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10 Best Punk Bars in Phoenix

Angry Samoans at Hollywood Alley
Angry Samoans at Hollywood Alley
Melissa Fossum

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.

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The Glass Heroes at George and Dragon's annual Joe Strummer memorial and benefit
The Glass Heroes at George and Dragon's annual Joe Strummer memorial and benefit
Benjamin Leatherman

10. George and Dragon

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.

Tempe Tavern
Tempe Tavern
Melissa Fossum

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.

 

Rips Ales and Cocktails
Rips Ales and Cocktails
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8. Rips Ales and Cocktails

Nuzzled in Central Phoenix, this mixed-use retro dive bar is perhaps known for monthly dance parties like Obscura and Shadowplay. In other words, if you have an aversion to '80s music and indie rock, check Saturday events ahead of time. The bar features a recently renovated stage and an anything-goes attitude, making it a haven for bands that encourage crowd participation. 3045 N. 16th St.,, 602-266-0015.

Ice House Tavern
Ice House Tavern
Melissa Fossum

7. Ice House Tavern

Boasting a distinct East Coast vibe, this working class bar is a haven for flannel-clad patrons craving a frosty pint after a long day's work. Overlooking the Arcadia Ice Arena, watching people feebly attempt to ice skate from the comfort of a steady chair is entertaining enough in its own right. This friendly neighborhood bar regularly hosts local punk bands like Father Figures, French Girls, JJCnV, and more, and the jukebox is exclusively filled with albums from local bands. 3855 E. Thomas Road, 602-244-1179.

 

This is only a taste of what happens to Yucca Tap Room when BroLoaf takes the stage.
This is only a taste of what happens to Yucca Tap Room when BroLoaf takes the stage.
Broloaf

6. Yucca Tap Room

The wooden walls and dim lighting of this Tempe dive bar feel like a Midwestern basement. Tucked away in a shopping center, this bar could be overlooked by casual observers but that doesn't mean the bar lacks an illustrious history. The Yucca has been home to a bevy of punk bands that have been active in the music industry for decades, including No Use for a Name, Pulley, Toys That Kill, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and BroLoaf's regular shenanigans, making it a staple in the local music scene. Better yet, the venue rarely charges a cover and the drinks are cheap. 29 W. Southern Ave. Tempe, 480-967-4777.

Ladies enjoying a drink at TT Roadhouse.
Ladies enjoying a drink at TT Roadhouse.
Melissa Fossum

5. TT Roadhouse

This punk/biker-friendly bar is home to one of the best jukeboxes in the Valley. Selections from punk favorites like Dead Kennedys, The Clash, Dead Boys, X, Descendents, The Misfits and more are likely to be heard within an hour or so of sitting in this cozy neighborhood bar. TT's is one of the few places in town where patrons will gladly discuss the merits of GG Allin's "Bite It You Scum." 2915 N. 68th St. Scottsdale, 480-947-8723.

 

Pub rock
Pub rock
Benjamin Leatherman

4. Pub Rock

Formerly known as Chasers, this Scottsdale bar has hosted live music for over 20 years. Before the name change and facelift, Chasers was hosted acts like The Lawrence Arms, Cobra Skulls, and Steve Ignorant of Crass. As Pub Rock, this Scottdale bar continues to host a good share of the touring punk bands that come to Phoenix, including Polar Bear Club, Nerf Herder, and Jello Biafra, formerly of Dead Kennedys. The bar also doubles as a broadcasting studio, where KUKQ is headquartered for SkaPunk Thursdays for a weekly live broadcast and a series of live shows. 8005 E. Roosevelt St. Scottsdale, 480-945-4985.

Costello and Townshend have been known to frequent Rogue Bar ('s walls).
Costello and Townshend have been known to frequent Rogue Bar ('s walls).
Melissa Fossum

3. Rogue Bar

Scottsdale is essentially the antithesis of punk, yet it hosts one of the Valley's best punk bars. Upon walking into this dark and dingy dive, it's clear that it's a punk-friendly establishment. Pabst Blue Ribbon paraphernalia is everywhere and a large mural featuring the likes of Lou Reed, Sid Vicious, Debbie Harry, and cats perched on pillars is pretty welcoming. The bar may be small, but it is just the right size to host a circle pit. 423 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-947-3580.

 

The Venomous Pinks' crowd at Palo Verde Lounge.
The Venomous Pinks' crowd at Palo Verde Lounge.
Benjamin Leatherman

2. Palo Verde Lounge

This Tempe bar, nicknamed the "Dirty Verde," is everything a punk bar should be. It is small and dirty, and if the right band is performing, it's a center of chaos. Fans continually pack in to this legendary venue, which lacks a stage, yet has hosted hundreds of local and touring punk bands in the corner by the jukebox. 1015 W. Broadway Road, Tempe, 480-968-9221.

Angry Samoans playing to a wild crowd at Hollywood Alley.
Angry Samoans playing to a wild crowd at Hollywood Alley.
Melissa Fossum

1. Hollywood Alley

Decked out in vintage movie posters, this Mesa bar has been a haven to East Valley punk for nearly 25 years. The grimy atmosphere boasts an unpretentious vibe thanks to the regulars who gladly reminisce about the bar's glory days, when it was the stop of choice for touring garage-punk acts. Hollywood Alley continues its punk rock traditions by being a home away from home for local bands, as well as hosting acts like Naked Aggression, Rocket From the Crypt, and Angry Samoans. 2610 W. Baseline Road, Mesa, 480-820-7117.

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-Our 10 Favorite Metro Phoenix Music Venues -Top 10 Hard Rock Venues in Phoenix -10 Best Country Bars in Metro Phoenix -Five Favorite Live Hip-Hop Venues in Metro Phoenix


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George & Dragon Pub

4240 N. Central Ave.
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3045 N. 16th St.
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3855 E. Thomas Road
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602-244-1179

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Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave.
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480-967-4777

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TT Roadhouse Pub
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Pub Rock

8005 E. Roosevelt St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

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Rogue Bar

423 N. Scottsdale Road
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480-947-3580

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Palo Verde Lounge

1015 W. Broadway Road
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Hollywood Alley - Closed

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480-820-7117

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