Which Phoenix Concert Venue Matches Your Personality?
The Phoenix concert scene is a microcosm of humanity, with something for every kind of music lover. But music represents only half of the equation—where you see a concert matters just as much as the band or artist in question. Certain venues are best for those who need a comfy chair, while others are made for those who just can’t stand sitting still. But whether you're laid-back, ready for the party, or the World's Best Dad, rest assured: there's a Phoenix concert venue that gets you.
For the Laid-Back Hipster: The Lost Leaf | Downtown Phoenix
The Vibe: While this house-turned-bar has the feel of Brooklyn in the late ‘90s, it overcomes the stigmas of hipsterness with unapologetically friendly bartenders, an outdoor patio, and the occasional square-dancing lesson.
The Music: A flurry of local and touring acts, from rock bands to DJs, keeps the music going 365 days a year. Best of all? Every live show is free.
Why It Suits You: Because you just want to kick back with a cold one under dim lighting and not be bothered, but you don’t object to the friendly company of others.
For the Punk Who Thrives on Chaos: Palo Verde Lounge | Tempe
The Vibe: The cannonball of dive bars, Palo Verde Lounge (known to some as “The Dirty Verde”) is a dark and dingy joint annexed to a liquor store. Here, every patron is a character, and those characters came to drink.
The Music: Punk with a capital P-U from local and touring bands. When the right show meets the right crowd, it’s sweaty chaos of the highest order.
Why It Suits You: You need a room that can hold your frantic energy, you don’t care about silly things like tinnitus or personal space, and you suspect you’re a little bit immortal.
For the Urban Cowboy: Buffalo Chip Saloon | Cave Creek
The Vibe: If not for the electricity and pasteurized beer, Buffalo Chip could easily be mistaken for a time portal into the Old West. The old-fashioned saloon is complete with a sprawling dance floor that hosts the rootinest, tootinest events in Phoenix.
The Music: Both kinds: country and western. Live tunes come four nights a week, courtesy of the old-school preservationists of the Pat James Band.
Why It Suits You: You’ve ridden a horse, you were born in those boots, and you’ve said, “Don’t rock the jukebox, I wanna hear some Jones” with utmost sincerity at least once in your life.
For the Selfie Addict: Crescent Ballroom | Downtown Phoenix
The Vibe: The lounge of this garage-turned-indie-mecca has quickly morphed into one of Phoenix’s most hopping social scenes. Plenty of late-night dancing takes place beneath its exposed rafters.
The Music: Whatever’s gracing the front page of Pitchfork on any given day, channeled through one of the best sound systems in town.
Why It Suits You: You’re a millennial mover and shaker, and you wanna move it and shake it with those of your ilk.
For the World’s Coolest Dad: Comerica Theatre | Downtown Phoenix
The Vibe: Professional, polished, and streamlined concerts with pristine sound, sharp views, and punctual schedules. Phoenix theaters don’t get better than this.
The Music: Top-tier musical acts that unite all ages, plus the occasional comedian, boxing match, or Broadway show.
Why It Suits You: When it comes to concerts, you like your seats assigned and your air conditioning cranked to 11. Go ahead, take it easy. You’ve earned this.
Roy left The Polyphonic Spree choir and his punk band The Tah-Dahs to become a balding Chicago writer and folksinger. Find him on Twitter @RoyIvy.