No matter the time of year, a rooftop hangout spot can be a good thing. Whether you're looking for a straight-up banger of a rooftop pool party hosted by a famed DJ or a mellow spot to take in the Phoenix skyline while live music plays softly in the background, there are more than a few rooftop clubs, pool decks, lounges, and bars where you can find some form of live music in the Valley. Here are 11 of our favorites.
130 East Washington Street
What list of rooftop bars would be complete without downtown's two-story dance club Bar Smith? Located adjacent to the light rail, Bar Smith's open-air rooftop bar is old-school and house music heaven. And internationally known DJs have spun tunes here. Nights like Big Fun Fridays and Solstice Saturdays keep Bar Smith's dance floor packed, and on some nights, under the twinkling stars, you can witness dance circles – where dancers battle out who has the most creative moves. Heads up, there’s oftentimes a $10 cover charge.
Degree 270 at Talking Stick Resort
9800 East Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale
Located on the 14th floor of Scottsdale's Talking Stick Resort, Degree 270 offers breathtaking views of the Valley, live entertainment, and dancing. Also available are tableside bottle service, specialty infused cocktails, top-shelf wine, and selected Champagnes amid modern décor. Local DJs bring the EDM, dubstep, electro house, indie dance, and hip-hop tunes. Degree 270 is open Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dress code is enforced here, with a $10 cover for men, complimentary access for women, and no cover on Friday nights.
Casablanca Rooftop Lounge at Southbridge
7134 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale
Set near the Scottsdale waterfront, the Casablanca Rooftop Lounge at Southbridge overlooks Old Town and Camelback Mountain. Casablanca also offers a lengthy menu of craft beer, wine, and cocktails. Casablanca hosts live music on Saturday nights with no cover, and Ethereal Nights, which promise chill house music and beats during live painting. DJs also throw '90s, hip-hop, and neo-soul-themed nights under the Groove Candy banner, and Fridays often mean live blues music. Casablanca Rooftop Lounge is open Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Lustre Rooftop Bar at Hotel Palomar
2 East Jefferson Street
Sweeping views of South Mountain and the downtown Phoenix skyline make Lustre Rooftop Bar at Hotel Palomar one of the go-to open-air lounges for travelers and Valley locals. Lustre has ample seating space with sofas and tables, a pool, and a full bar featuring local brews like Four Peaks Kilt Lifter and San Tan Brewery's Mr. Pineapple on tap. There are also special events, including 100 Days of Summer featuring live DJs, rooftop yoga sessions set to reggae or deep house, and weekly pool parties. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. other days.
4245 North Craftsman Court, Scottsdale
Rockbar Inc. fits the bill if you're looking for live music with a view. Housed in the former ACME Roadhouse, this Scottsdale spot has hosted local and national bands at its indoor-outdoor bar for years now. In addition to its first-floor stage, patrons are just a short climb up the stairs from a rooftop bar with televisions, comfortable couches to lounge on, and a pool table. Hours are Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday.
Skydeck at The Clarendon
401 West Clarendon Avenue
Set atop the boutique Clarendon Hotel and Spa, the Skydeck is a rooftop hangout with views of downtown Phoenix as well as The Clarendon’s well-known pool area down below. There’s often a party with some very loud DJs at the helm, while other nights are more unplugged, including the rooftop live music series that is both free and open to the public (a.k.a. you don’t have to be a hotel guest). The Skydeck is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Read on for more of the Valley's best rooftop bars with music.
Tapacubo at The Graduate
225 East Apache Boulevard, Tempe
The fourth-floor rooftop hangout at The Graduate hotel in Tempe is called Tapacubo, and there you’ll find drinks, party people, and views of the south side of Arizona State University’s main campus. There’s a full Mexican-focused food and drink menu, rooftop parties happen on the regular, and monthly live music is often hosted in the hotel itself. Tapacubo at The Graduate is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight.
4013 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale
Nestled in between the country-western shops of Old Town is The Grapevine, a two-story bar and restaurant that has been around since 1971. The quaint rooftop bar doesn't have any beer on draft, but does carry several domestic and imported beers in bottles, plus well drinks. (However, you can get draft beer downstairs and bring it up to the roof.) Happy hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Music at the Grapevine is all about karaoke. Here’s hoping you’re a fan of Neil Diamond, Adele, and The B-52s. Karaoke is held nightly from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and till 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The Perch Brewery
232 South Wall Street, Chandler
There are birds, beers, and live performances held at The Perch Brewery’s rooftop lounge area in the middle of downtown Chandler. Live music at The Perch is usually held on Friday and Saturday nights any time from 7 to 11 p.m. There’s also just music playing in general when live entertainment isn’t on the schedule, and a Night Owl menu if you plan on making it a long night. The Perch's rooftop is open daily from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
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Wade Poolside Bar at The Camby
2401 East Camelback Road
Located in the Biltmore area, The Camby has a rooftop hangout space called Wade Poolside Bar. As the name suggests, there’s a pool and a bar. Wade also offers food, movies, and music that's piped in through the speakers. Cabanas can be rented through a few packages. Though there are no live bands or booming DJ sets, the vibe is still lively with fantastic views of central Phoenix, Biltmore Fashion Park, and Camelback Mountain – all excellent at sunset.
7277 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale
Located near Old Town clubs at the intersection of Camelback and Scottsdale roads, Shade Lounge is a modern, trendy Mediterranean-themed rooftop bar at W Scottsdale. Open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, it offers up a full bar with lavish drinks and a pool. On Friday and Saturday nights, DJ spin Euro-inspired house music. Make sure to come dressed to impress – dress code is strictly enforced. The Wet Deck area also plays host to international acts and DJs.