Nightlife

Retro Hi-Fi at SideBar

Looking for something to do this week? "Night Owl" is a quick guide to special nights at bars and clubs around town. We'll give you a few hints re: cover, dress code, music and atmosphere. Sunday night marks "Retro Hi-Fi" at SideBar in Phoenix.


SideBar's retro-modern atmosphere and kickass margaritas make for a sweet spot to host Retro Hi-Fi every Sunday.

The night features DK Strickler, World Famous Rani "g" and Dr. Drea, who started the event in September, 2009.



Check out a slideshow of the downtown hot spot and a few nightowl recommendations after the jump ...

Time: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sundays


Place: 1514 N. 7th Ave. Phoenix (second floor above Pei Wei)


Cover: Free


Parking: Lot

The Bar: A warmly lit full bar including a wide range of specialty cocktails. The best part about this hipster lounge is that everything is 20 percent off on Sundays. The water cooler full of lemon slices and water is a sweet and sour treat.

The Music
: DJ Charlie Meyer played mostly laid back grooves but mixed it up with some indie dance music and house.



The Art: Screen prints by Ben Bonnan adorned the walls on this particular evening but Sidebar switches it up pretty often, giving many local artists a chance to have their work seen.

The People: The crowd at Retro Hi-Fi is a mix of locals and downtown hipsters.



The Style: Cool and casual. While there were a lot of T-shirts and jeans to be found, more than a few people were rocking dressier duds.



What we loved: SideBar's chill atmosphere is a perfect mix of a night out downtown and a relaxing Sunday evening. Black and white movies playing on televisions around the bar lend a unique retro feel to the night.



What we didn't love: Chairs are cleared on Sundays for a makeshift dance floor that doesn't seem to get much use.



Would we go back? Without a doubt.

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Ryan Wolf