| October 25, 2011 | 10:17am
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Looking for something to do this weekend? "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. Tuesdays mark Taco Tuesdays at Sandbar.
Sand in your shoes, limes in your beer, and the radio-ready beats of DJ Pulse
in your ears are just part of Taco Tuesdays
at Desert Ridge's Sandbar.
The Scottsdale hangout has everything you need for a day at the beach (OK, other than the ocean) ... and you don't have to drive for six hours or worry about sunscreen.
Check out the latest edition here and our impressions after the jump...
The Place: 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050
The Bar: Sandbar certainly lives up to its name in that is both very sandy and a bar. Other than that the only thing that really stands out about the beachy bungalow is its size. The inside and outside areas both feature a variety of seating options, tons of televisions and their own full bars. The incredibly petite pool and the fire pit, which is too cramped in by tables to utilize, are more gimmicky than anything.
Taco Tuesday's drink and taco specials are the real highlight of the evening. Sandbar offers up a $2 Dos Equis, $4 Margarita and $2 ahi, pork, steak, ground beef, mahi, baja, or chicken tacos.
The Music: DJ Pulse may have just won a "Best of Arizona" DJ contest, but he's definitely not the most interesting man in the world when it comes to the ones and twos. His set consisted of standard club beats. Great for bumping and grinding, not so much for hanging out, drinking Dos Equis and eating tacos.
The Style: Anything goes. Most people kept it relaxed with tees and shorts but a few stepped it up and donned their night club couture.
The People: Bros and babes. Although strangely the cabana area was mostly families.
What we loved: The seemingly intoxicated bouncer who busied himself by scaring/annoying as many guests as he possibly could. Also, the tacos were better than we expected.
What we didn't love: The fact the margaritas were on tap. They weren't terribly flavorful or strong.
Are we going back? Unlikely.
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