Crescent Ballroom, Roxy Lounge, Rogue West, and Other Openings and Closings in 2011
|The Crescent Ballroom|
Elsewhere in Scottsdale, this year also saw the birth of a wide variety of nightlife concepts in Old Town, allowing nightcrawlers to drink and dance either by the pool (Spanish Fly), inside a pseudo bank vault (The Mint), or in the secretive embrace of a clandestine club (Wild Knight).
We also bid a fond farewell to more than a dozen different bars, clubs, and venues. Some went way before their time (Venue 104) and a couple closed their doors only to return within months (College Dropouts) or closed with plans of being reborn in 2012 (The Foundry).
Read on for a list of which places came or went this past year.
Crescent Ballroom: Since opening in the fall, this epic music venue has beckoned scenesters, bon vivants, and indie kids into its midst almost every night with its urbane aura and killer lineup of performers. Its concert hall has hosted big names like St. Vincent, Iron and Wine, and Phantogram. Then there's the lounge, which has provided a dimly-lit setting to enjoy microbrews and premium booze from the bar, as well as free shows and DJ gigs almost every night of the week.
|Wild Knight in Scottsdale.|
Scottsdale's New Spots: Saddlebag Trail got a host of new arrivals over the past 12 months, such as the raucous El Hefe, the clandestine Wild Knight, and the latest location of Dan Majerle's sports bar empire. Meanwhile, the Dollhouse added a girly counterpart to the more manly Smashboxx, Spanish Fly took the notion of swank pool parties to a whole new level, Barney's Boathouse moved from Tempe to Old Town, and the both the Roxy Lounge and Rockbar Inc gave clubgoers a place to catch local bands and throw up devil horns.
Yellow Canary Dance Hall/Funny World: We also witnessed the debut of a number of under-the-radar music venues, including the YCDH (which is run out of an industrial park by Stephen Steinbrink and James Fella) and the funky house-based joint known as Funny World (which is run by a dude named "Space-Alien Donald"). Like such underground spots as The Tribe House and YOBS, its a place to catch unique band shows without having to worry about IDs or bouncers.
Here's a list of establishments that made a debut (or a re-debut) this year.