10 Best Rock Bars of Phoenix

Listen up, rock fans: The next time you're stuck in the nosebleeds watching your favorite guitar god rule a six-string at an arena show, we've got something for y'all to ponder. And no, it's not that you should've been quicker on Ticketmaster's website.

Rock music, to riff on the words of noted punk scholar Iain Ellis, might best be enjoyed while up close and personal with a band and experiencing all the spilled beer, dripping sweat, noise, and energy that comes with such an experience. In other words, everything you wouldn't get to experience while sitting in the upper deck, viewing your favorite rock star through binoculars.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.