Scottsdale's Axis-Radius Closing on June 29, Will Become Music Venue and Drinkery

Categories: Opening/Closing

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Benjamin Leatherman
Axis-Radius in Scottsdale, which closes its doors on June 29.
Load up your copy of Avicii's "Last Dance" and steel yourself for some depressing news, EDM fans and nightlife fiends: Axis-Radius, the longest-running dance club in Scottsdale, will close by month's end after 16 years in operation. The Old Town institution -- which has served as the epicenter for DJs, dancing, and nightlife adventures since the late '90s -- will shut down on June 29 after one final blowout, appropriately titled "Last Call."

You'll still be able to spend your evenings and weekends enjoying music and after-dark thrills at either of the clubs comprising the iconic double-sided establishment, but only after each receives a complete reboot and remodel into two different concepts, including a live music venue.

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Jim Louvau
Steve Aoki performs for a packed house at Axis-Radius in February.
Up on the Sun has learned that Evening Entertainment Group -- the company, run by longtime Scottsdale nightlife mavens Les and Diane Corieri, that owns the property -- is planning to transform Radius into a concert joint called Livewire by the spring of 2014. Meanwhile, the adjacent Axis will become a chic craft beer hangout known as Bottle Blonde, which is tentatively planned to open in January.

Jeff O'Neil, operations manager for EEG, says that the Corieris felt that "changing things up" at Axis-Radius was needed since the venerated danceteria, which is located along Indian Plaza near Saddlebag Trail, has been part of Scottsdale club milieu for the better part of two decades.

"They think that Axis-Radius has kind of run its course and it's time to do something new on that piece of property," O'Neil says. "I mean, it's 16 years old, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a lot of nightclubs that have lasted this long anywhere in the country."

While O'Neil and others at EEG (which also owns nightspots like The Mint and Hi Fi, as well as part of the newly opened Maya) are admittedly excited to give the place a new lease on life, they're a bit melancholic about the closure of one of Scottsdale's more iconic clubs that served as a vanguard for bars and clubs in its particular section of the city's downtown.

The club debuted in 1997 as just Axis, a posh cigar and martini bar ("Because that was the craze back then," O'Neil notes) in what was then a relatively nondescript neighborhood filled with mostly vacant office buildings and storefronts. The Corieris, who also owned bygone clubs Jetz and Stixx around that time, were searching for a new concept.

It blossomed into something bigger, not only helping the couple expand their empire of nightlife establishments (which went on to include more than a half-dozen places in Scottsdale and around the Valley) but also breaking ground for what would later become known as Scottsdale's Entertainment District. Radius, which featured more of a dance club bent, followed within the next two years.


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Axis/Radius - CLOSED

7340 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ

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Alan
Alan

Chic craft beer hangout?  Pass!!!!  Craft beer drinkers are not chic, they are real and don't go for any BS type of place. They won't go for $12 pints or $15 bottles of a beer that is 1/3rd the cost of that down the street at the Brat Haus or Papago.

Steve Berg
Steve Berg

Have great memories and the key chain logo I made for them.

Benne Rex
Benne Rex

finally . . . . a change for the better!

Darin Spyderdog
Darin Spyderdog

where are all the bros gonna get their date rape on at now? :(

Danny Virgil
Danny Virgil

went to shit shortly after Sammy The Bull was busted...

Paul Valach
Paul Valach

Same owner or different? Same guy/place owns like all four of the major hangout, or used to anyway. No wonder they were not always open at the same time.

Jason Nosaj
Jason Nosaj

A bar is closing to make room for a bar! I'm shocked.

Jennifer Salazar
Jennifer Salazar

@Josh-I'm kind of sad about it. At least all the DB's were self contained in one place. Now they are free to roam the city on Friday and Saturday nights amongst the rest of us!! :(

deon7711
deon7711

Sad to see it go, but glad its turning into a live music venue.

pecee69
pecee69

the one image from this establishment I have branded into my mind is the row of haggard mutton dressed as lamb cougars competing to pounce on unsuspecting younger guys wearing beer goggles.................... the memory still gives me shivers of terror.

Ryan Andrew Baltazar
Ryan Andrew Baltazar

It was time, but then I think the scene has its course as well unless your a die hard there every chance you get kinda person.

Jon Moy
Jon Moy

thank god.a d-bag club is closing

jesus_86
jesus_86

I think that good they need a change but those old days were the shit

Sarrah Mueller
Sarrah Mueller

The place has been a dump for a long time.. I hope they put something good there in its place!

Karla Puente
Karla Puente

I'd say boo but I'm too old to go there anymore

Keith Flynn
Keith Flynn

"They think that Axis-Radius has kind of run its course and it's time to do something new on that piece of property," NO SHIT! 1997-2002 were the best years. By 2005 the clientele had completely changed, lost its magic.

Mayrita Hernandez
Mayrita Hernandez

lmao!! pfft im never ratchet! more like your ratchet ass! hahaha but noo this sucks! lol

Freddy Garcia
Freddy Garcia

they probably closed it down cuz of people like you that couldnt hang hahha! jk

Sully De La Cruz
Sully De La Cruz

Armando C. Monroy Freddy Garcia we should go make our final appearance this wknd lol

Freddy Garcia
Freddy Garcia

i seen your ratchet side ther a couple of times lmao! jk

Freddy Garcia
Freddy Garcia

Armando C. Monroy Sully De La Cruz!! something about this club that we could never handle hahaha!

Jeff Moriarty
Jeff Moriarty

I've been in there with the lights on. It's terrifying. There are a lot of memories, hopes, and dreams represented in all those sticky spots and stains.

Josh Skora
Josh Skora

Oh no! Where will all the $30,000 millionaire Scottsdale douchebags and plastic hoochies go now to listen to shitty house music and drink $10 Coronas?!?

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@Jennifer Salazar lol huh? there are DB's everywhere already..

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@pecee69 you mean the Turkey Vultures... 20 years past a cougar, still likes to hunt but can't take down the prey.

deon7711
deon7711

@Rodney Wm. Hartwig exactly! :)

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@Josh Skora lol tell us how you really feel 

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