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Tue and Sun: Industry night.
Wed-Sat: Live music. 7373 Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, 480-990-0029.
Steel Horse Saloon: One of the most popular biker hangouts in the Valley, annual events include Bike-toberfest and the anniversary of AZ Rider Motorcycle News.
Mon: Jam night and in-house darts.
Tue: Open-mike night.
Wed: Rock 'n' roll with Jack Daniel's specials.
Thu: Karaoke and Ladies Night.
Fri-Sun: Live music. 1768 W. Bell Rd., 602-942-8778.
Sugar Daddy's: Here, Old Town Scottsdale meets Bourbon Street and turns blues at the corner with local and national R&B acts. And there's a roomy outdoor patio where you can enjoy Sunday brunch with your live entertainment. Live music 7 days a week.
Sat: Live reggae. 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-970-6556.
Sushi N' Rock: Yes, sushi and rock. A two-sided sushi bar, decorated with chopsticks and red napkins and Japanese dinnerware, is surrounded by rock 'n' roll memorabilia -- autographed portraits of Billy Idol and Mick Jagger, guitars donated by gods like Clapton, wooden statues of Jake and Elwood Blues.
Thu-Sun: Karaoke. 15111 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, 480-991-ROCK (7625).
The Swamp: 10201 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-922-0019.
Territorial Bar and Grill: 37645 N. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, 480-575-7071.
TJ's Bar & Grill: TJ's is a small, intimate neighborhood country-rock bar with pool tables and other standard barroom fare. Live music Saturday nights features Billy Wyatt and the Night Wind band, and there's also an open jam session on Sunday afternoons.
Tue, Wed and Fri: Karaoke.
Sat-Sun: Live country music. 1734 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-833-1950.
Tom Ryan's: It's quite possibly the Valley's only venue to feature hay bales, a disco ball and a shuffleboard table in the same room. Blending a whole lot of country and a little bit of rock 'n' roll, live bands draw crowds Fridays and Saturdays. And even when the musicians take a break, these folks are here to dance.
Wed: Bike night or live music. 70 W. Warner Rd., Chandler, 480-792-1699.
Tom's Player's Club: 10232 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, 602-944-0708.
T.T. Roadhouse: 2915 N. 68th St., Scottsdale, 480-947-8723.
Undici Undici Fine Art Coffee House: The owners of the relaxed, artsy Undici, nestled in west Mesa, indulge in all of their laid-back cultural interests at once. They run a coffee bar that offers such goodies as biscotti and Italian soda; host local jazz, blues and folk artists on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and run an art shop that sells homemade jewelry and other knickknacks.
Mon and Wed: Open mike.
Fri-Sat: Live music. 1111 S. Longmore Rd., Mesa, 480-962-4224.
Upper Deck Sports Grill: 4224 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale, 480-941-9333.
Victorian English Cafe: This quaint clapboard house offers homemade cucumber, egg and watercress sandwiches, coffee, tea and tranquility, which is about as much as you can expect on a noisy street in Gilbert. 309 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, 480-633-6128.
Victory Sports Grill: This biker-friendly place offers more than 21 big-screen TVs and free pool every day during lunch hour. The Victory Sports Grill also offers a variety of live entertainment, including salsa dancing.
Fri: Live music.
Sat: DJ. 7103 E. McDowell Rd., in Papago Plaza, Scottsdale, 480-945-3890.
The Vine Tavern & Eatery: By day, the Vine lives up to expectations with plenty of TVs and a tasty menu of pizzas, burgers and wings. But later at night, this unassuming strip-mall bar attracts a younger crowd with live rock and pop punk on Saturdays, and karaoke on Thursdays.
Wed: Stop the Clock Trivia.
Sun: Breakfast buffet. 2808 E. Indian School Rd., 602-957-9806.
Warsaw's: 15220 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, 602-992-7476.
Wet Willy's Baja Cantina: 16041 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr., Peoria, 623-486-9500.
Willow House: The 100-year-old Willow House -- ancient as far as buildings here go -- offers a glimpse of historic Phoenix and provides a meeting place for coffee drinkers, poets and craftspeople to show and discuss their work. The multi-roomed venue is an urban museum for local artists. 149 W. McDowell Rd., 602-252-0272.
Wine Concepts: 4001 E. Bell Rd., 602-923-9463.
Winks: Three words sum up Winks: drag, drag and drag. Four nights a week, the bar is home to some of the best female impersonation acts in the Valley, including (his promo, not ours) America's favorite blonde, Barbra Seville, Pussy LeHoot, and Devina. The bar is decorated with class: Zebra-print carpet lines the floors, a chandelier hangs from the ceiling, silver and black curtains frame the stage, and lovely flower arrangements adorn the front window. Also notable is that Winks is home to the Gay World Series softball team.
Tue-Sun: Drag shows.
Sun: Brunch. 5707 N. Seventh St., 602-265-9002.
Yucca Tap Room: Tucked away in a grungy Tempe strip mall, this casual bar evokes a small-town atmosphere with its crowd of working-class regulars. College kids come by for alternative rock, karaoke and open-mike nights, while a more diverse bunch shows up for live bluegrass and country.
Mon: Open mike.
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun: Live Music.
Thu: Karaoke. 29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4777.
Ziggy's Sports Grill: 414 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-557-8093.
Zoom Room: 502 S. College Ave., Tempe, 480-921-9666.
The Bar at the Citadel: Chef Michael DeMaria puts as much class into his bar as his award-winning restaurant. We're talking cushy sofas, overstuffed armchairs, a discreet but well-stocked bar and inspiring views of Scottsdale's spectacular sunsets. These are way-above-average bar bites, exquisite eats like potato-and-prosciutto-wrapped scallops and crab-stuffed cannelloni. Tossing back some Krug Grande Cuvee Brut champagne, serenaded by live music, how could we be anything but thrilled?