I never go wrong when I visit Scottsdale. From the thriving foodie scene to the outdoorsy adventures, there’s just so much to do. One thing’s for sure—Scottsdale knows how to party! The best bars in Old Town Scottsdale will have some unique things to offer and you’ll always have a great time!
When you’re out and about, it’s not uncommon to see large groups out celebrating a bachelorette/bachelor party, a girls’ weekend, and other party-related occasions. That’s because Old Town Scottsdale has a popping bar scene.
You don’t have to be celebrating something special to enjoy the many cool bars that Scottsdale has to offer. I’ve had the pleasure of discovering quite a few myself, so to help you get started, I’m giving you my list of the best bars in Old Town Scottsdale that you should check out.
8 Best Bars in Old Town Scottsdale
1. Coach House
Known as Scottsdale’s most iconic dive bar—and probably all of AZ—Coach House is definitely a spot you want to add to your pub crawl list. It started as a locals’ spot located on Indian School Road—Scottsdale’s main road—but has come a long way from its origins as “Scottsdale’s oldest tavern established in 1959.”
Thankfully, they’ve preserved the classic, rustic divey feel of the place but have expanded to include a large outdoor covered patio area to accommodate its many thirsty visitors.
During the holidays, the Coach House gets covered with Christmas lights and decorations from floor to ceiling and is the most popular bar in town, so don’t be surprised if you need to wait in line to grab a seat.
What better way to soak in the vibes of the Wild West than at a traditional cowboy bar? Located on Main Street in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, sitting down to enjoy at least one cold pint of beer and a crooning country song at the Rusty Spur Saloon is a must.
With live music seven days and nights a week, tasty food, and a vast menu of signature drinks, Rusty Spur Saloon continues to be one of the best bars in Scottsdale even after 70 years in business.
Don’t be surprised if you end up saddling up here for longer than expected!
If the idea of a swanky gastropub piques your interest, then make Bevvy one of your stops. They have a full menu of tasty food (plus a brunch menu), happy hour specials, and lots of signature cocktails that sound too good to pass up. The Pearl Button and Bevvy Buck definitely caught my eye!
If you’re a sports fan, you’re in luck. Every seat in the house has a view of one of the many TV screens that line the bar where there’s always a game or sports-related entertainment playing at all times.
For a fun bar-by-day, club-by-night spot, you won’t be disappointed by Pattie’s First Avenue Lounge. It’s a great place to chill out on the patio, shoot some pool, try your hand at ping pong, and enjoy some pretty inexpensive drinks.
If you’re in a more high-energy mood, stick around for the dance music and get your groove on the spacious dance floor. Local DJs spin every Friday and Saturday night and give Pattie’s that true club feel that makes it a very popular (and potentially crowded) spot on the weekends.
5. Maya Dayclub
It’s not a Las Vegas dance club, but it sure does feel like it! Maya Dayclub is about as Vegas-y as you can get with its seasonal daytime pool parties, live DJ club nights, and available bottle service for the high rollers.
Maya is a fully stacked indoor/outdoor club. The outdoor restaurant and beer garden offers 20,000 square feet of space for drinking, eating, and playing the best backyard games ever—like cornhole, giant pong, skeeball, and more.
You don’t have to be a whiskey drinker to love this place—although you’ll surely be in heaven if you do. Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row has amazing food, and they use whiskey as their special ingredient for popular dishes like the whiskey burger and whiskey wings. If you prefer to drink your whiskey, they have over 60 kinds and lots of whiskey cocktails to choose from.
Whiskey Row has it all—it’s a cool restaurant, bar, live music venue, club, all rolled into one. You’ll enjoy plenty of entertainment with a 360-degree stage for live music performances and a massive 24-foot TV to watch sports.
7. Wasted Grain
Wasted Grain is another awesome something-for-everyone Old Town Scottsdale hotspot. For a laid-back, fun night with friends, you can hang out on the spacious patio or have cocktails in the upscale lounge area. Or, to show off your dance moves, head to the dance floor upstairs where the DJ spins upbeat tracks until the last call.
There are also lots of live performances by local bands at the Wasted Grain plus other cool events like trivia and lip-sync battles. Just keep in mind that this is a nighttime-only place that’s only open after 6 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Another longtime Scottsdale favorite is the Old Town Tavern. There’s nothing swanky or pretentious here — just a cozy, casual bar with great drinks and cool live music. As they say at Old Town Tavern, “every hour is happy hour” so you can be sure there will always be a great drink special going on!
And, there you have it—my list of the best bars in Old Town Scottsdale. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual dive bar, an upscale lounge, or a Vegas nightlife-style dance club, you won’t have a problem finding it in Scottsdale. No matter what, you’re in for an amazing time!
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There are a lot of bars in Old Town Scottsdale like:
– Coach House
– Wasted Grain
– Old Town Tavern
Yes, Scottsdale definitely has a good nightlife with plenty of bars and things to do.
Yes, you can walk around everywhere in Old Town Scottsdale.
Elise Armitage is an entrepreneur and founder of What The Fab, a travel + lifestyle blog based in California. At the beginning of 2019, Elise left her corporate job at Google to chase her dreams: being an entrepreneur and helping women find fabulous in the everyday. Since then, she’s launched her SEO course Six-Figure SEO, where she teaches bloggers how to create a passive revenue stream from their website using SEO. Featured in publications like Forbes, Elle, HerMoney, and Real Simple, Elise is a firm believer that you can be of both substance and style.