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Philthy Phil's Adds New Hipster DJ Nights

Depending on whom you ask, hipsters either provide salvation or ruination to dive bars.

When fashionable types latch onto a particular hole-in-the-wall, they tend to bring a ton of additional drinkers wielding disposable income.

At the same time, all the attention can erode a dive's cool factor and turn it into "just another hipster bar," which tends to drive away the regular blue-collar clientele.

Hopefully, this won't ever happen with Philthy Phil's.

This 16th Street alcoholic oasis has been one of our favorite places to daydrink and has become ground zero for hipsterdom since the Craig Citizen and the rest of the Party Foul! DJ ensemble launched Ransom at the place earlier this year.

Philthy's popularity has been growing ever since, which might have been one of the many reasons why it's started hosting two new hepcat dance nights in recent weeks.

Zachary J., Benni Beatnik, Joshie, and the other residents of Electrostatic moved their Tuesday night party to the place a few weeks back, ditch Sanctum in favor of Phil's more relaxed vibe.

It still has the same mix of music (electro, dubstep, fidget, nu-disco, and indie remixes) only in a far more laidback setting. They're featuring Ransom regular Bigie as a special guest tonight on the decks, as well as no cover and half-priced drinks until midnight.

Bigie's such a fan of Phil's that he launched his own night at the joint this past weekend, Burning Bridges. Described as an "anything goes, party rocking hip-hop" event, it offers spin clinics by Bigie and other residents like Miss Robyn and Kris the Fist every Saturday night.

The debut edition reportedly was packed to the rafters and Bigie says he plans to bring in special guests every week. Admission is $3 after 10:30 p.m. and drink specials run the gamut from $1.50 PBRs (natch) to $3 domestics.

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