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.
Brick walls and fireplaces surround the nautical-themed dining area of Great Lakes Shipping Co. Restaurant & Tavern. During warmer months, the casual steak and seafood house opens its large outdoor deck that allows diners to pair meals with the melodic tweets of nearby birds. Executive chef Thomas Verlin's menu showcases fresh lake catches such as breaded perch alongside oceanic fare such as Australian lobster and Alaskan king crab, often accented with simple sauces, pastas, and cue cards that let the entree speak for itself. Thomas also lassos hand-cut slices of prime rib, new york strip, and tenderloin fillets onto dinner plates and wrangles juicy burgers and sandwiches to satisfy lighter appetites.
Genesis cover band The Musical Box faithfully recreates the classic performances of the 1974 album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, the last recorded with Peter Gabriel at the helm. Mixing costumes, slide projections, outlandish costumes, and visual effects, the show weaves a dreamlike tale of a boy named Rael searching for his brother in a surreal vision of New York, set to complex instrumentation and werewolf-identifying supersonic squeals. With Genesis' original slides and sonics carefully calibrated to recreate the original sound of the album, The Musical Box fashions a multimedia experience as close to the original concerts as possible. The Orbit Room immerses showgoers in an intimate space, with ample standing room facilitating enthusiastic arm waves and spontaneous ribbon dancing.
Flanagan's Irish Pub's gastropub menu rotates nearly weekly with eclectic offerings such as pulled pork tacos and specialty burgers with fresh, seasonal toppings. Chefs still cook up classic Irish dishes such as fish and chips or shepherd's pie, but also put twists on old favorites: reuben bites—mini reuben sandwiches rolled in wonton skins—are a house specialty. On the weekends, live bands and DJs fill the air with music.
Customers at Hubs Inn share pizzas of their own design, with boursin alfredo sauce and basil pesto serving as alternatives to classic red sauce if desired. Other hearty menu favorites include house-made chili as well as the eatery’s signature dish: grilled steak laid atop three-cheese tortellini. Burgers are specially seasoned in-house and paired with hand-cut fries. Ambitious diners can take on the burger challenge, in which they attempt to eat a 3-pound burger and a 1-pound order of fries in under an hour without using their fifth stomach.
Streetlight glow cascades across the brick-paved road that lies in front of Ritz Koney Bar and Grille, where a bronze sign bearing the bar’s name glimmers above the door as guests filter in and out. That same door swings open until 3 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, letting the vocal melodies of open-mic events and live entertainment briefly escape into the night. There’s never a cover charge to get in, leaving extra money in the pockets of patrons who stop by for a drink after work, on a date, or during a quest for the world’s crispest cocktail napkins.