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Nasty Habits: A small, divey mixed gay bar with a definite dingy vibe going for it -- in a good way. Nasty Habits' interior is stark, with beams that look like old telephone poles running across the ceiling and a yellow-brown wall. Patrons can enjoy a jukebox, a pool table and even a quick game of shuffleboard.
Wed-Fri: Karaoke, 8 p.m.-midnight.
Sat: DJ, midnight-1 a.m. 3108 E. McDowell Rd., 602-267-8707.
NEXT: This darkly lighted lounge offers aggressive house music, a small dance area and a bar buzzing with the gym- and surgically enhanced, some no doubt judging their own assets against those of the exotic nudes that decorate the walls. Well-furnished dining areas tucked in side rooms provide serenity for the rest of us.
Tue: Hip-hop music.
Wed: House music.
Thu: Style night with fashion show.
Fri-Sat: DJ. 7111 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, 480-970-6398.
Nifty 50s Nightclub: Early in the evening, Nifty 50s starts with classic rock 'n' roll from the sock-hop era, and as the night progresses so does the DJ, who eventually plays from a contemporary set list. Video games, pool and karaoke are also part of this casual bar's appeal.
Thu: Ladies' night.
Fri-Sat: DJ plays dance music. 6767 N. 35th Ave., 602-973-2023.
Northern Lounge: The Northern Lounge is the Northern Lounge once again. Known previously as the gay-friendly Triangles on the inside (while keeping the old Northern marquee on the outside), new ownership has restored the Northern name.
Sat: Karaoke. 5008 W. Northern Ave., Glendale, 623-937-0940.
North Star Lounge & Restaurant: The atmosphere at the North Star depends on the hour. By day, it's a sports bar and off-track-betting spot, as patrons view any of 30 televisions. By night, it becomes a rollicking nightclub spot, with pool tournaments, trivia nights, karaoke and, on Saturdays, live music.
Wed: Pool tournaments.
Thu: Open mike.
Fri: Name That Tune.
Sat: DJ and ladies' night. 3329 E. Bell Rd., 602-971-1013.
Old Brickhouse Grill: Sitting across the street from Alice Cooper'stown, the Old Brickhouse Grill celebrated its grand opening in August, offering the immediate promise of bringing a viable live music club venue to downtown Phoenix, with hip-hop-oriented shows, poetry slams and regular band nights. Urbanites, artsy types and unpretentious bar-rock lovers all figure to flock to the Grill, which features a center bar and massive stage, as well as high ceilings and brick walls for a warehouse feel. 1 E. Jackson St., 602-258-7888.
O'Mallys Sports, Spirits & Grill: Resting rather anonymously in a west Phoenix strip mall, O'Mallys is as hip-hop as the Valley gets. An odd hybrid of pool-tabled sports bar, swank lounge complete with a roped-off VIP booth and dance club, the place attracts local rap and turntable hopefuls, who congregate to sip Hennessey and Cristal, strut mightily in their best threads and celebrate urban music.
Mon: Open spin night, featuring local DJs.
Tue: Open mike.
Thu: Latin House Party.
Fri-Sat: Ladies' night.
Sun: R&B night. 3544 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, 602-589-7180.
On the Rocks: 2515 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-947-5527.
The Other Place: A traditional steak house with Southwestern coloring, furnishings and ambiance, the Other Place attracts a boomer crowd that munches on mahi-mahi, prime rib and trout beside a beehive-shaped fireplace on a beautiful tree-covered patio. One-man band Phil Hendricks plays country, blues, jazz and light-rock faves for the patrons Fridays and Saturdays. 7101 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, 480-948-7910.
Owl's Nest: What came first, the Hooters or the Owl's Nest? Patrons can bask in the irony of the fact that the two establishments share the second floor of the building at Fifth Street and Mill in Tempe. And the lively Owl's Nest does indeed have the feeling of a roost, with few windows and a rustic, wooden dance floor.
Mon: Metal-Head Mondays.
Tue: Live music.
Thu: Ladies' night.
Fri and Sat: DJ.
Sun: Hospitality Night. 501 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-967-3060.
Paco Paco: Phoenix's premier gay Latin dance club has no pretensions. There's a giant Texaco gas pump inside the door, porcelain busts of rippled men on the walls, photographs of muscular male couples across from the pool table, and a decent dance space, complete with a cage for booty-shakin' boys who crave the high-energy dance music. The only things lacking are stalls on the rest-room doors and a kitchen. But when the buffet is on the dance floor, who needs a kitchen? 3045 N. 16th St., 602-263-8424.
Parkside Eatery & Lounge: 5739 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, 623-934-9552.
Pasta Brioni: This Scottsdale restaurant/club advertises Neighborhood Italian Dining, promising to treat you like a favorite cousin.
Tue: Industry Night. DJ Rob Wagner spins groovy house music. 4416 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale, 480-994-0028.
Pat Murphy's Pub and Grill: A drinking man's pool hall-cum-neighborhood blues bar, Pat Murphy's has no stage to speak of, leaving blues bands no option but to man a back wall. But you can't beat 6 a.m. hash browns and bourbon for that good morning, world, how are you? feeling.
Wed and Sun: Blues jam with the Rocket 88's.
Fri-Sat: Live blues band. 3215 E. Thomas Rd., 602-522-0669.
Philthy Phil's Night Club: 2939 N. 16th St., 602-279-4339.