Nine Places to Party in Scottsdale During (and After) the Waste Management Phoenix Open
The party action is about to tee off at the Phoenix Open.
This week's Waste Management Phoenix Open is unlike any other professional golf tournament in the world, to say the least. Whereas most other stops along the annual PGA Tour are button-down affairs filled with silent onlookers, polite applause, and stolid linksmen, the Phoenix Open is infamously more rowdy.
It's notorious in the golf world for its boisterous crowds and convivial atmosphere, where upwards of a half-million people gather inside party tents and skyboxes dotting the grounds of Tournament Players Club in Scottsdale or amassing alongside particular greens to cheer and boo competitors.
Kerry Phelps, owner of the Tilted Kilt in North Scottsdale (which has a party tent at the event each year) says most attendees at the event are more about making the party scene than watching golfers make par.
"Primarily the vast majority of people that go out there, they're out there to get drunk and party," he says. "It's funny I don't think I've ever seen more intoxicated people then I do at the Phoenix Open."
And if you're one of those party people, we've assembled a list of nine different places to grab a drink or get rowdy during the open, which runs through Sunday.
Narcisse in Scottsdale
This Scottsdale Quarter champagne and tea lounge is holding its "Open Cork Week" from Friday until Monday, February 6, in honor of the Phoenix Open. Anyone with a ticket stub will receive a complimentary glass of champagne and access to Narcisse's private entrance and VIP lounge. A daily happy hour runs from 4 to 8 p.m. with $3 appetizers, $3 champagne by glass, and $5 wine by the glass. After-parties start at 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with DJs and dancing. Cover charges vary.
8. The Compound Grill
This NoPho restaurant/bar/live music venue will be pour 10-cent pints of Coors Light during a foursome of Phoenix Open after-parties every evening from Thursday until Sunday night for those wielding ticket stubs. (Sadly, it's a one-per-person kinda deal.) Plenty of other brews are on tap at the bar and local rock and blues bands will perform throughout each evening. 9 p.m. Admission is $10 on Thursday and Friday nights, $7 on Saturday and Sunday.
7. American Junkie
Garish golfing outfits (read: loud slacks, argyle sweaters, and knit caps) are encouraged during American Junkie's Phoenix Open Bash after-party on Friday where those sporting the craziest getup have a shot at winning a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne. A happy hour takes place from 4 to 10 p.m. featuring half-priced cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, $5 Skyy drink will be available all evening, and DJ Earth will perform.
6. The Firehouse
Party busses will shuttle revelers from the TPC to the Firehouse's Phoenix Open celebration on Friday, which will also offer $3 beers, $4 well drinks and you-call-it specials, and two-for-one selections after 1 a.m. DJs Sam-E and Sonny will also be in the mix. Doors open at 4 p.m.
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