Sky Lounge: 132 E. Washington St., 602-229-1110,

Bar Smith: 130 E. Washington St., 602-229-1265,

Ghost Lounge: 202 N. Central Ave., 602-396-7422,

Sanctum: 4343 N. 7th Ave., 602-264-1700


Downtowners are pretty darn fickle when it comes to their music tastes, especially those ever-picky hipster kids. Fortunately, there's a diverse array of venues around downtown, each offering its own music mix. Topping the list is Crescent Ballroom, which has earned a rarEfied aura after only six months in operation. Its concert hall (boasting stadium seating and a killer sound system) is a swank place to watch epic rock and indie bands, and its lounge is an even swankier spot where folks can quaff and converse while partaking in free performances by DJs and musicians nightly. Gratis gigs by local artists aren't the exclusive domain of the Crescent, however, as The Lost Leaf has booked unique local acts (ranging from improv jazzbos to crate-digging selectors) seven nights a week over the past four years. The drinkery's eclectic lineup doesn't hold a candle to the curious collection of eccentric folksters or weirdo rockers featured at Trunk Space, many of whom are music newbies playing their first-ever shows. But if saltier dogs and craftier veterans are more your bag, hit up the Rhythm Room where blues, roots-rock, and Americana acts are king. — Benjamin Leatherman

Crescent Ballroom: 308 N. 2nd Ave., 602-716-2222,

The Lost Leaf: 914 N. 5th St., 602-258-0014,

Trunk Space: 1506 Grand Ave., 602-256-6006,

Rhythm Room: 1019 E. Indian School Rd., 602-265-4842,


Dancing and drinking aren't the only diversions to be had after dark in downtown, as other amusements and attractions are easy to enjoy. If it's a First Friday, artists naturally will be out in abundance, mixing with freaks, geeks, performers, and the general public during the monthly art walk along Grand Avenue and Roosevelt Row. If you'd dig a dose of high culture during any other night of the month, however, the cineastes at Film Bar serve up art-house flicks and brain-bending documentaries nightly, pairing them with artisanal beers and vino. Plus, its funky lounge hosts world music and international beats on weekends. Those wanting a lighter form of entertainment can pay a visit to Stand-Up Live comedy club at CityScape. Since opening last year, it's given other Valley the joke joints a run for their funny money by hosting such big-name comics as Norm McDonald, Dave Attell, and Jay Mohr in a posh atmosphere. And while cut-ups are tossing out zingers, the young and sexy crowd are throwing spares and 7-10 splits a few doors down at the combination upscale bowling alley/nightclub Lucky Strike Lanes. Not ready to call it a night just yet? Check the Twitter or Facebook of artist and infamous party monster Quincy Ross, who might just be throwing one of his legendary after-hours soirees at a local gallery or hotel. — Benjamin Leatherman

Film Bar: 815 N. 2nd St., 602-595-9187,

Lucky Strike: 50 W. Jefferson St., 602-732-5490,

Stand Up Live: 50 W. Jefferson St., 480-719-6100,

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