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. Friday nights mark Sticky Fingers at Rips in Phoenix.
While hipster dance parties seem to dominate the downtown bar scene, DJ William Reed promises crowds at Rips on 16th Street in Phoenix a rock 'n' roll dance party unlike any other night in town.
The weekly dance party, which started this summer, has all the bells and whistles needed to party hard and shake off the week's troubles. The name alone, a grab from the Rolling Stones record, should be hint enough.
Check out a full slideshow here the night's rundown after the jump...
The Place: Rips Ales & Cocktails, 3045 N. 16th St., Phoenix.
The Time: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., every Friday.
The Cover: Free.
The Music: DJ William Reed spins dance tunes, but promises no mash-ups. It's a refreshing way to dance to the songs you love without wondering how Ke$ha got into your favorite Joy Division song. You're likely to hear tunes from artists such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Clash, and David Bowie. Reed often invites guests DJs as well.
The Bar: Rips is a cozy little dive with a dance floor, a full bar, and outside patio. Sticky Fingers also hosts CD release parties and concert after-parties, which helps mix up the crowd and keep things interesting. The super laid-back vibes make a new-comer feel at ease.
The People: Downtown hipsters dominate the dance floor, but occasionally, there will be a few grizzly neighborhood patrons mixed in for a diverse crowd.
The Fashion: Casual. Black is the preferred color choice at Rips. Jeans are abundant and flats are a must for dancing.
What We Loved/Didn't Love: This night is either hit or miss... depending on your preference. The dance floor could be empty one week and packed the next. Most guests tend to show up around 11:30, but get there early if you're an arm-flailer.
Going back: Recommended.