Arizona Nightlife

Tucson Film & Music Festival on October 9–12 (Up to 40% Off)

Tucson Film & Music Festival

Multiple Locations

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10th-annual, multi-day festival celebrates filmmaking and music with special emphasis on films and filmmakers with a connection to Arizona

$50 $30

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"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" for Two or Four on July 12, August 16, September 6, or October 11 (Up to 71% Off)

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show"

Arizona Event Center

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A cast of actors mimic Frank-N-Furter, Brad, and Janet as the audience does the "Time Warp" during a screening of the cult classic

$42.42 $13

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Improv Show for Two or Four at Outliars Comedy Club (Up to 50% Off)

Outliars Comedy Club

Multiple Locations

Improv players trained at Second City and iO explore the unexpected in short- and long-form scenes

$40 $20

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Wild Western Festival for One, Two, or Four at Sahuaro Ranch Park on October 24–26 (Up to 50% Off)

Wild Western Festival

Sahuaro Ranch Park

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Live music, pie-eating contests, Steampunk costume contests, stunt shows, and pony rides whisk families back to the 1880s

$10 $7

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Murder and a Meal Dinner Theatre at Orange Tree Golf Resort on October 3–November 1 (Up to 33% Off)

Murder and a Meal Dinner Theatre

Orange Tree Golf Resort

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Murder mysteries inspired by Clue and Desperate Housewives turn audiences into detectives as they feast on a three-course meal

$97.47 $65

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Two or Four Show-Only Tickets at The Black Mustache (Up to 55% Off)

The Black Mustache

The Black Mustache Old-Fashioned Melodrama Co.

This vaudeville-style theater encourages audience participation during its side-splitting slapstick plays

$32 $15

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Karaoke and Snacks Sunday–Thursday or Friday and Saturday at August Karaoke Box (Up to 70% Off)

August Karaoke Box

Tempe

In private rooms or a public hall, groups sing along to more than 130,000 songs, nibble snacks, and sip drinks

$15 $4.50

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Wine Tasting Package for Two or Four at Wilhelm Family Vineyards (Up to 53% Off)

Wilhelm Family Vineyards

Elgin

Guests sample five wines and choose one to sip on in a take-home commemorativ wine glass; experiences include a chocolate & cheese plate

$52 $25

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$15 for $30 Worth of Casual Gourmet Cuisine and Wines at Cellar 13

Cellar 13 Fine Wine Bar

Carefree Arizona

13 white and 13 red wines by the glass or bottle; the menu includes tomato-basil flatbread, hearts of romaine salad, and grilled cheese

$30 $15

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Couples Wine-Tasting Package or Double-Date Retreat Package for Four at Passion Cellars (Up to 53% Off)

Passion Cellars

Multiple Locations

Sample Arizona-grown wines, including the fruit syrah, oak-barrel-fermented merlot, and cranberry-agave wine

$40 $19

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Romantic Wine Tasting in Jerome for Two or Four at Echo Canyon Vineyard & Winery (Up to 54% Off)

Echo Canyon Vineyard & Winery

Jerome

Sample artisan cheeses, chocolates, and wines made with Arizona-grown grapes in the mountain-side mining town-turned-artist village

$57 $29

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Marvin Short's "Rock 'n Roll Dreams" at Theatre Sedona Through December 30 (Up to 51% Off)

Marvin Short's "Rock 'n Roll Dreams"

Theatre Sedona

Sax-man Marvin Short blasts out the hits that defined rock, including songs from Jerry Lee Lewis, Tina Turner, and Ray Charles

$38.22 $25

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Erasure at Comerica Theatre on October 21 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 25% Off)

Erasure

Comerica Theatre

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The famed synth-pop duo delivers dance-floor anthems such as “A Little Respect” and new tracks from their latest album

$58 $43.50

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Season Pass to Tucson Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Series's Friday-Evening Concerts (Up to 44% Off)

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Series

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

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Five programs fill the fall and winter with music from Barber, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and others, each with a guest artist or conductor

$225 $125

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Youth American Ballet Company Presents "The Nutcracker" on December 19–21 (Up to 52% Off)

Youth American Ballet Company Presents "Nutcracker"

Desert Ridge High School Performing Arts Auditorium

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Tchaikovsky's classic score twirls to life in a holiday classic which sees young Clara venture into a dreamland of snow and ice

$25 $12

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

$60 $29

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Club Night on Friday or Saturday for Two at El Parral (Half Off)

El Parral

Glendale

Dance club complete with table and bottle service, a full bar, and live music gets folks moving

$20 $10

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One, Two, or Four Groupons, Each Good for a Movie Outing with One Ticket at Studio Movie Grill (Up to 47% Off)

Studio Movie Grill

Scottsdale

A wide selection of new releases and cult classics is projected on towering screens as viewers watch from leather recliners and tables

$9.50 $5

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$29 for a Beer Class with Food and Tastings for Two at Boulders on Broadway ($50 Value)

Boulders on Broadway

Tempe

On third Monday and Wednesday of each month, bar with dedicated three-figure beer list teaches how to pair brews with food

$50 $29

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Phoenix Ballet (formerly Ballet and Friends) Presents "The Nutcracker" at Orpheum Theatre on December 12–14 (Up to 55% Off)

"The Nutcracker"

Multiple Locations

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Under artistic direction from Slawomir Woźniak, this non-profit raises money for charity with its annual Nutcracker performance

$51.20 $24

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Arthouse-Movie Outing with One Large Popcorn for Two or Three at The Loft Cinema (Up to 55% Off)

The Loft Cinema

Palo Verde

Nonprofit independent arthouse screens indie, foreign, and cult-classic films accompanied by popcorn with real butter

$25 $11

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$85 for a Murder-Mystery Dinner for Two with Souvenir Mugs from The Dinner Detective ($161.60 Value)

The Dinner Detective

Mesa

After shocking murder, guests and actors collect clues to expose killer while dining on meatloaf, chicken, or pasta

$161.60 $85

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Beer Flights and Food for Two or Four at Dubina Brewing Co. (Up to 50% Off)

Dubina Brewing Co.

Glendale

Father-and-son team draw on their Czech roots to craft a spread of traditional brews ranging from vanilla porters to imperial IPAs

$31.98 $18

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Standup Comedy at Stand-Up, Scottsdale! (Up to 49% Off)

Stand-Up, Scottsdale!

Downtown Scottsdale

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Intimate comedy venue hosts a rotating cast of nationally known comedians

$49 $25

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$13 for $26 Worth of Small Plates and Drinks at twenty6 lounge

twenty6 lounge

Desert Ridge

Small plates such as cured meats plate with ham, coppa, borsellino salami, mole salami, chipotle bacon jam plus beer, wine, and cocktails

$26 $13

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Two Hours of Billiards and Two Drinks for Two or Four at Pockets Pool & Pub (Up to 63% Off)

Pockets Pool & Pub

Pockets Pool & Pub

Players at 18 tables sip beers, cocktails, and soda

$40 $15

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Scotch Flight and Hors d'Oeuvres for Two or Four at The Scotch Library (Up to 46% Off)

The Scotch Library

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Expert scotch ambassador walks guests through samples of single malts and blends, which are complemented by delectable food pairings

$90 $49

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Comedy Show for Two, Four, or Eight at Chaos Comedy Improv at the Dearing Acting Studio (Up to 59% Off)

Chaos Comedy Improv

Dearing Acting Studio

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Family-friendly comedy troupe showcases improvisational talent in weekly, unscripted shows

$24 $15

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Standup Comedy for Two or Four at Laffs Comedy Caffe (Up to 53% Off)

Laffs Comedy Caffe

Broadmoor-Broadway

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32-year-old club keeps chuckles rolling with a nation-touring lineup including Floyd J. Phillips, Nick Hoff, Mark Poolos, and Hippieman

$60 $28

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Wine-Tasting Flights with Appetizer for Two or Four at Su Vino Winery (Up to 56% Off)

Su Vino Winery

Downtown Scottsdale

Winery dispenses tasting flights of award-winning wines alongside light appetizers such as caprese and warmed brie

$32.99 $15

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Up to 50% Off Beer & Wine — Apollo's Lounge

Apollo's Lounge

Alhambra

Affable bartenders suffuse chilled glasses with made-to-order mixed drinks in congenial neighborhood gay bar with free WiFi.

$10 $5

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Pizza and Beer for Two or Four at Rosati's Pizza (Up to 49% Off)

Rosati's Pizza

Troon North

Revered century-old franchise specializes in thin-crust and Chicago-style pies paired with draft and bottled beers

$29.05 $15

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Mixology Course for One or Two at RSVP Social Club (Up to 54% Off)

RSVP Social Club

Scottsdale

Mixologist teaches students how to create handcrafted cocktails in a 90-minute course

$60 $30

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$12 for a Friday- or Saturday-Night Comedy Show for Two at The Speakeasy Comedy Club (Up to $24 Value)

The Speakeasy Comedy Lounge

South Scottsdale

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Local comics share the stage with national headliners at a comedy lounge inside Papi Chulo's Mexican Cantina

$24 $12

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$19.99 for Martinis & Manicures for Two at EVO ($30 Value)

EVO

Downtown Scottsdale

Guests sip on martinis or signature cocktails while receiving manicures at weekly event

$30 $19.99

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Wine Flight with Cheese & Pairings Plates for Two or Four at Vintner’s Circle (Up to 56% Off)

Vintner's Circle

Urban Winery Scottsdale

Each guest samples six 2-ounce glasses of wine, complemented by cheese and pairings

$35.98 $18

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Demonstrating inventive takes on old myths is par for the course at Great Arizona Puppet Theater, whose adaptation of Cinderella won the 2010 UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence in puppetry. Behind the scenes, professional puppeteers guide the characters through kid-friendly narratives, both ancient and original. Their performances often include a timely moral that parents can discuss with children with the help of accompanying study guides, which encourage guests to analyze themes and ask questions such as "how can puppets talk if they have no brains?"

The puppet masters have more than 50 tales in their collective memory. They perform them in the historical, hand-painted theater space five days a week, as well as at area schools and functions. By crafting scripts that address Arizonian themes, including the conservation of endangered condors and figures in Native American folklore, they hope to educate and engage their young spectators. Guests can interact with the stories even further by adopting puppets from the onsite gift shop or by attending a private party, where they create their own hand puppets out of paper bags. Additionally, seasonal adult shows prove that puppetry can be as edgy as any other art form.

302 W Latham St
Phoenix,
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Lauded as "Tucson's most celebrated chef" by the New York Times, and the Best Chef in the Southwest by the James Beard Foundation, Chef Janos Wilder has been perfecting his craft for more than 40 years, as evidenced by the simple, elegant cuisine at his latest venture, DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails. After cooking his way through high school and college, Wilder's travels whisked him to the mountains of Colorado, where a three-year residency as a chef at a historic inn propelled him into a lifelong appreciation of locally sourced ingredients. Sojourning to Bordeaux, France in the early ?80s, Janos worked among Michelin Guide Award?winning chefs, where he learned firsthand about French cuisine and techniques.

Returning to the States on a mission to put to his French experiences to work, Janos landed in Tucson. Quickly realizing that the local gardens produced chilies, beans, and squash, he explored ingredients such as prickly-pear cacti, mesquite flour, and Wily Coyotes native to the Southwest landscape. In 1983, his first restaurant, Janos, opened its doors, and there, Wilder pioneered a menu that fused southwestern ingredients with classic French dishes. Today, DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails employs some of those same techniques, drawing from other regions such as Asia to craft fish tacos drizzled with r?moulade, dark-chocolate-and-jalape?o ice-cream sundaes, and a host of imaginative cocktails.

135 S 6th Ave
Tucson,
AZ
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At JJ Madisons, less than 15 burgers on the menu would be unthinkable. The chefs have created 18 separate sandwiches, some of which have their own variants?the Malibu Beach burger, for example, comes with mushrooms, swiss, and avocado atop beef or chicken. Others are less like classic patties and more like enticing burger hybrids. The Buffalo Fire patty is prepped in zesty chicken-wing sauce, whereas the PB & J bacon burger mixes peanut butter, jelly, and sriracha hot sauce for a truly unique flavor combo.

The rest of the menu celebrates a wide range of American eats. There are award-winning wings flavored with 17 different sauces, deli sandwiches from reubens to turkey melts, and entrees of steak and fried shrimp. Much of the food is categorized under a relevant U.S. city, whether it's tacos honoring Santa Rosa, California or a Pittsburgh patty melt.

The eatery also provides plenty of nighttime entertainment: live music, karaoke events, and poker games are on the calendar every week, much like a greedy person's birthday. Happy hour runs all day and night throughout the summer with food specials until midnight.

430 N Power Rd.
Mesa,
AZ
US

Though Terry "Joe" Black spent more than two decades in the restaurant and food industries, for many years the notion of opening his own pizzeria remained a wistful one. Smitten with the restaurant business during his college years, he spent the first 15 years of his career working for national chains, then another 10 in food distribution. It wasn?t until Black met and befriended Nick Heddings, owner of Arizona Pizza Company in Tucson, that the gears were set in motion to allow Black to make the leap to ownership, spurred in part by Heddings's support and pizza recipe. Black and his wife, Mary, kept the concept simple: a limited menu centered around tasty, New York?style pizza. They resolved to be fanatical about their customers? experience and to create a welcoming, neighborhood feel. To further that goal, Black and his family remain active with local schools and organizations to this day.

Their focus on quality and friendliness has paid off. Of Jimmy & Joe?s signature "Serious Slice," blogger Michele Laudig said?as part of the Phoenix New Times? 100 Favorite Dishes series in 2010?"It's super thin and crisp on the bottom, with puffy, chewy edges." Each gigantic slice is cut from the 24-inch Big Jimmy, arrives on its own metal pan, and, like a celebrity?s engagement ring, is bigger than the average person's head. As testament to its food?s deliciousness, the restaurant has won multiple awards, including the Reader Pick for Best Pizzeria in the East Valley Tribune's 2011 Best of East Valley.

3950 W Ray Rd
Chandler,
AZ
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The Phoenix Coyotes' roots expand beyond the borders of the United States, and beyond the NHL, for that matter. In 1971, the Winnipeg Jets gained admittance to the World Hockey Association and eventually won three AVCO Cup championships before the WHA folded in 1979. The Jets were one of four franchises adopted by the NHL after their former league broke up. They played for nearly 20 more years in Manitoba's capital city, but on December 19, 1995, the Winnipeg Jets ownership announced they'd be moving the franchise to Phoenix, where it would adopt a new, Southwestern moniker. The move to Arizona was met with instant success, as the newly named Coyotes made the playoffs in five of their first six seasons and howling swept the city as a popular hobby among local pets. All told, the Jets and Coyotes have combined for 19 playoff appearances in 33 seasons—this despite a carousel that has seen 11 different head coaches at the helm. The highlight of all those playoff appearances came in 2012 with the team's first-ever trip to the conference finals, where it fell to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.

9400 W Maryland Ave
Glendale,
AZ
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It's hard to define the vibe at American Junkie. Is it a sports pub? Is it a dance club? A craft-beer bar? In truth, it's a bit of all of these things, with the atmosphere and activities changing from the time it opens to the closing of the doors late into the night (3 p.m.?10 p.m. on Sundays or until 4 p.m.?2 a.m. Wednesday?Saturday). Oftentimes, the cheers of sports fans ring out as they follow American Junkie's resident teams: the Seattle Seahawks and the Ohio State University Buckeyes. The 20 HD plasma TVs also beam all the major UFC, boxing, and tickle fights.

Beneath several of the screens stretches a circular bar, where bartenders mix cocktails and pour all-American spirits?including craft beers, whiskey, bourbon, and wines sourced from California. But those drinks only account one part of American Junkie's menu. The rest comes from the kitchen, where chefs bake pizzas over mesquite wood, make grilled cheese sandwiches with gouda and crisp green apple slices, and slather ribs in barbecue sauce.

Meals often begin with housemade potato chips (complete with blue cheese dressing for dipping) and end in something truly decadent: a dessert called Half Baked. Vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup cover a half pound of cookie dough, which is baked in a deep-dish pan.

4363 N 75th St.
Scottsdale,
AZ
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