When musician Joe Grotto got lucky in Vegas in 1994 and pocketed $75,000, he played it smart. Instead of blowing it all on a flashy convertible or a self-portrait carved into a human-size diamond, he used his windfall to build an intimate music venue with a state-of-the-art sound system. Joe began by booking manic rockers, brutal metal bands, and raucous blues guitarists before expanding to include more all-ages shows as the years passed. The success of the venue, which earned recognition as 2008’s Best Rock Club from the Phoenix New Times, has helped draw talented, original groups of all kinds to the stage. The limelight isn’t just reserved for established artists, either; on Wednesdays, bands looking for a place to play can sign up for the open mic, and on Monday, acoustic musicians steal the show.
Although its focus is on music, Joe’s Grotto hasn’t neglected other aspects of entertainment. The full bar pours draft brews such as Kilt Lifter, Blue Moon, and Shock Top while guests shoot pool at a pair of tables, play games on two Megatouch game machines, and throw darts or annoying companions at electronic targets. Out on the patio, revelers order more drinks from an outdoor bar, where a screen lets them watch inside happenings and a mister, cooler, and heater keep the fresh air comfortable all year round.
The Valentine's Day improv workshop and performance—a three-hour experience—prods the funny bones of individuals and couples in a series of comical exercises. Afterward, attendees take in a perpetually polished performance put on by Flashbang Improv!. For those who don't believe in workshops, Valentine's Day, or gravity, this deal also carves out room to catch one of two standalone performances, each slapped up with a smorgasbord of fresh material from one or both participating groups.
The Chaos Comedy Improv troupe spins lightning-quick thinking into tapestries of cachinnation during Saturday-night showcases of unscripted comedy. A vibrant, quick-witted cast evicts any lingering drama from the Dearing Acting Studio stage, giving audiences a reprieve from all non-laughing matters as they munch on house-popped popcorn. Upcoming performances vary wildly, as the troupe never plays the same show twice or forgets to wear random clothing found in a back alley. Fans of unadulterated imagination can rejoice that Chaos Comedy keeps the laughs family friendly.
Although LIMELight Agency also spotlights local interaction and marketing, LIMELight Events are designed to connect Arizona's people with their local artists, musicians, and business owners within the confines of their area's restaurants and hotels. Aside from events, the other sectors of the agency are dedicated to assisting business owners with enhancing their digital marketing presence online, as well as improving in-person professional networking and education, to maximize their growth and success.
Blue Martini's eponymous cocktail might be the first on their list of "classic" martinis, but those ordering it shouldn't expect it to look traditional. For starters, it's not clear, but blue (of course). It also eschews the usual glassware, arriving over ice in an oversized snifter rather than a martini glass. The drink gets its hue from a dose of Blue Cura?ao, and its taste from a blend of vodka, Cointreau, and orange juice, a mixture patrons can continue to stir with the glow stick that comes propped inside the glass. Blue Martini is able to take such liberties with their libations because they've created 40 unique specialty martinis, a list that draws from flavor inspirations as varied as cucumber, caramel, and sour apple. There's even four different "skinny" martinis, which weigh in at less than 250 calories each.
It's not all martinis, though; bartenders are adept at crafting limitless cocktails, popping bottles of champagne, and pairing guests with selections of red and white wines almost exclusively from California. To keep their drinks company, guests can order from a succinct, yet diverse menu of dishes including a beef tenderloin flatbread and seared tuna with an Asian seaweed and calamari salad. The upscale, sizable environs at each Blue Martini location make them ideal party venues; in fact, hosts can even treat their guests to bites from party platter menus designed to feed up to 400 people or one really hungry garbage disposal.
Woven into the Sonoran Desert with stunning panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains, the PGA TOUR's TPC Scottsdale boasts 36 holes of inspiring golf and a screcard full of upscale amenities that let everyday golfers experience "a day in the life" of a PGA TOUR player.