Plenty of couples meet online, but Adventures 2000 ensures they can also meet over a moonlit hike or an afternoon skydive. Though not a matchmaking service, the network connects singles aged 21–55 throughout the Phoenix area with a range of professionally organized events. These informal happenings are conducted in a low-pressure atmosphere, making it easier for participants to make new friends or meet someone special to adopt a highway with. Adventures 2000's staff coordinates 30–35 of these activities and events each month, from horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and rock climbing to dinner parties and game nights. They also organize outings to live concerts and theatrical productions, and plan excursions as playful as themed treasure hunts or as elaborate as week-long travel packages. To ensure a safe and carefree attitude of the events, the staff extensively screens all new members.
Every weekend, nationally touring comedians step up to the brick wall at The Comedy Spot Comedy Club to deliver their sets. The performance area allows viewers to get table seating right up to the edge of the stage or hang back in the booths to admire photos of nostalgic comedic icons. While watching, audiences can take in New York– and Chicago–inspired sandwiches and pizzas from the menu. Those looking to hone their own rib-tickling skills can enroll in improv classes or take the stage for a five-minute set during open mic nights. The club’s website even offers fledgling comics tips, such as a dress code, following the light, and checking each patron’s bag for tomatoes.
The Venue Scottsdale is a chameleon of a building, as ready to effortlessly host an elegant wedding reception as it is to present a comedy show or concert. The 29,000 square-foot, multi-level confines feature an indoor cobblestone courtyard and leaf-covered balconies, offering an outdoorsy ambience without the worry of inclement weather. Upstairs, a ballroom and a VIP lounge welcome private event goers, while a comedy club inspires knock-knock jokes with its own private entrance.
At Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row, you don't ever have to go thirsty, hungry, or get bored. That's because the lively interior is home to a variety of unique features, from a trio of beer taps at every booth to a 360-degree stage and 24-foot television. From the kitchen, servers whisk plates to tables piled with artichoke dip, five types of sliders, or grilled whiskey wings made from free-range whiskey bottles. Frequent events keep the airy, rustic interior of the bar and restaurant lively, and range from live music to UFC fights.
If ever you've found yourself serving crab, you might have wondered what would be a good side dish for it. The Arizona Seafood Festival answers that question without hesitation: more crab. A celebration of all things seafood, the annual festival treats taste buds to some of the ocean's most hard-to-find delicacies. And, of course, lots and lots of crab. The festival punctuates its sea feast with land-based treats, plus contests and activities for kids anchored by an aquarium exhibit. Adults can whet their whistles on Wine Row with craft beers and wines, which are much tastier than of wringing out the beards of any sea captains in attendance.