Several times a week, local bands showcase their soaring melodies and heavy riffs at Tonic Tavern & Kitchen. Adorning the tavern's exposed brick interior, the collection of framed electric guitars and autographs reminds patrons of the now-famous bands who once rocked the bar.
A passion for music and its history isn't just apparent on Tonic's walls—it's all over the tavern's rock-themed menu. Here, grilled cheeses on parmesan-crusted challah bread are named after the famous CGBG rock club, while a pound-plus of wings is called a drum set in honor of the chicken that was the original drummer of the Beatles. The theme continues with a selection of handcrafted pizzas such as the Fleetwood Mac, a medley of ribeye steak, thousand island dressing, and dill pickles.
Besides the guitar wall-of-fame, feasts at Tonic unfold among pool tables and flat-screen TVs tuned to the latest sports. A secluded outdoor patio features misters and fans yo keep guests cool in the summer, while heaters thaw visitors during the winter. Along with concerts, Tonic hosts events ranging from team trivia nights to live comedy.
The spring-loaded trampolines and high-flying activities at Airworx’s brightly colored 27,000-square-foot center launch visitors of all ages high into the air. Families can duke it out at the dodge ball court to determine who sits in dad’s comfy chair, and kids younger than 7 spring from age-appropriate trampolines and crawl over a 20-foot inflatable structure in the Shooting Stars area. Airworx’s nightclub-quality sound system and bouncy floors leave visitors breathless as they simulate Jordan-esque dunks amid rows of basketball hoops or challenge friends on the 140-foot trampolines to see how many backflips it takes to travel back in time. Besides open bouncing, Airworx also opens up colorful private rooms for birthday parties, and an elevated DJ booth personalizes the tone of unique corporate and group events.
Servers and patrons alike crunch across scattered peanut shells on the way to their tables at Teakwoods, a boisterous neighborhood watering hole crowned Best Sports Bar in 2009 by Phoenix New Times. A team of chefs cooks up classic American eats, including half-pound burgers, meaty sandwiches, and their award-winning wings, which can heat up gastro-chambers and cargo-pants pockets with flavors such as medium, hot, and honey-barbecue hot. As bartenders pour draft beers and concoct tasty libations, guests can catch their favorite sporting events on one of many high-definition TVs that broadcast events from the MLB, NFL, and UFC. When guests can't make it to the restaurant, Teakwoods' chefs cater fare to events, gatherings, and parties.
Whether you’re a fan of IPAs or hefeweizens, amber ales or stouts, you’ll find something to sip on at SanTan Brewing Company. Brewmaster Anthony Canecchia crafts more than a dozen styles throughout the year, from seasonal selections such as the Oktoberfest German Lager to the flagship Devil’s Ale, a golden brew with a red tint and plenty of hoppy bitterness. As if that weren’t enough, Canecchia and his crew also tap a special cask beer every Wednesday, distributing it to those lucky guests who arrive first. Any of the aforementioned brews pairs nicely with executive chef Dennis Martinez’s buffalo chicken pizzas, stuffed mushroom burgers, and baja shrimp tacos. There’s even a gluten-free menu, not to mention a kids’ menu for those whose drink of choice is apple juice—on the rocks.
Winner of Phoenix New Times’ Best Beer Bar award in 2012, The Hungry Monk has 28 craft beers, a full menu of pub grub, and a neighborly atmosphere to thank for its success. The main draw may be the rotating selection of drafts, including blends made by The Hungry Monk’s own staff. And then, of course, there's the unique beer-based foods—think doughnuts paired with IPA, or whitefish hand-dipped in a house ale batter—that bring the food and brews together like the sight of a gingerbread man doing a keg stand. But it was the simpler dishes, such as a top-notch pub garden salad and the house-specialty street tacos that led Voice Places, to call The Hungry Monk, "our new place of worship."
Fred Astaire Dance Studios' highly experienced instructors instill the subtle elegance of waltzes, fox trots, and tangos into dancing gams. Private introductory lessons school feet in a choice of over 20 styles during sessions, as individuals or couples learn the basics of ballroom dance, dance-floor etiquette, and surgical options available for second left feet. Aside from private sessions, group classes encourage amateur dancers to test out their skills with fellow frolickers during 45 minutes of sashaying and socializing. By the end of their introductory education, students whirl and waltz through the studio's spacious dancing environment with more confidence than the Lord of the Dance at an Irish nightclub.