The Phoenix New Times pick for Best Rock Club in 2010 and 2011, this live-music venue draws crowds that huddle around indoor and outdoor stages to groove and wail every night of the week. Concerts and festivals stage local bands, indie rockers, and national acts playing genres ranging from bluegrass and reggae to jam music and rock 'n' roll. Amid the big-name acts, the house upholds beloved traditions; Grateful Dead fanatics and people with tie-dyed flesh emerge to party on Sunday nights, and each Thursday, burgeoning starlets perform karaoke with the support of a full live band. Beside the outdoor stage, a spacious patio facilitates mingling under the sky's star-freckled firmament. At the indoor bar, barkeeps fill glasses with mixed drinks and brews while colorful lights flash against walls. Black leather couches and huge art canvases line the lounge area, and a dance floor carved before the stage affords up-close views of the passport stamps canvassing rock star's wrists. AZCentral noted: "Not far from Mill Avenue, the Sail Inn offers a whole different scene, with a cool vibe and laid-back people."
The bar at Public House was discovered in a hayshed in 2009. How it got there, though, involves a history lesson that takes the listener back to Dublin in 1916. It’s a wild story, too, complete with raids, the military, and gun fights that ended with a dead British intelligence agent and a cracked mirror. Although the bar’s been mostly restored, the crack on the back mirror remains. The bartenders at Public House might be kind enough to fill in the rest of the details over a pint of Guinness and some bangers and mash. Even if you don't get around to hearing the rest of that enthralling tale, though, there’s plenty of pub food, Irish whiskey, beer, and to make you feel like you’re practically in Dublin.
The mic is hot, the karaoke machine is ready, and a crowd of friends and family sits nearby cheering you on. All that's left is to pick a tune. That's not an easy decision to make at August Karaoke Box, however.
In seven private rooms, touchscreen karaoke machines blast the music and videos for more than 130,000 songs, including Japanese, Korean, English, and Martian hits. Since the rooms are private, groups don?t have to worry about stage fright or waiting through long lines of other singers. But if they really want to show off their pipes, singers can take to the public stage and belt one out to an adoring crowd.
Open until 2 a.m., August Karaoke Box encourages customers to croon well into the wee hours of the morning. To keep these performers energized, the staff serves hot green tea and snacks, such as Japanese-style fried noodles. They also let patrons bring along their own food.
The concept of building your own meal at a restaurant is nothing new. But at Revo Pizzabar, all the room for creativity makes it fun. Build-your-own pizzas begin on a traditional, wheat, or gluten-free crust, followed by options for a marinara, olive oil, or pesto-based sauce. From there, the toppings might include anything from proscuitto to caramelized onions or figs. Diners can also build their own mac 'n' cheese skillets with cavatappi pasta and the fixings of their choice.
Of course, the chefs also make pizza suggestions of their own, such as the Island pie with jalapenos, pineapples, bacon, and parmesan. A full bar with handcrafted cocktails, wines, and local brews make for perfect pairings with pizzas. And in the mornings, before the chefs fire up the pizza ovens, they serve espresso and pastries.
For the chefs at Sol Diablo Cantina Kitchen, great dishes aren't just about the right spices and cooking methods—they're about options. That's why they've perfected the spice mixes for seven different taco fillings, including mesquite-grilled tri-tip, roasted vegetables, and seafood smothered in a tangy mango relish. They further customize these tacos by preparing them in the customer's choice of corn, flour, or wheat tortillas or carb-free lettuce wraps. They flank these savory concoctions with traditional Mexican sides, such as queso, housemade guacamole, and salsa paired with tortilla chips that are still warm from being forced to watch Hallmark commercials. But even though the chefs love options, they know that one house dessert will always satisfy: a creamy flan topped with caramel sauce and fresh fruit.
Don’t let the shepherd's pie, fish 'n' chips, and draft beers fool you. Though Tilted Kilt snatches up the best cultural fragments of Scotland, England, and the Emerald Isle, the eatery started in Las Vegas. Restaurateur Mark DiMartino sought to combine the communal, rousing feel of pubs in the British Isles with the campy fun of American sports bars, pairing hearty food and traditional trappings with televisions and waitresses clad in mini kilts and alluring plaid halter-tops modeled after William Wallace’s eveningwear. Since its founding, Tilted Kilt locations have popped up in 25 states and two Canadian provinces, serving all manner of hybrid dishes such as the Scottish cheese steak, the Sloppy Jane made with sliced turkey or shaved rib eye, and the Tilted Guilt, an ice-cream sundae perched atop a cookie.