8 Best Music Venues in Metro Phoenix

Celebrity Theatre, a classic concert venue in Phoenix.
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Celebrity Theatre
It seems like one has closed every month, lately--Hollywood Alley, Martini Ranch, Rocky Point Cantina--but the Valley is still blessed with enough music venues to make selecting some for each year's Best of Phoenix a little nerve-wracking.

In any case, we did it. Here are the music venues that picked up awards in this year's Best of Phoenix proceedings:

The Sail Inn, Tempe
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The Sail Inn in Tempe

Best Venue for Local Acts: The Sail Inn, Tempe


It's like that old weather joke that people in basically every state think they invented: If you don't like the music at The Sail Inn, wait five days. Actually, one day is usually enough. A given week might see a Grateful Dead tribute show followed up with an album-release party for an early-20-something dance-pop band. And in June, the place pulled off a particularly neat trick, hosting acts named Jah Missionary and Vomit God.

When so much Valley music is segregated by age, group affiliation, and sheer physical distance, that eclecticism is an asset. In other words, it's a good place to lurk if you're looking to slip out of your musical bubble. Updated and revitalized by the original owner when it reopened in 2009, The Sail Inn's calendar is still tilted toward jam and jam-affiliated rock. But Tempe residents for whom six-minute guitar solos are a non-starter still will find plenty to like.

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Sail Inn - CLOSED

26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Wild Knight - CLOSED

4405 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Last Exit Live

717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Joe's Grotto

13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Club Red

1308 W. University Dr., Mesa, AZ

Category: Music

Celebrity Theatre

440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music


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Charity Recla
Charity Recla

Mesa Amphatheater. Wish there were more show there. Saw Bauhaus, Pixies (2x's) and The Black Keys there. Great sound, done early, and you can see from everywhere. It also is pretty intimate.

Jeannette Passaretti
Jeannette Passaretti

Celebrity is best. Although the Ovations Showroom at Wild Horse Pass casino is pretty darn good, too.

Bruce Salvage
Bruce Salvage

compton terrace..yes its been a long time since i was in arizona..lol

Brennan Johnson
Brennan Johnson

You got it up Celebrity Theatre!!! Widespread Panic 2000 & 2001 were 2 of my all time best shows. Just went to see Chris Isaak there a couple months ago. Place could use a little face lift, but its got the 70's nostalgia going for it. Bad ass theatre in the round right here in our back yard.

Patrick Delaney
Patrick Delaney

lol The Sail Inn was basically a dive bar for 20 yrs.

Tim Larkin
Tim Larkin

Saw, Zappa, Shawn Phillips, Riopelle New Years gigs, Emmy Lou, So, so many great concerts and good times

Jim Pompe
Jim Pompe

Worked with Doug Clark back in those Riopelle days and there was no venue around that compared to this place. Every group that came in loved the intimacy and energy of the fans. Plus if I remember correctly, there was a funny smell in the air as the concerts progressed. Wish I could remember what caused it!

ohhailno
ohhailno

Can't believe the Rhythm Room was not on this list. For shame. 

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