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4 College Student

Nightlife: I'm more of a books person but the nightlife's OK.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I am an adult and do not mingle with the party scene at my school.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: The party scene is incredibly prevalent at ASU. Those involved in greek life have almost nightly access to parties. Fraternities throw big parties on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, while smaller parties are held in houses or apartments during the week. Those not involved in greek life sometimes have more difficulty hearing about parties, but there is usually always something for everyone. Big holidays like Labor Day weekend, Halloween, and Cinco de Mayo see massive parties with hundreds of attendees. Spring time also brings pool parties, where entire apartment complexes will see their pool areas packed with students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: The party scene at asu is really fun.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: I do not hang out on campus for an extended period of time but the street where all of the clubs are is popular even when it is not late at night.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 11th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 57th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1362nd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jade Riley
Hometown
Glendale, AZ
Major
Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology
Grad Year
2013
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Being known for the craziest party school in the country comes with a reputation that needs to be maintained, so there is no question as to whether the nightlight around ASU is present or not. It is hoppin' around campus all the time, whether it's the middle of the week or Sunday night before a big test. ASU is always down to party, and the students are willing to participate regardless of the day. Living on or around campus makes it that much easier to engage in "extracurricular actives" during the wee hours of the morning.

The club scene is obviously prominent for 21-year-olds because Mill offers a stretch of bars and clubs that suits anyone's style. You could be in an Irish pub for a couple hours then end up in a Mexican cantina within a matter of seconds! Since Mill is filled with drunk college kids, bar and restaurant owners make drink prices reasonably affordable because they recognize that students give them a lot of business and they can easily afford to have $1 draft beers. If you're looking to get really dressed up and sexy for the night, Scottsdale is where you want to be! The club scene is at an all-time high there, and you are guaranteed to have a great time meeting some of the West Coast's hottest people—and if you're lucky, you might run into celebrities as well! Scottsdale has been recognized as a competitor of the nightlife scene with Vegas and L.A. so you don't want to miss out!

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown Phoenix
  • Mill Avenue
  • Old Town Scottsdale
  • Scottsdale
Other Places to Check Out
  • Barney's Boathouse
  • A Bear's Den
  • The Big Bang Bar
  • Big Daddy's Sports Lounge
  • Bison Witches Bar & Deli
  • BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
  • Boulders on Broadway
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Cactus Moon Sports Grill
  • Casey Jones Grill
  • Christie's Cabaret
  • Club Central
  • Crave Café & Lounge
  • Cream Stereo Lounge
  • Dave & Buster's
  • Dave's Electric Brew Pub
  • Forbidden
  • Fox & Hound Pub & Grille
  • Fox Sports Grill
  • Furio
  • Geisha a Go Go
  • Giligin's
  • Half Moon Sports Grill
  • Hooters
  • Hurricane Bay
  • Lucky Devil Sports Bar & Grill
  • Margarita Rocks
  • Minder-Binders Restaurant
  • The Mint Ultra Lounge
  • Monkey Pants Bar & Grill
  • Native New Yorker
  • On the Rocks
  • Robbie Fox's Public House
  • Rula Bula Tempe Pub & Restaurant
  • Saddle Ranch Chop House
  • Santisi Brothers
  • Shenanigans Bar & Grill
  • Silver Mine Subs
  • Sky Lounge
  • Sushi 101
  • Taste of Tops
  • The Tavern Restaurant & Bar
  • Trinity Nite Club
  • Whiskey River Saloon
  • Zipps Sports Grill
Local Specialties
  • Blue Agave Tequila: This tequila can be found at Canteen's Modern Tequila Bar where they make the best tequilas and add Blue Agave and other desert cactus mixtures in the drink, trust me they're great!
  • Light Beers: The staple drink for every college party, if you bring a pack of Keystone Light consider yourself THAT guy.
  • Sun Devil shots: Frank’s Friendly Tavern is known for these shots that look like our school colors, maroon and gold!
  • Sundevil Margarita: At Blue Agave's Southwestern Grill, the Sundevil Margarita mixes a great combo of Cuervo Gold, Patron Citronge, sweet and sour, orange juice and a splash of cranberry.
  • Zuma Juice: Every college girls dream, a drink that mixes sweet, cheap, and hard hammered judgement impairment. Zuma Juice and Zuma's bar & grill mixes the taste of cotton candy, a shirley temple, and a grip load of alcohol in one concoction (there is also Red Bull in the drink too).
Favorite Drinking Games
  • "F" the Dealer
  • "Never Have I Ever"
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
  • Kings cup
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • AZ Foothills Magazine
  • College Times
  • Facebook
  • Local magazines like Saturday Night, 944, and College Affair
  • New Times
  • phoenix.metromix.com
  • Students on campus
  • Twitter
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Many clubs and bars on Mill Avenue will have discount prices on drinks and sometimes will come with no cover charge. Likewise, happy hour at different bars around Tempe is an excellent choice to get your midday drink on without killing your wallet.
Organization Parties
There are several clubs around Scottsdale and Tempe that host events with celebrity appearances or awesome DJ's in town. Many birthday parties or special holiday events like Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, among others are held at these different clubs as well. Local party crews will throw big bashes at clubs and obviously Greek Life can host a number of events as well.
Did You Know?
  • ASU has long carried a "party school" reputation. It has "prestigiously" been top-ranked by the Princetion Review and Playboy.
  • Don't forget to plan ahead for a night out. Most nightclubs have a guest list, and you'll need to contact the club to be put on the list to ensure entry. Some venues have cover charges, too, so always carry cash just in case. Above all, if you're planning on drinking, make sure you have a reliable designated driver, or at least a cab number programmed in your phone.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Rockbar

Scottsdale's open rock venue, Rockbar, allows people to enjoy the rockstar life where you can hang out on the upstairs open patio or have a dance party inside. It's a perfect night on the town, and apparently there are some sexy rocker chicks, so if you're into that kind of thing, this would be a good place to meet some women.

4245 N. Craftsman Court

Scottsdale

(480) 331-9190

rockbarscottsdale.com

Pussycat Lounge

A student favorite and host of ridiculous Thursday- and Sunday-night parties.

4426 N. Saddlebag Trail

Scottsdale

(480) 481-3100

www.pclaz.com

Narcisse Champagne & Tea Lounge

Narcisse is a great place for a decadent and luxurious night out, especially if you like champagne. During the day, Narcisse is a quaint little place for tea sipping and champagne tasting, but by night, the place quickly turns into an awesome club. There is definitely a sexy vibe going on at this spot in Scottsdale, so make sure to check it out!

15257 N. Scottsdale Road

Scottsdale

(480) 588-2244

www.narcisselounge.com

School of Rock

School of Rock is one of those go-to clubs when you're in the Mill Avenue district. The club opened in September 2010 and has since been a hit with ASU students, offering both live performances from local and celebrity artists or a DJ spinning the hottest beats. The club features two dance floors and music rooms. The Stage room features a large stage and dance floor with more than 6,000 square feet of dancing space while the Class room features DJs spinning Top 40 mash-ups that will definitely keep you working it all night long!

411 S. Mill Ave.

Tempe

(480) 966-3573

www.schoolofrockmillave.com

Suite 301

Suite 301 is located in downtown Tempe and offers a mixture of club/penthouse/patio/bar experience. This is definitely the place to go if you don't want to venture too far away from campus and still have a great place to go to for some late night drinks and dancing. The hip modern decor really amps up the experience and you can even practice your pole-dancing skills if you want to be a extra daring.

501 S. Mill Ave.

Tempe

(480) 967-3060

suite301tempe.com

Smashboxx

One Scottsdale's biggest hot spots is Smashboxx, located in Old Town. This super cool lounge during the day and club by night has guests lined up at the doors for a while, but it's so worth the wait. With dancing and the world's best DJs, Smashboxx is a sweet place to scope out. The club has already received several awards, like Best Nightclub 2011 by the Phoenix New Times. One super awesome attribute to this club that you have to check out is the Hotboxx, the world's first nightclub video booth where you can put some the most daring footage out there. The club uploads the videos to their site the next day and you can look back and maybe remember what happened during your crazy night out!

7419 E. Indian Plaza

Scottsdale

(480) 946-3510

smashboxxaz.com

Six Lounge & Restaurant

This chic and sophisticated lounge has mood lighting and a modern décor. Each night of the week, there's a different theme making every trip a different experience! The bar is backed by lights that change color with the music, and it's lined with an ice strip to keep your drinks cold. The DJ spins the latest dance music as well as mellow mixes as background music. The restrooms are the best part; remember to lock the door because they fog up when you close and lock them. If you don't lock it, the whole bar will get a free peepshow!

7316 E. Stetson Drive

Scottsdale

(480) 663-6620

www.6az.com

Axis Radius

Located in the heart of Scottsdale, filled with high-energy music, exotic food, excellent drinks, and a first-class cigar bar. Axis/Radius offers two distinct nightclubs in the same venue, joined by a glass catwalk. The atmosphere attracts celebrities and athletes from around the world. This is a place where you dress to impress and make sure you don't wear jerseys, cut-offs, hats, bandanas, or sportswear. The VIP section of Radius is called Amber Bar and is made with real Amber inlaid with twigs, insects, butterflies, and flowers.

7340 E. Indian Plaza

Scottsdale

(480) 970-1112

www.axis-radius.com

American Junkie

American Junkie attracts a huge crowd with awesome nights, awesome DJs, and a great patio. Oh, and can't forget to mention American Junkie's Tempe12 bikini contest.

4363 N. 75th St.

Scottsdale

(480) 990-3000

www.americanjunkieaz.com

Airia Nightclub

Airia is a one-of-a-kind nightclub that will most definitely pique your interests. There are glimmering lights, awesome remixes, dope hip-hop mash-ups, and a whole bunch of dancing. The nightclub is packed with a bunch of high-energy encompassed in the world-class Wild Horse Pass Casino. As one of those most sophisticated and stylish venues, Airia offers state-of-the-art lighting, sound system, and VIP stat. Score big on and off the dance floor!

5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd.

Chandler

(520) 796-7294

www.airiathenightclub.com

Dollhouse Cocktail Lounge

The club opened up its doors in Old Town Scottsdale in October 2011 and has since been a major success. Dollhouse has attracted major DJs from across the country as well as house music lovers from the Phoenix area. The club has a super laid-back feel to it with the sophistication to make it that much cooler. Enjoy some dancing, specialty drinks, and a good time. You deserve it!

7419 E. Indian Plaza

Scottsdale

(480) 359-7118

www.dollhouseaz.com

Myst Nightclub

From the creators of Axis/Radius comes the super-posh Myst Nightclub. Myst's luxury and upscale style really keeps clubgoers raging for more as the quality, entertainment, and style is like no other experience. The club has two levels. The top level is for the ultimate VIP experience, several lounges and bars, and of course, a huge dance floor to get your grind on.

7340 E. Shoeman Lane

Scottsdale

(480) 970-5000

mystaz.com

Jackrabbit Lounge

Jackrabbit debuted on the club scene in October 2006, and it has established itself as one of the hottest nightclubs for years. Celebrity sightings have been seen in the VIP section, and the full-service bar with multiple seating makes drinking all that much better. Local, national, and international DJs come to Jackrabbit to make you want to bump and grind, so be ready to dance!

4280 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Scottsdale

(480) 429-4494

www.jackrabbitaz.com

Firehouse Bar & Grill

Firehouse is an ever-changing club that attracts all sorts of individuals. The place hosts different events constantly and mixes different styles on a nightly basis, so this is one place you will never get tired of coming to. The bar holds one of the biggest patio parties there is in Scottsdale, with lots of great music and drinks to go around. Roll on in to this place, and you won't regret it!

4312 N. Brown Ave.

Scottsdale

(480) 265-6989

ilovefirehouse.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Mill Cue Club

Featuring 11 pool tables, occasional live music, a huge bar, and a brick interior, Mill Cue Club is a popular, classy nightspot even if you don't plan on playing any pool.

607 S. Mill Ave.

Tempe

(480) 858-9017

www.millcueclub.com

Red Revolver Lounge

Red Revolver combines ambiance, decadence, and hospitality all in one. Its elegant atmosphere brings a sense of class and refinery to the bar. It will definitely make a cultured experience for the bar enthusiast.

7316 E. Stetson Drive

Scottsdale

(480) 946-2005

redrevolverlounge.com

Marquee Theatre

Awesome venue featuring two bars. The Marquee hosts a wide variety of artists of all genres. The Marquee has a show for everyone. Very strict on IDs, though under 21 is admitted at most shows.

730 N. Mill Ave.

Tempe

(480) 829-0707

www.luckymanonline.com

Martini Ranch

A hot spot for local live acts. Martini Ranch features a spacious garden patio and Southwestern décor.

7295 E. Stetson Drive

Scottsdale

(480) 970-0500

martiniranchaz.net

Vine Tavern & Eatery

Monday & Wednesday - $1 Tacos & You Call It Drinks; Tuesday & Thursday - $1.99 Wings (doz.), $2 Domestic Steins; and Sunday - $3 Domestic Pitchers

801 E. Apache Blvd.

Tempe

(480) 894-2662

www.vinetavern.com

Zuma Grill

Zuma is sitting right on the fine line between great bar and gril and rocking nightclub. 21+ past 9 p.m.

605 S. Mill Ave.

Tempe

(480) 829-6775

www.zumagrill.com

Salty Senorita

The only place to go for margaritas. Salty's boasts a menu of more than 51 signature margaritas. ¡Ay yi yi!

3636 N. Scottsdale Road

Scottsdale

(480) 946-7258

www.saltysenorita.com

Sandbar Mexican Grill

The Sandbar East Valley is one of three locations where you can enjoy this Mexican restaurant and bar. The spicy Mexican food is extremely tasty, and there is quite a variety of tropical drinks. Grab a bite to eat and enjoy a few drinks and the social events at this bar!

7200 W. Ray Road

Chandler

(480) 961-1700

www.sandbaraz.com

The Library Bar & Grill

One of the newest additions to Mill Avenue, students flock to the Library to drink themselves illiterate among stacks of books and fawn over waitresses in full Catholic schoolgirl dress.

501 S. Mill Ave.

Tempe

(480) 929-2922

www.thelibraryusa.com

Casey Moore's Oyster House

Known as Arizona's most famous Irish Pub, Casey Moore's has a super laid-back environment in Old Town Tempe. This pub really caters to the Tempe area, though, as many people head over there for a relaxed weekend of outstanding food and drinks.

850 S. Ash Ave.

Tempe

(480) 968-9935

caseymoores.com

Devil's Advocate Bar & Grill

The Devil's Advocate is decked out in ASU spirit with maroon and gold colors everywhere. It is a historical Tempe bar with great atmosphere, food, and fun. You can go watch your favorite sports teams while drinking a brew or listen to some fun music and dance a little. Whatever you choose, Devil's Advocate will bring the Sun Devil out of you!

955 E. University Dr.

Tempe

(480) 921-2585

www.devilstempe.com

Blondie's Sports Bar

Blondie's, located on Mill Avenue, is a very popular sports bar in the area. Many people go there to catch a game and grab some drinks while definitely catching a glimpse at all the cute waitresses.

505 S. Mill Ave.

Tempe

(480) 907-5271

www.blondiestempe.com

Canteen Modern Tequila Bar

Canteen Modern Tequila Bar is a great place to grab those blue agave tequilas that are absolutely amazing. The environment is so laid back and comfortable, yet very stylish with a modern vibe. The outdoor bar area is very comfortable, and the plush seating located inside definitely gets you feeling comfy. This is a great place to stop by on a summer afternoon or evening.

640 S. Mill Ave.

Tempe

(480) 773-7135

www.canteentequilabar.com

Four Peaks Brewing Company

The building was built back in 1892 and has obviously gone through some reconstruction phases. The brewery is built almost entirely out of red brick and has a mission revival style to it. This place is definitely a cool location to grab some brews and enjoy good times with hanging out.

1340 E. Eighth St.

Tempe

(480) 303-9967

www.fourpeaks.com

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Gordon Biersch, located on the corner of Mill and Fifth, has three balconies overlooking Mill Avenue and downtown Tempe. Serving authentic German-style lagers, the popular brewpub traces its roots to Palo Alto, California.

420 S. Mill Ave.

Tempe

(480) 736-0033

www.gordonbiersch.com

Dos Gringos Trailer Park Village

Dos Gringos is located on University Drive, across from the School of Architecture. Many students stop in for a drink between classes and to enjoy the view from the bar's outdoor sun-drenched patio. Dos Gringos is a relaxed atmosphere serving up Mexican cuisine. They're notoriously tough on IDs. Don't try to pass a fake here!

1001 E. 8th St.

Tempe

(480) 968-7879

www.dosgringosaz.com

Fat Tuesday

Located on Mill Avenue, this popular New Orleans-themed spot is most famous for its wall of daiquiris and annual Mardi Gras blowout.

680 S. Mill Ave.

Tempe

(480) 967-3917

www.fattuesdaytempe.com

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Phoenix Rock Gym

On those nights with nothing to do, head on down to the Phoenix Rock Gym with your friends and practice your climbing! It is a bunch of fun!

1353 E. University Drive

Tempe

(480) 921-8322

www.phoenixrockgym.com

Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace offers an abundance of dining and shopping options that are sure to keep you occupied when you're under 21 and in need of something to do. You catch a movie at the Harkins movie theater there as well.

2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway

Tempe

(480) 966-9338

www.tempemarketplace.com

The Vue on Apache

The Vue has a bunch of pool parties and events going on at the upscale apartment complex where the alcohol is flowing, girls are in bikinis, and a bunch of fun is going down. It's the ultimate rooftop party.

922 E. Apache Blvd.

Tempe

(480) 966-3669

www.thevueonapache.com

Oasis Café

Oasis Café is a lushly furnished spot to enjoy a hookah with friends, listen to authentically high-pitched Indian music, and lust after local belly dancers.

4441 N. Buckboard Trail

Scottsdale

(480) 751-5362

AMF Tempe Village Lanes

If you like bowling, grab a group of your friends and head on down to the bowling ally for an active and fun night!

4407 S. Rural Road

Tempe

(480) 831-5322

www.amf.com/tempevillagelanes

Club Afterlife

Arizona's hottest 18-and-up club has after hours past normal closing time, which is 2 a.m. The closing time for this club is extended to 4 a.m., so you can keep dancing and partying it up longer than everyone else!

4282 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Scottsdale

(480) 264-8300

King Tut Café & Catering

If you enjoy some hookah and great food, check this place out. You'll notice the furniture has several butt dents from the weekend nights that ASU students spend there smoking.

1125 E. Apache Blvd.

Tempe

(480) 921-1670

Student Polls

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 62 responses

  • 34% I don't party
  • 21% Greek Life
  • 16% House party, Greek ones always gets shut down
  • 14% Themed parties with friends
  • 9% Bars and Clubs
  • 3% I don't party but my guess would be Greek life
  • 2% Anywhere, really

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 359 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 331 responses

  • 2% There are no good options.
  • 25% Use a designated driver.
  • 8% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 16% Public transportation.
  • 13% Taxis.
  • 37% Walk.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 68 responses

  • 43% I have not been to a party event at this campus
  • 21% The Territorial Cup
  • 21% Halloween
  • 12% Undie Run
  • 4% MLK Day

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 349 responses

  • 11% Parties? What parties?
  • 5% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 12% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 42% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 30% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

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