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Los Olivos Mexican Patio: Part restaurant and part club, Los Olivos is the oldest Mexican food establishment in Scottsdale and features the most ornate stage in the Valley -- bands play in front of an angry Mayan god with glowing red eyes. Traditional mariachi bands play every Thursday and Sunday.
Fri-Sat: Atrapados, an eight-piece band, plays Latin music, $5 cover Fridays and $7 cover Saturdays. 7328 E. Second St., Scottsdale, 480-946-2256.
Los Vaqueros Western Steakhouse & Saloon: An old-fashioned country-western bar with brands on the ceilings, tequila at the bar, and beef on the grill. There is free pool from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Sun-Thu: Clint Williams and Running Wild, 9 p.m.
Mon-Wed: Country Karaoke, 9 p.m. 285 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, 480-982-3407.
Macayo's on Central: Trendy Latino clubsters and business folk sipping Coronas are drawn to Macayo's popular Friday happy hour at the restaurant with the tropical-Mexican decor. DJs keep the party going with a mix of Tejano, salsa, Top 40 and old-school jams.
Wed-Fri: DJ 4-10 p.m.
Sat: DJ 6-10 p.m. 4001 N. Central Ave., 602-264-6141.
Majerle's Sports Grill: Owned by former Suns guard Dan Majerle, Majerle's draws a healthy before-and-after crowd, serving downtown event dwellers and after-work patrons. Helmets from every NFL team, photos from Majerle's career and occasional patronage by athletes such as Houston Rockets star Steve Francis solidify its sports identity, though musical theme nights and a friendly staff also augment the atmosphere.
Thu and Sat: DJ nights, featuring DJs spinning different musical genres. 24 N. Second St., 602-253-0118.
Malone's Roadhouse: 15601 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, 602-482-3125.
Mardi Gras Bar & Grill: 8040 E. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale, 480-970-5707.
Marquee Theatre: 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.
Martini Ranch & Shaker Room: An outdoor courtyard separates the two parts of this clubbin' complex. On the spacious Martini Ranch side, themed cover bands serve up favorite hits. On the more cramped Shaker Room side -- it's a converted office space -- the clubgoers absorb a swank lounge environment as hip-hop DJs spin dance music.
Thu: The Chadwicks play Top 40 and alternative hits.
Fri: 9Ball plays rock music.
Sat: Rock Lobster kicks out '80s jams.
Sun: Metalhead cranks out heavy-metal faves. 7925 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, 480-970-0500.
Mason Jar: This former hair-farmer haven still provides a steady stream of punk, metal, goth and industrial acts. The Jar even books country acts on occasion, so look for an eclectic crowd of underage hard-core enthusiasts and middle-age partyers through the black-lighting and basement ambiance. 2303 E. Indian School Rd., 602-954-0455.
Mastro's Ocean Club: 15045 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-443-8555.
McDuffy's: McDuffy's is an off-campus Irish pub and sports bar for Tempe locals and ASU students with a punk-rock influence, if only because sister club the Bash on Ash sits right next door. The atmosphere can be described as busy -- long bar, tables interspersed, pool tables, televisions, roomy booths for you and a clown-car full of friends, occasional live music and a healthy, drunken vibe.
Mon-Fri: Reverse happy hour.
Thu: Island night. 230 W. Fifth St., Tempe, 480-966-5600.
Mickey's Hangover: The attraction to this Scottsdale bar lies in its 3 a.m. closing. None of this turning-into-pumpkins, 1 a.m. stuff. While it stops serving alcohol at the witching hour, it keeps late-night snack food coming 'til 3. The back patio allows for fresh air, conversation and cigarette smoking while the DJs spin inside. Wednesday's Funk and Soul is a big night, with Parliament coming from the DJ and blaxploitation films showing on the wall.
Thu: Ladies' night.
Sat: '80s for the ladies. 4312 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale, 480-425-0111.
Minder Binder's: A barn on the outside, your grandmother's cluttered attic on the inside, this college-minded bar and grill features rock and ska punk DJ music.
Wed: Live blues.
Thu: Live reggae.
Fri: Hip-hop night.
Sat: Ska punk night. 715 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, 480-966-1911.
Modified Arts: Mainstream-shunning hipsters flock to this tiny performance space located in downtown's up-and-coming Roosevelt gallery district. Modified hosts raw indie rock, emo and punk bands, as well as experimental film screenings, alternative theater and a variety of genre-defying performances. Smokers congregate on the front sidewalk between sets. 407 E. Roosevelt St., 602-462-5516.
My Florist Cafe: A lively little cafe, My Florist Cafe features a menu that reads like poetry in gourmet sandwiches and salads. Many dishes lean to the sweet side, and it's advisable to get often-syrupy dressing on the side. But ingredients are topnotch, and some dishes sparkle, like the cafe clubhouse sandwich, and pear salad. Lately, though, the music sparkles as much as the food, as the cafe now offers singer-songwriters and pianists sharing their tunes seven nights a week. 530 W. McDowell Rd., 602-254-0333.
Myst: Myst is all about finding your niche -- just check out the maze of VIP sections in the club. A few steps down from the main dance floor and red-lighted bar is a more private lounge area with red walls and erotic paintings. Around the corner is yet another lounge, decked out in white. And on the third floor is the exclusive VIP area, hidden from view by white curtains. There's also a pool room with black leather couches and a rock jukebox, as well as a huge patio with glowing red tables. 7340 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale, 480-970-5000.