Ten Favorite Metro Phoenix Jukeboxes
See also: Top 10 Songs for Jukebox Warfare
Jason P. Woodbury You think you can be a jukebox hero? The jukebox at Shady's can make you feel like one.
In the hands of a capable coin-popper, an Internet jukebox can be a great thing. A little far out Tropicália? That sounds nice. Some classic funk from Parliament? Yes, please. The deep cuts cost more, but can really set the mood.
So we're not putting down the idea of the internet jukebox, but rarely does it bring out the best sounds from a crowd. More often it enables people to quickly pick the same shitty shit you heard scanning the radio dial on the drive to the bar.
We like old school jukeboxes a lot more, the kind that demonstrate and reflect the taste of an establishment (or lack of). We like jukeboxes stuffed with discs, or at least a well-pruned digital playlist. We like the idea of that glowing box in the corner actually saying something about where you are.
These jukeboxes do just that. So welcome to our 10 favorite jukeboxes in the Valley. Leave yours in the comments section.
10. Q & Brew in Tempe
Not that the juke box at P.V. is always easy to get access...
The jukebox in Q & Brew doesn't have a particularly expansive collection of music, but what it does have it perfectly suited for shooting pool. You won't find club hits or the latest indie flavor-of-the-month, just music that reflects the no-nonsense nature of the place: Tom Petty, GNR, and classic rock collections. You're not going to hear anything particularly surprising, but it all works for that moment you're trying (and most likely failing) to make that corner shot.
No, it's not a juke box in the strict sense, meaning there's no 45s or CDs, but the customer accessible iPad works just like one, minus the money. The staff at Cornish Pasty Co. stock it with indie rock, vintage punk, and offbeat pop, and the carefully assembled tracks fit the ambiance of the place to a T. Yeah, it's an iPad, but it's more jukebox than those select-whatever-you-want Internet cubes.
The "Dirty Verde" is a punk rock kinda place, and the juke there has got all the basics: retro heavy metal like Sabbath and proto-punk like The Stooges. Don't bother looking for trendy hits; like the beer here, the music's not super fresh but manages to hit the spot.