Lauren Cusimano

Pattie's First Avenue Lounge

Patties First Avenue Lounge is the ratty dive among the restaurants, cocktail lounges, and other tourist traps of Old Town Scottsdale. We mean that in the best way possible. Pattie’s has been open since 1992, and its regulars range from millionaires to spring training visitors to bachelorette party attendees to old timers who’ve been coming here since it was called Gordy’s. Pattie’s is an indoor-outdoor joint divided into three sections: the side bar, the main bar, and the open middle hallway — where patrons are allowed to smoke since hallway’s “ceiling” is actually a dense tiger’s claw. Pattie’s is one of those dive bars that has decorated dollar bills hung upon just about every available surface. It’s estimated at more than $5,000, which bartenders jokingly call the bar’s 401K plan.