The nightclub industry is one of the most lucrative in the nation. In fact, nightclubs raked in $26 billion last year according to the U.S. Bar & Nightclub Industry. With such high financial gains to be made, you’d better believe business owners in Arizona are cashing in. Of course, revenue isn’t everything. Dance floor, atmosphere, price and music are just a few of the factors that make partygoers pine for their favorite nightclub. With that said, Arizona has several clubs that have distinguished themselves from the crowd. Here are some of the hottest clubs in Arizona to party the night away.
Clubbers are often faced with the difficult decision of choosing between seeing a live band or DJ. Not at Wasted Grain. This Old Town Scottsdale bar and dance club has two major dance areas. On the first floor, patrons can seek refuge from the Old Town glitz by hanging out at the main stage. There’s live music on the weekends with bands covering everything from 80s classics to modern rock. On the second floor is 100 Proof Lounge–a fully decked out EDM club complete with DJ’s, bottle service and VIP tables. Wasted Grain also features outdoor patios and open areas—a perfect place to have a drink and reenergize for the dance floor.
This large-scale day and nightclub makes Old Town seem like an extension of the Las Vegas strip. This club has light shows, dancers swinging from the rafters, and even an outdoor pool. Yes, that means pool parties. During the day, the pool is the epicenter of all-out pool parties heavy on music and drinks. At night, the dance floor comes alive with music from some of the world’s best DJ’s. Another similarity to Vegas is the dress code and nightly cover charge.
Playground Bar and Grill has been instrumental in revitalizing downtown Tucson’s nightlife scene. Located on Congress street, this modern bar and lounge is filled with thirsty college kids as well as an older crowd looking to unwind after work. Comfortable sofas and fire pits surround the large dance floor. Whether it’s a weekend night or weekday happy hour, Playground always has an electric atmosphere and inviting hospitality. Don’t forget to check out the rooftop patio. It has an additional dance floor and some of the best views in Tucson.
Monarch Theatre has been constantly improving since opening in 2012. Renovations have improved the dance floor, concert stage and speaker system. Now, it’s home to some of the best live shows in downtown Phoenix. The venue is known to play heavy bass and deep house in addition to attracting world class DJ’s. The state of the art lighting systems contribute to the all around experience and help keep patrons on the dance floor. Though not the largest venue, Monarch has an upstairs lounge and dance area that’s more relaxed and helps limit crowding.