5 Favorite Places to Nerd Out in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Fun, Geekery

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Phoenix is home to everything from sports teams to rock stars. It's home to a broad community of artists, young professionals, and everything in between. There's something for everyone in this diverse metropolis, so it's no surprise that Phoenix has lots to offer in the nerd department. We've gathered our favorite places where you can let your hair down and let your nerd flag fly proud.

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Burton Barr Central Library
This 280,000-square-foot, five-level library houses more than a half-million items in its collection. You'll also find nearly 100 public computers with Internet access, a rare-book collection, an auditorium, and hands-on learning materials like car repair manuals. With plenty of seating areas and quiet corners, the library is the perfect place to zone out and get your nerd on. Visit the library website and stay updated on monthly happenings, such as book readings, Internet classes, and Minecraft game nights. Burton Barr is located 1221 North Central Avenue on the light-rail route.

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Game CoLab
Game CoLab opened its doors just this year, and it has been a total hit. This members-only collaborative work space is focused on all things gaming-related -- and it's known to throw some mean parties. Membership prices range from $10 a month, which will get you basic access to the facility and events such as gaming nights every Tuesday. For $195 a month, you'll get a private desk. If you've got your gaming shiz on lockdown, $350 to $425 per month will get you a private office. If you're not ready to commit, just pay the $15 daily drop-in rate. The company is in the process of moving, so it's currently not open. But the new location will be unveiled soon. Keep an eye on www.gamecolab.org for updates.


Location Info

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Burton Barr Central Library

1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Drawn to Comics

5757 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: General

AZ Collectors Marketplace

1945 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Co.+HOOTS

1027 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Game CoLab

605 E. Grant St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General


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samrocksc
samrocksc

Heatsync Labs: Get your picture taken with a homemade Scanning Electron Microscope, go get openskanned and a 3dprint of your body, laser cut a picture of your face, learn how to use node.js from a dude that uses Google Glass to fly a quadcopter, and on the way out view the Raspberry Pi/Arduino/Beagle Bone selections and see if you can do anything cool with the robotics.


Then take all that stuff and gain +3 int, head over to Gotham City Comics & Coffee, sit down and destroy a nerd in Magic: The Gathering.

Downtown Mesa.

Seriously.
Seriously.

Wait, you chose Glendale as Metro Phoenix for a comic book store? Am I missing something?

Dani Cutler
Dani Cutler

Gangplank in Chandler, another awesome nerdy co-working place!

Lucia Perry
Lucia Perry

Nerd nights at Carly's! Bloomsday at Irish Cultural Center! Adult classes at the Jr. colleges where we get a chance to geek out on our love of subjects. Not all geeks are techies.

dcutler
dcutler

6. Gangplank in Chandler! 

Richard Quiroz
Richard Quiroz

Best place to "nerd out" is at our Synopsys office in Chandler, talking about analog and digital stuff. Exciting stuff.

LauraA.
LauraA.

@Seriously.  The Phoenix Metropolitan area includes all surrounding cities, by definition. This list was extremely limited; there are lots of other great places out there, but for this particular post, yes, I went with a store in Glendale. 


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