10 Best Punk Bars in Phoenix
Angry Samoans at Hollywood Alley
Phoenix has a long tradition of punk bars that serve up cheap beer and fast, aggressive (sometimes sloppy) punk rock. Some great venues have closed over the past few years, and while we dearly miss Jugheads and Rogue West, punk bars continue to thrive in the Valley of the Sun. Most are situated in unassuming suburban strip malls, but these locations continue to host some of the best local and national acts the genre has to offer.
The Glass Heroes at George and Dragon's annual Joe Strummer memorial and benefit
The origins of punk are up for debate, but unless you're a Ramones enthusiast (or you've seen SLC Punk a few too many times), the UK is the "official" the birthplace of punk. The Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Damned are among the forefathers of the genre, sardonically pleading "God Save the Queen." Punk is as much an English tradition as bangers and mash and good beer, so George and Dragon is a natural haven for the genre. Every year, Keith Jackson of Glass Heroes hosts a Joe Strummer memorial and benefit show chock-full of local bands performing The Clash and Mescaleros covers. 4240 N. Central Ave., 602-241-0018.
9. Tempe Tavern
First built as a dairy barn at the start of the 20th century, this Tempe college bar has a little bit of everything. The music selections are diverse, with reggae, rock, hip-hop, folk, and punk bands all sharing the same stage depending on the night. This cozy bar welcomes local punk bands like Via Vengeance, Plainfield Butchers, Inept Hero, Skull Drug, and more with open arms and is a great place to scope out up and coming local bands. 1810 E. Apache, Tempe, 480-794-1706.
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