Best Latin Club Phoenix 2011 - Sky Lounge
Readers' Choice: Sky Lounge
During the day, Sky Lounge remains dark, vacant, and locked up tighter than the prescription pills at LiLo's house. After nightfall on Wednesdays through Sundays, however, both floors of the two-level downtown Phoenix discoteca come alive with colored lights, glowing video screens, hundreds of patrons, and a cacophonous cornucopia of Latin music. A steady stream of merengue hits, bachata beats, and reggaeton vibes pump out of a 20,000-watt Dynacord sound system, Occasionally, they're punctuated by the amplified voice of Sky Lounge's emcee making shout-outs to the crowd, announcing drink specials, and giving birthday wishes to those in the house. The interior typically is home to a rollicking sea of dancers both upstairs and downstairs, including plenty of cabrones and chicas. Gentlemen typically sport sharp shiny shirts and ghetto-fab garb, while ladies tend toward tight dresses, low-cut blouses, and skintight jeans. But even if you don't get to bailar with a bonita babe by night's end, chances are you'll eventually run into her mingling about amid the mass of humanity hanging out on the sidewalk after closing time.