10 Best Punk Bars in Phoenix
Formerly known as Chasers, this Scottsdale bar has hosted live music for over 20 years. Before the name change and facelift, Chasers was hosted acts like The Lawrence Arms, Cobra Skulls, and Steve Ignorant of Crass. As Pub Rock, this Scottdale bar continues to host a good share of the touring punk bands that come to Phoenix, including Polar Bear Club, Nerf Herder, and Jello Biafra, formerly of Dead Kennedys. The bar also doubles as a broadcasting studio, where KUKQ is headquartered for SkaPunk Thursdays for a weekly live broadcast and a series of live shows. 8005 E. Roosevelt St. Scottsdale, 480-945-4985.
3. Rogue Bar
Melissa Fossum Costello and Townshend have been known to frequent Rogue Bar ('s walls).
Scottsdale is essentially the antithesis of punk, yet it hosts one of the Valley's best punk bars. Upon walking into this dark and dingy dive, it's clear that it's a punk-friendly establishment. Pabst Blue Ribbon paraphernalia is everywhere and a large mural featuring the likes of Lou Reed, Sid Vicious, Debbie Harry, and cats perched on pillars is pretty welcoming. The bar may be small, but it is just the right size to host a circle pit. 423 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-947-3580.
4240 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ