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PHiX: 1113 Grand Ave., 602-252-7449.
PI: The owners of Boston's (RIP) kept the old strip-mall bar pretty much the same way it's been for 25 years -- pool tables, shuffleboards, dartboards. But at night, the lights dim for live entertainment in a lounge atmosphere.
Thu: Blunt Club, featuring spoken word, poetry and open mike with DJ spinning acid jazz and trip-hop.
Fri-Sat: Live music. 5014 S. Price Rd., Tempe, 480-897-1466.
Rhythm Room: Local blues impresario and killer harmonica player Bob Corritore's passion for roots music attracts legends such as John Hammond and other touring acts to his intimate, energetic Rhythm Room that would otherwise skip town. That passion also attracts the Valley's most diverse audience -- old, young, black, white. Doors open at 8. 1019 E. Indian School Rd., 602-265-4842.
Rio Salado Brewing Co. Salt River Saloon: Thank the Rio Salado Brewery for this cramped but vibrant Mill Avenue drinking hole. With its red-brick-lined interior and classic wooden tables, the place has a classic microbrewery feel, and lovers of Rio Salado's beers can definitely mark this one down as a pub crawl destination.
Mon-Sun: Live music. 605 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-6775.
The Rockin' Horse: 7043 E. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale, 480-874-1112.
Rodeo Nights: Grab your boots and hat and take a swing on this enormous dance floor. Or walk a few feet to one of the seven full-service bars. Or try the pool tables, or slip away for a quieter rendezvous under the flashing lights of a saddle covered in mirror-ball tiles.
Thu: Male revue.
Sat: Male revue plus country dancing lessons. 4029 N. 33rd Ave., 602-279-3800.
Mon: Fifty Cent PBR.
Fri: Live music.
Sat: Punk rock DJ. 423 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-947-3580.
Roman's Oasis: Out here, in the far reaches of the West Valley, legions of laid-back folks in cowboy boots scoot to live country-western music on Friday and Saturday nights. Other high points: good grub, a sociable staff, karaoke five nights a week and -- raise my rent! -- never a cover charge. 16825 W. Yuma Rd., Goodyear, 623-932-0922.
Roosters Country: 3731 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-641-2125.
Rula Bula: An authentic Irish pub designed, dismantled, transported to Tempe and then reassembled! Acoustic performers and small groups keep the rousing Irish music flowing while the bar serves an array of pints and lagers.
Tue: Walt Richardson.
Thu-Sat: Live music. 401 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-929-9500.
Rustler's Rooste: A real live bovine inhabits a large pen next to the entrance, a variety of beers flow from the tap, and a nice view of the East Valley are some of the amenities at this popular tourist destination with a ranchlike feel.
Tue-Sat: Peso Dollar Band. 7777 S. Pointe Pkwy. West, 602-431-6474.
The Rusty Spur Saloon: A genuine historic landmark in Old Town Scottsdale, this watering hole slaked cowboys' thirsts long before Southwestern art galleries with crying Indians surrounded it. Now, it's a fine place for hearing historic Willie Nelson covers. Live entertainment every day and every night.
Thu-Sat: Psychobilly Rodeo. 7245 E. Main St., Scottsdale, 480-425-7787.
The Saddlerack: 2020 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, 480-722-9722.
Sail Inn: Located a few blocks away from the throngs of Mill Avenue, Sail Inn caters to a crunchy, bohemian crowd with live music -- from classic rock and funky bluegrass to reggae and blues -- every night of the week, and asks only modest cover prices. Between sets, pool tables and sports TVs keep guests entertained. 26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, 480-921-1775.
Salty Señorita: Designed by Judith Testani (Elements, Furio, Oceana, Tarbell's), the Salty Señorita boasts a friendly, innovative design reminiscent of the works of Antonio Gaudí, the famous Spanish architect of the early 1900s. The bar is stocked with more than 100 different brands of tequila, and the signature Señorita Slushes and Papa Grandes drinks will quench your thirst. For an extra $2, you can keep the custom shaker.
Thu-Fri: Live music on the patio. 3636 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-946-SALTY (7258).
San Felipe's Cantina: 20825 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, 480-563-9495.
Scorch Bar: Mix lava lamps, neon booths and drinks with names like the Inferno served in an underground bar and, well . . . it's getting hot in here. The lounging and conversing last until 9 p.m.; then it's dancing time.
Thu: Ladies' night.
Fri: Male revue. 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., 480-513-7211.
Shadey O's: 10893 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-948-1980.
Shepherd's: 3114 E. Cactus Rd., 602-482-0751.
Sky Lounge: Part of Sports City Grill, the popular two-level eatery hosts various themed nights beginning with Progress Thursdays with DJs spinning drum and bass; and Friday Latin nights, which feature Afro-Cuban band Cascabel downstairs and salsa dancing upstairs until 3 a.m.
Sat: Rainbow Room Night. 132 E. Washington St., 602-229-1110.
Sneaky Pete's: 2547 E. Indian School Rd., 602-955-0881.
Sonoran Coffee Company: 1100 N. Alma School Rd., #1, Chandler, 480-899-5801.
Static: A walk-up around the corner from Scottsdale Civic Center, Static is at once trendy and edgy. It combines the atmosphere of a traditional lounge with the tattooed, leather and vinyl-leaning style of urban dwellers and extreme-sports enthusiasts. The televisions, in fact, play videos featuring snowboarding and other events nightly. The bar, located to the right of the stage, occasionally attracts impromptu pole dancing. As a burgeoning live music venue, it veers toward hip-hop rock, metal and punk -- in other words, all things loud guitar.