Category Archives: nightlife

What hypes up when the sun goes down

5th and Wine

I just recently discovered this little gem of a restaurant/wine lounge in Old Town Scottsdale. As luck would have it, a friend decided that this was the perfect spot for her birthday celebration. Since I’m not one to pass up a celebration or the chance to try a new restaurant, I grabbed my husband and we headed out to Old Town.

This is such a cool spot! The atmosphere inside just begs you to sit down, relax and enjoy the company of good friends, good food and good wine. The walls are adorned with the artwork of renowned animal artist Ron Burns. As an animal lover, I was excited to see his whimsical prints. For me, it just added a little something extra. They also have a great outdoor area that I plan to check out once we ease into our version of winter.

 I was just as pleased with the food and wine as I was with the cozy atmosphere. In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m not a terribly picky wine drinker but I really enjoyed the Pino Grigio I tried (for the life of me, I don’t recall the name). They have lots of food choices on the menu for sharing. We opted for the Crispy Calamari (with a delightful chile basil dipping sauce, but not too hot) and the “Choose 2” Bruschetta. We went for the Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil, Balsamic Reduction and Hummus, Chive, Saffron Oil – both were yummy.

If you’re in the mood for some delicious eats, good drinks and a comfortable, laid back atmosphere, give this place a try.

7051 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale
www.5thandwine.com

Local Fave: Devil’s Martini

Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe are known for their nightlife, and make no mistake, there are bars and dance clubs abounding. But just like anywhere else, there are a few hot spots that stick out above the rest. For us Phoenicians, it’s Devil’s Martini in Scottsdale. Now there are two locations – one in Old Town – and “Devil’s north” on Scottsdale Rd & Shea, and now Devil’s Martini has been voted by our blog readers as the Best Nightlife Spot.

At either location, you can expect to find a perfect combination of bar, lounge and dance club, all with a very open, airy, Hamptons-y feel to it. The DJs are always the top crop in town, and the dance floor is pretty packed starting at about 10:30, although there’s always room for one more person, somehow.

Devil's Martini

The drinks are always flowing, too. Unlike other bars that demand long wait times for a drink, both Devil’s locations have multiple bars so you can squeeze in and get your beverage of choice. The multi-bar floor plan also serves to accommodate the non-dancing (read: most men) crowd. Yes, the dance floor is hoppin’ but there is plenty of seating for those who just don’t have the moves. That’s actually one reason it has become so popular – there’s a spot for everyone.

There’s also a spot in line for you, too. That’s right – the popular places come at a bit of a price. Typically at 11pm or after, you’re gonna have to wait a little to get in. It might be 10 minutes, it might be 30, but it’s always worth it.

Devil’s Martini (original location)
4175 North Goldwater Boulevard
Scottsdale, AZ‎
www.devilsmartini.com

Megan Finnerty’s Dream Night

On a night not so long ago, we had a blazing fun time shooting Megan Finnerty’s Dream Night. You might know her as @122degrees on Twitter, but she’s better known as the nightlife editor at The Arizona Republic and one of Phoenix’s best gals for going out.

For these videos, we really do let our hosts pick their favorite places, and Megan’s list was so much fun. I could go on, but I’ll let you watch for yourself.

UPDATE: check out the behind the scenes photos on our Flickr page: http://bit.ly/ai8UnC

Majerle’s

Majerle's sports bar in downtown Phoenix

Majerle’s has been a staple of downtown Phoenix for years, particularly on game nights for the Arizona Diamondbacks or Phoenix Suns. Both teams play just around the corner from this sports bar hub, and with the brick walls, numerous television screens and renowned wings, it fits the bill for the quintessential pre-game or post-game festivities.

When Majerle’s opened in 1992, all of the Phoenix area was infatuated with Dan Majerle’s success on the court for the Suns, he was the good, clean guy – almost like Opie. Everyone loved Dan Majerle, so why wouldn’t you love his new place? The food was (and is) great, atmosphere fun (complete with the “Back Room” for extra space, packed when the Suns are on a roll), and it was just what Phoenix needed.

Inside Majerle's Sports Bar

Now 18 years later, it’s still full of suits for lunch and happy hour, fans for dinner and drinks. Just like any other hometown staple, they have a specialty. Burgers. Their burgers are huge, juicy, not too greasy, and all-around hit the spot. Their wings are also amazing, and many of the locals will tell you to go for the chili pepper garlic over the regular buffalo style.

Stop in when you’re in downtown, and if it’s a game night, you just might see some players there for a cool down.

Majerle’s
24 North 2nd Street
Phoenix, AZ‎
(602) 253-9004‎

Fiesta Bowl Events

Ah, the TCU Horned Frogs versus the Boise State Broncos. Their impressive undefeated seasons have led them to each other in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, and it’s sure to be a great rematch of the Poinsettia Bowl last year, where TCU beat the Broncos 17-16. This year’s game is on January 4, but there are events starting on Dec. 31. (And in case you can’t make it to the game, watch it on Fox at 6 p.m. MST.)

The tickets to the big game are sold out, but here are the best events leading up to the big game:

Fiesta Bowl Block Party
Tempe has the biggest NYE bash, all on Tempe Town Lake and through the streets around Mill Avenue. The Doobie Brothers are headlining this year’s events, but the full lineup starts playing at 5pm. There are also stages throughout the area with all sorts of entertainment. The parking is better the early you go, of course, so if you’re going to go, get there early.

Mill Avenue District – Tempe, AZ
Thursday, December 31, 2009
5:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Tickets: Discount Tickets at Fry’s Food Stores – $15.00 (and buy three discount tickets and you will receive a fourth ticket for FREE. General Admission & Gate Tickets – $20.00

See more details.

21st Annual Insight Bowl

Minnesota and Iowa State will play to win the 21st Annual Insight Bowl on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. EST.  It’s the perfect warm-up to the Fiesta Bowl, and will be broadcast on NFL Network in case you can’t make it to the game. If you go, stick around afterwards on the streets of Tempe for the Fiesta Bowl Block Party.

See more details.

39th Annual Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade


11:00 a.m.,  Saturday, January 2

The Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade is one of the most anticipated events by Phoenix locals and the visiting fans. Tons of bands, vibrant floats, huge helium balloons,  equestrian units and all the makings of an amazing parade.  Spectators line the two-mile parade route in central Phoenix to see the parade, so get there early to get a good parking (and standing) spot, but it’s worth it.

See more details and a parade map.

College Football’s Biggest Party

Noon, Monday, January 4, Glendale Youth Sports Complex

Thousands of fans tailgate together for the “ultimate tailgating experience.” It’s like a huge pep-rally, with bands, cheer squads, games, and food booths.

See more details.

32nd Annual Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship

Preliminaries
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium
City: Glendale, AZ
Date: Friday, January 1, 2010

Finals
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium
City: Glendale, AZ
Date: Friday, January 1, 2010

One of the longest Fiesta Bowl traditions, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship presented by University of Phoenix, is one of the most prestigious high school marching band competitions in the USA. The country’s best bands each give a 10-minute show, for the judges as well as the crowd.   The top bands from the preliminary competition are invited to compete for the coveted Grand Master’s Trophy in the event finals.

See more details and which bands are competing.


25 Degrees

It’s like a bourgeois burger bar.

When CityNorth opened about a year ago in north Phoenix, it had upscale shopping, hip cutting-edge people moving into the loft spaces, and the anticipation of larger shops. But the most exciting things were all the new restaurants. One of the most exciting was 25 Degrees, an ultra-glam-vintage-modern burger bistro that mixes gourmet techniques into the best comfort food around.

They have four burgers that they’ve crafted brilliantly, ranging from their “number one” (caramelized onion, gorgonzola, crescenza, bacon), to the “number three” (mezzo secco jack, green chili, chipotle, avocado), and their “number four” with yellowfin tuna has sent people swooning.

But those daring to create their own are rewarded with the best-of-the-best choices in meat (sirloin, turkey, veggie), and their cheese selection is more extensive than most wine bars, and is from all over the world. Paired with one of their 14 homemade sauces,  you really can’t go wrong.

I will mandate you to get their onion rings, though, which are hand battered and dipped and yes, there is a difference. My main problem when I go is deciding burger or non-burger, since their grilled three cheese sandwich or their fried egg sandwich really rocks my world.

For the beverages, a man from Chicago said it was the best Guinness milkshake he’s ever had anywhere. I was too glued to my chocolate malt to pull myself away. Another option is their PBR on-tap, a patron’s favorite.

All-in-all, it’s a must-go.  (And a must-stuff-your-face.)

25 Degrees

5415 E High Street, #127
Phoenix, AZ 85054
(480) 502-1125

Eddie’s House

Eddie’s House.

If it weren’t situated on the corner of Indian School and Goldwater in Scottsdale, you may think it was his actual home. A nice one, at that. Framed family photos clustered on a console table, the coffee table books stacked near the leather couches, the artwork of his children look like Eddie moved them from his actual home (I didn’t see a Murphy bed on the wall) to his restaurant. The comfort, elegant style, sophistication and warmth that you would imagine in dream home shows off the great taste of Eddie,  in more than one way.

Inside Eddie's House

Inside Eddie's House

Eddie is known around town as a signture chef, with his initial restaurant, Matney’s.  Eddie’s House is a perfect blend of the dishes he’s known for (meatloaf, “What’s in this Steak,” amazing seafood creations) and some new goodies like his pot roast with sweet potato gnocchi and chorizo bolognese. No matter the dish, the best part is the very open kitchen, and you can hear Eddie’s recognizeable voice direct his team on each creation. And when I say open – I mean, you can sit at the counter of the kitchen if you’d like (and I like).

The famous "What's in this?" Steak

The famous "What's in this?" Steak

The bar, I must say, rises to the occassion for Eddie’s House. A little more swanky than the restaurant, still effortlessly comfortable, it’s a hoppin’ place for happy hour and after-dinner drinks. I’ve found myself stopping off at Eddie’s for a drink and strolling around Old Town Scottsdale’s galleries (sitting right outside of Eddie’s doors) numerous times, and would recommend such a plan to anyone.

Hoppin' Happy Hour at Eddie's

Hoppin' Happy Hour at Eddie's

Between the renowned food, comfortable atmosphere, and welcoming energy, you’ll want to call Eddie’s House, well, “home.”

Eddie’s House

7042 E Indian School Road

Scottsdale, AZ

480-946-1622

www.eddiematneys.com