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Benjamin Leatherman

Valley Bar

Indicated by nothing more than a glowing red sign above a back-alley door, and possibly a line, Valley Bar is an underground lounge and music venue run by the same team behind Crescent Ballroom. It sits in the basement of a building constructed in 1949 that was formerly home to Phoenix-famous businesses like The Hub art galleries, Bickoff’s Deli, Theater Triad, and Sub Cultural Arts Center. The latter hosted up-and-coming bands of yesteryear, like Green Day, Sound Garden, and Bad Brains. Valley Bar does the same today; its calendar includes local DJ nights, national touring acts, comedy shows, film screenings, and more. In addition to the stage and the main bar, there’s also the dimly lit Rose Room, a lounge area adorned with campy artwork where the bartenders serve up a sweet selection of draft beer, wine, and specialty cocktails named after local politicians (The Janet Napolotini, That’s a Ducey, The Gabby Giffords). This subterranean lair includes darts, billiards tables, and Skee-Ball, as well.

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