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exciting new spin on after-hours options.
“A lot of people don’t realize all the
restaurants and clubs we have downtown—there’s a whole hip new element
for Scottsdale that groups really enjoy,”
Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, a
U-shaped area close to such downtown
properties as the W Scottsdale, Aloft, Hotel
Valley Ho and Saguaro Scottsdale, is ideally
situated for dine-arounds and block parties, according to Dunaway.
“We can close off the street and groups
can go between the different venues and
enjoy an open space in the street as well,”
she said. “It’s also great for dine-arounds.”
Hi-Fi Kitchen & Cocktails is among
the district’s most group-friendly venues,
a self-described “music-centric, retro
haunt” with design elements such as
vintage speakers, records, black and white
televisions and a 45-foot digital graffiti wall
projecting 3-D images. Available for full or
partial buyouts, the indoor/outdoor venue
accommodates up to 300 guests and offers
customized catering options focusing on
American comfort food and a selection of
Two other nearby venues are Bottled
Blonde, a pizzeria and beer garden that
hosts private groups of up to 560, and
Maya Day & Nightclub, a nightclub with an
adjoining outdoor pool deck.
“Maya brings a Vegas-style element to
Scottsdale, with its pool and high-end DJs,
while Bottled Blonde is a very fun, casual
atmosphere with a great patio, lounge furniture and games,” Dunaway said.
Not far from Scottsdale’s Entertainment
District, the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
is a prime spot for evening events with a
sophisticated twist, especially at The Scotch
Library. The venue, which features a collection of over 175 single-malts and other prime
whiskeys, offers tasting events where guests
can sample some of the world’s rarest spirits.
Within walking distance of Phoenix’s Civ-
ic Plaza convention center, the burgeoning
downtown Warehouse District continues to
expand with new dining and event spaces
for groups, said Douglas MacKenzie, direc-
tor of media relations for Visit Phoenix.
“There are always new restaurants and
bars opening up there, including Camp
Social, where groups can play games and
enjoy things like s’mores and drinks served
in thermos bottles,” he said. “Another new
place is Bitter & Twisted, located where the
Prohibition Office was back in the 1920s.
It’s won an award for being one of the 10
best new cocktail bars in America.”
BOTTLED BLONDE, SCOTTSDALE
THE CROFT DOWNTOWN, PHOENIX