Top 10 Hard Rock Venues in Phoenix
|The Blooze Bar|
On any given night, drinking at the bar may feel like you've stepped back in time into the movie Grease. Rockabilly greasers, psychobilly rockers, and beefy bikers seem to claim this watering hole, but hard rock acts love to take the stage. The sound is surprisingly good for such an intimate venue, and high-topped tables surround a small dance floor in front of the stage. Hell, you may even like it so much you get married there -- the non-denominational "Reverend Tumbleweed" will hitch you up, with a special set of "rock and roll vows." 12014 N. 32nd St., 602-788-4574
3. Nile Theater
Melissa Fossum H20 performing at Nile Theater.
In 1924, the Nile Theater opened as the Valley's first, and largest, movie house. After almost 30 years, it closed and has since been a nightclub, dinner theater, clothing boutique, church, and more. Nowadays, it houses three different rooms: The Nile Theater, Lo-Fi Coffee, and Underground, all unique in their own right, hosting live music shows. The Underground, located in the (shocker!) basement, hosts the most hard rock acts, and can get so humid with the pulse of dueling guitars and growls, it's a wonder the graffiti scrawled across the concrete walls hasn't melted off by now. 105 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-559-5859
2. Joe's Grotto
Lauren Wise Orgy at Joe's Grotto.
As a past winner of New Times' Best Rock Club category, Joe's Grotto has just an interesting backstory as it does crowd: In 1994, the venue was established by musician Joe Grotto, after he won $75,000 in Las Vegas and invested it into the club. Along with the help of some friends, he has made it a favorite for even big-name hard rock bands to play when they come through town. Regardless of the hardcore metal bands that grace this stage, a strict "no moshing rule" applies. Music plays six nights a week, alongside several drink specials -- and the bartenders never skimp on the shot pours. 13825 N. 32nd St., 602-992-1007
1001 E. 8th St., Tempe, AZ