Social Tap: Good Drinks/Music, Friendly Staff
The Social Tap is right next door to DJ's but to me is a much better choice. They were playing decent rock and roll and the staff was much nicer. Unfortunately, my favorite waitress there, Heidi, is leaving. Still a decent choice for getting a few good drinks. They have food too.
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
DJ's Bar and Grill: Not My Cup of Tea
Of the four bars I went to in Scottsdale, DJ's would rank last. It seemed to have plenty of people drinking there but neither the crowd, nor the bartender was particularly friendly. There are plenty of other choices in the Entertainment District.
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
Shotgun Betty's: Voted Best Bar for Daytime Drinking
This is my favorite bar in the Entertainment District or anywhere else in Scottsdale. They played excellent 70s and 80s rock and roll and the décor was very cool. Love the Harley (see photo 2). Caters to bikers but a variety of people come here. They also offer a free daily buffet, and the waitresses are quite cute wearing tops that show a lot of cleavage and shorts a little wider than their belts (see photo 5). The open and airy bar is probably nicer in the summer. Scottsdale was suffering unusually cold weather when I visited.
Dress Code: Dress code? What the heck is that??
- Beer Tasting
Devil's Martini North: Dancing!!
I went dancing with a great group of travel friends, this was after the yard House dinner and chit-chats. We agreed to go the Devil's Martini located at Shea and N Scottsdale Road, apparently there another Devil's Martini in Old Town Scottsdale. Anyhow, the one I'm reviewing here is the one on N Scottsdale Road and Shea.
For someone who loves dancing like I do, this was a great place. The DJ seemed to know what he was doing and the crowd was decent with the exception of two ladies who looked desperate enough to be dancing on tables (well not really tables). They had company by the way, not sure how close the company was.
It is an average place, nothing fancy (not that I paid much attention, I was busy dancing away). I did like the open dance place but detested the strangers (men) who kept picking me up. Thanks to Adriana and Matt who were there to rescue me all evening, LOL!
Giligin's: Plunger Shot, anyone?
We stumbled across this bar, not knowing what to expect, and it ended everyone's favorite dive bar. It's not your typical drive bar, there are tons of weird/pirate decorations but it just adds to the charm of the bar. You can play beer pong and flip cup, shot ski and a plunger shot. A shot ski is a ski with shot glasses on it that multiple people take a once. A plunger shot is literally a shot of alcohol out of a plunger, a first for me.
Dress Code: None!
El Hefe: Great place for day drinking
This place is quite a scene during the day and night on the weekends. They have a great outdoor patio, play great music and serve delicious drinks. Every time I've been here, the place has been packed! If you are new in town, this place is definitely great for meeting new people.
Dress Code: Try the beerrita - a huge margarita with a beer in it.
The Rusty Spur: Live Country Music
This hole in the wall bar is great for some live country music on the weekends. The crowd is lively and the atmosphere is fun. It's always packed on the weekend.
Dress Code: No dress code, but some were wearing a little cowboy flair.
Dos Gringos: Outdoor Patio Bar
We went to Dos Gringos after a wedding with a bunch of people we had just met. A couple of people who lived in the area recommended it to us. Somewhat of a Singles scene, with tons of loud rap music. We sat in a HUGE booth on the outdoor patio that had heaters (we were there in December) We were there more for the company than the atmosphere. And we were DEFINATELY not there for the food! Don't get food here, not a great idea. The margaritas on the other hand, were not half bad. They also offer special drink known as "The Donkey Punch" we had a chuckle at the name (if you know, you know, I'm just not going to explain it) It had just about every liquor known to man in it, so I passed for fear of a giant hangover and we had an early morning flight the next day.
Dress Code: Casual, though if you are trying to pick someone up a bit more... um, well maybe I mean a bit less.
6: 6 is the only number you need to know
Nightclubs come and go but SIX is nice because it isnt a club and it isnt a lounge. It is in the netherworld of both (but you don't need to pay a dude in a skeleton to get there). Had to take Stian there when he came over to visit us for a change, it would have been inhospitable not to do so.
Dress Code: casual plus
Salty Senorita's: Adult Spot No Doubt!
As I mentioned in my restaurant tip, this was not a family place. Yet, it is real popular with the trendy crowd! They have table inside and outside on the front patio area. The decor is pretty cool. It is loud, but the food was ok, the drinks were good, but the staff was friendly and so polite. So if your looking to just people watch, hang out or to just relax some, you might like to try this place out!
- Road Trip
- Family Travel
Greasewood Flat: Worth It
The restaurant is open every day from 11am to 1am. There's live music Thursday - Sunday from 7pm on - this really is the time to come. Some will two step on the dance floor and others end up playing horseshoes. If it's cool, the fire pits will be roaring and you'll drink a beer huddled around them.
If you're hungry, try the green chili cheeseburger - very good! If not, there's plenty of beer and drinks to be found.
Dress Code: It takes all kinds to fill the tables at Greasewood Flat! Everyone from leather-clad bikers to city folk end up here on a weekend night. Cowboy boots and a hat fit right in as well - it's definitely a western bar atmosphere.
Sol Y Sombra: Tapas & wine bar
So this is one of the newer, cool places to go in Scottsdale, a bit North of most of the action. If Spanish wines are your thing, you must drop by. Cool, lively music gives a nice touch to this modern decour, on most nights there is a DJ. (If you are just in for a drink, the bar is a great hangout to just people watch) The plates I recommend most are...the brussel sprouts(quit making that face), potatoes, and the shrimp plate. I dig this place so much that I decided to have my holiday party here this year. Enjoy!
Dress Code: Hip to business casual
- Food and Dining
Armitage wine bar: More winebars...up North
A newer winebar in the greater Phoenix area. The scenery and ambience make it well worth the visit. Kinda hip place on the weekends. At last visit, however, the wine list was nothing special. But check it out for yourself. I had my holiday office party and the staff was top notch.
Dress Code: Nice casual to hip
Valley Ho: Saddle up
...or the 'Ho as the locals call it. Was the hot spot for most of last year, but has died off as the buzz has worn. Still very crowded on the weekend, and a friendly staff. The newly remodeled hotel is retro cool, yet the layout makes it difficult to really mingle.
Dress Code: Trendy dress
Kazimierz Wine Bar: Wine bar
You would never have guessed it but one of the most extensive wine lists in the country resides in my hometown, ranging from 20 dollars a bottle to ten thousand. Dark with low lighting and candles, you feel like you may be in Italy or a cave. After work, folks come for the daily specials from 4-7 PM. On Thursday and Saturday there is live music, usually jazz. The crowd is very diverse, and people tend to err on the side of getting dressed up for the weekend nights. In my opinion one of the top spots to chill, enjoy a glass(or two) and people watch.
Dress Code: Casual - dress casual
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