Mixtape at The Vig Uptown

Categories: Nightlife
Looking for something to do this weekend? "Night Owl" is a quick guide to special nights at bars and clubs around town. We'll give you a few hints re: cover, dress code, music and atmosphere. Saturdays mark Mixtape at The Vig Uptown. 
Ryan Wolf
The Vig Uptown's low lit lounge atmosphere.
at The Vig Uptown has just about everything it takes to be Phoenix's next big indie dance night: Cheap Thrills resident DJ Don Ricardo, hipster promoter deluxe DJ Sean Watson, and perhaps most important -- $2 PBRs. 

Check out the latest Mixtape right here and a full recap after the jump...

Ryan Wolf
DJ Don Ricardo at Mixtape.
The Place:
 6015 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85014

The Time: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Every Saturday.

The Cover: None. 

The Parking: Lot. 

Ryan Wolf
Mixtape's $2 PBRs.
The Bar: This low-lit lounge has an architecturally awesome backdrop behind the bar. The modern design and oversized heavy duty furniture provide a seriously stylish industrial look.  

The Vig is all about variety. Every night of the week has a different beverage bargain. Saturdays alone have two different sets of specials, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. it's half price draft day. Mixtape's drink of choice is a $2 can of PBR. 

The Music: Mixtape aims to deliver "a new night with no musical boundaries." DJ Don Ricardo brought a dance-heavy mix of indie disco beats and electro grooves. One of the strangest aspects of the evening was the DJ's placement within the bar. Facing backwards and near the rear of the bar, he seemed to have been exiled.  
Ryan Wolf
Relaxing while Ricardo remixes.
The Art: Simplified shapes on the walls in the spirit of Mondrian

The Style: Be sure to up your style at The Vig Uptown. There wasn't anything too bold or interesting, but it was a well-dressed crowd. Standard button-ups for the guys and cute little dresses for the ladies. 

The People: People in their thirties looking to relax. Even though DJ Don Ricardo brought the bumping beats, the crowd stuck to their seats. 

Ryan Wolf
The interactive interior design at The Vig Uptown.
What we loved: The interactive bit of interior design. The Vig has an orange backlit wall near the bar where you can release your intoxicated inklings with dry erase markers. Also, the staff and regulars were incredibly welcoming and friendly.

What we didn't love: The trip the light fantastic indie hipster dance night that is Mixtape is missing the indie kids. There just weren't that many people there in general actually. 

Are we going back? We bet we'll be back. We always were a sucker for a mixtape.

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