On average there are about 299 days of sunshine in Phoenix. That’s... a lot of sun. And this annual average makes for a picture-perfect setting for a range of things to do, from adventurous activities like hiking and paddleboarding to spring training ball games, outdoor concerts, and festivals of all kinds. Yep, Phoenix is pretty damn great. And the nightlife scene, well, it’s pretty damn great, too. Here's how to make the most of it.
If you’ve ever passed by Tempe Town Lake and thought to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be cool to kayak there at night?” you’re not the only one. Turns out there’s a group that hits the water after dark a couple times a month. No kayak? No problem. Everything you need (including glow sticks) is included in the event registration fee.
Sip drinks inside a hidden bar
Sipping on cocktails in dark, hidden places is objectively more fun. There are a number of super-secret drinking dens around town that provide the opportunity to do just that, including Undertow, Rokerij, Melinda's Alley, Stardust Pinbar, and Straight Up. Now you just have to go out and find them.
If you’re not familiar with First Friday, please come out from under that rock. The longstanding monthly event brings out thousands to Downtown Phoenix’s arts districts. Galleries, artist studios, collectives, museums, community spaces, and shops located throughout Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, and Calle 16 to the Warehouse and Central Arts districts all participate. Art Link’s lesser known Third Fridays is equally as cool and is commonly referred to as “Gallery Night.” Use these maps and trolly schedules to plot your arts district adventures.
Have dinner in a fancy restaurant with a view
There is just something magical about a restaurant with a great view. Restaurants like Top of the Rock, Compass Arizona Grill, Orange Sky, Different Pointe of View, Talavera, and J&G Steakhouse all take it to the next level, literally and figuratively, with their impressive panoramic views of the twinkly lights that make up the city skyline or the sweeping sunset-hued Sonoran desert landscape. If you’re looking to make a reservation at a swanky restaurant where you can watch the sun go down these spots should be at the top of your list.