The Sail Inn to Merge With Cactus Jack's in Ahwatukee

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The Sail Inn in Tempe.
We've got both good news and bad news this afternoon for fans of The Sail Inn. First, the bad news: The popular Tempe music venue is still leaving its longtime Farmer Avenue home at the end of the month.

And the good news? Instead of fading out of existence, it's now moving down to Ahwatukee and will live on...sorta.

An announcement on The Sail Inn's Facebook early this morning excitingly declared (in all caps fashion, no less) that the music venue will be "sailing over" to Ahwatukee sports bar and neighborhood joint Cactus Jack's in mid-July.

AHWATUKEE IS THE PLACE FOR LIVE MUSIC!!! SAIL INN IS SAILING OVER TO CACTUS JACK'S AHWATUKEE TAVERN! WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT LIVE MUSIC AND PARTY WILL CONTINUE JULY 18 RIGHT HERE AT CACTUS JACK'S!

We reached out to Sail Inn owner Gina Lombardi this afternoon for more information about what the move entails and learned it's not strictly a case of The Sail Inn taking over another bar.

Lombardi says that she's purchasing part of Cactus Jack's and will become a partner with its current owner Art Perez as of July 1. Beyond that, however, it gets a little fuzzy.

According to Lombardi, an outdoor stage will be built at Cactus Jack's, which is located in a strip mall near 48th Street and Elliot Road, and many of the same indie bands that we're Sail Inn regulars will be featured.

"I'm buying into the place and adding onto it," she says.

However, it won't necessarily be The Sail Inn 2.0, either in name or otherwise.
When asked, Lombardi isn't sure if it will be the case of a "bar inside a bar" or if even the place will become something like The Sail Inn at Cactus Jack's.

In all likelihood, she says, Cactus Jack's will keep its name.

"I really don't know at this point. The Sail Inn is sailing over to Cactus Jack's, so we're merging with them. I don't think its necessary to change the name to The Sail Inn," Lombardi says. "However you want to describe it, but its exactly what we said: Sail Inn is sailing over and the live music and party continues is pretty much what I've been telling everybody."

Location Info

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Sail Inn - CLOSED

26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Cactus Jack's Ahwatukee Tavern

4747 E. Elliot Road, Ahwatukee, AZ

Category: Music

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15 comments
Rob Zemeida
Rob Zemeida

I'm looking forward to seeing what this will become.

Graciela Rucker
Graciela Rucker

The some Chandler police are notorious for being rude and profiling. I have been to Cactus Jack & the scene there is pretty dead. I will not make the drive-not even for my favorite local music.

Tracey Stites Mahon
Tracey Stites Mahon

hmmm. Outdoor music? Idk with the back bordering retirement section. But we can ride dem bikes to go see Kevin Gordon again tho!!

Bill White
Bill White

i used to hang there when it was the Hut... and when ever he was in town Jimmy Buffet would come in and party with us... play a couple songs...

Jerry Cardenas
Jerry Cardenas

say goodbye to the hippies and hello to the yuppies.

Gary Roff
Gary Roff

D.j., isn't this one of your hangouts?

Danny King
Danny King

Cactus Jacks isn't so much Ahwatukee as it is West Guadalupe.

Dave Saunders
Dave Saunders

I used to hang at Cactus Jacks 15 years ago in my wilder drinking days. It had a colorful cast of regulars. It was an older crowd back then but we were all alcholics, so I'm sure it's a whole new crowd these days.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Careful there lomardi - I'd check the history of Mr. Perez with other potential "partners" - it is definately checkered!  Just check out the liquor license history of the place.

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