Mick at Nite

In terms of sheer endurance, going clubbing in Scottsdale can be the social equivalent of an Ironman Triathlon. The pressure to see and be seen and to do so at your most beautiful can be exhausting, while the cost of a drink can leave you feeling as though you've been the victim of an A-list mugging by evening's end. In such a superficial clubbing climate, one is happy for small favors, and in downtown Scottsdale that means a little quality time at Mickey's Hangover.

Since it opened its doors four years ago, Mickey's has provided the antidote to Scottsdale after dark. The club's vintage living room feel extends to both the inside and the patio, and promotions ranging from movie nights to live music and even fashion shows lend a funky vibe on any given night of the week. Best of all are the cheap drinks and laid-back feel. No one here is trying to impress, and that alone is worth the price of admission.

Raise a glass for downtown Scottsdale's coolest hang at Mickey's Hangover's Fourth Anniversary Celebration. On such occasions, the bar trades in "laid-back" for something more akin to a blowout, and this year's bash spills out into the parking lot for a celebration set to accommodate you and some 1,500 of your like-minded brethren. Four outdoor bars, countless beer tubs, a battle of the bands featuring some of the Valley's finest local groups duking it out for a grand-prize package, and drink specials featuring $2 PBRs and $5 Skyy drinks, promise a night to remember, if you can. And if it all becomes too much for you, the good news is that at Mickey's there's no shortage of comfortable couches on which to kick it before your own hangover announces itself.

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Craig Wallach