A longtime group-friendly downtown
nightspot is Alice Cooper’stown, a restaurant
adorned with sports and music memorabilia
from the rock icon’s personal collection that
can host groups of up to 600. Equipped for
live music and DJs, the venue offers spaces
such as a large outdoor courtyard and a
private dining area on the mezzanine with
prime viewing for performances.
Transformed from an urban warehouse, The Croft Downtown is a versatile
10,000-square-foot event venue with
wood-trellised ceilings and an adjoining
landscaped patio that can host anything
from small conferences to gala dinners and
receptions. Another former warehouse is
The Duce, a bar and restaurant available
for private events that includes such quirky
elements as a soda fountain from a 1915
Chicago drugstore, a boxing ring and areas
for twirling hula hoops or playing ping
pong, shuffleboard and foosball.
Also in a converted warehouse, Culinary
Dropout at Farmer Arts District in down-
town Tempe serves gourmet pub fare and
handcrafted cocktails, and offers darts,
foosball and other games. The restaurant,
which can host up to 1,000 people, is
available for buyouts and also includes two
private event spaces.
“It’s very interactive and casual, which
is what groups really like these days,” said
Lori James, owner of AZA Events, a local
DMC. “It’s a fun place to hang out and the
food is terrific.”
Venues with dazzling sunset and evening
views of the desert and city lights also
abound in the Phoenix area. Among them is
El Chorro, a restaurant with indoor and out-
door dining spaces, including an event lawn,
at the base of Camelback Mountain between
Scottsdale and Phoenix in Paradise Valley.
Located in a converted 1930s boarding
school, the restaurant serves Southwest-in-
spired cuisine and is filled with vintage
charm and local history, according to James.
“We’ve done dinners for up to 200 there
and it’s a really beautiful spot with an ado-
be fireplace and the original bar,” she said.
Another view spot with a “wow” factor,
according to James, is Different Pointe of
View, a restaurant at the Pointe Hilton at
Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix.
“It’s a Five Diamond restaurant with
extraordinary food and astonishing views
EL CHORRO, PARADISE VALLEY