El Santo Has Closed in Scottsdale

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In a time of year when pool party season is in full swing, one formerly lively Scottsdale swim spot and party haven is apparently dead in the water: El Santo Cantina y Mas.

A recent visit to the upscale Mexican beach bar in North Scottsdale, which featured a huge swimming pool on its property, revealed some telling signs that it is closed for business.

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To wit: the pool has been drained of water, there is nary a drop of liquor stocked in the outdoor bar, and a key lockbox is hanging from the front door. Oh, and a "notice of business closure" from the Maricopa County Department of Environmental Quality is also taped to the window.

The notice, which is issued by the county agency when establishments that serve food are found to be vacant or no longer in operation, was dated May 16. It's also worth noting that El Santo's phone number is disconnected and its social media outlets have gone dormant.

In other words, it looks like El Santo is more like el muerto.

It's a far cry from when the cantina/patio bar/pool joint made a splash when it debuted in May 2012. Created by local restaurateur firm Old Town Group (Stingray Sushi, Geisha A Go Go) it was similar in concept to party-hearty pool bar Spanish Fly, which closed late last year and became Boondocks.

Over the course of two years, El Santo was a daytime pool party haven during the warmer months and year-round nightlife destination, thanks, in part, to local EDM promoter Relentless Beats bringing in superstar DJs like Paul Oakenfold, Wolfgang Gartner, and Cosmic Gate, often resulting in crowds teeming around the pool.

The big gigs and big crowds apparently became a thing of the past, however, as El Santo's ceased hosting huge events earlier this year, the last being an appearance by Oakenfold in late January.

It's unknown as of this writing what, if any, plans are in store for the property. At the very least, you can mark it off your list of pool party places to check out this summer.

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