermand (steel drums and marimba), Mosaico (a flamenco group with dancers) and Nuance (a contemporary classical group). 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, 480-991-3388.
The Loft: Laid-back and roomy, the Loft provides a cool wind-down retreat for those hot nights on Mill. The main floor houses the bar and a spacious room, painted blue and red, with dozens of matching couches and chairs. Japanese paper lanterns hang from the rafters, and upstairs, there's a big loft overlooking the main room. The seating options may be wide open, but other limitations apply: The Loft only has beer on tap, and the music of choice is hip-hop. 420 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4848.
Longbranch: 10600 W. Buckeye Rd., Tolleson, 623-936-1320.
The Longshot Bar & Grill: Televisions in the rest rooms? Yes, Longshot doubly ensures its neighborhood patrons don't miss a second of any action when Mother Nature pulls them away from any of 14 televisions surrounding its two bars. The traditional bar and grill also stacks itself with a host of diversions, including three pool tables, a pinball machine and live bands on the weekends.
Fri-Sat: Live music, featuring classic rock cover bands. 7346 E. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale, 480-947-3304.