10 Best Punk Bars in Phoenix

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Melissa Fossum
Angry Samoans at Hollywood Alley
Phoenix has a long tradition of punk bars that serve up cheap beer and fast, aggressive (sometimes sloppy) punk rock. Some great venues have closed over the past few years, and while we dearly miss Jugheads and Rogue West, punk bars continue to thrive in the Valley of the Sun. Most are situated in unassuming suburban strip malls, but these locations continue to host some of the best local and national acts the genre has to offer.

See also:

-Top 10 Hard Rock Venues in Phoenix
-10 Best Country Bars in Metro Phoenix

Benjamin Leatherman
The Glass Heroes at George and Dragon's annual Joe Strummer memorial and benefit

10. George and Dragon

The origins of punk are up for debate, but unless you're a Ramones enthusiast (or you've seen SLC Punk a few too many times), the UK is the "official" the birthplace of punk. The Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Damned are among the forefathers of the genre, sardonically pleading "God Save the Queen." Punk is as much an English tradition as bangers and mash and good beer, so George and Dragon is a natural haven for the genre. Every year, Keith Jackson of Glass Heroes hosts a Joe Strummer memorial and benefit show chock-full of local bands performing The Clash and Mescaleros covers. 4240 N. Central Ave., 602-241-0018.

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Melissa Fossum
Tempe Tavern
9. Tempe Tavern

First built as a dairy barn at the start of the 20th century, this Tempe college bar has a little bit of everything. The music selections are diverse, with reggae, rock, hip-hop, folk, and punk bands all sharing the same stage depending on the night. This cozy bar welcomes local punk bands like Via Vengeance, Plainfield Butchers, Inept Hero, Skull Drug, and more with open arms and is a great place to scope out up and coming local bands. 1810 E. Apache, Tempe, 480-794-1706.


Location Info

George & Dragon Pub

4240 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Tempe Tavern

1810 E. Apache, Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Rips Ales & Cocktails

3045 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Ice House Tavern

3855 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

TT Roadhouse Pub

2915 N. 68th St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Pub Rock

8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Rogue Bar

423 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Palo Verde Lounge

1015 W. Broadway Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Hollywood Alley - CLOSED

2610 W. Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: Music


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13 comments
mikee
mikee

Agree Bob. Every week it's just more top ten lists. Boring. Next week it will be top ten Coachella .........insert something banal here. Thanks New Times. Very informative.

BobMehr
BobMehr

Should be called: Another worthless article by the New Times Music Staff. Seriously, do you have anything original or interesting to write about or just top ten lists that suck? And the writers don't really know much about the local scene. No mention of Meat Market in the Top Punk Bars? WTF? It's a BYOB anything goes venue with national punk bands, not just local wannabes. Or what about The Bunker. Same deal. Oh,,,,naive New Times Writers. The editor needs to completely revamp the music staff.

Mary O'Hagan
Mary O'Hagan

thank you punk rock CeCe. I'm sure you know ALL about that.

Jennifer Masiello
Jennifer Masiello

Jeanna Baney and Scott Baumgarte you guys made it in on the PV picture. I noticed Scott first, and I have only ever seen him with a shirt on in person...

Kyle Brock
Kyle Brock

Title should be "All 10 punk bars in Phoenix"

dlee23
dlee23

The origins of punk are not really debatable since the chronological history and influence are now factual musical history. Punk can be traced back to the mc5, iggy and the stooges, new york dolls, richard hell and the voidoids, and many others. The sex pistols fashion was hijacked from richard hell, the safety pins and violent shows by iggy pop. For someone writing about music for a living it should be obvious that these and others of their time are the origins of punk... the uk punks following in the earlier footsteps of the americans. Now if you want to debate what brought punk to the forefront of the music scene... than your points may have a point but otherwise you are way off base.

Dinosaur Punk

dlee23
dlee23

Heh, the origins of punk

lecolonel737
lecolonel737

@BobMehr Hey Bob, Sound like you know what you're talking about. I move to Tempe from Detroit a couple years ago and would really like to discover the punk rock scene out here. Is the Meat Market still hosting bands? I'm in a couple punk rock bands and we'd really like to play there. I also could not find anything about the Bunker.....

Phxmusicdotcom
Phxmusicdotcom

@dlee23 Hey -- we added "quotes" around the word official, because the writer absolutely acknowledges the US roots of the musical style. I promise -- the writeup about an English punk bar is just paying tribute to the English punk bands that helped define the genre. 

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