The ball game is over, the final out has been recorded, and the victorious team has finished dishing out high-fives and celebrating its big win.
You could head back to your hotel room, of course, or hang around the stadium in hopes of getting an autograph or two. Or you could check out some of the drinking, dancing, and
10710 West Camelback Road
Home to: Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox
McFadden’s: Think McFadden’s is an ordinary sports grill, albeit one with an Irish flair? Better think again, bub, as it definitely has more than flat-screens and wings. Given its relative proximity to Camelback Ranch Park, this Westgate establishment at 9425 West Coyotes Boulevard is an opportune spot for post-game imbibing with numerous drink specials available. Hang out long enough, however, and witness how the Glendale place really gets jumping at night as it turns into one big dance party complete with DJs, an uptempo vibe, and plenty of eye candy. Call 623-872-0022 or see the McFadden's website.
Yard House: They’re pretty sincere about their beer at Yard House, 9401 West Westgate Boulevard, as evidenced by the Glendale spot's jaw-dropping selection of more than 100 different brews. The staff at the Westgate gastropub are happy to pour you any of the myriad ales, stouts, lagers, ciders, lambics, and other intoxicating beverages of the malt-and-hops variety they have on tap. Each can be had either by the pint (if you just need to whet your whistle) or in
Saddle Ranch: This
1235 North Center Street, Mesa
Home to: Oakland A’s
The Hambone: A neighborhood institution for generations (as evidenced by its vintage neon sign), The Hambone's a place for booze pigs from all walks of life gather for cocktails and conversation at 903 East Main Street. It’s visited by day drinkers eager to get an early start to their
Gabby’s: Day-drinkers and the neighborhood crowd are always welcome inside this renowned Mesa bar at 635 North Country Club Drive. Daylight, on the other hand, is not. Every single window at Gabby’s has been strategically covered, creating a darkened sanctuary for those eager to escape the sun’s rays, down a few brews, or dig into some deep-fried eats. The glow from numerous neon signs and a few big-screen TVs provides more than enough light to see, as well as drink, converse, and carouse. Call 480-827-9776.
1933 South Ballpark Way, Goodyear
Home to: Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians
Roman’s Oasis: Located just down the road from Goodyear Ballpark, Roman’s is an oasis of Western kitsch at 16825 West Yuma Road, where legions of laid-back folks in cowboy gear gather for live country and Southern rock bands on weekend evenings. There's also karaoke four nights a week, from Thursday through Sunday, and never a cover. This expansive country bunker is composed of four rooms filled with multiple bars, dance floors, pool tables, shuffleboard, video games, and endless amounts of knickknacks and Old West ephemera. Plus, the barkeeps and waitstaff are always loads of fun. Call 623-932-0922 or see the Roman's website.
8-Bit Aleworks: This Avondale microbrewery at 1050 North Fairway Drive is a short drive from Goodyear Ballpark. And it sports a nerdy vibe that even jocks will enjoy, especially if they’re into quality craft beer. Each of the six brews that are created in-house
Augie’s Sports Bar: The staff at Augie’s in Goodyear prides itself on offering good times and plenty of brews under the glow of multiple HDTVs at 15605 West Roosevelt Street. More than two dozen screens broadcast games and matches, perfect for those who can't focus on just one sporting event at a time. Serious drinkers, take heed: A full bar is equipped with a wall of liquor and 16 beers on tap in case you're feeling parched. If you're seeking some competitive thrills, check out the Sunday trivia competition, where the competition is known to get fierce as teams duke it out like the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers for prizes like gift cards. Call 623-932-0001 or see the Augie's website.
Maryvale Baseball Park
3600 North 51st Avenue
Home to: Milwaukee Brewers
Westside Cocktail Lounge: As the old saying goes, you can't judge a book by its cover. And that's most certainly the case with this Glendale haunt at 5114 West Camelback Road. Though its stucco exterior may seem sparse, its vibrant interior is rich with both color and character. The cheap beer and well drinks get plenty of people through the door, but the amiable staff, numerous pool tables, rowdy karaoke sessions, free breakfast on Sundays, and a jukebox filled with country songs
Max's Sports Bar: It’s a five-mile trek from the Maryvale Baseball Park to Max’s, 6727 North 47th Avenue in Glendale, but well worth the drive for any hardcore sports fan due to its legendary treasure trove of memorabilia. More than 250 football helmets from a slew of NFL and college teams are on display in multiple glass cases and a wall of photos featuring some of its more well-known patrons. You can also catch up on the current day’s developments on any of the 100-plus TVs found throughout the establishment. There's also a separate room for off-track betting, in case you'd like to play the ponies. Call 623-937-1671 or see Max's website.
Peoria Sports Complex
16101 North 83rd Avenue, Peoria
Home to: Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres
The Moon Saloon: Hidden among the corporate chain restaurants clustered around the Peoria Sports Complex
Salt River Fields
7555 North Pima Road, Scottsdale
Home to: Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies
Talking Stick Resort: You won’t have to go very far to find some post-game party action close to Salt River Fields, because Talking Stick is practically next door at 9800 East Talking Stick Way. This resort contains multiple
Handlebar-J: Cowpokes and country fans have been moseying into this honky-tonk hideout at 7116 East Becker Lane since the 1960s, back when Waylon Jennings was a regular and patrons rode up on horseback. These days, Handlebar-J’s sprawling bar still draws in the cowboy crowd with its rustic charms and raucous hootenannies. Take a swing on the enormous dance floor where twangy tunes are provided by the Herndon Brothers and other local crooners five nights a week. Or you can amble out to the patio and enjoy a tallboy in the great outdoors. Shucks, you might even wind up drinking next to a celebrity like Lyle Lovett, who once stopped in for a spell. Call 480-948-0110 or visit the Handlebar-J website.
Dirty Dogg Saloon: Known for its wet T-shirt contests on Wednesdays and the barely-there attire of the gorgeous bartenders who dance on the bar and hang from the rafters, the Dirty Dogg, 10409 North Scottsdale Road, definitely lives up to its name. Oh, and the ceiling is decorated with lingerie that was probably peeled off at the bar. It has all the trappings of a strip club, without the full-on nudity or champagne room. And it's dark enough for shy patrons and voyeurs to remain incognito. Call 480-368-8095 or see the Dirty Dogg Saloon website.
Skeptical Chymist: Charming doesn’t even begin to describe this quaint public house at 15688 North Pima Road. It resembles an old apothecary, complete with rustic wooden furnishings, antique chemistry equipment, and thousands of vintage books lining the walls. It’s nowhere near as subdued as a library, however, especially when rollicking rock bands of the Celtic variety perform on weekends or after patrons get a snootful of its ample libations. Harp, Bass, Newcastle, Guinness, and numerous other import drafts are all on tap, and there’s a surfeit of Irish booze and specialty cocktails available. Call 480-609-8677 or visit the Skeptical Chymist website.
7408 East Osborn Road, Scottsdale
Home to: San Francisco Giants
Maya Day & Nightclub: Feel like taking a dip after a game instead of hitting the showers? Starting the first weekend in March, Maya’s 17,600-square-foot outdoor pool will once again host its popular series of daytime swim parties that attract hundreds of revelers to 7333 East Indian Plaza. Relax in one of its fancy cabanas, frolic in the water, or bend elbows at one of its three bars while nationally known DJs spin up electronic dance music and Top 40 hits. And don’t worry about bringing a towel, since the staff always have plenty on hand for everyone. Call 480-625-0528 or see Maya's website.
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey
Bottled Blonde: This Scottsdale spot at 7340 East Indian Plaza is nothing if not versatile. When the sun is out,
The Coach House: This is a decidedly no-frills watering hole that’s located in amid the razzle-dazzle of Scottsdale at 7011 East Indian School Road. In recent years, the homespun dive has become a favorite joint for the stylish and the sleek to bend elbows when they’re in the mood for something low-key. The Coach House, however, dates back much further than that. Built in 1959,
2330 West Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa
Home to: Chicago Cubs
Diamond’s Sports Grille: When the Chicago Cubs faithful aren't cheering on their heroes at the ballpark, they’ll most likely gather at this Mesa bar to keep the celebration going. Originally opened by the late
Woodshed II: Raise a toast to Arizona sports stars of yesteryear during your pre- or post-game festivities at this quaint Mesa tavern, 430 North Dobson Road, where framed photos of hometown heroes like Luis Gonzalez and Dick Van Arsdale cover the wood-paneled walls. You can fill your glass with any of the 30 different craft beers available at “The Shed” or one of its potent cocktails that the bartenders tend to pour fairly strong. The lively weekday happy hour runs until 7 p.m., which means there’s plenty of time to stop by and drink on the cheap, even if an afternoon game goes into extra innings. Call 480-844-7433.
Dave & Buster's: You can experience both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat while playing any of the cutting-edge arcade games available at the Dave & Buster's location at Tempe Marketplace, 2000 East Rio Salado Parkway. Situated two miles west of Sloan Park,
15930 North Bullard Avenue, Surprise
Home to: Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals
Uptown Alley: If you’re still craving some competition, even after watching nine innings of baseball, this enormous entertainment complex at 13525 North Litchfield Road features an arcade with 80 games, a 40-lane bowling alley, a two-story laser tag arena, and a billiards room. There’s also multiple bars and a "Sports Theater" containing a gigantic 20-foot-high projection screen that’s always tuned the latest action. Needless to say, there's no way you're going to be bored here. Game on. Call 623-975-7529 or visit Uptown Alley's website.
Tempe Diablo Stadium
2200 West Alameda Drive, Tempe
Home to: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
C.A.S.A.: One of
Casey Moore’s: More than just any old bar, Casey Moore’s at 850 South Ash Avenue is a veritable Tempe institution. The historic mainstay of the Maple-Ash neighborhood has served as the go-to hangout for Arizona State University students, hip kids, and neighborhood folks for decades. Sit on the wrap-around patio for year-round green and white twinkle lights while sipping any of its various import brews and whiskeys and conversing to your heart’s delight. Call 480-968-9935 or see the Casey's website.
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Shady Park: At first glance, Shady Park, 26 East University Drive, looks like yet another college bar neighboring Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. But it's what’s inside that counts, right? As such, there’s a stylishly retro pizzeria, ramen joint, and vintage-inspired cocktail lounge with a sports bar atmosphere all located within Shady Park’s walls. And then there's the best part, the enormous open-air "bar park" and outdoor music venue out back that's ringed with trees and centered on a stage that’s featured local bands and touring electronic dance music artists, not to mention many wild nights. Call 480-474-4222 or visit Shady Park on Facebook.
Zuma Grill: Clustered near popular Mill Avenue hangouts Mill Cue Club and Fat Tuesday, the diminutive Zuma Grill, 605 South Mill Avenue, attracts countless college coeds after 10 p.m. when DJs take over the sound system, bottles start popping, and the place becomes a den of debauchery. Things can get a bit cozy, bordering on cramped, at times often resulting in crowding out on the matchbook-sized sidewalk patio and a huge line to get in. Being dressed to impress is recommended, especially if you’d like to get the nod from security. Call 480-829-6775 or visit Zuma Grill's Facebook page.
Editor's note: This post has been updated from its original version, which first appeared in February 2017.