Top 10 Hard Rock Venues in Phoenix

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Jim Louvau
The Sword performing at Club Red in Tempe.
We're lucky in the Valley of the Sun. There are plenty of hole-in-the-wall venues, which, in most enthusiasts' opinion, are the best places to see a great show. Especially when it comes to hard rock and metal. We're not talking Slayer gigs with $45,000 worth of pyrotechnics, or the kind of places that host Buckcherry (whose tattoo bills are probably in the same price range); we're talking localized joints that play host to a bevy of heavy national and local bands. When you're really in the mood to rock out hard, you can't go wrong with our list of the Valley's 10 best hard rock venues.

See also:

-Our 10 Favorite Metro Phoenix Music Venues
-Five Favorite Live Hip-Hop Venues in Metro Phoenix

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Rocky Point Cantina
10. Rocky Point Cantina
Located five minutes from the ASU campus (right by the train tracks), this indoor/outdoor venue and bar always allows for people to spread out during live shows. The vibe is great, particularly because many bands come to hang out in the crowd before and after their sets. They serve food too -- mostly Mexican fare, which pairs well with the host of hardcore, death metal, and punk bands that hit the spot. 1001 E. 8th St., Tempe, 480-968-7879

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Jim Louvau
The Sword performing at Club Red in Tempe.
9. Club Red
Club Red alternates mostly between hip-hop and hard rock (with occasional forays into extreme metal). The bartenders are friendly, and so is security, even though they usually will give you a pat down before letting you in. The venue coordinates dual stages with the neighboring Red Owl, and both are large and provide great sound and lighting effects. There's a ton of seating and a big dance floor in front of the stage; expect to see moshing more often than not. Hungry after the budget friendly drinks and live show? Head to the Waffle House next door, or the liquor store, where you can grab a bottle and some chips before heading home. 2155 E. University Dr., #112, Tempe, 480-258-2733

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Goat Head Saloon
8. Goat Head Saloon
Don't let the strip mall location and morbid name deter you. Yes, it may be a no BS bar, but the stiff drinks, jukebox, and interior character alone make it worthwhile. There's a wide selection of beers, wine and bar food. The stage setup and sound system is a favorite of local bands -- but beware: it gets loud as hell. The bar area is separate from the music, but there is nothing obstructing the views. 1423 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa, 480-464-8030

Location Info

Venue

Map

Club Red

2155 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Goat Head Saloon

1423 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ

Category: Music

Big Fish Pub

1954 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Rogue Bar

423 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Martini Ranch - CLOSED

7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Blooze Bar

12014 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Joe's Grotto

13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

That's more of a "when," but I'm into it. Good burn bro, good burn.

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

Nice. Robert, where do you best enjoy your hard rock performances? : )

David Christian Owens
David Christian Owens

I like Crescent, but i guess for "Hard Rock" where people can blast their amps however they please I would put Yucca Tap Room at number 1. The last time i was at 910 it had lots of color and neon lights which seems like a cool setting for a dance club. I liked that you guys picked the Rogue though.

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

David, what's your favorite hard rock venue?

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Compound Grill... oh wait that's gone. Compton Terrace, wait that's gone too. Celebrity Theater, that's still there.

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